Meluxine – Dress Handfuls

    Meluxine – Dress Handfuls “Aw, we lost the sun,” Meluxine said, as she noticed the gorgeous shafts of sunlight that until very recently had been beautifully falling on her through the window, had faded away. She was wearing a sparkly gold and black striped dress by Mango and when the sun hit it, it …

Jessamyne Morning Shoreline Surprise

 Sometimes you get surprises. Jessamyne and I were up early, shooting along one of the shorelines on the north end of Kauai. I had picked the location because of the beautiful exposed tree roots due to sand erosion over the years. Quite striking. And we did two setups along the shore there. Both beautiful. We paused …

Photo Daily: Glass Runway North Seal River Manitoba Canada

  200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Half way to the North Pole from Chicago. And it only took four different planes to get here. Each getting increasingly smaller as we flew further north. This was my second work trip to distant points on the top of the globe I never imagined I’d ever travel …

Photo Daily: Morgan Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

  Packing light isn’t really an option when you’re heading to Paris to photograph beautiful couture. We arrived with six suitcases full of fashion. An occupational hazard. But the locations are inspiring and that’s why you lug a crazy amount of clothing and camera gear with you. There’s nothing like shooting in Paris. We made …

Photo Daily: Flight Fishing

  Any of you Gentle Readers who know me well, if asked to describe me in a word, would probably not volunteer, “Outdoorsman,” as one of your initial descriptives. In fact, that term probably wouldn’t even show up in your top 25 list. Yet here I was. Way up in the northern tip of Saskatchewan, …

Photo Daily: Looking Down on Montmartre from Sacré-Cœur Basilica

  300 stairs. Morgan and I looked at each other tentatively. We both knew I get a little claustrophobic climbing up into the increasingly narrow basilica stairways of beautiful cathedrals. The passageways seem to close in on me and I always fear that I’ll be going up and meet another group coming down and there …

Photo Daily: Treetop Eiffel Tower

  I’ve often said that one of my favorite things about wandering Paris at night is the surprise of the top of the illuminated Eiffel Tower suddenly appearing in my path. I was walking along the Right Bank around midnight one evening when it magically appeared over the treetops. Paris is a wonderful walking city …

Photo Daily: Michelangelo Park over Florence, Italy

  This was my first view of Florence. Hard to beat that. Like all great cities, Florence has a beautiful river running through it, in this case, the River Arno. From this vantage point atop Michelangelo Park, you can see the 14th century Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the dome of Il Duomo di Firenze (Florence …

Photo Daily: Writing at Cafe Adler, Berlin

    Before there were laptops, at least of the weight and battery life you could easily travel with. Long before smartphones. Before blogs. Before any of that, I always traveled with a little spiral notepad. I love to write when I’m traveling. Only the tools I use have evolved. I remember during one month-long trip, I …

Photo Daily: Café Adler, Berlin

  It was only a few years after the Berlin Wall came down. Café Adler was a little coffee shop, across the street from the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, one of the main crossing points between the old East and West Germany. The, YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR sign, in multiple languages, was still in place, even …