Who’s Troy?

Below is the “official” bio.  Here’s what you really need to know…

I’m a photographer in Milwaukee, WI and do work for editorial and commercial clients.  I specialize in on-location portraiture and am a stickler for getting it right.

I write haikus a few times a week.  I wrote haikus before starting this blog.  Those early haikus are not here;  maybe I’ll publish a book someday.
I’d love to hear what you have to say about my syllables.  Leave a comment, if you feel inspired.

Troy Freund, American, b. 1973

Troy Freund was raised on a small Wisconsin dairy farm, surrounded by his parents and five brothers.  The love of family and the importance of interpersonal relationships have informed his photographic work for many years.  Despite an early-developing and long-lasting affection for comicbooks, Troy found his way into photography during the pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Milwaukee’s Cardinal Stritch University.  He has worked in Milwaukee as an independent photographer since 2001, working for various editorial and commercial clients.  During this time he has also shown his personal B+W photographs at many Milwaukee venues as well as in juried shows across the USA.  A high-point of his career was being invited to photograph 2007’s “Milwaukee Mass Portrait,” a public art project sponsored by the Menomonee Valley Partners.

Besides working for himself, Troy also serves on the board of a local nonprofit called Local First Milwaukee, does pro bono photography for the Boulevard Theatre and teaches photography classes independently and at Mike Crivello’s Cameras.

Examples of his work can be seen at his website, www.troyfreund.com and his adventures followed at www.twitter.com/MidwestPhoto


6 Responses to Who’s Troy?

  1. Jenn Fenn says:

    Your haikus are quite beauitful! I too am writing haikus in my blog, though mine are definitely of a different tone and subject matter. It is amazing what versatility this small form has! I added a link to your website on my blog.

    Good luck with your blog!

    Jenn Fenn

  2. Ryan says:


    Your haikus are just wonderful. I hope you continue with them. I, too, write haiku and have a blog at:


    Any advice or feedback is welcome,

    all the best,

  3. Shelli Mueller says:


    Well, how cool is this? I definitely want to read the Buddha Married book. I don’t have time to check out your haikus right now, but I will. I’d direct you to my blog, but….I don’t have one. Yet. Hmm.


  4. Hi, Troy! Here’s a haiku about haiku:

    tiny sentences
    paperweights on picture books
    odd how vast and deep

    As a fellow haiku aficionado I thought that you might be interested to learn about my new card game, 27 Haiku: A Game of Art and Poetry. You can learn more about 27 Haiku by visiting games.brianhumphreys.com, or you can back the Kickstarter campaign to print the first 1,000 copies of 27 Haiku at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/823221049/27-haiku-a-game-of-art-and-poetry.

    And, one more haiku while I’m here:

    my most grateful thanks!
    your time and honest feedback,
    a wonderful gift.

  5. Kevin Brophy says:

    Hi Troy! A friend turned me onto your blog and I couldn’t believe it! I love homemade Haiku’s! I have a weekly Haiku contest on an app called Spotlight (www.spotlight.is). Some great, fun people posting awesome Haiku’s every day. Hope you can come by and check it out! If you do, please tag me @kevin in Spotlight – would love to see your post =)

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