Photographer’s Forum 29th Annual College Photography Contest

January 29, 2009

Just got home, opened my mail and found out Coop (Secor), 2008  has been chosen as a finalist in the Photographer ‘s Forum 29th Annual College Photography Contest! The contest is co-sponsored by Nikon, with the prizes ranging from a $2000 grant and camera for the top prize to 100 honorable mentions, to be announced in February.

The Coop is going to be included in The Best of College Photography 2009, which will be published in June. It’s a huge honor just to be selected for such a thing out of 3,000 student entries, I’m still a little in shock. And I can’t thank the town of Secor enough for leaving that awesome tree and sign up!  I’ve photographed it in two other seasons (fall and summer) and hope to get a spring shot as well this year. 

An enormous 3×3 foot version of this print can be seen at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington for the next few weeks. Otherwise after that it can be seen in my kitchen! 


Coop (Secor)


Family Portraits

January 27, 2009


Dead of Winter, Great Light

January 27, 2009


Beautiful Miss Arizona Galaxy

January 19, 2009


These images were taken on a recent trip to Arizona, where Miss Arizona Galaxy Tana Castro graciously worked all day while myself and 3 other photographers photographed her. Besides being rediculously gorgeous, she’s also incredibly patient! I met Tana last summer when we competed together for the title of Miss Galaxy, and we hit it off immediately. She’s one more friend that I wish I could see more often. Oh, and did I mention she’s gorgeous? 

 It was a great experience to learn more about lighting on location from my boss Jackie (, Jeff Dashowski of New Hampshire ( and Andrea Chapelo of Ohio (, all three of whom are celebrated photographers in their field. We took a day off from the Imaging USA conference in Phoenix to meet Tana, and it was well worth the trip.

Dan and Jessica’s Wedding

January 18, 2009


Grandma Pauline and her 50th anniversary portrait

January 17, 2009

Don’t know if you can tell, but my Grandma Pauline has the same shirt on as she did in the family picture 16 years ago. I’m in there somewhere as well, with a really bad haircut. I had already visited twice before to photograph her that month, but this photo was taken very impromptu on that day. She made me guess how long she had owned that particular shirt, and took the portrait off the wall to prove it was the same.pauline


January 16, 2009