Bazaar After Dark (Oh My)

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Bazaar After Dark (Oh My)

Alright!

I have to be short on words for this post. Two reasons:
1 - I'm bliggity-blogging when I should be sleeping. Making a trek to the promised land of Kansas tomorrow for a wedding (guest, not photographer). I'm supposed to be driving within 8 hours from now and celebrating/drinking/laughing/solving the worlds problems with family in 20 hours. Pumped. Seldom am I a wedding guest... lots of drinking and dancing in reserve from weddings I've worked!
2 - If I were to be long on words about this event... it would take me 20 hours to figure them out and to only see them fall short of being a proper tribute.

Appleton... you beautiful son of a gun, you did it again! Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this Wednesday night a marker in time... a spot to look back on and appreciate what is going on in our fair city.

Personal vignette... I spent a few years as a young adult traveling around the country and spending time in different pockets of different states. I was looking for "it." I knew Appleton, my hometown that I was born and raised in, didn't have it and I was determined to find the city for me that did. I never quite found it... flash forward a decade or so and I'll be damned "it" is right here, right up here on the northern tip of Lake Winnebago. Funny thing about it... it was probably here the whole time, just needed the right people to stoke the fire (that's you Adrienne, and the dozens of dozens of everybody elses that are making it happen).

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Wednesday night. Wisconsin Ave (WI-96). Three blocks. Family friendly... music... fire dancers... roller derby team appearances... body painting... live mural making... local food trucks, local ice cream truck... all sorts of arts and craft vendors... "IT!!!!!!"

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Tuesday v2.COLORFUL

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Tuesday v2.COLORFUL

COLOR - COLOR - COLOR!!!

Another mural is hitting a public space in our fair city of Appleton. It's hitting the wall and it will be seen!

Just a half block east of the baked good masters at Simple Simon will be a LOVEly display of art, color and a reminder to be good to one another.

Irineo Medina, from Sheboygan now calling Appleton home via UW-Oshkosh, spent time in the rain prepping the wall to get a start on the mural that he will be working on live during PULSE's Bazaar After Dark. The mural was put on with the support of Fox Communities Credit UnionSherwin-Williams for Your HomeJacks Maintenance Service and PULSE. 

There is gonna be music... great music... food... amazing food... tacos and cool stuff... dancers, with fire... interactive art... body paint... roller derby girls (bring your helmet!!?)... It's going to be an amazingly awesome and unique event, and you'll see more coverage of that here or at my Instagram feed or on the Bazaar FB page I linked to above (check it out for more info!!!).

Irineo's FB page can be found here.

Stay tuned... Thanks for stopping by!

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Saint of Circumstance

Well... it's fitting that I haven't put up a blog post since the last time I was a Saint of Circumstance. I have a back to back cloud theme going!

I just happened to have my camera in hand and be standing in the right place, right time (Yes, I know Dr John was in the Right Place but it was the Wrong Time... but Dr John, come on, you're welcome).

I had a senior portrait session lined up for Tuesday evening. The weather report was heavy rain with spotty thunderstorms... but the forecast was jumping in and out of rain predictions for Neenah. So we decided to go ahead with the shoot and see what we could get in.

We got a few portraits of the "kid" in his lacrosse gear. It was 6:00pm, over an hour before sunset, and we were already getting some great lighting and clouds.

As we walked from the sporting stadium to a park with a hill a HUGE... HUGE... HUGE shelf cloud was moving in from the west. On the walk from the stadium to the park I ran to get my wide angle lens and ran to beat my clients to the top of the hill. I was able to quickly grab this frame of the approaching cloud and get on with the portrait session.

So, again... a good mix of being lucky and being prepared. Thanks for stopping by!

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Right Place, Right - HOLY CLOUDS!!!

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Right Place, Right - HOLY CLOUDS!!!

There is a saying in photography that goes something like "If you want to be a better photographer stand in front of more interesting stuff." (I just found out that the quote is attributed to Jim Richardson, who has stood in front of many interesting things.)

