Tim and Candida • Leaf Kitchen Parking Lot • Iowa City, IA

Meeting amazing people like Tim and Candida is the best thing about my new adopted town of Iowa City. Tim is a visual artist who just happens to have a six page spread in the latest issue of Raw Vision and Candida is a book and paper artist who once traveled on a two person boat with a friend down the entire Mississippi River performing shadow puppet shows.

This was an impromptu portrait session and the first in a new series I'm calling "Anywhere, Anytime in Ten Minutes". All photos were taken around 12 Noon in the parking lot of Leaf Kitchen, which is my new fave restaurant in Iowa City. The idea with this series is that any location at any time of the day can reveal itself as suitable for portraits, and if I can't make a few decent photographs in ten minutes then I should probably find a new line of work... Thanks to Tim and Candida for participating in this spontaneous photo session after a wonderful breakfast and conversation.

Gene and Alexandra

I ran into Gene on a recent trip through the neighborhood. He stopped to ask me why I was photographing a yellow moving truck. I didn't have a good answer, but he did invite me over to hang out with him and his wife Alexandra. This impromptu portrait session followed.

Engagement • Dustin & Kate • Revolution Brewing Company • Chicago

Dustin and I have at least two things in common: we both LOVE photography and we both HATE being photographed, so I took this one as a challenge. Dustin and Kate met in a bar and wanted to do their pre wedding shoot at a bar in Wheaton. I just photographed a wedding at Revolution Brewing Company and noticed that the bar had a perfect blend of window light at about 5:15pm, so I suggested we do the shoot at said location. The owners even let me behind the bar for a few shots. I brought my wife along to distract Dustin and Kate in conversation to get the non posed and natural approach they were looking for. We also had fun doing a few rainy day shots outside of Revolution.

Lifestyle • Married 45 Years

I was down at the folks' house, the beautiful house I grew up in, in June for a family reunion. Mom asked if I would "take a photo" for them for their forty fifth anniversary. I ended up photographing them over the course of a day, some formal, some casual. Hopefully we have one photo we can put in a nice frame. They really have built a paradise for themselves over the past thirty years. The homestead is beautiful. Click here to see more photos from the photo session.