I was back home over the weekend, to do a little shooting after the first week of what will hopefully be my last semester of school. Everything has been a little crazy here, but I am starting to accept that life will probably only turn faster as time goes on and I should just deal or get left behind. I'm one of those guys who always has "big plans", I'm not a dreamer, but I definitely like to have a big to-do list when I can help it. This past break was a good example, I figured that I was going to be able to finally catch up on all of those things that I had been saving. You know, organize the work stuff, finish all those portfolio projects (that deadline is coming up fast), shoot a bunch of stuff, blah blah blah. Well, I got pretty sick, so that trashed a week. The holidays have a way of wasting time that I can't seem to figure out, and I ended up working way more hours then I had planned. Break's over.

So I went home right away after only 4 days of school, gotta get stuff done. My friend Ryan Payne, who rides for O2 Teamlab called me earlier in the week asking if I wanted to shoot with him over the weekend. Sure thing, Ryan. Also, this was supposed to be the coldest weekend of the winter with negative temps for Friday and Saturday.

The original plan was to shoot this parking ramp gap in Appleton on Friday, unfortunately a few of the guys got sick and weren't up to riding in the freezing weather. Friday night was trashed for shooting. I ended up having a nice dinner with the GF and her parents, and then heading over to Nordic Mountain for a late night park building session to prepare for Sunday's planned shoot. I left before everything was finished, but the feature turned out better than anyone imagined. I do have some photos, but you will have to wait until next week to see 'em.

On Saturday morning I met my good buddy, Jory Prather at a wooden "rainbowish" bridge railing to shoot video and stills. This is a spot that I have been coming to for a long time. It's cool because it is right behind a sledding hill, so no one gives you a second look when you role up with shovels and snowboards. We had planned to get there early, but didn't arrive until 10am due to our late night on Friday. As it happened, this was perfect, because an overcast sky turned blue at about 10:05. We set it up and were done in less then 2 hours, Jory got a nose press bs 180 out on video and a solid nose press photo as well. I was amazed at how quickly everything came together. The photo is below.

After the wooden rail we met up with Ryan Payne at the West Skatepark in Oshkosh. There is sledding hill right next to the park so pretty much everything was fair game. We ended up building a little ramp over a fence with a pretty good drop on the other side. It was a fun setup and both Ryan and Jory got shots.

About halfway through the day this little guy showed up, insisted on helping with everything. I wish I would have had some stickers to give him.

Ryan and Jory always kill it, but I think Jory's front 3's just beat out Ryan's Backside 180's on the day. Looking forward to more this weekend.

- Joe -