Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas. A few portraits...

You guys obviously know my bro Ross...


And the other day,
I took promo pics for my friend Blake who is a musician.
He didn't choose these, and they aren't the best, but I love his beard.



And this is his roommate Paul.

And Blake's friend Brandon, who came over and Blake cut his hair for him.

ps. remind me to tell you about my adventures at lake michigan. dear god.

much love everyone.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Vouz.

24 hour family diner in Grand Haven.
I probably should have just cropped Anthony's face out, but whatever.
I think this sums up the night pretty well.
Everyone, you already know Ross (my bro), Chels (his gf)
but Anthony is our second cousin and Ross's best friend.
He's a bruester to say the least.
He plays that game, you know with the pigskin?
and I learned tonight that he can leg press 720 lbs. wtf?!
I think at this moment, Anthony was trying to steal away Ross's cell phone, because there were scandalous text messages on it.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What am I thankful for?

check out the vid I made today with the flip.

Welcome Home. from Sam Ruiz on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hi Chad.

One of the last warm days of autumn...
weather-wise, at least.

This day was beautiful,
and not necessarily because of the weather.



Everyone loves the red hat.
Team Zissou.

So much love.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Kids my age....

are living the life.
I love how old/young I am.

Salsa dancing at the MSU Union.

High school seniors skipping class to lay in the grass as they listen to Obama speak at MSU.

Fun at the Student Organic Farm with Friends.

Happiness. So much happiness.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oh the wonders.

I love eyes.


Siblings Kate Davis, 5, and Aaron Davis, 8, donated their allowances for a combined total of $112.29 to go toward the wildlife program at the Veterinary Medical Center Jan. 10. Aaron said when he grows up he would like to “work in the woods with animals,” because his “most favorite things in the world are science, history and the wonderful outdoors.”

Sunday, September 21, 2008


So last Saturday, I shot football.
I never want to update with football photos because we could potentially run them in the future.
But, I think that I'm safe with this one because the photo is of the Notre Dame quarterback.
I liked his eyes.
It's always good when you get eyes.


Bees! Finally....







Thursday, September 18, 2008

alley friend.

So I have this friend Jesse,
and I always run into him in the alley.

This encounter,
he was on his Twix break from work, yes I said Twix, not cigarette break.

but in more important news,


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Senior Prom.

All I can say about this night is that it was beautiful.
I met some of the most amazing people ever, heard some of the most wonderful stories about life and tragedy, and then almost won a plane ticket to wherever I wanted to go.
I love life, and that's all there is to it.

So here is a blog I've been meaning to put up for a while now.
Probably a month and a half late, but I'm okay with that.
Am I ever on time?







Monday, September 15, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Frame Grab.

irrelevant for my hot air balloon video.
but still,
or at least pretty.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Last night.

So I know I said I would update with bees or senior prom, but yeah...

Leaving work last night I was on the fourth level of the parking ramp, I thought it would be fun to a photo. what a concept.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fun faces.

I was walking down Washington Ave in Grand Haven from my friend Molly's birthday party about two weeks ago and I noticed this couple sitting inside a store, just kind of relaxing. AWESOME. Keep in mind, it's like 1 in the morning and the store is clearly closed.
Anyways, here's the story.
A sidewalk sale for all of the stores on Washington Ave, in Grand Haven was taking place Saturday, August 9th. The owner decided that moving all of the items back inside for the night would pointless only to bring them out again in the morning. Instead, Nancy, an employee of Michigan Rag Co, volunteered to camp out inside the store in order to keep an eye on the items left outside. She dragged her husband Dave along for the night, and he looks pretty content doing the crossword in the paper to me.
After talking to them, they seemed so happy and were having such a good time people watching and especially loved laughing at the people leaving the bars late at night.


This second one is actually from my friend Molly's birthday party that I was talking about previously. She asked if she could have a portrait for her birthday present. Of course I LOVED it. The dress that she is wearing was a gift from one of her friends and I think that it's lovely. Of course she is sitting on Ben's lap, and he looks pretty wonderful as well. HA.

This is my brother Kyle, aka Crum. I love him, 'nough said.
This was one morning at one of my other brother's [Wes], Blue and White football scrimmage. It was really fun. Crum and I would put on this football helmet and hit each other as hard as we could.

And finally, Nichole. She was stressing out while trying crank out an audio slideshow on deadline. Man, I'm glad this girl is back at the Snews.

Okay, I promise my next update will be of either bees or senior prom. riiiiggghhhhht.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Many Faces of Rob.

he's going to hate me.
but i think he already does.
and it's funny.




Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I found this on youtube.
I thought everyone should know.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Awkward faces and not-so-good quality photos.

totally worth it.

"So can you like, see up my nose?" Allison Bush.

"I need my haircut!!!" Hannah Engelson.

No words to describe. Georgia Rhodes.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Flea Markets and Cheesy Movies.

Today I got to shoot feature for the paper.
I was so happy.
I don't understand why Angeli doesn't like feature assignments.
I hope one day she loves them as much as I do.

At first I was kind of scrounging for what I wanted to shoot, but then I saw a sign for a flea market not too far from where I was.
So I drove the three miles in the direction of the arrow that the sign pointed me in,
and it led me to the Antique Mega Mall parking lot.
I think it's important to note that I go to that antique shop all the time, in fact I was just there last Friday purchasing an old 8mm film camera. man.
I was quite concerned because it was already 2:30 pm and the market was over at 3, but I got to meet some interesting characters and had some great conversations.

This is Steve Levesque. He lives in Lansing and likes to decorate his house in qhat he calls "shabby chic." We had conversations about hunting at flea markets and he called it an illness. In his words, "you get to the point where you are purchasing just to buy, even if there is no purpose for the item."

He said that he's only been selling stuff for the past month or so because he's just trying to clean out his house. It's time to free yourself a little from items that are weighing you down."
p.s. he sold that radio flyer figurine for 50 cents.

This is Keith Marshall. He's been selling at flea markets since about 1975. He said he got started when him and his wife moved to farm land, where they began planting small crops of corn. Every Saturday he would take 70 ears of corn to the local farmers market and sell it for $1/ear. It continued when his kids needed pairs of blue jeans. He used to go to garage sales and could never find the right sizes of pants for his kids, but he would pick them up anyways and sell them later on. After that, it became a hobby for him and his wife.
He told me all kinds of stories about different items he purchased for dirt cheap thta ended up being worth so much money.
He stumbled across a clay bowl from South Mexico that was made between 800 A.D. and 1200 A.D. He still owns it.
My favorite story he told me today was about a lady in a wheelchair that stole an egg beater from his booth right in front of him. He just watched her because he didn't want to yell at someone in a wheelchair.
That makes me laugh every time I think about it.
Look at how creepy his eyes look in the glasses. It looks as if you can actually see his eyes, but in reality it's the reflection of a white van.
Look closer.Photobucket

Oh and last night I watched an amazing movie.
circa 1987. ha.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kids and dogs....this can't be good.

So if I were ever to get a dog,
I would want it to be 13 years old like Buster.
He just does what he wants
and is awesome.

I shot these about a week ago for the paper. Kids reading to dogs, what a concept.


He does what he wants.

Quit strangling him!
okay, I lied, he's mid-yawn, but really, Georgia not being fond of kids is starting to rub off on me.