“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still for the photographer it has chosen.” - Minor White

Merrillville, Indiana, 1973. The  Herald  assigned me to photograph a family who made and donated an Advent wreath to their church.  One of the family members was an acolyte, so I asked her to light the candles, then climbed up the altar.

Merrillville, Indiana, 1973. The Herald assigned me to photograph a family who made and donated an Advent wreath to their church.

One of the family members was an acolyte, so I asked her to light the candles, then climbed up the altar.

We are now one: Mark and Julie’s wedding.  Moments like these are why I love to document weddings. The minister gave me permission to photograph from above the altar.  Before the ceremony, the minister asked everyone to leave the photography to us, so the bride and groom would have pictures of the ceremony and guests instead of people with raised cell phones.

We are now one: Mark and Julie’s wedding.

Moments like these are why I love to document weddings. The minister gave me permission to photograph from above the altar.

Before the ceremony, the minister asked everyone to leave the photography to us, so the bride and groom would have pictures of the ceremony and guests instead of people with raised cell phones.

Lily’s baptism was part of group ceremony. Thankfully, the other parents responded kindly when I asked to get closer.

Lily’s baptism was part of group ceremony. Thankfully, the other parents responded kindly when I asked to get closer.

Marilyn’s 84th birthday.

Marilyn’s 84th birthday.

Saturday night, Geneva on the Lake. Photography calls for a lot of waiting.  My patience paid off when the Bel Air passed in front of me as the headlights of a car in the parking lot illuminated it.

Saturday night, Geneva on the Lake. Photography calls for a lot of waiting.

My patience paid off when the Bel Air passed in front of me as the headlights of a car in the parking lot illuminated it.

One of my most enjoyable assignments as a photojournalist was covering Dr. Otis Bowen’s campaign for Indiana governor. By the time he was elected, Dr. Bowen was used to my camera, allowing this closeup of him talking with doctors at the Gary Clinic.

One of my most enjoyable assignments as a photojournalist was covering Dr. Otis Bowen’s campaign for Indiana governor. By the time he was elected, Dr. Bowen was used to my camera, allowing this closeup of him talking with doctors at the Gary Clinic.

Working in the available light without flash let me capture my Aunt Margaret lost in thought at my open house.  The Kodak Instamatic camera she and her sisters gave me is on the fireplace mantle, along with a hand-crafted model of a Stearman biplane my father made for me. Thank you, Aunt Margaret, Aunt Julia, and Aunt Evelyn. Thank you, Dad. God rest all of you.

Working in the available light without flash let me capture my Aunt Margaret lost in thought at my open house.

The Kodak Instamatic camera she and her sisters gave me is on the fireplace mantle, along with a hand-crafted model of a Stearman biplane my father made for me. Thank you, Aunt Margaret, Aunt Julia, and Aunt Evelyn. Thank you, Dad. God rest all of you.

“You may kiss the bride.”  To get this close, I asked the celebrant about his policy on photographing during the ceremony.

“You may kiss the bride.”

To get this close, I asked the celebrant about his policy on photographing during the ceremony.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”- Henry David Thoreau