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Wedding: Beth & Brian

Beth and Brian got married in Madison, WI. They are such a great couple, so laid back, so full of love and appreciation for everyone in their lives and are REALLY fun. Their wedding is hands down one of the best I've ever photographed. Thanks you guys. 


Vintage: Ms. Nadine Dubois

I photographed the lovely Ms. Nadine Dubois of Lili's Burlesque Revue! She is an amazing MC and gorgeous to boot. Check out one of their shows in Minneapolis! 


Vintage Shoot w/ Caitin! Sneek Peek

Last week I started a project with my friend Caitlin which was sparked after we did a vintage shoot together for MN Women's Press. She is a fantastic hairstylist and wanted to play her hand at modeling more. So together we built an awesome team, Jake(art director/costume designer extraordaire), Carolyn (hair genius) and Elizabeth (makeup bad-ass). We are shooting again next week, 3 very different looks from these. There will be much more to come from this project. Enjoy!


Shake Your Tree: From Chase Jarvis

From Chase Jarvis' blog....these are so great! Thanks for the inspiration today...

1. Shoot personal work. Call in some favors, get creative with no budget, and shoot something for yourself.
2. Set free that idea you've been holding onto. Write a blog post about it. Ask your friends what they think. Tell the world.
3. Learn about video. Don't have a camera? Buy drip coffee for a month instead of lattes, and buy a Flip Mino video camera with the money you save. Experiment. 
4. Connect with your peers. Start a blog, dig into your Facebook. Or, hell, gather your photo friends for beers and a slide show. 
5. Walk around with your camera. You don't need sunshine. Interesting weather makes interesting pictures. iPhone or one dSLR body with one lens. There is no "client". Just take pictures.
6. Rent a piece of equipment you've been wanting to learn about. Or try this rental secret: pick it up on Friday after 3pm, pay for Saturday. Sunday's are often free because the camera store is closed. Return Monday by 10am. 3 days for the price of 1. 
7. Put together a book of your work. Blurb or Asuka, whatever. Affordable. Even if you don't print 10 or 100, print 1. Put it in your studio for visitors to flip through, or leave on it your coffee table at home.
8. Do the thing on your list that you most dread doing. Call that client who hasn't paid. Sign up for Twitter. Develop a marketing plan. Go to the ASMP meeting.
9. Remind yourself that the gear you can't afford is not the barrier keeping you from success. Gear has very little to do with photography.

10. Read up online about the history of photography and it's masters. Weston. Steichen. Arbus. Mapplethorpe. Adams. Doisneau. Cartier-Bresson. Avedon.
11. Admit to yourself that you don't know about something you've been pretending to know about. Sit down and do the research yourself. Learn it.
12. Go sit in front of the newsstand at some mega book store. Flip through all the magazines that interest you. Go beyond photo magazines. Generally speaking they limit your imagination rather than expand it. Spend at least an hour. 
13. Make a list of 5 clients you want in the next 24 months. Shoot for the moon. 
14. Rent a medium format film camera and shoot two rolls of 120. Slow down. Places will process your negs and give you scans these days for pretty cheap.
15. Look through the pictures in my portfolio and appropriate an idea. Tweak the concept and go make a better picture. It's okay. We all do it. I'm probably looking at your work right now and am grateful for the inspiration.
16. Take 100 pictures with your iPhone. Or your Samsung phone. Or your point and shoot. Whatever camera is the closest to you right this minute. The best camera is the one that's with you.
17. Refresh your website with at least one new picture. Or dig up an old one, re-process it and make it a new one.
18. Take a picture of something wherever you are when you read this post. Share it somehow, even if it isn't your favorite. Post it to your blog, twitter, or link it in the comments below. Email or MMS it to somebody who will appreciate it.
19. Quit your day job if you hate it and can live without it. People say it's a bad time to start a new business or go in a new direction. On the flipside, I think it's a great time if you've got a clear vision and a little cushion.
20. Concept, shoot, and edit a short film (video) in a single day. Keep it cheap. Keep it short. Use whatever camera you have access to.
21. Show somebody your portfolio or a selection of pictures. Let them tell you which ones they like, but also be sure to ask them which ones they don't like and why. You'll likely learn something.
22. Back up your work. It's not that hard and it'll probably save your arse at some point in the very near future.


Momma's Day: Oro and Monica!

In honor of Momma's Day, I wanted to share some photos of my friend Monica and her little boy, Oro from last week. He's such a cool little guy and has fantastic parents. Here's to all the mommas out there in the world. 

(He was listening to the birds in the distance chirping...)


MN Women's Press: Published!

My photo of Theresa Purcell was published this week in the MN Women's Press! It's a great article about green funerals, pick up a copy and check it out.