The Floating Tree

No matter how far I travel, and after all the things I’ve seen, I still have encounters that take my breath away. Floating Tree This tree is not a Photoshop trick, or digital wizardry. It’s a surreal scene that I ran across in the woods while working on another project.

Cop On A Rooftop

DD-Cop-on-the-RooftopDunkin’ Donuts is teaming up with Special Olympics Illinois again this year for their popular “Cop On A Rooftop” fundraiser. I had the pleasure of working with the Maclyn Group to do the photography to help promote the event. IMG_9806 That’s Officer Dan, one of the rooftop participants, along with his friend and Special Olympics athlete Jack. The event is on May 20, 2016 and takes place in hundreds of locations around Illinois. Try to support the one in your town.

College of DuPage Distinguished Alumnus

It’s not often that I get a chance to be “distinguished” in any way. But on May 3rd I was honored by the College of DuPage Photography Program with their Distinguished Alumnus Award. I am thrilled that they though of me, especially considering how many other great photographers have gone through the program. award-3 This annual photography showcase has turned into a popular event- the room was completely packed. I spoke for a few minutes about the journey I’d taken to get to where I am now, along with a slidshow of images from my projects and travels over the years. I’d like to thank Terry Vitacco, Glenn Hansen, Frank Jackowiak, and the rest of the COD Photo Dept staff for doing such a great job preparing students for working in the creative arts. It’s not always an easy life, but it’s endlessly rewarding. award-1 The advanced photography students were there to show off their portfolios and marketing material. I enjoyed talking to them, and seeing a few familiar faces that I’ve met at different events over the past few years. IMG_9126_sm I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work that I saw on display by the high school students. Some of the imagery being produced by the area schools was simply astounding. I can’t wait to see what some of them are working on a few years down the road. IMG_9121_sm