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New Work, New Partners!


Been a crazy good summer with more travel and meetings and non shooting stuff going on, but so good!  I’m excited to have begun work for Banded, (,  CVA, (, and Bergara, (   I’m so looking forward to getting into full swing with all of them.  It’s going to be a tremendous fall season!  The shot above is one of my first for Banded.  I have also taken on the role and responsibilities as photo editor for and their editorial content.  This is going to be really exciting for so many reasons!  I am going to be working with some of the best in the business and trying to add to their already incredible platform.   Wish me luck!  Currently there are several Fall/Winter trips planned for work and I expect to add a couple more to the list soon.  I knocked down a nice 10 point at the KY farm already and am looking forward to hunting more here at home as well as Iowa this winter.  It’s going to be such a great year!

I’m also including a couple of recent pix from my Instagram feed.  Hope you like them.

This one is from Lake Eufaula in Alabama where I lead a couple of photography workshops.


This was from my tree stand in Indiana last night.


The entrance to the KY farm a week ago or so.


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My trip the the Keys earlier this year was the first time I really had a chance to use an U/W housing.  After some initial problems, I fell in love with it.  Upon returning home, I managed to find a gently used AquaTech housing for my Nikons and I had a new piece of gear!  The possibilities that I think this device can open up is nearly endless, or at least as endless as a normally land based photog can imagine.  I had a chance last week to shoot with a new model in a friends pool and I got to see first hand exactly how much fun this piece of gear is going to be.  I’m already scheduling the next UW shoot as I write this.  A few more pix are below.  Pay no mind to my friend and assistant for this shoot hamming it up with the model…

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Eye of the Beholder

Recently, an artist/photographer friend of mine, Aaron Coston, (, took one of my original images and worked it to his hearts content.  The image became something quite nice, but also quite different than what I saw when I shot it.  It made me realize just how much interpretation there is in everything we see.  Aaron also made a short video of the PS work he did on the image and a link to it is below.  If I even knew 10% of what this guy knows, I could be dangerous!  Anyhow, the link and the 2 versions of the same image are below.  Which do you prefer, and why?



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Remember Me?

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I’d like to say it seems like forever since I’ve taken the time to write something here, but the truth is, it has been forever!  So many thing have happened that I don’t know where to begin.  Work through the late winter and early spring went well and has rolled right into late spring and early summer in KY, as has been the case for several years now.  I began an “Ambassadorship” for OtterBox and shoot for for some of their social media outlets.  I’ve also began working for a new client, Banded, which I’m enjoying immensley and started shooting again with Prois.  How could you not enjoy that!  Realtree is still provides a steady diet of work, as do a couple other longtime clients, so life continues to be very good.  Above is one of the shots from a shoot I did for Prois here at the farm recently.  Below are some other new, random images shot since the last time I posted here.  There is going to be a bit more work coming up in the country music industry again soon and also I believe, a bit more fishing photography.

After renting an underwater housing for my camera for a week of shooting in the Florida Keys for Realtree, I decided to purchase one on my own.  It feels like a whole new way of seeing things and opens so many previously unavailable subjects.  I know it’s going to be a great addition to my normal gear.  I’ll have to wait to post any of the the RT pix however.  Some of them are or will be shortly running in ads in some saltwater fishing magazines.  I’ll also have a new mag cover to show you soon that will be on the July edition of a mag too, that was shot here at the farm.  I’ll have more new stuff to share soon.


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We got whacked by a pretty good snow storm in the Chicago area over the weekend.  They’re saying #5 all time in the city.  Anyhow, the good news is all the snow makes for good pix.  The bad news is it can be difficult, if not downright impossible to get anywhere until some of the roads are cleared.  These pix got shot just a few yards out of the backyard.  Sort of making the best of the situation I suppose.  I’ll be shooting more Realtree effectiveness stuff in the next several days here at home in the snow then heading south to Mississippi  to shoot for a variety of clients for a week or so.  Back home and off to Michigan for an RMEF banquet that Stacy and I are on the committee for, then flying off to SanAntonio, TX for a shoot for a few days.  Notice the next couple jobs involve WARM?  Yeah, that’s not by accident…   Anyhow, I hope you like the pix.





