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Midwest Photo Summit

Last weekend was the Illinois Press Photographer Associations Midwest Photo Summit. The yearly gathering is an excuse to get together with lots of fellow shutterbugs, talk some shop, eat, drink and get inspired all over again.
I was only able to make it Friday and Saturday, but had the opportunity to hear talks from James Gregg, Mona Reeder and Sol Neelman. All amazing photographers from around the country that I respect immensely.
Friday was the judging for the annual photo contest and I am incredibly honored to say that I placed third in the Photographer of the Year competition behind the Chicago Tribune's Scott Strazzante and Will DeShazer.
To see the full results check out the IPPA website at HERE.

A huge congrats to Scott, Will and the rest of the winners this weekend.

Here's to next year...

A walk in the Streets

I've been backed up a little bit so these have been sitting around for awhile.
I shot my first Blackhawks game at the end of March (post coming) and got down there waaaaay to early because of my excitement. With the time I had to kill I wandered the loop for a bit.

Music for the Masses

"People actually seem to enjoy it," said Alexander Rios of Naperville while taking a break from playing his guitar under the Washington street bridge in Downtown Naperville on Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Rios, a graduate of Naperville Central, is originally from California, but has lived in Naperville for the past 13 years.
"I used to play down here with my band in high school," Rios said.
No longer in the band, Rios continues to play downtown for his own enjoyment when he is not writing or recording.
Rios said he gets a lot more compliments than he does complaints, "usually its just from teenagers calling me names, but you can't take that to heart," he said with a laugh.


Holi Fest Naperville

While the Festival of Colors wasn't as hoppin' as I was hopin' it was still a great time.
I wasn't assigned to shoot it for the paper and it felt good just to go out and shoot.