Well... I was pretty happy when a night out to the ballpark with my son's baseball team turned into a great photo opportunity. My dad had just brought me a tasty bloody mary and we were watching the T-Rats controlling their lead on the visiting Tincaps when I noticed the mammatus clouds starting to show.

I split out of a conversation with my dad to start taking photos. As I was starting to get my first photos I ran into a long time friend and her fiance. It was a fun short chat... rudely ended by me simply saying "I have to run to my car to get a different lens." They were understanding. My 50mm just wasn't cutting it.

Got to my car and swapped lenses... started shooting the front of the building. Another rudely ended conversation with a friend who was understanding that photos were way  more important than catching up.

I then worked my way to the inside of the stadium and to the outfield. The great thing about knowing so many people is that you know a lot of people... ran into the mother of a long time friend who happens to be a current client on a commercial job. That was an even quicker conversation! Gotta keep moving!

Then I found my way to centerfield by the flag poles and the bullpen. This is where I found my two favorite photos of that 25 minute jog/photo shoot.

Once I shot those two images I knew I found what I was looking for. I took a couple photos on the way back to my seat... but I had to get back, couldn't let that tasty bloody get watered down!

These aren't perfect or final edits... but I've learned if I wait to fully edit photos in these timely blog posts the blog posts will never happen... there are probably some typos and terribly worded sentences, but LOOK AT THOSE CLOUDS!!!

Leave a comment down below if you're so inclined.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!!

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Catch Up!!!

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Catch Up!!!

So... I was showing someone my website a few days ago... and I was like O... M.... G... I haven't made a new blog post since March 31st. If you read any of the how to run a business blog web articles I should be way out of business now...

Problem is, I have grand ideas for my blog posts. They should always really mean something... show some moving story... speak to the inner core of us all where we all strive for the same basic needs and strive for the same altruistic goals... changing the world one blogging sentence at a time...

I have many blog headlines/ideas and I have two draft blog posts right now, waiting for me to comb through, edit them, get every word right, make sure my stories hit all the right notes... well both of those blog posts are coming up on being a year old. One is a great story about how I went from buying tickets to the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well shows to having my photos heavily featured in the box set for the weekend (my photo shown on a YouTube unboxing)... but the pursuit of perfection again is my arch-nemesis.

So, I had a thought. I've taken a lot of photos since March 31st. Why not just post a few photos on this here website and let you look at them... Then I had a thought about how to write up a post about them... then I had a thought about making this a regular blog post, you know, following the rules of those web articles and how to create your tribe following mob support circles network... then I realized I was trying to ruin a good idea in the pursuit of perfection...

So... here are some videos and photos I've created/captured/edited/produced over the last few weeks.

As always, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!

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Donald Trump - Rally in Appleton, WI

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Donald Trump - Rally in Appleton, WI

I was denied press access for the Donald Trump rally. I still went there to document the event from the sidewalk outside of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

The crowd waiting to get in was patiently bearing the sprinkle of rain that started around 11:30am. Kraig Moss, from Owego, NY, entertained the supporters by singing and playing songs on his guitar with pro-Trump lyrics.

The line got really started growing around 1-2pm. The line stayed within a quarter mile long, but it was 8-10 people wide as it utilized the sidewalk west of the hotel entrance.

Overall, the line waiting to go in was pretty quiet for a photographer. There were a lot of vendors selling Trump shirts, hats, flags and buttons. There were 2-3 protesters of Trump there early on. They engaged in civil conversation with the Trump supporters. Nothing exciting, no engaging dramatic photography there. Just people discussing their differences of opinions.

Starting at 12:30pm groups of protesters started showing up. The first group was speaking against Trump's stand on immigration. The group stayed on the north side of College Ave, across from the Trump crowd. At first the response from the Trump supporters was minimal. When the group reached the Evan's Title skywalk they were greeted by a shirt vendor that started chanting "BUILD THAT WALL." Tempers of the crowd started to rise... thankfully a job well done by security and the Appleton Police Department cooled both sides and didn't let things get out of control.

