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East Lansing - September 2014 - Ryan and Alexia

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East Lansing - September 2014 - Ryan and Alexia

HOME SWEET HOME

While Saginaw, MI is my home town, I also consider East Lansing to be my second home, so to speak.  I can't express the importance of some of the relationships that I have maintained and procured from my time there.  For me, it truly is a  special place and it was fantastic to spend a weekend back in town to celebrate Alexia and Ryan's wedding.  Alexia is someone that has carried over from my home to my second home as we both went to high school and college together.  Ryan, her husband, is a great dude and together they make a great pair.  I'll post a few pictures from the wedding ceremony at some point but for now these photos document the weekend as a whole.

Beautiful wedding, awesome people, great family and a fantastic time.  

Cherish your friends, family and anything that is important to you.  Your life is a collection of experiences that lead, guide, and shape you.  Without those experiences you would not be who you are today.  Simple solution if you aren't happy with your path, change your experiences and find a balance between living for yourself and living for others.  Weekends like this remind me of that balance and I am thankful to have experienced what I have so far in this life.  Cheers.


Shot with the Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2 and Leica Leitz 90mm F2


east lansing and friends

dinner

golf

reception

family


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Art Alexakis - Everclear - Awesome

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Art Alexakis - Everclear - Awesome

 ART ALEXAKIS - EVERCLEAR

I have quite a few bucket list groups/bands that I need to see.  The problem is, I hate going to festivals and large shows.  I'm not a young whipper snapper anymore and fighting 10,000 people to simply get close to an artist isn't worth it.  I went to Woodstock in 1999 and had a blast, but I don't think I could sustain it at 35 years old any more!  Everclear and Art played at Woodstock but as I recall I was hanging around the other stage to catch the Foo Fighters.  The Foo Fighters cancelled and G. Love stepped in, at the time I was disappointed as I didn't get to see Foo, when I could have seen Everclear.  However,G. Love made an impression and I have seen them numerous times over the years from that set. 

There are a lot of bands I want to see but I don't want to pay $80 for a ticket to be stuck with a 600 yard view.  It's just not fun any more.  I recently received some tickets to see Radiohead at the AAC in Dallas and while the show was cool I felt no attachment in a 20,000 seat venue. 

The point of this long winded story is that I have a handful of artists that I need to see before I pass and I prefer to see them in a small intimate setting.  I still haven't seen the Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters (and probably won't for a while because of my aforementioned point), Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, and a few others that I can't think of right now.  I'd love to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustically but I think that ship has sailed.  One of the best shows I've seen in the last five years was Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

The beauty of getting older is that some of your favorite artists aren't playing huge venues and you can catch them in an intimate setting.  I was fortunate to being able to jam out to with Mr. Art Alexakis, the frontman for Everclear.

Art is currently pre-touring on a solo acoustic set, it almost has an VH1/MTV Storytellers (if you can remember those, when MTV actually played music) vibe.  While Everclear won't be mistaken for Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, Everclear is a band that has always made an impression on me.  I have always loved the simplicity and songwriting.  Art has an ability to portray his life in an honest way, very introspective and full of humility.  It takes a lot of guts to write music that talks about your own personal life and he does that graciously.   So, while Taylor Swift sings about haters hating and players playing, guys like Art tell stories about their lives thru music.  This is what I try to do that thru my photos. 

I was happy to have shook his hand personally and thanked him for writing such great music over the years.  Listen to songs like Drama King, I Will Buy You a New Life and Father of Mine.....there are great songs thru their entire discography.

As for the show is was great!  Art even brought people out of the crowd to sing backup and play the keytar!  Love it!

Cheers to Art and Everclear and Art if this blog post finds you I'd love to shoot your band for a few tour stops!


shot with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens




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Go Green!  A trip to East Lansing

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Go Green! A trip to East Lansing

Not a lot of editing here, just a handful of photos from home.  East Lansing and Michigan State University has meant a lot to me.  I could say it's where I discovered who I was, created a handful of lifelong friendships and relationships.  The photos are just simply to document the trip but I can't say enough about the campus in the fall, it's beautiful.  

Val, Karsun and I wish we could be there to see the Spartans take on the Buckeyes, but there will be another time for that.  It was a nice victory over our rivals, the University of Michigan (35-11).  Hopefully in about 6 hours I'll be celebrating another big win over Ohio State!  GO GREEEEEEEEEEENNNN!


all images shot with the Fuji X100s, Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4 and Fuji 56mm F1.2


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sarah and chris - a michigan wedding

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sarah and chris - a michigan wedding

Laingsburg, Michigan 
Thank you Chris and Sarah for allowing me to capture your fantastic day!  
Here are a few highlights all shot with the lovely Fuji X Camera System!

shot with Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-E1, Voigtlander 58mm F1.4, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4 lenses


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F.A.T.T. - Fitz and the Tantrums - House of Blues - Dallas, TX

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F.A.T.T. - Fitz and the Tantrums - House of Blues - Dallas, TX

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS 

DALLAS 

HOUSE OF BLUES

One of my favorite bands of the last 10 years has to be Fitz and the Tantrums.  A complaint that I have about recent music is the lack of cohesive albums.  Music is so segmented and based upon singles, it's hard to find albums that are a listen from start to finish.  Fitz and the Tantrums bucks this trend...

I heard Fitz and the Tantrums for the first time somewhere around 2010 and was hooked.  This is my second live experience with them and while I was disappointed to not hear a few songs from their first album, the show in general was just as good as the first.  Here are a few photos from an awesome show and an awesome band.  Feel free to share if you're a fan of Fitz and the Tantrums....

As for equipment, I love my Fuji Camera and lenses, they are sleek, small.  I can take a three lens kit into a concert without any grief from event security for bringing in professional equipment.  You don't need a 1DX or a D4 or any other large DSLR (which you wouldn't be able to bring into the concert without a press pass) to get fantastic results.


all images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens





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