Superbowl, Son and Fun

Luke and I had a blast last weekend. We were runners for USA Today at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Usually our father-son journeys revolve around attending concerts by our favorite bands, but this time we had the opportunity to help out longtime freelance client USA Today and their photographers by running memory cards back and forth to the photo workroom during the game.

I logged 14 miles and 36,800 steps during the night, while Luke registered 97 flights of stairs. My knees!

When we got home, one of the local TV stations did a neat little story on our experience:


Warm Weather Welcomed

It’s funny how I flew all the way to Florida to photograph a hunting scene, but I’m glad I did.

I love getting out of the deep freeze in January and February, and this Tractor Supply Company shoot in central Florida was a great break from the usual brutality of South Dakota winters. We photographed hunting, cattle roundup, dogs, horses and some other assorted lifestyle moments. 

Detroit Chickens

chickens1Of all the places to photograph chickens…Detroit?

I flew there recently to shoot a photo essay about Laura, a woman who won a fight to raise backyard chickens in the metropolis, for Tractor Supply Company.

It was a fun trip; the art director and I got to eat some great food and taste fine brews, and took time to visit a massive art gallery and play at Jack White’s Third Man Records store. chickens2

Beach Holiday

cancunfamWe had never been to Mexico before.

I won a week’s stay at a Cancun resort at an SDSU music department silent auction, and we decided to make the trip during the week of Thanksgiving, since the kids would miss the least amount of school during that time. What fun! cancunbeachAlthough it was windy most days, the sunrises were beautiful. When we were awake for them!cancunhotelThe view right outside our suite’s hallway door. The balcony on the left belonged to our room. Great views!

Election Night

dc7I found myself in Washington, DC on election day. It was purely by chance; I had a shoot the following day in Baltimore (followed by another day in Richmond, VA).

With all the hype with this historic election, it was an interesting place to be. But I was tired of all the noise. I chose to take a quiet walk around the Washington Mall after sunset, and photographed the monuments. dc1dc5dc8dc6dc3dc4dc2

Getting Rattled

rattlesnakeblogThey are a fact of life here on the South Dakota prairie, especially on warm fall days. Rattlesnakes can surprise you with their telltale sound…or surprise you even more when you see one that you didn’t hear.

That was the case as I photographed a mother and her seven year-old daughter on the Missouri River bluffs near Chamberlain for a South Dakota Tourism assignment. Mom was walking along, and then took one HUGE step over a juvenile rattlesnake lounging at the edge of a grassy area. No warning rattle. It was a dangerous situation, since the young ones are the most potent; they haven’t yet learned to shut off the venom spigot once they start biting you and instead inject more than an adult would.

We continued the shoot with no further issues…but we checked the grass wherever we walked from then on.

riverblogLaRayne and Sage Woster along the Missouri River north of Chamberlain.

Meet me in Vermont

blogTSCfoliageAh, Vermont in the fall.

Recently I worked with longtime client Tractor Supply Company to get some farm imagery with an autumn theme, and we had a great time shooting in the Green Mountains for a couple of days. We hit the beginning of the foliage, so the trees had a long way to go yet, but that’s what you get when you plan a shoot several weeks in advance. I was able to add on a “personal day” before the shoot, and spent it shooting the colors and also frolfing on two awesome disc golf courses. Great trip!

blogTSCvermont1Father and son and dog.

blogTSCcalvesBottle calves.

blogReneeOur trusty producer Renee holding the Tri-Grip.

blogTSCtracieArt director Tracie gets a boost onto a round bale.

Crazy Train

GregbnsfAnother shoot for BNSF, this time in Wyoming and Nebraska. Lots of driving, lots of oil and grease (which puts me right into my element), and lots of searching for the right light.

Here I am after shooting some BNSF locomotive drivers doing their thing in Gillette. Hats off to another successful shoot!