A second group of protesters arrived after 1pm. This group was comprised of students and they carried signs of various statements against Trump. This group started by walking on the north side of College Ave as well, but eventually they walked among the Trump supporters. From what I saw their walk was only met by some quick comments and nothing serious... again, it was relatively quiet.

When Trump's rally started and security notified the people waiting to get in that the room had reached capacity a group of 15-20 supporters stuck around to voice their opinion against the protesters. The two groups exchanged chants back and forth across College Ave.  South side "NO MORE BULLSHIT" was met by the North side with "TRUMP IS BULLSHIT." Other chants went back and forth. Again the security and Appleton Police Department did a great job of keeping things from escalating.

Throughout all of this a great moment happened through music. Kraig Moss, the Trump troubadour, and a young Bernie Sanders supporter got together and played a Johnny Cash song together. During this "Johnny Cash for President" was heard. It was a nice moment of harmony.

All of this in our "One Great Place" of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Bernie Sanders - Town Hall Meeting in Appleton, WI

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Bernie Sanders - Town Hall Meeting in Appleton, WI

Bernie Sanders supporters showed up early and in large numbers for a Town Hall Meeting in Appleton, WI at the Performing Arts Center. An estimated 3,770 people filled the main room, the smaller event room and a public address area outside.

The line for entrance wrapped around several blocks and totaled over a half a mile long before the doors opened. People arrived as early as 2am to get into the first come first serve event.

Sanders did his best to appease all attendants by speaking first to the eager crowds in the smaller room and outside before he made his entrance to the main theater.

The full capacity crowd gave multiple standing ovations as Sanders spoke against the corruption of money effecting politics, the slanted struggle for the working class people, a broken health care system and government failings like the Flint, MI water problem.

Now, tomorrow brings a different presidential hopeful with different views. Hopefully Donald Trump's camp will grant me the same media access that Sanders' camp did.

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Cory Chisel - First Listen

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Cory Chisel - First Listen

A packed house of attentive listeners. Many talented musicians.

A great night of music.

Auralai (FB) started the night off.

Cory Chisel and friends finished it out.

Quite a night of music for a Monday night in our fair city.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Jim & Jenny Engagement Session

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Jim & Jenny Engagement Session

Miller Park, Colectivo Coffee, and Spring Creek Church, where Jim and Jenny will be getting married in May. We had a fun time on this engagement shoot. We planned on some snow and showing what December is supposed to be like in Wisconsin... but instead we had a bit of a fall session in December.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Another great New Year's Eve concert put together by Mile of Music.

It was a great variety of bands. All awesome at their own thing. Cool Waters got the night warmed up, Me Like Bees brought the energy that they always do, Los Colognes laid down some smooth rocking, Motherfolk went all crazy and then everybody got together and played around with some classic Rolling Stones jams.

Some people kissed at midnight, some people danced, and everybody had a good time.

Here are some photos for proof of all this.

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Umphrey's Revisited

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Umphrey's Revisited

13 years.

My oh my what a difference 13 years makes.

The last time I was in a room with Umphrey's McGee and my camera it was New Year's Eve of 2002 rolling into 2003.

I was armed with my trusty Nikon N90s a 28mm 2.8 and a 80-200 2.8. ISO 800 film that I was push processing to 1600. To the non-photographers that are reading, imagine you only had your flip phone from 8 years ago to take pictures with instead of the current version of your iPhone. I didn't have near the experience, know how, creativity and tools as I do today. I gave Vince, their manager, some 4x6 prints and maybe five of them from the whole night were good or OK.

Shooting Umphrey's at the beautiful Riverside Theater in Milwaukee for Halloween gave me a great marker for growth over a long period of time. 

