Exploring Flint, Michigan: Day 1

Making Images Again in Vehicle City When someone brings up Flint, Michigan, the conversation usually revolves around the topics of lead-tainted water, low income and crime. Flint has had—and continues to have— highs and lows. But, here's the thing about Flint: the people who live in that storied city are incredible. Flint, Mich.Camera: Canon 6D…

Why You Should Visit Your Photos

The Story of Photos Over Time As often happens, I sat down at my computer one morning—on the desk, a hot coffee to my left and Harriet, our 16-year-old Maine Coon, looking out an open window to the right—and decided to revisit photos I'd taken. It's a rabbit hole I look forward to traveling down,…

3 Tips to Improve Your Everyday Photography Right Now

Tip #1: Have a Camera On You This should go without saying; but I must say it. If you don't have any type of camera on you, something amazing WILL happen. A beautiful vista will present itself; an extinct species will be revealed; and/or the moment of a lifetime will transpire. I'm not sure why…

Fall Color with the 50mm Lens

Normal Isn't Boring When the temperatures start dropping and the plaid starts popping, it's a sure sign that it's fall in northern Michigan. Areas that are eye-catching with the green-leaved trees of summer, turn into Claude Monet's Autumn Effect as the maples and oaks put on their finale show before the raindrops freeze and fall.…

4 Tips for Making Excellent Fall Images with an iPhone

Hello Color It's autumn and as much as the sultry temperatures of summer's months—and the greenery associated with it—will be missed, it's an absolutely perfect time to grab our favorite image-making device and head out into the world for fall photography. The colors are changing every day so it's important to make the most of…

Voyaging: A Photo Excursion on the Tip of Michigan’s Thumb

Exploring Small Towns in the Thumb My first job as a photojournalist was at The Times Herald in Port Huron, Mich. Port Huron is located where Lake Huron meets the St. Clair River, in the southeast of Michigan. Look at the palm of your right hand and Port Huron would be at your right thumb…

Why Smartphones Are Stunning As Cameras

Dateline: Colorado...with iPhone in Hand Prior to being a freelance photographer and having two staff photographer positions, I had six internships as a photojournalist—I love internships, especially photography ones, they deliver experiences like none other. The stories told and moments witnessed—from jubilation to heart-wrenching—allowed me to meet amazing individuals from all walks of life and…

Feather Bowling: A Bygone Belgian Pastime Is Revered in Detroit

Let's Roll The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit's east side serves up an impressive selection of Belgian beers along with mussels and other specialties. It's a unique place, not just for the food and drink though. Walk through two doors at an end of the bar and you'll be encountering a game rarely played anywhere, let…