Happy Father’s Day

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Photo by Nikki Stenson

I count it as such a privilege to be the father of two wonderful boys. It is my hope that my photography points families to the wonderful joy and privilege that children are. My hope is that as families look at my images, they are reminded of how wonderful being a family is.

As a father speaking to other fathers, it is my hope that you are overcome with awe of the beautiful and fulfilling role that you have been blessed with.

Happy Father’s Day!

Discovering Winnie The Pooh

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This morning my oldest son was wandering around the house like he does when he is a little bit bored. He walked over to one of our bookshelves and pulled off a book that had been sitting there for some time. It was a collection of the original Winnie the Pooh stories. He opened it up and began to explore the pages with interest he had never shown before in that book. Something about today made that book special. He proceeded to look through the whole book for a good 15 or 20 minutes which is quite a long while for a two year old.

I was reminded to continue to look for new things in old places both as a photographer and as a human being. Maybe something that was mundane yesterday will be fresh and exciting today.

A Very Special Maternity Session

One thing that I love about photographing people is that I get to capture once in a lifetime moments that people will get to look at for the rest of their lives and remember. Every once in a while, I get to capture one of those moments for myself. As some of you may know, my wife and I are expecting our second son. Even in the cold Wisconsin winter this presented the chance to capture a moment that we will never have again.
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Merry Christmas

Hello all and Merry Christmas! We’ve had what I would call perfect Christmas weather: loads of snow and cold temperatures. Yesterday, I decided to go out and try to capture just a little bit of what I love about this time of year in my hometown of Port Washington. Here’s what I came back with.
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I hope you all enjoy peace and rest with your families this Christmas!

Bentley

I had the privilege last week of spending some time with the Decker family. The Decker’s recently welcomed home their adopted son, Bentley. We had a great time making photos together. I truly do count it a privilege when I am invited into a family’s home to capture just a little bit of the unique love that they have for each other. It was seriously cold out for this shoot so we only spent a short while outside, but I think these photos show that when people love each other you can capture gorgeous photos wherever you are.

A Visit To the Lion’s Den

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BUTTERFLY AT THE LAKE“Caught” this butterfly on a recent trip to Lion’s Den Gorge.

We are fortunate to live within a few miles of some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. My family took a trip to one of those places called Lion’s Den Gorge. We got to hike around the park quite a bit and my son enjoyed spending some time down by the lake. I brought my t2i along and captured some photos and some video.

I happened upon a great band from the UK on soundcloud called The Folk Remedy. One of their free download tracks worked well with my footage. You can check them out here https://soundcloud.com/thefolkremedy.

Lights in the Sky

This weekend the main street association of Port Washington held a really cool event allowing the public to purchase and launch Chinese lanterns over the harbor. I had never see Chinese lanterns launched before. The closest thing I could compare the vibe to was a fireworks launch. And yet, it was so different.

When I got down to the park I was immediately struck by the communal feel of this event. There were lots of people talking and hanging out, discussing the impending launch. But then, as I looked closing I realized what was different about this community event, it was participatory. At least half of the people at the park were preparing to launch their own lantern.

Chinese Lantern Launch

I think that’s what made this event so special to me. People were not just passively watching something beautiful they were actively making the night sky beautiful. And the really cool part is that no one person down at the park could have made the night as beautiful as all of us put together. It reminded me of our interdependence and connectedness.

Chinese Lantern Launch

In addition to this I loved the fact that people made the lanterns themselves their own. I noticed one older gentleman and a younger boy who had painted remembrances of a passed away loved one. Some others were simple launching their lanterns to see how high they would go. For others the launch was a special moment shared with partner. Each story was unique yet they they all melded together into one, extraordinary experience.