Umphrey's McGee has had their strides of growth as well. That New Year's Eve show that I was at they had a drummer sitting in on a few songs. I don't remember if he had the gig to replace their old drummer yet or if this was a live audition for him. I had backstage access so I was able to chat with him. Kris was a great guy to talk with and it was pretty neat to hear his excitement to step on board with this progressive-jam-rock-funk-metal band that was really starting to find crowds across the country. When I checked their current lineup early this week I was happy to see that Kris was still drumming for them. Their sound has evolved in exactly the direction I think it should have.

Boy! Was I blown away by their sound. They were always one of my favorite bands to see. One complete unit with each individual playing with crazy skill. Their transitions are like nobody else, speeding 100+ MPH one way then they'll stop on a dime give you a bit of whiplash and they're off somewhere else. I dug all their new and old original material, but with it being Halloween they had to wear some kind of costume, besides their different takes on Game of Thrones Jon Snow... "I Can't Rock My Dream Face" a smoothly mashed up the current pop hit Can't Feel My Face by The Weekend with Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Rock With You by Michael Jackson. Done in just a way that only this band could do it.

What a band, what a venue, what a lighting rig, what a night!

Thanks for stopping by!

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An Engaging Trip to Lambeau

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An Engaging Trip to Lambeau

My Dad comes from a big family. Ten siblings all told. It is quite the crew. I have an uncle who was beginning high school when I was born and I have a cousin that is younger than another one of my cousin's daughters. I have aunts and uncles and cousins spread all over our great country. We don't get to see each other as much as we'd like to, but it's great when we do! We never have a problem drumming up conversation and enjoying each other's company.

So glad my son Evan and I were able to make the trek to LA-LA-LA-LAMBEAU with my Dad, three of my uncles and two of my cousins. The Packers were squaring off against a very good Seattle Seahawks team. One that the Pack had developed a rare out of division rivalry over the past handful of years. The last game left the Packers and their fans with an aching of revenge. I knew we'd be in for a great game... but I had no idea what I'd actually be getting myself into.

I had just recently been booked by a fantastic couple to shoot their wedding next June. We met a week before this game. I had a great time at the first meeting with them and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them better and documenting their wedding day. Only catch is... Liz is a Seahawks fan. She's from Seattle, so she has a reason... but that only makes it understandable, not fully acceptable. Thankfully Scotty is a bleeding green-n-gold Packer fan. If I do the math in a certain way I could just consider them equal to a couple that doesn't follow football, so it's morally OK for me.

Turns out that Liz and Scotty are going to this game as well. So we met up in the stadium before the game started and took some photos at their seats and took photos in the stadium. It was a really fun pre-game experience. Since the Packers ended up winning I feel totally OK taking photos of someone wearing a Seahawks jersey... again, moral compass in check.

But........... The cherry on the top on my Sunday was the unplanned, the unexpected, the ARE YOU KIDDING ME OF ALL THE POSSIBLE SPACE-TIME CONFIGURATIONS...

As we're approaching the steps to enter through the atrium a couple is embracing just after she said yes to his proposal. Instantly I got down on my own knee, because I needed a better angle, and kept clicking away as Heather was being overcome with joy. Not only was he wearing Zubaz, he was wearing a James Jones jersey and she was donned in an Aaron Rodgers jersey. What significance is this you ask? First score of the game, Rodgers to Jones on a beautiful 29 yard pass down the middle of the field. I gave my card to Cory and he contacted me the next day. So happy to have been able to get some photos for them! What a night!

Recap; Father-Son time, Grand Father-Father-Grand Son time, Uncle and Cousin time, hanging with clients, surprise engagement, ZUBAZ... and oh yeah, the Packers won!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Line in the Water, Smile on My Face

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Line in the Water, Smile on My Face

The four noble truths in Buddhism are based on suffering. Life brings suffering. This of course has many meanings and many different interpretations. It's a saying that is true from many different angles. Life is not some gloomy depressing voyage, but we all have suffering within our lives. The degree of this suffering ranges from person to person, not only in what each person has as a reality but mainly in how each person perceives their reality.

