In 2019 I’ve made a point of working with new models and in new locations. I had a great time getting to work with aspiring models Tiffani and Ashley for the first time in Barryton, Michigan. This was the first time I had gotten to shoot in Barryton. Huget thanks to Tiffani and Ashley for modeling for me!
As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown to love my hometown of Clare, Michigan. Of the things which makes this area unique is the high population of Amish. The Amish are a religious sect with their roots in Anabaptist theology dating back to the radical reformation in Europe. The Amish choose to live simple agrarian lifestyles. They have large families, and many abstain from either some or all use of modern technology, including electricity.
When I first took interest in photography I photographed a lot of wildlife and landscape work. As time went on I shifted to portraiture and later weddings. In fall 2016 I decided to get back to my roots and photograph fall colors. I would drive around the various backroads, mostly in Clare county, and photograph the foliage.
On this particular day I ended in “the tree tunnel,” as us locals call it, on Oak Road between Clare and Coleman, Michigan. The tree tunnel always makes for beautiful images especially during the fall. This time an Amish buggy was heading through the tunnel at just the right time to catch him in the middle of the tree tunnel.
Technique wise this image is very simplistic. I pulled off to the side of the road. Got my Nikon D600 and 80-200mm f/2.8 lens out. Yes 80-200mm not 70-200mm. It is cheaper and super sharp. I had my camera in aperture priority set to f/2.8. The shallow depth of field allowed the foreground and background to drift out of focus, bringing more attention to the buggy. I had very little to do in post. I simply added a preset I had made a few years prior, and the image was set.
The reason I love this image is it represents Clare. A place near and dear to me. The fall colors. The amish buggy. The scenic back roads in the woods. This image screams “home.”
I had a great time photographing Steven and Brittany’s engagement session in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Steven and Brittany are CMU graduates currently living in Kansas. They were super fun to shoot! I can’t wait to photography their wedding next month!
I had a great time photographing model Hayley in Clare, Michigan. Huge thanks to Mike Hales for letting use use his plane as a prop from the shoot. Also huge thanks to Hayley’s boyfriend Dallas for assisting. I can’t wait to work with Hayley again!
I had a great time getting to photograph my close friends Alex and Rachel’s engagement session. We went to one of my most frequented location Island and Nelson Park in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. I can’t wait to be a part of their wedding day!
I had a great time getting to photograph model Ciara again in Clare, Michigan. Ciara and I have worked together multiple times since high school. For our most recent shoot we did a variety of shots in downtown Clare with off camera flash. Huge thanks to Ciara for modeling for me again!
As a kid I never liked reading. It felt like a chore. My reading comprehension was pretty poor to. In 2014 all that changed. Primarily when I started studying reformed theology. I grew to love reading. A wide variety of subjects as well. In 2018 I ended up reading seventy six books. Here are some tips on how I am able to read so much.
First of all read How To Read A Book by Mortimer J Adler. If I had read this in middle school I guarantee my reading comprehension would have been better. I would have enjoyed reading way more to.
Second of all I read books in different formats depending on the genre. Audiobooks are preferable for fiction. Real tangible books are great for business and personal development books. Non fiction books, where I’ll be taking lots of notes, work well in ebook format. I can easily copy and paste text from the ebook into Evernote.
I find myself reading primarily ebooks. This is because of the price. I rarely spend full price for anything. I make a list of books I want on amazon and check daily to see if they are on sale. I primarily read books on my iPhone. I can enable a text to speech option to turn any of these books into audiobooks as well. This makes it much easier to get thru books quickly. As mentioned prior, this makes note taking easy. I have notebooks in Evernote full of books I’ve read in the past so I can easily review my notes.
When it comes to purchasing books I usually buy them from Amazon, in Kindle format when they are on sale. I have also had good luck finding cheap books on thriftbooks, ebay, and local goodwill stores. Many free books can be found in the public domain. These can be accessed free at Gutenberg or other more niche sites like Monergism. Free public domain audiobook versions can be found on Librivox. Quality varies. For higher quality versions of ebooks in the public domain many can be found for only a few dollars on Amazon. The formatting of these books is usually far superior to that of the free Gutenberg ones.
One of my 2019 wedding clients recently posted about a really cool unique way to get donations for your honeymoon. Instead of getting a ton of kitchen appliances or gag gifts you’ll never use, guests can donate right into a fund for your honeymoon via honeyfund. A great wedding gift idea!