Polar Vortex pt 1.

The actual coldest day of my entire life… still got out there for a few different sessions though! This one was a mid-afternoon lap around the river downtown. I believe it was -23 with a -40 wind chill at the time. By the end the touchscreen on my phone was inoperable, not sure if its cause the phone was too cold or if my fingers were no longer registering as human fingers.

4:30 Sunset : (

When the sun goes down at 4:30 pm all you can do is make the best of it. Spent about 20 minutes on foot yesterday between 1st and 2nd Ave on 6th street with the Sony 55-210mm, I’d say another 10-15 minutes and I woulda lost all feeling in my hands. It was brutal.

Mile High Snow Day

Spent this past Sunday afternoon wandering the Capital Hill/Cheeseman Park area of Denver as they got a few inches of snow. It was serene to say the least. S/o TJ for playing tour guide and being an amazing host for the weekend. Got a few sets of her on the way.

CR from Deep

UPDATE: I was getting too wordy with this one. Here’s CR from the Wilson Bridge, everythings for sale. K.I.S.S.

Wilis Dady Run and Ride 2018

This organization/event has a special place in my heart. Wilis Dady is a local non-profit that provides shelter and opportunities to the homeless and support for Veterans in the Cedar Rapids area. I’ve been participating in the event since day 1, back when it was the ‘Wilis Dady 5k Run for Shelter' and even placed 3rd in my age group one year (this will never happen again, seeing the turnout has increased every year, haha.) So having the opportunity the last couple of years to document the event as a volunteer means a lot to me and I don’t take the gig lightly! While most of what I turned in are fairly unextraordinary shots, I of course tried to get artsy on a few, which I’ve shared below. Hope they are able to use some for marketing this wonderful event in the future, go check them out and donate if you can, here.

Helicopter Over Myrtle

It was a week of many firsts for me, from eating oysters to deep sea fishing and the Saturday of my departure was no different . On the way to the airport my buddy CJ asked me if I wanted to hop on a helicopter before I left and I barely let him finish the question. 20 minutes later we’re cruising the Boardwalk a couple thousand feet up on one of the most beautiful days of the year. Near the end of the flight, the pilot asked us if we wanted the “stress free landing” or the “Vietnam re-entry”… Cam and I looked at each other and laughed, I said “Well we’d like to make it home, a lotta homies in Nam didn’t do that.” He turned around with a thumbs up, then proceeded to kamikaze dive bomb us into the trees to the point they were blowing around from the helicopter blades. We screamed and giggled like kids, and lived to tell about it. What an remarkable experience, love you CJ.

The Fam in Kansas

These ones just mean more. A huge thank you to my aunt for trusting me to capture these moments, and a special shoutout to my uncle Bob for being such tremendous, thoughtful, articulate speaker. Gotta keep the kleenex near by when he jumps on the mic. And of course, congrats to Kyle and Rachel, I’ll send some prints down soon! Here are just a few of my favorite candids in black and white, check out the entire set here.

Calm Before the Storm - Garden City Beach, SC

It’s certainly bittersweet to look back on my extraordinary time in South Carolina last week knowing that a lot of the people and places that I saw will be suffering catastrophic damages over the next few days. My heart goes out to my homie Cam and his family, and I hope he knows I got him if they need anything. That being said he are a few of my favorite shots from the most spectacular sunrise I’ve seen in a very long time, 6:30 AM on a back-to-work Tuesday morning after Labor Day weekend on Myrtle Beach. It was just a fisherman, a guy in a beach chair still drinking from the night before, me and my camera. Unbelievably peaceful, and a stark contrast from what the beach will look like in about 36 hours.