Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Arrival of His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche

His Eminence the Seventh Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche arrives at Deer Park Buddhist Center & Monastery just south of Madison, WI. I'm very honored to have been asked by the Sherab to capture this auspicious visit. Each time that I'm exposed to this compassionate community I discover aspects of myself that I wish to foster. It's difficult to explain. I'm not caught up in all the ritual or trappings, but I do seem to constantly discover clues that point towards personal insight. Simple random things that I experience while there change me in very profound ways. All I know is, I feel so comfortable. I can just be completely me, and I mean all aspects of my internally perceived "self."

Arrival of His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wisconsin for the Win!!

I'm very proud to announce that it was a most successful trip to the 2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions. I traveled South to Chattanooga with a band of skilled and dedicated warriors. Our leader on this raid for the win was legendary prairie pugilist Andrea Nelson. For months I have spent time both photographing and training under this amazing Coach. Her craftsmanship at honing the best from athlete Briana Hendricks Che has been a thing to behold. her team fielded five boxers in all. Three of them made it the Semi-finals and one made it to the Finals, which she soundly and skillfully won. It was a display of precise boxing technique combined with athletic physical prowess. Not only was it a personal win for them both but it was also a Victory set within a much larger historical context. This win's significance goes way beyond the confines of the ring.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

So many Firsts. The First National win for Wisconsin in 12 years. The First female boxer to win from Wisconsin. The First female Head Coach & franchise President. The First year of this newly re-minted Wisconsin Golden Gloves franchise. The First win for the new franchise. My First time being invited up onto the apron.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

I'm telling you! I think I'm dreaming. I must be. As to how I got THE shot.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

After days of just shooting the team's bouts from UNDER the ropes I was approached by the parenting Golden Gloves of America organization. It was Friday Night and I was working my butt off covering our boxers when I was invited to cover more of the main event the next night. I was offered to not only get onto the apron of the ring, but up onto the main judges stage. It's like I too had my bouts, made it through the qualifiers, killed it during the Semi's, and then took the Championship at the end. I got the shot I needed. I'm so fortunate to have been folded into such am amazing band of warriors.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Teammates Clash

WI Golden Gloves State Tournament - 2019

It's a fairly even exchange of blows during the final bout of the 2019 Wisconsin Golden Gloves Tournament. Two skilled athletes, having already made the state team, clashed. Neither Luis Alvarado (red trunks) or Demetrius Reed (white trunks) gave an inch to the other. Head Team Coach, and President Andrea Nelson of the Wisconsin Golden Gloves, was in the corner for one of the fighters. When it became apparent that they could dish it out as good as they got she quickly threw in the towel, ending the fight. There was just too much risk of injury, and a potential medical suspension just wasn't worth it.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Warming Up

Warming Up

Coach Andrea Nelson from Ford's Gym coaches fighter Marcus Robert Johnson as he warms up before his victorious match in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At first I stood a lot closer to them as they worked together. Something told me to move further back.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Birth of a Raven

Birth of a Raven

I happened into Center Ground yesterday after I was done with another photo shoot elsewhere. I slipped into the studio and captured a few frames of John creating a new piece. It's an amazing window/lintel piece for a private home. He was creating the ravens that adorn it while I was there. What a fun coincidence to happen upon.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

No Short Cuts

No Short Cuts

The road to greatness is paved with hard work and dedication. You can't pretend your way to the top. It can't be bought. You have to earn it through your own sweat. This is for the Golden Gloves!

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Wisconsin Golden Gloves

Wisconsin State Golden Gloves

Saturday, March 16th is the Main Event for this year's Wisconsin Golden Gloves. The elimination bouts on Friday are open to the public, no ticket needed. Tickets for the Main Event on Saturday can be found via this link Wisconsin Golden Gloves 2019 Event Ticket Sales.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

No Time for Accolades

No Time for Accolades

Between bouts the announcer would give shout outs to specific sponsors, or to folks who'd earned special accolades in the ring. During one such pause in the action he mentioned coach Andrea Nelson. It was in regards to her efforts in becoming the new franchise holder for the Wisconsin Golden Gloves . He praised her efforts as coach and how she's helped the sport as a whole. Typically this is when the person being thanked would stand and wave to a smattering of applause. Instead she was on the fire escape landing helping her athlete warm up for his fight.

