In January I partnered with. Capsule Design and the Minnesota Orchestra to create a new photographic style to launch a fresh 2019/2020 orchestra season campaign. It was wonderful to partner with Capsule to discuss a few different photo direction options, settling on a very clean modern look with bold colors all created with lighting effects and captured in-camera. We photographed conductor Osmo Vanska, concertmaster Erin Keefe, and eight other orchestra musicians at Orchestra Hall over two days following daily rehearsals. While the focus for the shoot was to create hero still imagery, I also captured some beautiful slow-motion footage of the musicians performing. Keep an eye for these images through the orchestra’s next season.Read More
Author Marlon James gained fame a few years back after winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction with his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. His newest book, Black Leapord, Red Wolf, has been described as an “African Game of Thrones” and is already a best seller.
On a cold Minnesota Sunday morning in December, I met Marlon at Macalester College to photograph him for a profile in Minnesota Monthly about the new book. I was given creative freedom from the photo editor at MNMO, being trusted to deliver a variety of great options. As I had researched ahead of the photo shoot, I was inspired by the bold colors of the book cover, and decided to use gels on my lights to recreate the dark saturated color.Read More
The Cactus Blossom’s have spent the two+ years writing and recording their new album. It was an honor to be asked to work with them again for some press photos to accompany the new album. Taking an afternoon in the Westbank neighborhood of Minneapolis – legendary for the bars where Bob Dylan got his start. We had a very casual shoot in bouncing between Palmer’s Bar, The alley behind The Wienery, and eventually getting up onto the roof of iconic The Cedar Cultural center.Read More
Thank you to everyone who supported me and my work in the past year. I’m thankful to be able to continue to create work that I’m proud of, and to partner with great clients.
At the end of the year I joined the non-profit association, 1% For The Planet, pledging to donate one percent of all my business revenue to environmental non-profits. For 2018, I’ve donated to Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness to support the campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. The photo above is from a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is incredibly special and I hope can be protected from the potential sulfite mining that is proposed in the surround area.
Here’s to a strong 2019.
I grew up watching the X-Games, and got into photography looking at the photos in BMX magazines, so it was a bit of a return full circle this summer when I photographed skateboarder Mariah Duran for Ozy.
Meeting Mariah just after she arrived at her Minneapolis hotel, I had a little over an hour to capture a full mix of portraits, action photos, and video clips for website loops. Knowing I would be shooting in the midday sun, I had scouted locations that would be filled with diffused, bounced light, or where the hard shadows could turn into crisp graphic elements. It was fortunate that there is a small skate park in the corner of downtown Minneapolis. While not exactly competition quality, Mariah was happy to stretch her legs and get some time on her board after a morning of travel, nailing some serious tricks for our shoot.
Just two days after our shoot, Mariah clinched the gold medal in the X-Games Skateboard Street finals.