Photographer works with a modelIMG_6991Me in action Me: The Artist behind MDKauffmann Photography

I am a wedding and portrait photographer. 

My work is characterized by a nod to the classic and timeless with precise control of lighting and attention to details. 


Beaches * Dancing * Lifting Weights * My Kids * Cooking * Social Causes * Dadding * Blackberries * Whisky * Coffee * Creating


Wag the DogKevin Smith Anthology * Monty Python * The Matrix * Reservoir Dogs * Pulp Fiction * Fawlty Towers * Emergency! * Boston Legal * Andy Griffith Show * MacGyver *He-Man * Looney Tunes * Twelve Angry Men * The Usual Suspects * Matchstick Men * The Ladykillers * The Blues BrothersPrincess Bride * Hamilton


I Am * Bible (NIV) * Here I Stand * Light - Science and Magic * Christian Doctrine * Citizen Soldiers


Joe McNally * David Hobby * David Ziser * Eric Harkins * Richard Avedon * Rolando GomezJames DiGiorgio * Seth Godin * Will Hahn * Stephen J Patterson * Martin Luther


The rest?

Christian. Daddy. Photographer. Foodie. Athlete.

That's the short list and will tell you 90% of what you need to know about me...wanna know more? Keep reading

I'm a musician. I play the trumpet; well. I love playing big-band jazz dance tunes. I love listening to a wider variety of music than most people. My favorite musician is Jimmy Buffett.

I am an Eagle Scout. In my younger days, I was very involved with the Boy Scouts. I earned 78 merit badges. I worked for Boy Scout Camps for 7 summers. At my peak, I was the program director of a camp in California. We expanded the program by 40% that year, and had the following season booke wp89728901_05_06wp89728901_05_06 d full before the end of the existing season. I am a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. Currently, I am the Vigil Advisor for Nisha Kittan Lodge and Cubmaster for Pack 28, Lebanon, Illinois.

I was a member of Boy's County & Boy's State.

I was a member of National Honor Society.

My high school activities included band of all varieties and Knowledge Bowl. I was team captain my senior year.

I went to college at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I got a double major in 4 years: History & Speech Communication. During that time I was also very involved with Jazz Ensembles and Lutheran Campus Ministries.

I went to Eden Theological Seminary for 2 years. Then I realized that wasn't my calling. I left on good terms and with decent grades.

From there I became an EMT, then a Paramedic, then a Critical Care Paramedic. During that time, I've saved countless lives including one "resurrection,", delivered 2.5 babies, and showed love to thousands of patients.

I have two baby girls rapidly-maturing daughters whom I cherish.

I am a Christian. My favorite analogy of Christianity says that we are not a group of saints trying to save sinners; we are merely one starving beggar telling another starving beggar where to find bread. I know that I am a sinner, and that there is no earthly reason I have been blessed the way I have. Still God chooses to love me, and all I can do is be thankful, try to love others, and try to live in a thankful way. My faith has gotten me through a lot. I trust God totally, and know with all that I am He will get me through, even though I don't know exactly how.

I love photography and cherish the artwork I am able to create. My "why" is to create artwork that people are proud to display in their homes; that they might feel cherished by their families and friends who view it with awe and pride. I see my clients more like friends and believe in meaningful relationships, experimentation and clarity.