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New Use For My Pix

Realtree TVRecently Realtree has begun using several of my Max5 effectiveness photos in a TV spot for the pattern.  Giving it a “Ken Burns” sort of treatment, the pix sort of come alive, or at least have some perceived motion to them that makes them work pretty well I think.  And it certainly is a huge boost for this old dude’s ego to see his photos on TV and on the big screens at both the ATA and SHOT shows recently.  You can usually catch them on any of the outdoor channels or in the clip below.  Hope you like it.

PS  Please give it a couple moments to load entirely.  I’m still trying to get it to show up quicker.


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Max1 XT



Several weeks ago I made a trip out west to Utah but didn’t really show too much from it except for a couple of non-hunting related photos of a friend, Kimberly Grimes.  The main reason for the trip was to make some photos for a new pattern being introduced by Realtree.  Max1 XT.  I’v never really spent much time out west or with the original Max1, so this was an entirely new experience for me!  I had a blast and the photos came out very well to boot.  The other day at the start of the ATA show, Realtree introduced Max1 XT with some of my images and will promote it even more at the upcoming SHOT Show in Vegas next week.  The hunter in the second image seems to all but disappear in the surroundings.  I’m excited and anxious to see how some of the images from the trip will eventually get used.  The few photos here are among my favorites.  I hope you like them.

On another note, it looks like the new work year will begin with a bowhunting shoot immediately after returning from Vegas, here at home, then directly out to Mississippi for some waterfowl hunting photography and then a bit further west for a job or two in Texas.  I need to get back to the farm in Kentucky to finish up a few days of work for Realtree and begin a new job for Prois, then it will be back down to Florida and the Keys!  Now that leg of the trip is most definitely going to be my favorite! You gotta know that there’s going to be a bit of fishing and golf thrown in there as well.




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Season is Drawing to a Close



With Christmas just around the corner, it looks like my shooting season is coming to an end.  I’m spending a last few days here in Kentucky to finish up a couple of jobs that need to be done, and then I’ll be headed back home.  The ATA show is right after the first of the year and then a week later is the annual pilgrimage to Vegas for the SHOT show.  Typically I sweat and gnash my teeth for about 2-3 months in trying to select the right images for my presentations at these two shows.  This year, I’ll be starting next week when I get home.  I’m not sure if the lack of time to change my mind will be beneficial or cause for failure.  Time will tell I guess.  Wish me luck!  Most of the work I’ve been shooting, both here in Kentucky, back home in Indiana, and out West is for projects that won’t be made public till the upcoming trade shows.  However, as in Utah, I had the opportunity to work with a young woman, in this case Beka Garris, outside our  regular planned work.  She was a joy to hang with and has an incredible hunting ethic and tremendous drive for it.  Anyhow, here are a few pix shot during down time from our regularly scheduled shoots.  Hope you like them.






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Kimberly Grimes



I had a chance recently to photograph a beautiful young woman by the name of Kimberly Grimes.  (

She lives out west in some of the most fantastic terrain you could imagine!  Mountains, trees, rocks, enormous skies, all combining for an awesome few hours of photography.











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Guns, Guns, Guns!



I had the opportunity recently to spend some time in the Washington DC area, shooting for FNH USA,, and their catalog for the upcoming year.

I ended up making 2 separate trips to finish the job.  Man, I had no idea just how cool some of the guns they made really were!  Not only did

I get the chance to see these guns in use, I might have also had a chance to pull a couple triggers…  We worked with some of the local law enforcement

agencies, some of their pro competition shooters, and some military folks.  Saying it was fun was an understatement.  We had a blast, literally!

I’ve included a few of the photos that we shot that were cleared for publication at this time, but hope to be able to show you a few more in the upcoming weeks.

3 gun expert Dave Sevigny, above was just one of the terrific people I got to work with.  Dave even had a few shooting tips for me.  Below are a couple more pix

from the multi-day shoot.  Hope you like them!




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