We all have our stories. We all have had difficulties we've had to work through in life. We all have our stories of triumph and failure through the trials and tribulations that the road of life puts in front of us. Every single one of us has our struggles, shortcomings, hurdles, and difficulties. My current struggles; over the last year dealing with arthritis in both my knees, some gut and diet issues that I've been working through for almost two years... how to better manage my family/work/social time with my abundance of workload... how I'm going to provide for my family with a son about to turn 12, a daughter due in September and plans for one or two more... those are the first worries that come to mind for me. I'm pretty damn happy with that. I've been through my share of hardship in different forms that I have a good enough perspective on life that I know I have a lot to be thankful for and that my "problems" are good ones. I feel like a jerk to consider these struggles. The arthritis is manageable. I've adjusted to my gut and diet, it's a pain in the ass to order food when I go out... boo-hoo I get to go out to eat. I have many passions in life and I have a great family and network of friends, my time is always split between what I love doing and people I love being with, so I struggle to do more of what I love and/or see people I love more... simply a matter of having to be content with the fact that there is 168 hours in a week and needing to sleep for a few of those. After wrestling with fertility problems for four years you won't hear me actually complain about anything baby related... but the burden of providing for the ones I'm responsible for will always be a concern. I'm HAPPY!!!! to have these struggles. If I were to take my problems and mix them with anybody else's I'd fight to get mine back. I'm very thankful to be where I'm at right now.

I hope you also have more manageable concerns than you have hardships. Not all of us are lucky enough to have welcomed struggles. Hardship and tough times can happen to anyone. Small struggles can turn life pretty tough pretty quickly. Left without a safety net the fall can be a long and tough recovery. Lose a job, fall behind on rent, transmission in your only car goes out, get sick and not have sufficient insurance coverage... the fall from comfort can be quick and easy. It can happen to anyone. Thankfully there are people and organizations out there that can help others get up after they have fallen, after they've dropped through the net they had... if they had a net at all. 

Homeless Connections is there to help people when their struggles conquer their comfort. The organization started in Appleton, Wisconsin as a single leased home in 1983. It now has a 78 bed facility in downtown with four focused programs to help end homelessness;

  • Prevention Program through a collaboration with LEAVEN, provides financial assistance and connections to community resources to those who are at risk of losing their housing.
  • Street Outreach connects individuals who are acutely homeless and living with mental illness and/or addiction.
  • Shelter Program that provides safe and temporary shelter with personal care items and daily meals, all to meet their basic needs.
  • Case Management Program that provides personal guidance to individuals and families that are in the Shelter Program. Case managers work with individuals to create a personal plan for success, connecting them to community resources like workforce development, health care, and housing providers.

Homeless Connections relies a lot on volunteers that are motivated to help out their mission. Mark Armstrong is one of those volunteers. He helps out every year with a program he organizes called The Ton of Food event. This year he realized an opportunity on a day that the State of Wisconsin allows fishing without paying for a permit. He got a group together through Thrivent, his employer, gathered fishing poles (that were gifted to the participants at the end of the day) and bait, got some food and drink together and held a cookout and fishing day open to anyone interested that was in the Shelter Program at Homeless Connections. It was a great day to get out and enjoy a beautiful summer day, get some lines in the water and laughs on the land. While I was there the only catches the hooks found were some seaweed, a chair and some  worms... but catching fish isn't always the point of fishing, right? Everybody had a good time, lots of laughs, conversation, some food and drink... a nice care free day where the struggles were forgotten.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Hands Over the Fox

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Hands Over the Fox

I'll be short with my words on this post. I currently can't articulate how good this ceremony/event/celebration/tribute was.

This was one of those time that I was glad I had a job to do and a lens between me and the surroundings... Knowing myself well enough I probably would have ran through a pocket full of Kleenex for tears of sorrow, joy, support, positivity, hope and reassurance of the great community that we in the Fox Cities are blessed to be a part of.

To keep to my promise of being short... here is a link to a previous blog post where I wasn't as short and I gave my initial reaction to the tragedy at these grounds.

