MorningPortrait #20 – August 29, 2013


A stop by the old weekend, skateboarding, stomping grounds.


MorningPortrait #19 – August 28, 2013

MorningPortrait #19 - August 28, 2013

Yeaaahhh … definitely cheated on this one, not a stranger but my beautiful girlfriend Kyla! The stars aligned, the moon was blue, and we miraculously had a day off together. She is also a temporary railroader pursuing the creative life, so her schedule being equally as hectic as mine, makes shared days off few and far between.

Out for coffee and after careful seat selection we were sitting in the best coffee light available. Big window light right, acting as key, and bouncing off the neighbor table adding a little warmth from below. Hair light coming from the window in back, also working double time, bouncing off the wall as fill. After catching this I decided I liked it too much to not use, and wouldn’t bother stalking a stranger before the harsh mid day light set in. Can you blame me? 😉

Oh, and be sure to check out Kyla’s blog, Riding on Rail Cars – Slave to an Age-Old Trade.

Friends … I am back.

And here is an incredible short film I found on facebook stream via friend Will Christiansen, animator extraordinaire and fellow photographer, check out his work >here and >here, the man has skills.

Film by Anthony Cerniello, be sure to check out the work on his >site. Anthony also has skills.

To all worried I had died in a tragic pogo-sticking accident, or something equally likely, I apologize. More MorningPortraits coming soon!

MorningPortrait #18 – August 26, 2013


After being shut down a record number of times since starting this project, I ran into the “Ice Cold Ryders” the motorcycle gang that has a club house right below my apartment. Going against the biker gang stereotype, they all seem to be super nice guys, and more than one was happy to help me out. Out of the couple guys I shot this was my favorite one …. yeah, even with the sloppy framing.

MorningPortrait #16 – August 24, 2013


This one was almost too easy. I walked out the door of the coffee shop I frequent in Williston while working on the blog, and this gentleman here, happens to be sitting on the bench right outside the door. I popped off my lens cap, said hello, and even tricked him into looking at the blog on his phone as I set up the shot, two birds with one stone.