My New Book: Art, Beauty and Photography

Sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

I’ve bought a few large, coffee table photography books (Michael Kenna, John Sexton and Nick Brandt are some of my recent purchases), and they’re beautiful works of art. Heavy paper, with rich, large prints that fill the page– you just can’t compare it to looking at pictures on the internet. You have to hold their photos in your hands to really appreciate how beautiful they are.

For the last nine years, I’ve been traveling to the far northeast corner of America every October, to a small island where I spend a week photographing the landscape at Acadia National Park. Now, I’ve put all my best images into my first coffee table photography book. I’ve been planning this book for years, and have spent a lot of time over the past few months putting it all together… and I’m really excited about how beautiful this is going to be. A professional book designer is doing the layout, and a book publisher with experience creating photography art books is doing the printing.

I wanted total control of which pictures would go in the book, as well as all the design elements, so I made the decision to self-publish the book. Unfortunately, publishing a book is incredibly expensive so I’m using Kickstarter to raise funds for the printing costs. If I get the money needed for an initial print run of 1,000 copies, I’ll be covering the remaining expenses of distributing the book and rewards for everyone who backs the project. If all goes to plan, the book will be done by mid-summer.

The book will be big (12×12 inches), with large color and black and white prints. Panoramas will cover the double page spreads, measuring almost two feet wide. The book is 144 pages long, with notes at the back about how I made some of the images, as well as some background information on Acadia.

If you’d like to get a copy of the book, please consider supporting my Kickstarter project by pre-ordering a copy starting at $50 (retail price will be about $60). On Kickstarter, you pledge money to back a project, and get rewards for different levels of support. I’m giving out copies of the book, large wall prints and a photography workshop with me in Acadia (or in Chicago) as just some of the rewards for backers of the project. If the project doesn’t get the full funding, you won’t be charged for your pledge, so you won’t lose money if you decide to back the project.

To find out more and watch a short video I made to promote the book, visit my Kickstarter page here.

One last thing- please share this post on your Facebook page, your blog, tweet about it and let your photography-loving friends and artists know. The more people that hear about it, the more chance we have of seeing the book get printed. Sharing buttons are below the last photo on this page.

I really believe this could be the most beautiful book you’ve ever owned. Below are some samples of images from the book. Email me with any questions. Thanks for your support!

Dawn at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

single image dummy single image dummy 2 pano book dummy Sunset at Jordan Pond- the Bubble Mountains, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA Abstract Aspen Trunks, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA The coastline around Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA Beaver Dam Pond at dusk, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Photographing the Next Generation of Artists and Musicians

Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoot

I’ve been shooting for the Community School of the Arts for almost twenty years, though I only just starting working for them again in 2013 after about a ten year break. They’re affiliated with the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and teach music and art to children ages 2-18. It’s a fun client to have and every shoot is different from the last.

I’ve done the last few covers for their course brochure. The top picture was a recent cover, and one of my favorites. The large window framed the student and pupil so well- I only wish we had a large green tree outside the window, but at the beginning of March, bare trees are your only option! Fortunately, we scouted the location a few days before we did the shoot and I knew what lighting to bring along. Without extra lights, the teacher and student would have been silhouetted against the bright window panes.

The whole objective of the photos is to show children enjoying the arts- enthusiastically learning in a positive environment. While some of the photos were posed specifically for the pictures, others were caught off the cuff during actual lessons. The client was happy, I was happy and hopefully enrollment saw an uptick after the brochures came out.

Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoots

Cover image- this one took a lot of planning and setup, including moving a grand piano into the background down the narrow hallway. My son and the client’s son both got into the shot (I had to bribe mine with $15). In the end, it was relegated to the inside cover, but still one of my favorites.

Wheaton College Magazine Shoot- Community School of the Arts- CODA (Community Outreach for Developing Artists) Program, West Chicago Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoots/ Visual Arts Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoots Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoot Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoot Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoot Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Marketing Shoots/ Visual Arts