A Good Buzz ~ Published in The Iowan Magazine

Last year, I met a beekeeper in Iowa City whose methodology with her work fascinated me. It led me to photograph her story along with another beekeeper in South Amana last summer and fall, and subsequently a story that is featured in the current issue (May/June 2010) of The Iowan. Accompanied by the words of writer Lori Erickson, the beekeeping story allowed me to glimpse a part of the process from producing honey to selling it, and was a great assignment that took me out of my own comfort zone.

The current issue is a tribute to the state’s outdoors, and you can learn more about how to get a copy of this issue here.

This was my third assignment with The Iowan. If you’re a regular reader or a subscriber, you may recall a couple other past stories I’d shot for them – one on labyrinths in early 2009 and another on a monastery in southeast Iowa in 2008.

Thanks, and have a great day!


Cosmetic Changes

I get into these moments of comparison. And I know I shouldn’t and I know it’s bad for my soul. But sometimes I can’t help it. I find other blogs (usually other photographers) and start going obsessing to the point I forget everything else – like editing – and start making changes and previewing those changes and questioning ‘Is this really me?‘ Finally, after a lot of trial and error and obsessing – because if I didn’t do it then I’d regret it – I finally came to really liking what I came up with.

A new blog design.

It’s simple and clean.

… with a new set of headings:

  • VISIT WEBSITE (A direct link to Accent Photographics)
  • WEDDING TIPS (All the *Wedding Wednesday* entries)
  • MAGAZINE PHOTOS -THE IOWAN (My assignments from The Iowan magazine, which there will be more of next year)
  • GUEST POSTS – MCP ACTIONS BLOG (A photo-education site which is a great tool for new shooters as well as people who have been in the industry for awhile)
  • EARLY WORK (A direct link into my first personal photo Website)
  • HOW I STARTED (which talks about how I got into this crazy, fun, creative and inspiring line of wonderfulness!)

Is it perfect? No. But it’s perfect enough for now. Perfect enough not to spend an arm and a leg on a custom blog design (which I do think about from time to time ’cause I’m a blog-aholic). And I can’t complain… because this blog – which has gone through it’s share of growth and changes with me – has been good to me for more than 2.5 years. And I’m not about to replace it anytime soon (or at least as of this writing;-).



Labyrinths of Iowa

imageI had an exciting opportunity last summer and fall to photograph various labyrinths throughout the state for The Iowan magazine, which is now out in the latest issue in an article called Contemplating the Landscape written by Iowa City writer Emily Grosvenor. The assignment took me to Hubbard in central Iowa, Hiawatha just outside Cedar Rapids, and the botanical gardens in Waterloo.

In Hubbard, I met Mary Dreier who runs a spiritual retreat on her farm called Soul of the Prairie, and learned about building a labyrinth. I saw Prairie Woods, which has a labyrinth nestled in the edge of the forest of the Hiawatha retreat, and serves a quiet place of reflection and meditation. And then there were the lawnmower men, Stan McCadam and Manley Orum, who have dedicated many hours at Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Waterloo to carve a labyrinth from their lawnmowers. It was a great experience to see how much work, time, history and dedication went into creating these labyrinths as well as appreciating their beauty, simplicity and the calming essence they have on those who come use them. Here’s an inside glimpse of the  magazine story, which you can read by clicking on the preview below:

The Iowan magazine - Jan/Feb 2009 issue

The Iowan magazine - Jan/Feb 2009 issue

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