XO Mike

Back to School

Posted in Free Church, Video by Michael on August 28, 2014


Over the last 3 weeks I got to work on this great project for our back to school service at church. We started with the idea to just show off the kids talents and Elise had the idea to have them bring their talents to school with them. The hard part was scheduling 14 kids, 6 families and 13 locations. Elise did the heavy lifting on the administrative side and I got to shoot and edit. The kids, families and whole church loved it! Enjoy!


Mother’s Day 2014

Posted in Events, Family, Personal by Michael on May 31, 2014


Just a few I enjoyed from Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day 2014 (1 of 8)


Mother's Day 2014 (2 of 8)


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Mother's Day 2014 (7 of 8)

Free Church Commercial March 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael on March 21, 2014

A recent commercial I shot for my church in Oak Park. Coming to the Lake Theatre in the preroll this April and replacing a very outdated version.

Welcome Madeline Elise!

Posted in Personal, Portraits by Michael on March 15, 2014

Elise and I welcomed a new baby girl to our family last week, Madeline. We had a beautifully sunny afternoon and I used the flood of light to take a few portraits of her.

Doritos Intervention

Posted in Personal, Video by Michael on March 15, 2014

I forgot to hit publish a while ago on this one.

Recently I was contacted to be a part of a submission for the Doritos “make our commercial” contest with a friend of mine, Mike Venetis. He had a script and was playing the role of director and producer and corralled a group of actors, gaffers, sound guys and videographers (I was one!) to shoot it. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. When we wrapped, I said if we don’t win, it will be because we don’t have kids and animals in the video. Low and behold, the winners had kids and animals. Maybe next year!


Posted in Family, Trips by Michael on October 10, 2013

Flickr recently updated their site in a big way and it looks fantastic. In fact, most of Yahoo! has been updated with a great new look and feel all around. I’ve posted some photos over there and will share a few here as well. Check it out over here: Flickr


Crawl so Hard

Nike Shoot

Happy Mom and Baby

Driver T

Bicycle Built for Two

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…And We’re Back

Posted in Events, Family, Personal by Michael on July 8, 2013

It has been quite some time since my last post and I think I finally know why. After leaving the Daily Illini, taking photos changed a lot. I no longer had assignments, no reason to bring my camera, no reason to get in people’s faces, and finally, a good reason to stop living behind some glass.

I brought my camera to my company’s Farm Party a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast enjoying time with my family, co-workers and friends but also enjoying taking photos that pleased me. In the past, I felt a need to critique my work and worried about how others would critique it which took away the fun of shooting. That day for the first time I was taking photos for me and it was an absolute blast! Enjoy some shots since then:

Pat and Meredith

Ethan and Alex


Shannon and Michael




Happy Fourth

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Easter 2011

Posted in Events, Family, Personal, Video by Michael on April 30, 2011

For the last three years my dad has dressed as the Easter Bunny and tried to surprise Reaghan. She would have none of it; she wouldn’t go near him, wouldn’t want to be in the same room and hardly even look at him. We heard her say something to the effect of, ‘I think it’s just a man dressed up.’ We thought we could make the day more enjoyable by showing off the real Easter Bunny. I wasn’t quite ready for the impromptu reveal but I managed to put together this quick video.

Honeymoon Video

Posted in Personal, Trips, Video by Michael on February 21, 2011

I’m not here to be an Apple fanboy but when I saw the release of the iPhone 4 with HD video and iMovie, I got excited. Almost immediately I had planned to make a movie of Elise and my honeymoon. I didn’t have a script or anything, I just took a video of something I liked or thought would be nice in the video and added to the timeline. It really was simple and I had the video finished before we boarded the plane to leave. All of the photos and videos (except the ones from the wedding, which I received on the phone by email) were taken on the phone and edited on the phone. No computer was ever used. Grab the popcorn and enjoy!

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/19505137]

-XO Mike

Holiday Portraits

Posted in Family, Personal, Portraits by Michael on February 21, 2011

Before Christmas my sister asked me to get a photo for their Christmas Card and to get some pictures of my new nephew William. Working with a 4-year-old, a 1 month old and an exhausted and unenthusiastic Pat made the shoot frustrating but there were some shots that I liked.

-XO Mike