Big Sky Weekend 2016

Big Sky Weekend 2016

This weekend I finished one of my favorite photography projects of the year…the Big Sky Workshop Weekend. Swing dancers from all over the Northwest and beyond travel to little ole Kalispell, Montana for an incredible weekend of dance lessons and dances and late...
My First Camera

My First Camera

This is my first camera. These days I am a dedicated Nikon photographer, but I got my start with my father’s old AE-1. Today it was returned to me after 17 years. When I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, I left this camera in the collection of my...
Photographing funerals

Photographing funerals

I absolutely hate photographing funerals. They break my heart. The last time I had to do this, I lived in Washington DC. So it has been seven years since I have had to carry a camera and go document the very worst of moments. To be honest, part of me wishes the...
Marines in their blues

Marines in their blues

For me, few things are as inspiring as seeing United States Marines in their dress blues. They look sharp. And strong. And good. All the qualities that remind me of my father (Sgt. Michael James Ahearn, USMC, Vietnam War Veteran).  I have a deep appreciation for...
The Shot

The Shot

In photojournalism there is a beloved idea: it’s called the decisive moment. It’s the one magical capture where every piece of the story comes together in one frame that tells the complete story. The absolute master of this is photographer Henri...