On Assignment: Feature Hunting during COVID-19

Not the Typical Photos of Masks and Cleaning The Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper recently contacted me to photograph photos to be used without a story attached. These types of photos can be called 'features', 'spec photos' and 'wild art'. There have been so many photos focused on coronavirus that the challenge was to find something…

Photography During Coronavirus

Making a Way to Create Outside my window, as I'm typing this, is the same towering oak tree and beneath it are the same constantly-stopping-and-going squirrels continuing their daily routine of finding acorns and burying them. The normalcy of life is visually evident and that makes everything going on in the world, regarding the coronavirus,…

Make the Most of Your Photo Time

You Never Know What You Might Capture It had been about three days of photographing in Michigan's spectacular Upper Peninsula during a recent expedition and the extended weekend of visuals was extremely fulfilling. As dream-filled as this sounds, and it is amazing, long days , little sleep and cold weather does take a minor toll.…

5 Tips for Approaching People and Making Their Portrait

Starting out as a street photographer and fly-on-the-wall photojournalist, it took me some time before I realized the beauty and importance of portraiture. Once my eyes were opened to the power and fulfillment of portrait photography though, I couldn't imagine going back to a time when I didn't love it. Photographers like Dan Winters, Diane…

On Assignment: Cherry Industry for The Wall Street Journal

Photojournalism. To some, the word conjures images of heartless paparazzi, or maybe flash-bulb blasting members of the press sharpening their elbows as they fight for position while wearing trench coats and fedoras—with hatband 'press' card for proper measure—and most-likely some type of tobacco vessel in puff during the scrum. When I expressed interest in photojournalism…