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Entries in Milwaukee (36)


Photographing Linnea

On Friday, my friend Derek Dysart stopped by the house to take photos of our 2-week old daughter, Linnea. We had a great time working the Derek, enjoying a house call after experiencing the agony of waiting for photoshoots at Sears.

I've known Derek was a photographer for a while, but never had a chance to hire him for a project until now. Boy am I glad we brought him in! Just few hours after our session, Derek posted this amazing photo of Linnea:


Derek was able to capture Linnea in a special moment with this shot. Every time I look at it I'm just blown away with the expressiveness of her eyes in this image.

This experience with Derek also reminds why it's so important to hire people who know what they're doing. In this case, Derek has spent time building his craft of shooting portraits, and it really shows.

Derek remarked to me that this shot is one of his top 5, and reminds him why he loves photography so much.

Hire Derek Dysart

If you're looking for a photographer for portraits in your home, or other photo assignments, drop Derek an email or give him a call at +1 (262) 758-2456.

Related Links
DJ Dysart Photography
Derek Dysart's Flickr Account
Derek's Web Development Business
Derek's Blog - Hirlpoo
Derek on Twitter


Spreenkler Sketchnotes: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Spreenkler Sketchnotes Tryptych

Last night I had an opportunity to attend the Spreenkler January meeting, to hear Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett speak about his vision for sustaining creativity and innovation and answer questions at The Residences at Hotel Polomar's sales office.

I wasn't intending on sketchnoting the event, as I'd left my blank Moleskine sketchbooks at home. However, I did have my Moleskine notebook and a G2 gel pen along, so I decided spur of the moment to see what would happen.

Turns out that Mayor Barrett had some great things to say, which I was able to capture in sketchote form, shown above.

Thanks go to Steve Glynn for starting up Spreenkler to give Milwaukeeans more opportunities to connect and generate excitement in the city and this area, and to Mayor Barrett for speaking and taking questions.


John Harbor's Coffee House Lives On!

Picture 3.pngDecember 18, 2008 — John Harbor's is alive!
My favorite local coffee shop, John Harbor's Main Street Coffee House was in a bind on December 7th, 2008. They needed to raise $25,000 and/or gain new business partners by Monday the 8th in order to stay open on Tuesday the 9th.

Our family and some friends visited John Harbor's multiple times since the call went out for support and I've been very happy to see the open sign lit every day, as I pass by John Harbor's.

Here's an email from Jeremy & Erin at John Harbor's, letting their fans know they've survived with new business partners and a new plan:

A Special Thank You from John Harbor's Coffee House

Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
John Harbors has made a difference in the community and now the community has made a significant difference in John Harbor's.

A single voice of thousands was heard on Sunday night, December 7th.

Since our request for help went out to our community, much has happened and I'm sure everyone would like to know.  Please share this good news.  Our community has helped, and in MANY ways. 

Entire congregations prayed as one for John Harbor's. Individuals stopped by and supported through purchases of gift cards, T-shirts, whole bean coffee, and gifting. The music that was from 4pm to 7pm lasted until 10pm!

A celebration was truly held on Pearl Harbor Day and I find it personally humbling that our community came together to save a dream that we all have come to share - a dream of community through a small coffee house.

Thank you!

For the part time employees... thank you!
For the full timers... thank you!
For the customers... thank you!
For the dream and hope that drives the team and the customers of John Harbor's... thank you!

Please, once again, help spread the word that John Harbor's is open for business due to God's providence.  We stand with new partners, a revised business plan, and much needed internal support.  Most importantly, however, we would like to thank everyone who prayed and gave their money and time.

As "A Thank You for Support" click here for a special gift from us at John Harbor's, print off the coupon and bring it in between now and Jan 31, 2009 to receive $1.00 off any beverage or $2.00 off your food order.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Jeremy, Erin, Our New Partners, and the JH Staff

Thanks for your help if you supported John Harbors!

Here's the first press release from Jeremy & Erin from John Harbors:

You are invited to a special music benefit at John Harbor's!

John Harbors has made a difference in the community:
Erin and I take joy in the growing community and friends that we have come to know. It is part of the reason we open the door every morning.

The staff and friends of John Harbor's have come together on more than a few dozen efforts to bring joy, awareness, and financing to some wonderful local community efforts. We have opened our doors to the Invisible Children of Ghana, the Precious Children of Tanzania, and the AIDS Crisis just to name a few. It also brings us great pride to say that we have supported locally those with Cancer, church groups, community leagues, high school teams, and many other groups that we have touched on a daily basis.

But... we can no longer do this alone.

We have an immediate, dire challenge:
We need commitments to come up with $25,000 by Monday to insure we can open our doors on Tuesday.

How did this happen:
We were able to start John Harbor’s with hope, vision, a dream, and a small budget. Since the opening we have realized that this shoe-string budget is insufficient. We have tried on our own to improve and correct our financial situation but failed to obtain funding. This past miscalculation has led us to needing immediate assistance.

We do have a solution:
We believe that ONE is simply too small a number to ACHIEVE greatness! We realized that the way to serve our community is through getting the community more involved. We are seeking people who want to help make a difference in our community by becoming co-owners and co-laborers with us.

With 2 years experience and a broadened management team, we know what we must do to run John Harbors more effectively.

We don't want a free pass, just a helping hand:
While things can happen that are outside of our control, we will do our best to repay the community for helping us out. If your desire is to co-labor with us, there will be benefits. If you can invest, there will be profit sharing. Together we will ensure that your interests will be protected.

What you can do:

  • COME to our benefit event on Sunday at 4pm
  • Pass out the flyers (download PDF here) take them to your church and to your friends
  • Donate
  • Become a partner with John Harbor's
  • Stop by and get a gift card to bless your family with for Christmas
  • Tell others about our need, please help.
  • Blog
  • E-mail
  • Facebook your friends
  • Submit press releases
  • Call the people of influence that you know

Thank you so much for your support, friendship, and prayer! Feel free to contact me with your questions.


Jeremy, Erin, & the JH Staff

John Harbor's Main Street Coffee House
N88 W16521 Main Street
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
262) 250-7700


Aga Artka: Interior Designer

AGAWEB.jpgJust learned that Aga Artka (ASID, LEED AP), a friend of mine and the wife of my co-worker Brian Artka is now available for full-time employment as an interior designer or for interior design project work.

Check out Aga's bio, have a look at her portfolio of interior design work, read her blog, review her LinkedIn profile or send her a note about employment or project work.

"My ultimate goal is to help hospitality business owners create interior spaces that attract, excite and retain customers. Through the proper use of color, light and space, every restaurant, hotel or retail environment can be transformed to reflect its unique style and atmosphere." — Aga Artka

Aga recently earned her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials, has a passion for creating beautiful and usable living, working and retail spaces and is fluent in Polish (she's originally from Southern Poland).


BarCampMilwaukee3 and PhotoWalk Images

BCMKE PhotoWalk: Original Stained Glass LogoHad a great time today at BarCampMilwaukee3, especially the photowalk after lunch today.

About half way through the walk we encountered James Haertel, who invited the photowalkers to tour the original Pabst Brewery buildings in Milwaukee.

Images of the PhotoWalk have been posted Flickr if you'd like to check 'em out.