Archive for February, 2008

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My Little Girl

February 27, 2008

It’s official. Paige is going off to college this fall. And not just any college. She’s going to my alma mater and employer of ten years, Marquette University. I couldn’t be more thrilled or more proud.

In case you didn’t know, Marquette is ranked 81st among national universities, according to US News & World Report. It’s also fairly selective, accepting only around 65% of those who apply.

Congratulations, kid. I knew you could do it.

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March Photo Walk: Marquette Edition

February 26, 2008

There’s this informal group of local photographers who get together every month in a different part of town to walk around and take pictures. I met up with them once before, when they hit Waukesha. Must have been last fall or something. Anyway, their next outing is March 15 and they’re having it at Marquette University.

When I heard that, I immediately stepped in to help coordinate. Here’s the deal. We’re meeting at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. After that, folks will walk through campus in small groups or individually. We have permission to shoot the inside of the Joan of Arc chapel and even the Haggerty Museum, in addition to a lot of other interesting things on campus. After we’ve all had enough of photography, many of us will hit a local establishment for food and drink. Next day, lots of the pictures will appear on Flickr for everyone to see.

So here’s my point. Get your ass out of your computer chair, pick up your camera and join us! You don’t need to be a pro. You don’t need to be “good.” You don’t have to have a fancy camera. You just need to like taking pictures. Seriously, put it on your calendar right now. I’ll likely post about it again a little closer to the date, but now you know enough in advance to keep the afternoon open.

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WANT

February 24, 2008

In another week or two I may be ordering one up. Here’s a review, in case you’re nerdy like that.

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I photog’d

February 20, 2008

I took the day off from my 9-to-5 today so I could do a morning photo shoot for a local company. It beats working!

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I Voted

February 19, 2008

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Google searches and me

February 19, 2008

Waukesha photography: near top of first page.

Waukesha photographer: way down on first page.

Waukesha wedding photography: first link.

Waukesha wedding photographer: not on first page.

Milwaukee photography: not on first page.

Milwaukee photographer: not on first page.

Milwaukee wedding photography: not on first page.

Milwaukee wedding photographer: not on first page.

Moral of the story? I changed the title tags of all my web pages to include the words “photographer,” “milwaukee” and “Madison.” We’ll see how things stand next time Google indexes my site.

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Mentors

February 15, 2008

When people are what my kids would call n00bs (i.e. neophytes, beginners, padawan learners, etc.), it’s always lucky if they find a good mentor. Someone older and more experienced who can encourage them, teach them, guide them in a supportive fashion toward a greater understanding of their endeavor–whether that endeavor is photography, or life in general.

Since I don’t have anyone like that, I rely on Dan Johnson.

Kidding! Dan is a great mentor. I can have long drawn-out debates with him about whether you should take the lid off your Lightsphere in a low celling or in a high one. Other times he can deliver the concrete advice in a hurry. (“The Bradley Center? Go to Manual, use ISO 800, 1/500th shutter and f/2.8.”)

I have lunch regularly with Dan and all our mutual work pals. It seems like every time I see him I have some new thing to ask, or some new news to relay that would only be of interest to another photographer.

Best of all, he rarely tells me to fuck off when I point my camera at him.