Thursday, October 30, 2008

Big Ten Basketball Media Day

After shooting the Purdue game on Saturday, we decided to make a pit stop to the Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago before returning back to our home soil. We got there a little early. I'm not sure how, I slept the whole way there. Trevor must have an iron foot.

After making it inside despite the gusting wind, we waited around for a while to interview coaches and players. The hot coach ( I know it sounds weird ) must have been the coach from Indiana. Reporters, bloggers wanna-be sports broadcasters gathered around the table to hear what he had to say.

Trevor got some special attention at the table. The coach noticed his "special" pen and commented on it. It's revolutionary. Ask Trevor -

I noticed that besides myself, there was only a few other photogs there. Probably one of the easiest/most boring events you can shoot. Also, most of the pictures will never get used. I mean, what's more interesting picture: one of someone playing basketball or someone talking about playing basketball?

The drive back was pretty good, besides being freakin' cold outside.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Purdue Road Trip

The nine hour drive to Purdue almost made me question why someone would want to go to a football game there to shoot pictures; however, given the opportunity to shoot in an open-air stadium makes the trip worth it.

The trek started with Austin driving. We decided we were going to document the trip (p.s. if anyone knows how to add audio to blogs you should let me know)

I thought it was going to rain and make the long drive even more stressful. Thank goodness the only time it rained was right when I started driving around eight o'clock when it was dark and we just started hitting massive road construction. Earlier in the day it looked like it would clear up.

We decided to spice up the ride a bit and do something fun (juvenile). Whenever a semi-truck would pass we would gesture for it to blow its horn. Oh yeah, and we kept stats. Lets just say 50% of truck drivers are nice, 45% of truck drivers are mean and 5% of truck drivers need to take their eyes off the road.

Obviously, even with the glorious Prius, one tank of gas won't last you 500 miles (even though we only had to stop twice). After hearing the word "schmuck" from a lady that need to pay for her gas, we noticed that people in the surrounding states are not as friendly as Minnesotans. Also, if you decide to divulge in a Gatorade to satisfy your thirst for a long trip, make sure you know where the rest stops are.

OH! Toll booths amaze me. How do the toll booth people survive in those tiny little places?

For a review of the game check

Thursday, October 23, 2008

St.Paul View

St. Paul view from Orleans St. S and Cherokee Ave. S.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Kids on the Block

Who knew they were from Boston?

The New Kids on the Block performed at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. At 9:08 the show got started with this sequence of words on the giant screen on stage:

The tiny lights you see on the bottom are the hundreds of cell phones and cameras ready to catch a glimpse as the "New Kids" entered the stage.

In the crowd, thousands of 20 and 30-year-old women screamed as Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan and Jonathan Knight took stage.

Out of the 13,000 attendees I saw a hand full of men and that's including the men on stage. I pointed out the men in this picture. I counted three...

One of the guys in the crowd saw the himself on the Pioneer Press website and wrote to the paper.

For a more extensive review and more pictures you can check out

Offsetting himself from the group by wearing pink, the fan favorite seemed to be youngest member Joey McIntyre.

The media had to shoot from the back of the arena, making it very hard to get tight shots. However, the big screen helped to give the effect of far-away-close-up. It also made it easy to make shots repetitive and boring.

The New Kids on the Block will be touring through February 2009.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Smashing Pumpkin

We had this pumpkin that we carved but it got moldy.

Brian thought we should do something with it.

So he threw it off a roof.

I survived spicy level number five

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mayor R.T. Rybak

Last year I had the opportunity to work with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak a few times, or rather, near Rybak to take pictures of him for a story. I was going through all those pictures today and realized I didn't get to show some of the pictures I had taken. So here they are:

Body guard.

Very High Five

Thanks to Justin and Jake for your jumping abilities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pumpkin time

I bought a pumpkin for $2 from a girl I saw on the side of the road. If anyone has a good pumpkin seed recipe you should e-mail me.

These pictures were taken by KTK.

Fulfilling a life-long dream

Today, I fulfilled a life-long dream. I visited the Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin, Minnesota.

It's on the record. I was there 10-11-08. A glorious day.

I've been waiting for this moment my whole life. I had to get memorabilia to remember it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Cat returns

Please don't make me a lolz cat.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Don't you forget about me.

It gets lonely behind the camera.


The leaves are resembling the changing of the seasons. Its the perfect time of year for everything. Not too hot, not too cold.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Vote or what?

Make sure to vote on Nov. 4! This one's important. Click HERE to read more about what Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has to say about it.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I've always had a fear of spiders. Ever since I saw the movie Arachnophobia, I can't stand the sight of the eight legged creatures. I try and I try to act like they don't bother me (especially around the ladies) but the truth is, freakin' gross, man.

Weezer : October 3, 2008

For a review of the show go to