Archive for January, 2011

A Happy Lego Birthday!

January 31, 2011


In order to celebrate nine years of Eric, we spent Saturday afternoon at the Lego Discovery Center in Schaumburg Illinois. Lucky for him it was a Star Wars weekend! Which meant that we were there with thousands of other families and children. The kids enjoyed though, which is all that really matters. They had some stormtroopers in full gear walking around as well as some other miscellaneous imperial and rebel soldiers. I heard rumors of Darth Vader sightings, but other than the Lego version pictured below I didn’t see him. The boys both got to contribute toward the building of a Lego R2-D2 that when completed will be 8 to 9 feet tall.

I had my camera with me of course, so for those of you that are interested, I’ll walk through my thought process for the day. It was my intention to take some hand held HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos of some of the exhibits because I knew they were in dark areas with bright spotlights. It turned out when I got the images into the computer and really analyzed them however that HDR wasn’t really necessary and i was able to capture everything in one well exposed photo. All the photos below, the only HDR is the Darth Vader and R2-D2 photo. I could have opted to use a flash, but they went through a lot of trouble to light the exhibits to achieve a certain affect. Had I overpowered their lights with a flash, then the affect and mood would be totally changed.

So, there you have it. That’s how I spent my weekend.






(Update as of January 31, 2011. I appear to have corrected the issue below and successfully tested it in both Chrome and Internet Explorer and both worked great. Again Sorry for the trouble, but everything looks to be in order now.)

I appear to be having difficulties with this blog. I have tested it using Firefox and it appears to look fine. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome however do not look so good. So please use Firefox to view.

I am currently troubleshooting the issue and will correct it as soon as I can figure it out.

I apologize for any confusion.

Self Portrait-1041-Edit-3Starting today, I am going to update this blog on a more regular basis. Mondays and Fridays are the two days during the week in which I do not run, therefore I will begin posting to the blog on those days. It is my plan to post a mixture of personal as well as business and photography related articles.

What do you want to read about?

Since I am writing this blog for you to read, I only thought it fair to ask you what you want to read about. So, what do you want to know about me? You can submit your answer in the comments below or you can contact me via Facebook, Twitter, email or the old fashioned way by picking up the telephone and calling. I’m here for you. Do you want photography tips? Marketing advice? or how about organization and time management? I don’t claim to be an expert in any of the previous categories, but I have done research in all of them and have some opinions that just might help you out. So, until I hear from you, I will start posting whatever strikes me at the moment.

Do you want to see me hear me or just read?

My question is, do you have a preferred forma? Are you happy just to read what I have to say or would you prefer another type of media, such as video or audio? My current plan is to write it for you to read most of the time. Every once in a while I may post a video or audio if it is easier to demonstrate something than it is to type it.

I want to hear from you!

Remember, I am doing this for you, I can’t provide what you are looking for if you don’t tell me. I have thoughts on lots of things and I’m more than willing to share, so look out world here I come!

Valentine’s Portrait Party

January 24, 2011

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Surprise your Valentine with a Custom MJ Photography Portrait.

Valentine’s Day is coming. Get your loved one something he cannot get anywhere…A beautiful portrait of you, and have fun making it. Give him something he already loves. Friday February 4th when he’s getting psyched about the big game, get dressed up and come to MJ Photography and get Diva treatment while having your portrait created.

Everyone Gets a 15 to 30 minute custom portrait session.

Everyone who attends will receive a 15 to 30 minute custom portrait session guaranteed to wow your man! You get one 8X10, a Facebook profile image and a $50.00 gift certificate for a future session with MJ Photography for an investment of only $25.00.

Space is limited call 219-218-7509 to get in.

This is a Limited Edition Session that will only be offered one day per year.  Don’t be left out there is limited space, so call 219-218-7509 to reserve your spot.  In order to guarantee your spot you need to call and pay in advance.

It’s snowing!  Now’s the time for winter portraits in the snow.  The snow will only last for a short time and it is most beautiful now while it is still stuck to the bare tree branches.  Get your little ones dressed up in their best winter hats and scarves and picture their little red noses and rosy cheeks.  Snow Angels, snowmen and snowball fights.  Put away the shovels and the snowblowers and remember why your kids get excited when it snows.  This goes for teens too, you picked out the coolest winter coat and matching boots.  Now is your chance to show them off!

Special Discounted Pricing!

Call me now for availability!  Special Limited Edition discounted pricing and entry into the National Charity Model Search for children newborn to 18 years.  Don’t this opportunity melt away!

Call 219-218-7509 for pricing and availability!


Facebook Fashion Party

January 11, 2011


MJ Photography is having a Facebook Fashion party on Sunday January 30th for high school seniors and younger. High school seniors, bring your friends and be treated like a fashion model and get a free Facebook image. Wear your favorite outfit or something a little silly. This is going to be fun, whether you want something from the cover of Voque Magazine or to be over the top silly ala Zoolander. Boys and Girls are welcome!  Please call me at 219-218-7509 for more details and to RSVP or you can email me at  Whatever you do make sure you come out,  it’s going to be FUN!  Click HERE for times and other info.

MJ Photography is participating in the International Charity Model Searchuntitled-7783 to select North America’s Cutest Kid and to raise funds for the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. (

Is your child North America’s Cutest Kid? We’ll give you the opportunity to prove it! The grand prizewinner will win a $2500 savings bond, a $2500 travel package, and a $100 Target gift card.  The second and third place runners up each will win a $500 savings bond and a $100 Target gift card.

Model Search Special:

$50 entrance fee includes a 90-minute model session and one image submitted to the international gallery.

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Each vote is $1 (no limit on the amount of votes you can cast), and all proceeds from votes benefit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (  Every family member who registers their information on the Charity Model Search Website will also receive 1 complimentary vote.  The top 5 paid votes, and the top 5 complimentary votes in each region will move on to the final judging round for a total of 50 finalists.

Grand prize international winner and runners up will be determined from the 50 regional finalists. The winner and runners up are selected by photography experts.

Call 219-218-7509 now to enter your “Cutest Kid” in this exciting contest.

*Contest open to residents of the US and Canada. For more information, visit