Over this past summer our family made the trek down to St Louis from Madison to see my brother Alex get married and it was an adventure.
We decided to combine this celebration with a history lesson, and given our son Oliver’s terrific interest in the 16th president of these great United States, we figured what better layover than Springfield, IL? We hit up a few historical sights before heading down south a bit further to a beautiful park in St Louis.
It was a beautiful day, we met beautiful people, and we witnessed a beautiful thing.
Here’s a sampling from that perfect day.
Alex & Sam Got Married!
Tis the season for delicious spirits to both warm the body and cleanse the soul. For a limited time, some rarities can be found right down on Monroe Street at the beautifully appointed Brasserie V.
One would be hard-pressed to find another local event that encapsulats this much energy and excitement, while involving some real serious athleticism, and some real serious BBQ and beer. Couple all that with it’s contestants traversing SO MUCH of what central Madison has to offer – all while decked out in ridiculous costumes, no less – and you have the Isthmus Paddle & Portage.
Three beautiful parks, two magnificent lakes, and one superb event that encompasses just about everything it means to be a Madisonian, this year’s event was everything is should have been and more. It lived up to it’s 35-year tradition in usual style and I was glad to be there once again to cover every zany moment.
Here’s a small sampling of what went down:
— 2014 Paddle & Portage Gallery —
One mid-summer day in 2013 found me and my camera aboard a boat.
We were just a bit offshore from the Monona Terrace; our craft pacing while I captured images of two youngsters kayaking to and fro for the better part of the early morning. All of this in a highly collaborative effort to capture just one small moment that would serve to perfectly encapsulate what it means to experience Madison in Summer.
The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau used a few images from that day in an extensive ad campaign that ran in a multitude of online and print publications across the country, from USA Today to the Chicago Tribune.
As exciting as that was, we’re equally excited to announce today that one of the images captured that day was recently selected for the cover of the Official Spring/Summer 2014 Madison Visitors Guide.
We consider that mid-summer day’s shoot to be a successful one. Not only do the images serve as reminders of what’s in store for us Madisonians as we wait out the end of the bleakness, but also as a calling to all of you out there wherever you are to come here to Madison. You need to experience what Madison is in spring & summer. You need to get out on those beautiful lakes.
I had no idea how grande everything would be when I stepped foot on their campus and I didn’t even know what exactly it was they wanted me to shoot. Not until I was guided into their newly finished and much-famed Deep Space auditorium, did I fully realize the scale and majesty of the place.
This huge room was almost SILENT and I was so very small standing there in the middle of it all. I’ve never been to Disney World, but I imagine it’d feel a lot like that place.
Check out Deep Space.
Had the extreme pleasure of shooting Madison’s Color Me Rad 5K for the 2nd year in a row this past weekend. It’s always a blast to see so many Madisonians getting out there and getting weird while having fun and staying active.
Dirty happy people are always a joy to photograph.
See the full gallery here!
Beautifully located on the shore of Madison’s beautiful Lake Monona, this year’s event was as informative as it was fun.
When the Monona Terrace opened it’s doors in 1997 – following decades of bitter battle between the powers that be and those that would fund such extravagance – Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision was finally brought to fruition, allowing for hundreds of weddings and events, some much like the Isthmus Green Day held this past Saturday.
I had the honor and pleasure of shooting the event for the fine folks at Isthmus. And so, I’m pleased to share with you this small sampling of what was offered up in the form of family- and environmentally-friendly entertainment and education.
We’ve been experiencing some pretty blah weather as of late. LOTS of rain.
Pretty depressing stuff.
Had the pleasure of attending and shooting a gallery opening at the ArtIn Gallery in Madison over this past weekend. ART in BIKE out was billed as an “eclectic blend of bicycle inspired art” and boy did it deliver. So many fun folks were in attendance with so much great art to be seen while lively old-timey folk filled the space courtesy of Stompin’ Radishes. Met some cool people, ate some delicious food from local artisans Potter’s Crackers and got some great shots from a cool night.