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I been a professional photographer since I worked for the US Government documenting Test and Evaluation of Research and Development projects for the US Army and US Navy in the later half of the 1980s. I came home to Maine to finish my Marketing Degree at USM and began to work full time in Market Research and Marketing for many years while documenting weddings and occasional photojournalist and commercial jobs on the weekends. In 2001 I again returned to photography as a full time trade and have never been a happier man. I love working with creative individuals, couples, small businesses and select Non-Profits and can’t imagine working in any other trade. In 1987 I was lucky enough to wed my high school sweetheart and we now live in a cozy little solar powered, recycled bungalow a mile deep in our woods in the Western Hills of Maine with our two brilliant home-schooled teenage daughters and our three cats.


Updates from the trip to Monterey, CA

Tracey and I were hired to document a wedding in Monterey, CA and we made a family vacation of the week prior to the wedding. (Haven't had a 'real' vacation for almost a decade, so we took the grrrls and had some fun.) Here are the photos that I've put on FaceBook from the trip...

Big Sur and the Redwoods

Mission San Carlos Borromea del Rio Carmelo

The 17 Mile Drive on Pebble Beach

Monterey Museum of Art Gardens

Monterey and the Surrounding Area


Elliot. Teacher...Artist...Lust for Creative Life.

Elliot lives on Walton Street in Portland and has turned his yard into an exploration of found art from the neighborhood. He is overjoyed and excited to share the experience with anyone who has sincere interest. He is a retired 5th grade teacher and as a lust for life that is contagious. The day I visited, he had just had a visit from a van full of developmentally challenged young adults. They and he had had a wonderful time exploring the ever changing installations.
Elliot is certainly one of the cool people who make Portland a really neat place for a city.

In Bloom, ForCynthia

When my mom was little my Nana used to tell her that Forcythia was "For Cynthia."
That has given me an extra smile while I've been enjoying these brilliant yellow expressions of New England waking up for a couple of weeks now.
Some of the other trees and bushes are also looking spectacular.


PAW #12, 2010

Muffin, Starbuck and Cassiopeia helping Tracey with her Geology homework.

PAW #11a, 2010

Another photo of the bored (yet fashionable) teens while shopping in Freeport. (Outlet Mecca.)

PAW #11, 2010

I've made a LOT of photographs of them in diners and restaurants while waiting for food all their lives. At 12 and 13, they've learned to just ignore me.
(Two S90 photos, stitched together in PS.CS3.)


PAW #9, 2010

We had nearly a full moon last night shining brightly on the newly fallen ice/slush/snow. This allowed me to revisit the trees from the bathroom window (hey, it was cold out there!) but with different camera settings. The previous shot (see:First Attempt at Pictorialism below) were made at 12,800 ISO, this one is merely 800ISO. Far less noise (~grain) and much better colour (which I retained this time), but then again, Luna was a quite a bit brighter. I'm REALLY happy with this little camera.
800ISO, 1Sec. f/2.0 handheld (braced) Canon S90.

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PAW #8, 2010

It has been mostly a very mild Winter but we got hit with a Slush Storm Nor'Easter last night. 8 inches of very heavy wet slush on top of very slippery roads.

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PAW #7, 2010

Meg trying to look innocent...I'm not buying it.

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PAW #6, 2010

The County of Cumberland, Maine hired me to photograph and print all of the Great Seals from each of the 28 towns in the County for the 250th Anniversary of the County.
Most towns didn't have an official Seal for photographing (with a few wonderful exceptions) and some towns don't have an official Great Seal at all, but with lots and lots of PhotoShop work and scrounging of source images from small stickers, memorial coins, Notary style paper 'seals' and town truck decals, I came up with something for each of them, printed them all up 12"X12" at the Photo Market on Forest Ave. in Portland and had the fine folks at Artiplaq, Inc in So. Portland mount them all in their wonderful archival fashion.
They all hang now in the County Courthouse and copies have been given to the towns as well.

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First Attempt at Pictorialism

I'll make better attempts at pictorialist work in the future.
It is a genre that I think should make a resurgence in the digital age.
This was an insanely high ISO (12,800) handheld lit only by moonlight.
The soft and intense noise in the image makes it look like something shot turn of the 19th C.
Canon S90 Special High ISO mode.

PAW #4 - 2010 C.E.

From Casco Bay on the Diamond Run at sunset.
Kind of a snapshot, but it was too pretty to pass up.
S90 Canon


PAW #3, 2010

Sunset this evening over the Mt. Washington Valley in NH.
Canon S90 (trying out the 'Sunset' scene mode just for fun...played with it in PhotoShop a little too.)

the sun sinks down low
the whole world glows blue and gold
my heart beat slows down

(maybe I'll make this another 'One Good Photo and one Haiku that doesn't totally suck a week' project again.)

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PAW #2 - 2010

Some friends and I went to see Avatar in 3D. Of course I took my S90 with me. :)
(I'd seen Avatar with family in 2D already and don't usually see movies in theater twice, but this is a really great film.)

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PAW #1, 2010

Canon S90. PSCS3 crop and tone.

The snow for the first storm of the year/decade was slick and mostly unplowed/unsanded here in the hills, but not overly deep. The USPS did not deliver our mail on Saturday so we decided to stay safely ensconced in our cabbage here at Heronswood as well.

First Post of 2010

Congress St., Portland, ME on New Years Eve 2009...

I have created a FaceBook account this last year and have been posting many of the photos that I used to post here, there to share. I will see if there is a way that I can link these two accounts and will endeavor to use this space at least once a week this year to continue with the 6th year of my Photo A Week project. I was presented with a new Canon S90 camera for Yule and this camera allows me the mobility of a point and shoot and the quality of at least the first DSLR that I owned in 2002 so I should be able to be a bit more prolific in my personal photography than in the last few years where in order to photograph to the quality that I want, I had to carry an entire kit of my pro gear.

I hope that you all enjoy the very best of a full and simple life in 2010 and that it finds our world more Freedom and more Peace.