Author archives: justin

2016 Our Iowa Magazine June/July cover photo

I knew that I was going to have my first photos published in next month's Our Iowa magazine (June/July edition) but I did not expect to be on the cover! Needless to say I was a little surprised when I opened the mailbox today. Thank you so much to everyone who has liked, shared or purchased any of my images which goes on to support my passion of photography![...]

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Photo Contest

Thank you to the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance for selecting my image as the overall winner in the 2015 photo contest. This is the second time I have received this honor. It won the subcategory of "Scenic/Landscapes" as well as my other image winning the "Recreation/People at Play" category. Congratulations to the other winners!

Insight on Business - The News Hour radio guest

Special thanks to Michael Libbie for having me on Insight on Business - The News Hour to talk a little photography and website best practices. More information, including the full interview can be found at the link below:

2015 Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest results

We were pleased to hear that two of our photos entered into the annual Keep Iowa Beautiful photography competition were award winners! The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge night photo took 2nd Place in the competition and a rural Madison County sunset received an Honorable Mention. Proceeds from the entry fees will be used to offer cash awards for the photog[...]

#bringthejolly photo auction to support Make-A-Wish Iowa

In light of Jolly Holiday Lights getting canceled for the remainder of the year due to the flooding last week with an estimated loss of $200,000 in revenue (meaning potentially 20 kids not getting to have their wish come true) I thought I'd try and do a little bit to help. I'm going to auction off my 20x60 Des Moines skyline canvas photo (estimated value $30[...]

"World Inside a Frame" Photography Competition winner

We were just notified that two of our photos were selected as winners for the "World Inside a Frame" Photography Competition in conjunction with The Bridges of Madison County - The Broadway Musical coming to the Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center at the end of November. To celebrate the beauty of Iowa’s landscapes, the rich historic bridges of Madiso[...]

Star Trails Photography Tutorial

Several people have asked me about my approach in creating the image above so I thought I would share. In all honesty, this was my first attempt at the star trails photography technique and was thrilled with how it turned out.  I can't wait to get out and create some more! Taking Photos for Star Trails First of all, let's talk gear: Camera: Canon 5D Ma[...]