Published | Denim & Grace Magazine Nov. 2014

I'm so excited to announce that I have been published in the latest issue of Denim & Grace magazine. My article "My Year With Film" along with images from my "Rocker Chic" photoshoot have graced the inside spreads of the magazine. It is such an honor not only to see my photography in print, but also to have contributed a piece of writing as well. I hope that you will pick up your coy of Denim & Grace here. A special thank you to the wonderful team of people who worked with me on this shoot including: Stephanie Blue, Kayla Pritchard, Scarlett Riesselman, and Indie Film Lab.

Here are a few snaps of "Rocker Chic" and the article in print:


Featured | Winter Woods Session on Belle Lumiere


I am so honored today to have my styled shoot "Winter Woods" featured on the amazing film photography blog, Belle Lumiere. If you are visiting here after viewing my feature, thank you so much for stopping by!

This is my first styled shoot shot solely on film. This session took place back in February at Sand Ridge State Park in Illinois. I was inspired by the long and snowy winter we've had here in the midwest as well as the outdoorsy feel of flannel shirts, plaid blanket, and pine trees.

I'm very grateful for our amazing model, Natalie, who stood in the cold for hours for this shoot. She was beyond gracious and fun to work with. I also have to give a shout out to my friend and fellow photographer, David Vernon, who also braved the cold and took part in this shoot himself, shooting a mix of film and digital. It was very fun to see two different looks from two different photographers of the same scene and subject matter.

I fell completely in love with these images when they came back from the lab. Thanks to the great team at Indie Film Lab, this session has solidified my excitement and passion for film photography.

If you haven't yet, then head on over to Belle Lumiere to see more images from this styled session. 

Published | Peoria Progress Magazine


I'm very excited to share with you my latest published piece, "Under the Bridge Sunset" on the cover of the latest issue of Peoria Progress Magazine. I'm so fortunate that this is my 4th cover with them and I'm thrilled with how this image turned out. I've had a great working relationship with Central Illinois Business Publishers and I'm always excited to see my work in print and being used for something like a magazine cover. Now, if I can just get my face on the cover of the rolling stone, I'd be all set ;).

I have a special shout out to make to my good friend, David Vernon for challenging me to a throw-down to see who could land this issues cover shot. We saw some blah light out there and racked our brains for a new perspective on good 'ole Peoria. David gave me a run for my money and vows to hand it to me on the next throw-down. Check out his own work in the pages and the latest cover of Art & Society magazine as well.

Be sure to pick up your latest copy of the magazine around town! 

Peoria Progress Cover | July 2011

I'm very excited to share my second published magazine cover with the latest July 2011 issue of Peoria Progress Magazine.This shot was captured from the East Peoria side of the Illinois River in East Port Marina overlooking the boat docks and river. I just happened to be there for a firey sunset on display above the Peoria skyline and I think it makes for a colorful and beautiful image. I'm proud to have the editors of Central Illinois Business Publishers think so also and select it for the cover of their latest issue.

The magazine can be found around town at various business and locations. I hope you'll stop and pick up a copy and support your local publishers and business. Thanks for visiting today.



Published | Billboard Superstar

Okay that post title might be a little misleading. I don't know that I am a superstar, but I sure feel like one. Just two days ago a friend of mine emailed me and said he saw my cover shot for Peoria Progress magazine on a billboard in town! My first thought was "no way". I was so excited I had to see it for myself. I drove down and snapped some cell phone pics. You know, as Chase Jarvis says "the best camera is the one that is with you".

If you want to check out the billboard for yourself, head on down East Peoria side of the Bob Michel bridge. You will find it facing Peoria next to the Hucks and Buffalo Wild Wings. If anyone finds the billboard again let me know!

Remember this cover?


Well here it is on a billboard:


and of course then me standing below my billboard pointing at it. (You know you'd do it too!)

Me with my Billboard.jpg

Published | The Cover of Peoria Progress Magazine

I'm very excited to share that my image, "Good Morning Peoria" is gracing the cover of Peoria Progress magazine for the month of January. The issue is out right now, so stop and get yourself a copy.If you want to know more about the magazine itself, visit

Here is shot of the cover image as it appears on the magazine.


Just a little detail behind the image. This photo was shot on an early morning from the Bob Michel Bridge downtown over the Illinois River in October. Halloween to be exact. There was a nice sunrise coming up over the East Peoria side and I had been taking long exposure during twilight. I was up there helping a few photographers during a landscape class and had loaned my tripod out to a student to use. The sun had cracked the horizon and since I had my camera but no tripod I decided I would try to hand hold a few shots. I took a string of about 10 images that I intended later to stitch together into a panorama of the Peoria skyline. Instead, when I got home, I really preferred this one single shot in the series. I never did put together the panorama because I felt this one shot captured the early morning calm and beauty coming over the city. I like the sun's first light reflecting gold in the windows of the buildings contrasted with the cool blues of the sky and river.  It just shows it is always good to keep shooting. I had no tripod, but I didn't let it stop me from attempting something different  and getting the shot. The one little fun fact is that my car is somewhere in the parking lot below. She's driving like such a prima donna now that she's a cover model. ;)

Published | Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Yay! I have some exciting news to share with you today, Internet! My Photo of the Peoria Riverfront at dusk has been published in the Peoria Area Visitors Guide by the good people over at the Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. My image is featured in their press packet folder (on the inside folder flap - which is awesome!), in the Visitor's Guide itself (both in print and in the virtual guide as well), and on their newly redesigned website!

I would like to give a big Thank You to Paige, the communications manager at PACVB. Paige asked me last October if they could use my image and I was more than happy about that last fall. I had no idea how much they would use it and how amazing it would be to see my first publication like that. Thank You, Paige. You have been so kind in the process and I am thrilled about this, as you can tell.

Please be sure to check out their new website and the virtual guide. There is a big listing of upcoming events (if you are looking for something to do on the weekend) and information about local area attractions galore! (some of which I have never been two and didn't know about).

Also, I would like to congratulate a few other photographer friends of mine, Tim Sheets and Kevin May who also have images appearing with PACVB as well. Congrats!