MO-KAN roller girlz: a roller derby team turns 10

MO-KAN roller girlz: a roller derby team turns 10

Mo-kan roller girlz turn 10 this year. Here's a few shots from the short-and-sweet celebration photo shoot, complete with an adult version of a CAKE SMASH. 

....and a listing of my favorite ridiculous roller derby names. 

Mystique Boutique

Mystique Boutique

lifestyle + catalogue shoot for clothing store, "Mystique Boutique"

TECHNOLOGY ∝ ART

TECHNOLOGY ∝ ART

A post about the new L16 camera and what new technology can mean for artists everywhere.

Here's the thing we need to remember. ALL of us artists, in some sense, are "cheating" according to the past. But the past also reminds us... without change & technological progress, a culture's art can grow stale. 

Instant Karma 7 course beer dinner

Instant Karma 7 course beer dinner

7 course beer dinner- a beautiful collaboration between O'Fallon brewing company & Instant Karma restaurant. Documented candid moments in and out of the kitchen, as well as some beauty shots of the gourmet dishes. Fun was had by all. 

[for creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT, PART 2

[for creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT, PART 2

You need moments to dwell in the clouds, of course- without the space to play, your art dies. But you also need something to keep you tethered back to Earth so that whatever you find up there in the blue skies, you can bring back to the surface to actually create.

ere's 5 creative constraints to grow your art mind...

[For creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT

[For creatives]: CREATIVE CONSTRAINT

The trick is that creative limitations are not black-and-white, and most of us have a lot of trouble telling a good one from a bad one. We're either too scared to jump any fences and our ideas never grow, or we ignore every voice of practicality in our lives in favor of our creative voice, becoming slave to that instead (and therefore never actually getting anything done)....

Kaitlyn:: retro model session

Kaitlyn:: retro model session

So here's a shoot breaking away from my "normal" work- as in, I don't typically shoot fashion. But Kaitlyn is a born model and wanted some shots done, and I had the perfect spot in mind for her vintage vibe. Top it off with a  retro bicycle from "columbia bicycles" and we had something awesome going here...

Tools beneath the trade

Tools beneath the trade

It's amazing how freeing for the mind it is to let apps and other organizational tools keep track of your floating thoughts for you.  

Here are 6 digital tools that have helped me...

REMEMBERING:: the joplin Tornado

REMEMBERING:: the joplin Tornado

In 2011, I waited until a month after the tornado itself to pull out a camera to capture the aftermath. When I did, I wanted to show the complexity of it; the sadness, humor, starkness, surrealness, hope, and community. Here's some of those images... 

[HIPSTER] SHAKESPEARE

[HIPSTER] SHAKESPEARE

The image popped into my head had little explanation, but it was very clear; hipster Shakespeare, dramatically poised with a super 8 camera....

Jesus Jam

Jesus Jam

I decided to take a little break from my 'how to make a photonovel' series. I have pictures from a beautiful night that I needed to share...

How to make a photonovel... part 2 (THE PITCH)

How to make a photonovel... part 2 (THE PITCH)

Does this mean, take the common road? The road of 'big macs sell best, so why create a new dish?' Well you know better than that. It doesn't mean give up, it means prepare yourself for one hell of a pitch. 

How to make a photonovel... dissecting a year long project

How to make a photonovel... dissecting a year long project

This is the first post in a series that will walk through the process of creating a commissioned, full length work in a largely unexplored medium. It is both terrifying and exciting trying to do something new in a creative field; this particular process felt like forming  a movie, an ad campaign, and a graphic novel all at the same time.

I learned a tremendous amount, and my goals in this blog series are threefold:
 

  1.  to remind myself of what I learned
  2.  to help others in similar fields to learn alongside me
  3.  to give some really fun 'behind the scenes' context for  "the Joplin undercurrent".