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Divine Expressions Ministry // North Park Event Photography

I love the work of Joe McNally, specifically his work with professional dancers. I love how he captures the dancers' grace, elegance, and expressions. Dancers poses a control over their body that most of us just don't have any idea about, self totally included. I was honored to photograph Divine Expression Ministries graduation ceremony a few weeks back at the beautiful North Park College. I was very excited to work with DEM for many reasons, one being that I would be able to capture their dancers in action. I was also very encouraged by the type of organization DEM is and I appreciate what they are about. It was great being able to walk around and capture the tension and nervousness that comes with such an important event. All went very well and ended up being a lot of fun being there and meeting so many great people. The band they had performing that night was AMAZING!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the DEM graduation at North Park College:

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My many thanks to Wendy Matthews, DEM's HR & Admin extraordinaire. I hope to work with you all again!

The Set-Up

  • Nikon D700 - Shooting in RAW
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon SB-800 without dome diffuser
  • Tokina 12-24mm f/4
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    By The Way: Be ready for challenging shooting situations. Get your exposures down before the performances begin and get a good feel for the room you are about to shoot in. Knowing the best ISO, shutter speed, and f/stop combo before the action starts is huge.

    Happy New Years Everyone!

    "All is quiet on New Year's Day - A world in white gets underway - I want to be with you - Be with you night and dayNothing changes on New Year's Day - On New Year's Day"

    Yeah, I am a U2 geek. I know it and embrace it. But here we are on another new years day. It is a quite morning so far, which is weird considering I have a 2 year old. I am getting ready to photograph a cool event I will be posting later and I also find myself in a very relaxed mood. I also find myself in a reflective mood.

    I hope that you and I have a fantastic year. I need some time to dream it up and put on paper. I encourage you to do the same so that we can see our dreams and goals written out before us. I know that I need that this year. Here is to a ROCKIN' YEAR!

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    By The Way: I will be shooting the Chicago Polar Bear Plunge in the afternoon. I hope my camera doesn't freeze up...