Veterans Day in Massillon Ohio

If you’re ever in the downtown Massillon area, check out Old Glory flying above the Chase building. There it will continue to fly after a long break from tradition. Today’s ceremony re-introduced having the flag fly on top of a 40-foot pole in honor of all Veterans and current service members. Thank you very much for fighting, sacrificing, and dedicating your life to this country. Below are some photographs from today’s assignment for The Massillon Independent. Check out the article by Doug Staley from The Independent for more information about the ceremony and Massillon’s American Flag. “On Veterans Day, Old…

Pumpkin Pie Dip

If you’re a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks then you’ll have to try this Pumpkin Pie Dip. Great with apple slices or gingersnaps, this dip will help satisfy your pumpkin craving. Just in case there is another pumpkin spice shortage. Below is a recent photograph in my food photography project. The recipe and directions can be found on The Social Silo. Have a recipe you would like photographed? Contact Me about the project.

Bacon Chicken Wraps

Have you heard of bacon wrapped smokies?  Those delectable mouth watering tangy pieces of meat wrapped in more meat held together with a toothpick and then covered in brown sugar?  Yeah, this is the same thing only with chicken.  This juicy combination is a nice change of pace and be used as a meal rather than just an appetizer.  This meal, sided with a corn, tomato, and guacamole salad feeds a family of 4 with some left over.  Both recipes can be found at The Social Silo, which has also published my photograph of the meal as seen below. Have…

Food for Thought, Bacon for Stomach

Saturday was apparently  International Bacon Day.  I honestly didn’t know there was such a day.  My love continues to grow for the salty savory strip of meat and with that, my work has given me the opportunity to eat some more.  The Social Silo is possibly creating a project called Better With Bacon where it features two recipes; one as original and the other made better by bacon.  I have been tasked to use my skills as a photographer to help capture the essence of these recipes.  Below is the first in the production; Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies.  You can view all the details at http://www.thesocialsilo.com/2012/08/31/international-bacon-day/

Gold Star Father, Honoring a Hero, Remembering a Son by Scott N. Warner

I had the opportunity to perform with Scott N. Warner at the Players Guild Theatre in the production of A Few Good Men a while back.  During the production I was asked by Scott if I could photograph him holding his son’s flag in front of the Marine Corp background on stage.  I knew the meaning and how much it meant to him so I did my best to capture the request.  The photograph ended up being used for the cover of the book he wrote about his son, his son’s death in Iraq, and the struggles they faced there…

Freelance Photojournalist: The First Year

A year ago this month I was given the opportunity to speak with a photographer for the Massillon Independent named Kevin Whitlock.  We spoke about photography while he took my photo for an article by Christina Redekopp seen here (http://www.indeonline.com/archive/x462620415/Actor-James-Dreussi-at-home-on-both-sides-of-the-camera).  At the time I was attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a degree in photography and had recently taken a Photojournalism course.  The Independent was short on stringers (freelance photographers) and having experience in photography along with the education, Kevin asked if I would be interested in taking pictures for the paper. A year later I have photographed several…

The Belairs: 2012 Massillon Concert Series

2012 Massillon Concert Series ended Thursday night with The Belairs and some rain.  One of the things I have learned is that rain makes for good photo opportunities.  It’s different for one and two, it brings out some personality in those you photograph.  A good example of this includes two children whom danced in the rain with their umbrellas.  I want to also thank Rudy from the Lincoln Theatre.  He allowed me to photograph from the marquee and capture a great overview of the concert.  Below are photographs from the concert. Read the article by Doug Staley: Summer Concerts Will…

Pro Football Hall of Fame Balloon Classic Photos

This was the first year I had the opportunity to witness the Canton Football Hall of Fame Balloon Liftoff.  I’ve been fascinated with hot air balloons since I saw the trailer for “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”  It certainly was great to see the process from start to finish.  One day I might have to contact someone for an opportunity to ride in one.  The photo opportunities would be awesome along with the ride.  Below are some photographs from the balloon liftoff Saturday afternoon.

Five Oaks Mansion in Massillon Ohio

There is nothing like stepping into an old house and feeling like you went back in time. When I worked in Zoar for web development, I was astonished at how I could go from looking at a computer to looking at a village that’s been around since 1817. Oh the stories that could be told if buildings could talk. This past weekend I had a chance to go back in time to not quite 1817 but more close to 1891 for an assignment with The Massillon Independent. Five Oaks Mansion is providing an opportunity for visitors to tour the mansion…

Pixel, Megapixel… Gigapixel?

When searching for a new camera, what qualities do you look for prior to the purchase?  The most common sought after attributes are HD video, face recognition, and high megapixel (mp).  We know that the High Definition video is helpful for crisp viewing and that the facial recognition system helps the auto focus identify what to focus on for clearer portraits.  What about megapixel?  It’s been a selling point for each new model that comes off the line but what exactly does it mean, how high does it go, and how can it help not just the photography industry but…