Title: Creative Caramelization.Quite possibly the most creative coffee shot I have taken to date… right?Outtake from a recent shoot at The Heartside Gallery & Studio. Image taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

Title: Creative Caramelization.

Quite possibly the most creative coffee shot I have taken to date… right?

Outtake from a recent shoot at The Heartside Gallery & Studio. Image taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

Title: Sarah Scott.Sarah Scott is more than just the Arts Coordinator at the Heartside Gallery… she is an art icon. From curation to creation, she is the real deal.Here is a little know fact about Miss Sarah. She was the first person in Grand Rapids to give me an art show. I guess in many mays one can say that she discovered the ‘mo in pink glasses… way before I even wore the pink glasses!Just under 6 years ago she took a chance on me. It seems like forever ago and back then I worked as graphic designer and snapping pics was my way of “de-stressing” after a long days in corporate America. I became friends with Sarah through the now closed coffee house Four Friends and to this day I really miss that coffeehouse. Long story short, she knew of me and my camera from almost daily visits and said to me on afternoon “you should have a show here!”What happened after that was amazing and unexpected… immediately after the show I received email after email from people asking me for photos. Not only did emails keep flooding my inbox, but every piece that was hung on their walls sold within 2 weeks. That led into getting clients, and eventually me leaving the world of graphic design to becoming my own boss as a freelance/commercial photographer.So today’s blog post is for Sarah Scott… thank you for all you did and continue to do for artists. Love you girl!Outtake from a recent shoot at The Heartside Gallery & Studio. Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

Title: Sarah Scott.

Sarah Scott is more than just the Arts Coordinator at the Heartside Gallery… she is an art icon. From curation to creation, she is the real deal.

Here is a little know fact about Miss Sarah. She was the first person in Grand Rapids to give me an art show. I guess in many mays one can say that she discovered the ‘mo in pink glasses… way before I even wore the pink glasses!

Just under 6 years ago she took a chance on me. It seems like forever ago and back then I worked as graphic designer and snapping pics was my way of “de-stressing” after a long days in corporate America. I became friends with Sarah through the now closed coffee house Four Friends and to this day I really miss that coffeehouse. Long story short, she knew of me and my camera from almost daily visits and said to me on afternoon “you should have a show here!”

What happened after that was amazing and unexpected… immediately after the show I received email after email from people asking me for photos. Not only did emails keep flooding my inbox, but every piece that was hung on their walls sold within 2 weeks. That led into getting clients, and eventually me leaving the world of graphic design to becoming my own boss as a freelance/commercial photographer.

So today’s blog post is for Sarah Scott… thank you for all you did and continue to do for artists. Love you girl!

Outtake from a recent shoot at The Heartside Gallery & Studio. Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

Title: On the Tiles.Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and their EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. 

Title: On the Tiles.

Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and their EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. 

Title: Hanging Around.It’s beginning to look like the Holiday Season… that means Holiday Parties, Events, and Performances. This photographer is ready - bring it! 

Title: Hanging Around.

It’s beginning to look like the Holiday Season… that means Holiday Parties, Events, and Performances. This photographer is ready - bring it! 

Title: Sugar-Coated.Portait of the uber-talented Fredy Santiago (aka SugarCoated) standing guard in front of his work at Pub43 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fredy was one of many showing at the Avenue of the Arts / Free Radicals art event and is by far one of the most talented artists I know. From his stylized character design to his approach… he is the real deal.I’m happy to call him a friend and even happier knowing I own his artwork.Check him out online:SUGARCOATED / www.imsugarcoated.com 

Title: Sugar-Coated.

Portait of the uber-talented Fredy Santiago (aka SugarCoated) standing guard in front of his work at Pub43 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fredy was one of many showing at the Avenue of the Arts / Free Radicals art event and is by far one of the most talented artists I know. From his stylized character design to his approach… he is the real deal.

I’m happy to call him a friend and even happier knowing I own his artwork.

Check him out online:
SUGARCOATED / www.imsugarcoated.com 

Title: Angel Dust.Once again I’m totally into black and white photography… it seems to come and go with me, but for now I’m INTO IT!Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

Title: Angel Dust.

Once again I’m totally into black and white photography… it seems to come and go with me, but for now I’m INTO IT!

Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

Title: Color Separation.Today I’m sharing an article from Digital Photography School: The Importance of Color in Photography: An Interview with Mitchell Kanashkevich.http://digital-photography-school.com/the-importance-of-color-in-photography-an-interview-with-mitchell-kanashkevichI would also recommend you download/purchase their eBook “Captivating Color”… a must read for photographers, stylists, and anyone visual. 

Title: Color Separation.

Today I’m sharing an article from Digital Photography School: The Importance of Color in Photography: An Interview with Mitchell Kanashkevich.

http://digital-photography-school.com/the-importance-of-color-in-photography-an-interview-with-mitchell-kanashkevich

I would also recommend you download/purchase their eBook “Captivating Color”… a must read for photographers, stylists, and anyone visual. 

Title: Fresh Air.Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. SETTINGS: Exposure 1/60, Aperture f/2.8, Focal Length of 70mm, ISO 400, and Flash was fired with an Exposure Bias of -2/3 EV.

Title: Fresh Air.

Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. SETTINGS: Exposure 1/60, Aperture f/2.8, Focal Length of 70mm, ISO 400, and Flash was fired with an Exposure Bias of -2/3 EV.

Title: Atmospheric.Today I wanted to share a recent portrait I shot of a street artist. I swear I could not have planned this shot… I caught him just at the right moment. He was frantically working and stepped back to take in the wall he was so wildly working on. His protective mask dropped and in a slight moment his eyes gazed over his work. Oh, and yes that is the haze of aerosol paints floating in the air. Love, love, love this shot!RULE ONE OF STREET ARTIST: Never shoot the face… of course I did ask if I could post it and he was totally cool with it. So I’m posting it!

Title: Atmospheric.

Today I wanted to share a recent portrait I shot of a street artist. I swear I could not have planned this shot… I caught him just at the right moment. He was frantically working and stepped back to take in the wall he was so wildly working on. His protective mask dropped and in a slight moment his eyes gazed over his work. Oh, and yes that is the haze of aerosol paints floating in the air. Love, love, love this shot!

RULE ONE OF STREET ARTIST: Never shoot the face… of course I did ask if I could post it and he was totally cool with it. So I’m posting it!

Title: Writer’s Block.It’s been a busy day… but still wanted to post a photo! Love me some bokeh and love me some office supplies. Win, win.Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and their EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens. Flash was fired with an Exposure of 1/60, Aperture of f/2.8, lens locked in at 58mm, and a -2/3 EV.

Title: Writer’s Block.

It’s been a busy day… but still wanted to post a photo! Love me some bokeh and love me some office supplies. Win, win.

Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and their EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens. Flash was fired with an Exposure of 1/60, Aperture of f/2.8, lens locked in at 58mm, and a -2/3 EV.