Chad Hershner was the master of ceremonies for the event. Speakers were (in order); Chief of Police for the City of Menasha Tim Styka, Chaiman of the Town of Menasha Dale Youngquist, City of Menasha Mayor Don Merkes, and Senior Pastor at Calvary Bible Church Danny Leavins.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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Outer Edge of Wild (Adriatic)

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Outer Edge of Wild (Adriatic)

Something strange is brewing in our fair Fox Cities... and I like it. I've always been a fan of the strange. Borders being pushed, change evolving, ideas coming out to play... then sticking around and growing. Growth.

Yesterday was a bright day of light bulb moments for me. I started it out by attending a great event put on by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the TimberRattlers stadium (Cultivate Event).  It was an electrifying and rejuvenating event lead by speakers Patti Dobrowolski and Greg Tehvan. I highly recommend checking out both of their TED talks.

Patti has a fantastic method of helping an individual set goals by realizing what they value now and what they see as hurdles, where they want to go and what bold steps you have to take to get to where you want to go.

Greg has done great things for for his hometown of Fargo. What seems to have been the big push was organizing thoughtful and creative events to get like minds together... getting like minds together to realize common goals... to realize the power to reach those common goals and to push the community further down the path of growth. "Create the community that you want to be a part of."

The event then turned to local change makers. A Mile of Music panel and heads of local non-profit organizations spoke about the positive change and growth they've been able to produce in our fair Fox Cities through collaboration, creativity and a quest for... change, growth and a better community.

Personal side step... I then busted out of that event to coach my son's baseball team. They scored 8 runs in the top of the last inning to pull out a dramatic comeback win. We must have had a daddy & baby rally cap combo in the crowd somewhere. It made a few kids and parents smile. It was a blast.

OK... back to this strange change thingy I was talking about. I post-game coach talk the kids  then get on the highway to get to see Wild Adriatic at the OuterEdge Stage in Appleton. I only caught a small bit of this band when they were at Mile of Music... that was a mistake. These dudes are so unbelievably awesome. I don't want to explain their music because any words I put together will fall short and possibly insult... they are so good I almost called my Dad and tried to talk him out of the house to come out. I was that confident that an old classic rock rocker would have been satisfied by them.  Check out this video for starters!

Not only was this band playing the OuterEdge Stage. They actually went out of their way to stay in our fair Fox Cities for a few days to refine some tunes before they head on to Summer Camp and beyond.

Ya hear that?!? A fantastic, up and coming, rocking three piece from New York... went out of their way to spend time in Appleton. During the show they said Appleton is like a better Austin.

Strange things are a brewing... and I like it...

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Old to Me, New to You

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Old to Me, New to You

This story happens way too often... I owe friends, family and people unknown to me the delivery of many, many images.

All too often I find myself clicking away, unplanned, at an event... only to get home, keyword the photos and put them in my digital catalog... and then let them collect digital dust. It's something I keep telling myself not to do. Why shoot if they don't see the light of day? Well the backlog is so deep I'd have to hire a few talented people to make some dents in it.

I decided to start the denting today... I've been telling Taylor (the man listening to his friend play and dancing with his daughter) about these photos for around 9 months. Is this a fall out of deflate-gate and me wanting my friend Taylor the Patriots fan to feel less dirty today? Or it might be that Ryan Hommel is coming back to the Stone Cellar a week from today. Who knows? Maybe this is a start to me digging into the archive.

Whatever it is, here they are... a night out with my wife Erin, son Evan, my nifty-fiftyRyan Hommel and The Optical Shop, Stone Cellar and a pretty dusk sky the week following Mile of Music in August of 2014. The awesomeness of this night can be proven by myself getting a photo of Erin smiling... just a split second before she noticed I was taking a photo!

Oh yeah, Taylor is a heck of a photographer himself. I'm sure he could attest to a backlog of "work" to do.

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Trestle Trail - A Happy Story

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Trestle Trail - A Happy Story

Confession: I've been to Trestle Trail once in my life. It's a damn shame, but I've been there only once. As a photographer and a somewhat active person I should have been there many times over by now. It's a local go to stop and a real gem of our fair community.

