Kansas Magazine and my Kansas fair project...

A few years ago, I got the idea that I needed to travel around the state of Kansas to document as many small town fairs as I could.  After two years, I had photographed over twenty different county fairs across the state.

I was recently approached by Kansas Magazine to do a feature about my Kansas fair project.  They did a nice little interview with me and ran a selection of my images in the new fall issue.  Kansas Magazine is a really top notch publication and I feel pretty honored to have my project featured by them.  Here are a few images of the spread..

Summer tearsheets..

It's finally here.  That part of summer when it's too hot to even think of going outside.  Today, there's a heat advisory in Kansas, so I'm hiding out, trying to stay cool, and considering stripping down and laying out on the cold concrete floors of my studio.  While seeking refuge from this oppressive heat, I thought I'd take a moment to share some images of mine that were recently published. 

The first few are from Unmistakably Lawrence Magazine where I photographed three different people, who sure do love living in Lawrence.  I've also thrown in a printed ad for The Merc Co+op, that I discovered in my mail the other day.  It's always nice to see an image of mine, being used just how the client intended.  The last is an image that I set up and shot here in my studio, used by GreenBiz.com.

Stay cool out there.

Best of Lawrence Magazine Tearsheets

A couple of months back, Sunflower Publishing scheduled a shoot in my studio, for the Best of Lawrence Magazine.  It was supposed to feature images of a pooch named Duke.  He was a sweet guy, but unfortunately Duke couldn't handle the pressures of being the Lawrence top dog model.  Fortunately, my sweet girl Millie has loads of experience under the bright lights and was willing to sit in for Duke.  An hour and 10 Milkbones later, we had all of the images shot for each opening section of the magazine.  Millie is the queen of my studio and the cover shot captures her "I'm the only dog you should be petting" attitude.

I also photographed a number of the Lawrence Magazine Choice sections and met some really nice folks along the way.  Thanks to Sunflower Publishing for the great project!

 

Great Plains Journalism Awards...I got a first place.

A while back, I did a job for Sunflower Publishing that involved making images that depicted a day in the life of a Kansas Klingon.  We followed this Klingon around and documented her daily routine.  Who knew Klingons had to deal with the same day to day struggles as ordinary Earthlings?

Fast forward to just recently, this image series was entered into the Great Plains Journalism Awards, which is a regional contest honoring print, web, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and there were over 600 entries this year.

Anyway, my images won first place in the "Magazine Photography - Multiple" category.  Pretty cool.  Here's my page from the GPJA awards book and I've also included more of the images from this series.

Best of Lawrence Magazine

Here's a little shoot I did for Best of Lawrence Magazine.  This is Steve, a bartender at the Oread Hotel, and he's quite a character.  As soon as we started rolling, Steve was giving me pure gold.  I didn't have to ask him to do anything, he just did his thing and I was like Austin Powers, "yeah baby, yeah!".  (Here's a little behind-the-scenes and then the shot used for the feature)

the Force was strong with this one.

[editorial shoot for Sunflower Publishing]

This four year old Jedi proved to be almost too powerful for the likes of Kylo Ren(Dad) and one photographer(me), but even the most temperamental Jedi can be defeated.  You just have to let them see a photo of themselves.  Cheers them right up, works every time.    

                                       

sometimes, 30 seconds is all you get...

Last week, I covered an event at the Dole Institute of Politics that featured the Federal Reserve Bank president and CEO, Robert Kaplan.  I had less than 30 seconds to take his portrait.  It was one of those "oh boy, here we go!" moments that can certainly elevate a photographer's heart-rate.  Here's what I got.  (I also added a shot from the lecture, because the Dole Institute is so cool...)

Planned Parenthood Great Plains - The Event

One of my favorite healthcare organizations that I work with is Planned Parenthood Great Plains and I recently covered their biggest fundraiser, The Event.  The special guest was Tony Award winner and all around entertainer extraordinaire, Alan Cumming.  He put on a cabaret performance that was pretty much out of this world.  It was a great event and PPGP raised almost $200,000 that night(thumbs up).  I even got a shot of Alan taking a selfie with former Kansas Governor and US Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius.  ha.

mic test...one, two

Here it is, the birth of a blog.  I'm not going to dilly dally...time to just blast on in.

I was recently commissioned by Midland Care Connection to do some imaging at their care facility, in Topeka, KS.  We started the day off with some headshots for staff members...

After the headshot session, we were off to get images of some of the guests at the care facility.  The little lady in the photo below is 100 years old and I can only hope to have her kind of energy if I'm lucky enough to make it to that age.  It was a good day, photographer and client happy.  I'm definitely looking forward to working more with this fantastic organization...