Archive for April, 2008



April 30, 2008

Gilmore girls with a twist of Little Miss Sunshine. B+.



April 28, 2008

Lacking anything more interesting to blog, I’ll tell you about something I did on Saturday. I ran on a treadmill for the first time ever.

You may know that I used to be a regular runner. I never ran more than 5 miles at a crack, and never more than three times a week. But hell, even running 3 miles three times a week (as I did for a couple of years) keeps one pretty fit.

That was, oh, thirty pounds ago. Sigh.

Now I’m afraid to run! I always had to kind of baby my knees. At this weight I’m scared to do more than a mile or two. But Saturday morning I reulctantly got on the treadmill, expecting to hate it a lot.

But I didn’t! I set it for 30 minutes and ran 4k, no problem. A nice easy pace, no knee pain, no problem. I’m ready to do it again as soon as I get the chance.

One tip, though: don’t close your eyes. You’ll end up getting spat off the back end of the treadmill.


AdWords, Dummies, and 85mm

April 28, 2008

Ha! Scored another wedding contract today. This in spite of my complete inability to figure out Google AdWords. I make an ad. It gets an average position of between 4 and 6. It gets a couple thousand impressions. And it gets two clicks. Two. Each of which costed me exactly $0.19.

But there’s hope. I bought AdWords for Dummies, and so far it’s pretty good. I just need a couple hours here and a couple hours there to sit down, focus, understand, and do. Maybe this coming weekend.

In other photographic news, I have had an epiphany about my lens collection. I think I should trade out my 50mm f/1.8 for an 85mm f/1.8. The 50 has a lot going for it in terms of image quality, but it seems to lack a clear purpose. I believe that purpose will be much clearer with the 85: it’s a superb portrait lens and is long enough to be useful shooting indoor sports or wedding ceremonies in available light.

But I don’t have to guess. I rented the 85 for a week from It should arrive in a couple of days.


Three things

April 23, 2008

Catchy title for this entry, eh? Shut up.

First, I bought me some advertising on Google. Now when people search for “waukesha wedding photographer” and other key phrases, they’ll see my ad on the right hand side of their results. I pre-paid $50-worth of ads, but the cool part is they only ding me when someone clicks on the ad. We’ll see how it goes. If the $50 dwindles and no customers have materialized, I’ll rethink this strategy.

Second thing, also ad-related. I got another email today asking me if I’d place a text ad on several of my blog pages. I replied that I had said yes to this before (I didn’t tell him i’d also said no on one occasion), and asked him what the product was and how much he wanted to pay. So we’ll see where that goes. Who knows, maybe placing an ad on my blog for shaving cream will pay for my Google ads.

Third thing. Maybe I should join CoPA, the coalition of photographic arts. They’re all so “artsy,” though. I’m not sure if a utilitarian-minded event photographer like myself would fit in. But maybe it wouldn’t hurt to attend one of their schmoozing get-togethers to find out.



April 21, 2008

The hat, the jacket, and the bag. I already have the whip.

UPDATE: Kristopher actually owns an old gas mask bag a lot like the Indy one! Score!


My Store

April 21, 2008

You know I have a part-time photography business going on the side, right? Right. And you know I have a web site for the biz, right?, remember? Okay. So here’s the new thing I’ve added. is a web site that allows photographers to sell prints of their work. I made myself a zenfolio account, uploaded some photos, made them into groups, set a password on one, left the other open to whomever, and then I mapped to the site.

Voila! Instant photography store.

Now all I have to do is update to link to it (and it needs new pictures in the gallery, too).



April 20, 2008

We bought a family pass for the Milwaukee county zoo today. The weather was perfect. Karen and I took lots of photos. Here’s a few of mine that I liked a lot.