1. in a recent dream I caught a huge fish with my bare hands. 
yesterday I caught my first two legit Rainbows while flyfishing a river. 
FISH ON! 
#flyfishing #rainbowtrout (at Oakley Rodeo Grounds & City Park)

    in a recent dream I caught a huge fish with my bare hands.
    yesterday I caught my first two legit Rainbows while flyfishing a river.
    FISH ON!
    #flyfishing #rainbowtrout (at Oakley Rodeo Grounds & City Park)

  2. just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
- to all the brave souls who fight their daily unseen demons,  and spurred by the tragic loss of #RobinWilliams.
this was a test shoot i threw together while during my quick stay in the windy city. perhaps more to come. many thanks to Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Center of Chicago for your willingness to create. #boxonfire #education #awareness #compassion #understandinga little Q and Ashortly after posting this image a friend sent me the following question: That last photo. I’m swooning. How did you do it. Please share. What was your camera set at? I know that probably doesn’t matter, but damn, I just keep staring at it over and over! Well done!i thought it’d be good to give a little insight and share with you my response:
the set up that lead to a happy accident.it was shot at dusk, soft light.85mm prime lens, iso400, f2.8 @ 1/80the concept, the messaging, the model, the color, the setting, the exposure (movement of traffic), the light, the DOF - that was all pre-constructed, predetermined and intentional. however, the exact perfect placement of the window of the bus, to frame her perfectly, the symmetry and balance, was purely magic.There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. - Napoleon.

what’s to be learned? sometimes when you’re busting your ass making whatever magic you can - life really steps in and makes the real magic. 

    just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    - to all the brave souls who fight their daily unseen demons,
    and spurred by the tragic loss of #RobinWilliams.

    this was a test shoot i threw together while during my quick stay in the windy city. perhaps more to come.
    many thanks to Paige Fraser of Visceral Dance Center of Chicago for your willingness to create. #boxonfire #education #awareness #compassion #understanding


    a little Q and A
    shortly after posting this image a friend sent me the following question: 
    That last photo. I’m swooning. How did you do it. Please share. What was your camera set at? I know that probably doesn’t matter, but damn, I just keep staring at it over and over! Well done!

    i thought it’d be good to give a little insight and share with you my response:

    the set up that lead to a happy accident.
    it was shot at dusk, soft light.
    85mm prime lens, iso400, f2.8 @ 1/80
    the concept, the messaging, the model, the color, the setting, the exposure (movement of traffic), the light, the DOF - that was all pre-constructed, predetermined and intentional. 
    however, the exact perfect placement of the window of the bus, to frame her perfectly, the symmetry and balance, was purely magic.
    There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. - Napoleon.

    what’s to be learned?
    sometimes when you’re busting your ass making whatever magic you can - life really steps in and makes the real magic. 

  3. last night I dreamt I was on a crashing ship. just before the waves swallowed us, I looked to see my father, and within that still moment we communicated. His eyes spoke and said, “I don’t know what to do son. I’ve lost the control. We are crashing. I’m afraid, and I have hope in you.” and with that, I jumped into the water. and the water was infinitely clear, each tiny particle was brilliantly amplified like I’ve never seen. and I turned in the water to see an inviting brightness. I knew my direction that I should swim. And it was hope. And as I swam towards it I saw a school of large fish. I knew that this fish would save us. And I pursued the fish until I caught one in my confident bare hands. And I rose from the water holding the fish tightly in my hands. and it was then that I knew my family and I were going to be okay. 

I know that this light is of God. and I know that if I push forward with confidence, nothing doubting, we will be fed. 
When all is crashing around you, when your ship is about to crack and sink - we must remember and look to our God who will save us. 

I am troubled more than I have ever been. I find myself swimming in the polarities of life, where things are more brilliantly pronounced more than ever before, I am so richly blessed. and yet I feel so incredibly robbed. so cruelly challenged. Darkness fighting against light. 

this portrait of my father is also a portrait of me.

My heartfelt gratitude to you all for your love and support. 

#als #alssucks #alsawareness #kissmyals #alsicebucketchallenge #bitterfruit #looktogod #hope #portrait  (at Stansbury Park Lake)

    last night I dreamt I was on a crashing ship. just before the waves swallowed us, I looked to see my father, and within that still moment we communicated. His eyes spoke and said, “I don’t know what to do son. I’ve lost the control. We are crashing. I’m afraid, and I have hope in you.” and with that, I jumped into the water. and the water was infinitely clear, each tiny particle was brilliantly amplified like I’ve never seen. and I turned in the water to see an inviting brightness. I knew my direction that I should swim. And it was hope. And as I swam towards it I saw a school of large fish. I knew that this fish would save us. And I pursued the fish until I caught one in my confident bare hands. And I rose from the water holding the fish tightly in my hands. and it was then that I knew my family and I were going to be okay.

    I know that this light is of God. and I know that if I push forward with confidence, nothing doubting, we will be fed.
    When all is crashing around you, when your ship is about to crack and sink - we must remember and look to our God who will save us.

    I am troubled more than I have ever been. I find myself swimming in the polarities of life, where things are more brilliantly pronounced more than ever before, I am so richly blessed. and yet I feel so incredibly robbed. so cruelly challenged. Darkness fighting against light.

    this portrait of my father is also a portrait of me.

    My heartfelt gratitude to you all for your love and support.

