Monthly Archives: January 2016

I have you covered.



This year, I promise to…

Learn something new?

Have an adventure?

Find MORE fun?

I have you covered.

The Photo Love Workshop is kicking off again on January 25th – this time with four weeks of photography instruction and camaraderie in the studio. You can read all about it on my facebook page here.

We meet for 1.5 hours every Monday to talk cameras. photography and quite honestly, mistakes! You can learn about aperture, shutter speed, what all those little dials and symbols mean on your digital camera, and how to look at light in a whole new way.

We shoot, critique and laugh. A lot.

Then, this spring, summer OR  fall, you can really venture into new territory with a photo lesson and excursion around downtown Chicago AND get a great deal with my Groupon!

We will sit down at Millennium Park and cover some basic camera skills before heading out to some of the neatest places in the city for photography.

Space is limited for both, so don’t delay in getting registered! The downtown class and tour will offer a choice of six dates over five months.

Sign up for either, or both. And since it would be so much more fun with a friend, find someone to come with you!

You’ll be so happy you did!






the power of the printed photograph.



My friend Bill Liesse passed away suddenly this weekend. He was 50 years old. Together we had covered Illinois basketball while in college working for the Daily Illini – he as a writer and columnist and me as a photographer.

Once the shock of the news was realized, and the tears dried for a moment, I immediately thought of this photograph. It’s one of my favorites from college and it hung proudly on the walls of many residences for years following my glory days at University of Illinois. Because it remained out in the open and enjoyed for so many years, it is etched in my mind just like the memories and friendship epitomized by this guy.

I am so happy to still have it in my possession. It was taken long before the advent of digital photography and lasting through all the technological advances in photography over the past 30 years.

Digital images are fleeting, disposable and subject to the lasting effects of fast-moving technological advances — like when you are left holding floppy disc in a world of flash drives.

There is something tender and comfortable and amazing about pulling out old prints. I held them in my hands yesterday, and the tears came, but so did the giggles, as I remembered the great adventures of me and my Daily Illini buddies.

It reminded me of the power of photography to transport you to a time when the world was yours, anything was possible and the fun was endless.

Try doing that with pixels.




2016. Word.


MG123115Welcome to a new year, a clean slate. Resolutions, promises and a chance  to right the wrongs, improve yourself, improve your life and hopefully the lives of others.

Make a promise. Build yourself physically, mentally or spiritually. Start strong, stay strong.

Have faith.

Learn the truth. Follow it’s lead.

Find beauty. Educate yourself. Take nothing for granted.

Do one of these things and you are a success.

Romans 5:5 (NIV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Here’s wishing you all the faith you need to see the good in this world this year. Happy New Year!