Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Project 365

This year, like the past two year, I am doing a 365 project. A 365 project is where I take a photo every day for the whole year on Flickr.  Well, I try to. In 2011 I got to day 133 and in 2010 I got to day day 178. So the results have been.... incomplete. I have no idea how far I will get this year, I have already missed two days. For me though, the point isn't how far I get, it is just to make myself be a bit more creative with my day-to-day photographing. And to stop and go a bit slower and notice things that I would normally overlook.  I also like to look back and see what I was doing the first half of the year.

Here are a few from the past few weeks.

A drive home from Colby after shooting show choir practice

It finally snowed a bit here. Starting to (finally) look like winter

I acquired a lucky bamboo plant that requires purified water. So far... that hasn't happened. But I am trying to keep it green!

I had to go look for animal tracks at McMillan Marsh, so Dan went with me on a morning hike. Apparently animals don't like -10 degree weather. We saw no tracks.

Dan is building a cedar strip canoe for our wedding. This past weekend I helped strip it. Which means putting the strips on.  I am also looking forward to sanding.... I don't know why, that seems like the most tedious part, but I always have liked sanding, like in metals in college. It is nice to see something rough transform. 

The woods at Wildwood Park. I put a vintage action on this. I like the look of pines and the sun streaming through them. They also made me thinking of my wedding invitations.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Emily + Mark :: Wausau, Wisconsin Wedding Photography

No January chill could dampen Emily and Mark's wedding day :) They snuggled in close and let the warmth of their love and the love of their family and friends warm their Wisconsin winter wedding. Emily and Mark were married at Saint Ladislaus Church in Hately. The church was still decorated from Christmas and the winter light streaming through the stained glass window gave the church a cozy glow. After their lovely ceremony and exchange of vows, they headed to their reception at Stoney Creek Inn in Wausau. Emily and Mark cuddled in close for photos on the red covered bridge behind the reception hall as the January sun set. To complete their perfect day they danced the night away to a polka band. Can a Wisconsin wedding be any better? Probably not :) Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Mark!!!


Emily and Mark met a at polka band.... were engaged at a polka band.... so of course they had polka music at their wedding! It was such a blast watching everyone dance - they were all so good!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 News-Herald Photo Favorites

Every year for work at the Marshfield News-Herald, I put together a slideshow of my favorite photos from the work year. I don't include wedding and engagement photos, but I do include some vacation photos.... for some reason, those always find a way into the paper :) It is hard to go through a year's worth of daily assignments and I am sure I missed quite a few photos that I would add to the gallery.

This year marked a lot of changes photographically at the newspaper. One big thing was shooting football with a Canon Mark IV. That pretty much was a 110% improvement for me this year. It is amazing the difference between a first generation Canon I-D and a new Mark IV can make when shooting fast sports in low light. I actually got the camera at the end of 2010, but this was the year I reaped the full benefits of it. The News-Herald also lost a staff photographer, so now it is just me. This has been an adjustment. This summer we were also down a second photographer in Wisconsin Rapids. These changes made for a hectic summer and a busy year.

I had to choose my favorite photo from the year for the paper and I chose Mutton Bustin' at Farm Tech Days. It was pretty much a sheep rodeo for little kids. And it was awesome :)

 Here is a link to a slideshow of the rest of my favorites from this year

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sierra + Derek :: Marshfield, Wisconsin Engagement Photography

A few days after Christmas, I met Sierra and Derek to take their engagement photos.  Sierra and Derek, who live in Las Vegas, were in Marshfield for the holidays. We started out at the restaurant, West 14th Street, where their reception will be held. I have been in there countless times, but it was really fun to find unique corners for taking photos. After their indoor photos, we headed out into the wind  to get some outdoor photos at Wildwood Park in Marshfield. Sierra and Derek snuggled close against the cold and wind with a perfect winter sunset as a backdrop. The session was a blast and I am looking forward to their July wedding and a warmer photo shoot!