    #als #alssucks #alsawareness #kissmyals #alsicebucketchallenge #bitterfruit #looktogod #hope #portrait (at Stansbury Park Lake)

  4. just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. 

in honor of #robinwilliams and all the brave souls who fight their own unseen demons…daily. 
personal work in progress. obvs, raw. 
many thanks to Paige (model) and @chazcago of the Visceral Dance Center in Chicago. and thanks to my homie @calamityzak for the assistance  (yeah yeah). (at The Art Institute of Chicago)

    just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    in honor of #robinwilliams and all the brave souls who fight their own unseen demons…daily.
    personal work in progress. obvs, raw.
    many thanks to Paige (model) and @chazcago of the Visceral Dance Center in Chicago. and thanks to my homie @calamityzak for the assistance (yeah yeah). (at The Art Institute of Chicago)

  5. I want to send a thank you to all the souls that have supported me and my family during this amazing campaign for #alsawareness during the #alsicebucketchallenge. I have been nominated several times for the challenge and I promise to do so, but my Dad has been away touring the west coast and I really want this awareness, of our family coming together and dealing with ALS, to include him. This fight, this cause, this movement is for him, and we are a part of him. 
so bare with me as I myself am also away and hustling along the shores of the Great Lake Michigan. 
When we return and reunite I’d like to meet the ALS ice bucket challenges, but to do it as family together. That’s what this is all about. 
My love.  (at Lake Shore Drive(North Ave. Beach))

    I want to send a thank you to all the souls that have supported me and my family during this amazing campaign for #alsawareness during the #alsicebucketchallenge. I have been nominated several times for the challenge and I promise to do so, but my Dad has been away touring the west coast and I really want this awareness, of our family coming together and dealing with ALS, to include him. This fight, this cause, this movement is for him, and we are a part of him.
    so bare with me as I myself am also away and hustling along the shores of the Great Lake Michigan.
    When we return and reunite I’d like to meet the ALS ice bucket challenges, but to do it as family together. That’s what this is all about.
    My love. (at Lake Shore Drive(North Ave. Beach))

  6. we all are fallen. 
we all are broken. 

#afterthefall #rodin (at The Art Institute of Chicago)

    we all are fallen.
    we all are broken.

    #afterthefall #rodin (at The Art Institute of Chicago)

  7. dis ability. 

#ada #adda #dis

 (at The Art Institute of Chicago, René Magritte - the Mystery of the Ordinary)

    dis ability.

    #ada #adda #dis

    (at The Art Institute of Chicago, René Magritte - the Mystery of the Ordinary)

  8. gothic people watching. 

#americangothic  (at The Art Institute of Chicago, René Magritte - the Mystery of the Ordinary)

    gothic people watching.

    #americangothic (at The Art Institute of Chicago, René Magritte - the Mystery of the Ordinary)

  9. i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
#chicago  (at Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group)

    i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
    #chicago (at Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group)

  10. i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
#chicago  (at Millennium Park)

    i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
    #chicago (at Millennium Park)

  11. i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
#chicago #minimalism #minimalist  (at Millennium Park)

    i barely know you and i’m already falling in love with you. (chicago)
    #chicago #minimalism #minimalist (at Millennium Park)

  12. If I surrender
And I don’t fight this wave
I won’t go under
I’ll only get carried away
…wave. 
(beck)

i feel so tossed in a stormy wave. alone. and I have to ride things out. I won’t allow myself to go under. I’ll only be carried away. 
thank you to all my loved ones that reach into my dark waters and are continually there for me. 

#tbt #beck #tcsbeck #beckslc

    If I surrender
    And I don’t fight this wave
    I won’t go under
    I’ll only get carried away
    …wave.
    (beck)

    i feel so tossed in a stormy wave. alone. and I have to ride things out. I won’t allow myself to go under. I’ll only be carried away.
    thank you to all my loved ones that reach into my dark waters and are continually there for me.

    #tbt #beck #tcsbeck #beckslc

  13. Chicago, i’m hanging with you. 

IN THE HOME is coming to your neighborhood next week!
i have Mon-Tues 25-26th open and am scheduling appointments now!

see you soon Chi-town!

#inthehome #dustontoddinthehome #lifestylephotography #dustontodd

    Chicago, i’m hanging with you.

    IN THE HOME is coming to your neighborhood next week!
    i have Mon-Tues 25-26th open and am scheduling appointments now!

    see you soon Chi-town!

    #inthehome #dustontoddinthehome #lifestylephotography #dustontodd

  14. Chicago… do you really wanna party with me. let me see just what you got for me. put all your hands where my eyes can see…

IN THE HOME is coming to your neighborhood next week!
i have Mon-Tues 25-26th open and am scheduling spots now!

see you soon Chi-town!

#inthehome #dustontoddinthehome #lifestylephotography #dustontodd

    Chicago… do you really wanna party with me. let me see just what you got for me. put all your hands where my eyes can see…

    IN THE HOME is coming to your neighborhood next week!
    i have Mon-Tues 25-26th open and am scheduling spots now!

    see you soon Chi-town!

    #inthehome #dustontoddinthehome #lifestylephotography #dustontodd

  15. shadow+molt // shed my skin

#molt #tarantula #spider #minimalist #minimalism #dustontodd #boxonfire  (at Stansbury Park Lake)

    shadow+molt // shed my skin

    #molt #tarantula #spider #minimalist #minimalism #dustontodd #boxonfire (at Stansbury Park Lake)