2015 Image Competition — PPA IPC

It has been a pretty good competition season! The Professional Photographers of America just wrapped up 4 days of judging (aprox 5200 entries) and three of my four images were “merit” worthy this year with one of them being accepted into the prestigious loan collection after a nail-biting judge’s challenge! All four images were of human subjects which was a first for me as well as client images. “Poof” was[…]


Yes! That was big fun! Sunday afternoon we had a swimmer and group of dancers over to create some exceptional images… Not your every day, run of the mill snapshots many of these will be showing up in area photographic competitions this next year! After basically plastic wrapping the studio we were set to splash[…]


My son Jake,​ and a lucky group of guys from Belleville’s Boy Scout Troop 553 are leaving tomorrow for a trip they will never forget. Along with two adult supervisors, they are boarding the train in St. Louis and riding west, then transferring to a bus which will take them to the Boy Scout’s Philmont[…]

Lemp Brewery Model Shoot

Fabulously fabulous! Working with experienced models is the best… and when they’re patient, can interpret bad direction, AND have that indescribable quality that somehow helps images jump off the screen… you’re in a happy place! I needed a model for a photo session with friend and fellow master photographer, Paul Rogers who was gonna be visiting[…]


Anastasia came to visit yesterday! As a young model in the St. Louis area it’s tough to get a portfolio developed… and Kevin Long’s The Edge Agency does a great job of doing just that. Kevin has always been a supporter of the local and state photography groups trying to supply models for various functions[…]

Eagle Scouts

    Boy Scout Troop 553 has a pretty proud tradition of ‘graduating’ an Eagle Scout every year or so. Yesterday we had the extreme pleasure of celebrating three scouts earning their Eagle rank. It really is quite impressive to hear the accomplishments of these boys young men. Between the three of these guys, hundreds[…]

Class of 2015!

Sessions range from $75 for a straight studio session to $200 for four hours of fabulous studio, woodlands and Saint Louis too! Session fees applied toward package prices and are based on time, outfit changes and locations. A la carte print pricing is available but discounted packages start at $499. We’ll make 3 appointments. First[…]


Tanya Reed’s Belleville Elite Dance Academy has some amazing dancers. No doubt about that. Recently at the Talent On Parade Nationals held in St. Louis one of her groups BANJI became the 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF 13-14 small groups division! Congrats to all these crazy talented gals! I can’t wait to continue working with these[…]

Flour Dance

The “flour dance”. I’d never seen it before… but I instantly knew this was something very cool that I was gonna do when I saw it recently at the AfterDark sessions in St. Louis. I had not even worked with dancers before but I’ve heard National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally, mention before that wherever he[…]

The Hunt [for mushrooms]

Some of my earliest fond memories are of my father and his three kids (I was number three) wandering through the woodland of Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana. We would walk with empty bread bags in hand with high hopes of finding the first mushroom of the season. Sometimes just to make it[…]

AfterDark – Saint Louis

AfterDark. Lots of things happen after dark. This week lots of very creative thinking was happening in Saint Louis. AfterDark has been a creative force in the photography industry since 2009. A dozen times since 2009 some of the most creative, innovative artists in the photography industry have gotten together and mentored THOUSANDs of their[…]


I recently wanted to try a couple ideas and who better to call than one of my recent high school seniors. That’s a big bonus for some of my senior subjects.. and for me too.. whenever I need to test some equipment, a location or an idea I have a good group of camera ready[…]