In the shadows of the recent tragic event at Trestle Trail that have left our wonderful community in a state of shock, I have been continually thinking of the light of the one time I've actually been to Trestle Trail. I haven't talked with anyone or written at length about the sobering incident that took place  at the "Friendship Trail" in our civil, humble, caring, understanding, welcoming, Fox Cities.

I keep thinking of the one time I've been there, and how awesome, bright, happy, joyful and memorable it was. Maybe I'm scared of getting serious about it. Maybe I'm scared that the Fox Cities, my home, is now on the list of random acts of shootings. Maybe it's me and my "HEY LOOK OVER THERE" kind of attitude when I should be feeling down. Maybe I'm just protecting myself from bawling (which I'm maybe starting to do as I type this). Maybe it's just my soul trying to pick myself up. Maybe it's me just trying to stay out of the "This is how you solve it" debate... there are so many issues at hand from gun control to veteran affairs to our mentality as a society... I certainly can't touch on the depth of any of these topics to make any progress on my own, so why bother.

Maybe... I don't know why... just maybe... Maybe and I don't know are the only answers I have right now for any questions.

Anyways, the point of all this is to share the bright memory I have as Trestle Trail... a bit of a "HEY LOOK OVER THERE!!!", when maybe you could use it.

These two people are awesome people. They are really meant for each other. They dated for several years... seven or so I think, frankly I don't feel like checking the facts right now. They started planning their wedding after they decided it was time to get married, without a proper proposal and engagement ring from Rob and a "YES!" from Nicole. So Rob game-plans with me that he's actually going to propose to Nicole while we're on the "Engagement Session." So, it was an actual engagement session... for real. These two people are examples of why I love our community here in the Fox Cities. This is my memory of Trestle Trail. This is the Trestle Trail that I know and love.

This is a happy story. They are happily married... and they even have a baby on the way!!! Congrats!!! This is my happy memory of Trestle Trail. These two wonderful people are what I think of when I think of the Trestle Trail.

I now have two memories of Trestle Trail. One of which I've only lived through the media reports, photos by colleagues Ron Page, Bill Glasheen and Duke Behnke,  accounts of friends and family and the scanner playback. I now have two extreme emotional reactions for Trestle Trail, but I keep thinking of the bright one. It keeps fighting through...

Try to keep a balance as we go through this time as a community. Remember the light. We're in the midst of sorrow, as we should be.... but remember the light, it is there.

Thank you Rob and Nicole. Thank you for giving me this wonderful memory to combat the shadows with.

I hope I am able to bring you just a teeny-tiny bit of light for you today when we could all use a lot.

Thanks for stopping by.

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NEON Lights - Vibrant People

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NEON Lights - Vibrant People

Some parties are built just right for their guests, this certainly was one of them. The glowing neon lights matched perfectly with the vibrant people and the spunky band GGOOLLDD. It was a night of stimulating conversation, good laughs and classic classy beer in a can. Oh yeah, and it was held in the Appleton landmark History Museum at the Castle. The employees of the museum seemed to be pretty amused at the odd Friday night they were a part of... not every week do they have guests cracking cans of Blatz while dancing by the "Admiral Radios - Refrigerators" neon sign.

The event was put together perfectly by Adrienne Palm as a cap to Young Professionals Week put on by Pulse Young Professionals Network

This was a fun one and I hope that's evident in these photos.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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Ben's Question, Kayla's Answer

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Ben's Question, Kayla's Answer

This story starts out with a text I received on a Wednesday afternoon. "I'm looking to pop the question Saturday night and was considering your services."

Ben game-planned a fantastic surprise for his girlfriend, now fiancee, Kayla to ask her to marry him. Several people were in on it including the band that he is in to play Jack-a-Roe one of Kayla's favorite, Ben's sister Sara, friend Tina and a couple others to make sure Kayla was dancing up front. I was there to "take photos of the band." Here are the real shots. Such a blast to be a part of this!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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