Wisconsin Golden Gloves 2019 Event Ticket Sales

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Event Night March 16th 2019

Wisconsin State Golden Gloves

Wisconsin Golden Gloves
Wisconsin Golden Gloves 2019 Event Ticket Sales

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Training for the Wisconsin State Golden Gloves

I'm discovering a whole new appreciation for efficiency in motion. As I experience first hand how these athletes train I can't help but admire their proficiency. There's something about working alongside such determination that I find deeply inspiring as a human being. I cannot wait to cover the Wisconsin Golden Gloves fights on March 16th! It'll be a fun night at the Marriott West in Madison, Wisconsin.

Training for the Wisconsin State Golden Gloves

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Covering the Scandihoovian

After a nearly 70°F temperature shift the Nisse & Tomte where ready to be out and about! Though heavy fog blanketed much of the edge of the Driftless Area it didn't dampen their red, pointed hats. It was a day for exploration and community here in Mount Horeb. I had a good time covering specific portions of it. It's been a long time since I've just rambled around in a jeep with some camera gear. I may have to look for more gigs like this one across the state? Hmmm... I used to do that in PA when I lived there. Why not here too?

Scandihoovian Winter Fest - 2019

Scandihoovian Winter Fest - 2019

Scandihoovian Winter Fest - 2019

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tea is Poured

Tea is Poured

Tea is shared during a special teaching by Ngawang Kunga, Sakya Trizin Emeritus (now known as Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche) at Deer Park Buddhist Center & Monastery just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. I was just browsing through some of last year's photos and this one caught my attention. I can't begin to explain how honored I feel at being invited and trusted to capture these moments for the monks.

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Scandihoovian Winter Fest - 2019

Scandihoovian Winter Fest - 2019

Soon frost giants will begin carving ancient trolls from frozen blocks of snow. The Nisse & Tomte will gather around them in their pointed red hats. This weekend is the Scandihoovian! Once more they have hired me to cover some of the events. I'm looking forward to it! It'll be a perfect day to be outside enjoying activities with my neighbors. See you out there!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Summer Green

Early Morning Coffee

I'd spent the morning on my father's porch, soaking in the sun as I drank black coffee. My camera was in my lap, mounted on a monopod. As the electric green sparks flew around me I tried to capture them as they swooped in for a sugary snack. I spent a lot of time just shooting, checking my focus and then adjusting the manual focus compensation setting. It was incredibly tedious, yet relaxing. It wasn't until tonight, nearly six months later that I'm really looking at the shots. Tonight, as I write this, the temperature outside is to supposed to potentially reach -50°F (-45.5C). This little Ruby-throated hummingbird, Archilochus colubris gives me hope!

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Natural Adoration

Bridle Barn & Gardens Reception

The best way to take a wedding portrait is to cater to the personalities of the couple. Some couples want a very defined, stylistic image created. Some just prefer to be themselves. It had been a very rainy, windy afternoon in early September when I photographed this particular couple. It was drizzling as I set up and took this shot. First I chased all the guests to the wings of the barn. I then set up my flashes high and to either side of the couple. They were all gelled and had soft modifiers on them. I reconfigured my camera and quickly backed out into the rain. As if natural they sort of just "stood there" for a few frames. I then encouraged a little "romantic interaction" to which the Bride replied, "You're not getting any of that elegant posing out of us! We're awkward and proud to be so!" I had to laugh and my adoration of them rose as I answered back, "then just be awkward selves!" It's not the pose after all that captures the couples' love for each other. It's capturing HOW they love each other. I couldn't have posed them better and still been able to capture how much they adore each other.

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