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.
Nothing feels better then gaining the trust and confidence of a repeat client who tells you to “Do what you do best.”
I’ve now worked with lululemon on several shoots - and each time it has been wonderful to collaborate with athletes from the Twin Cities who are involved in the local fitness community. The group of ambassadors that lululemon selects are all dynamic, engaged people – yoga instructors, gym owners, run group leaders – and it is impossible to not get excited along side them in the photoshoots.
The impetus for the project was similar to my first project with lululemon, partnering to create imagery to hang in a newly renovated store. This time the Galleria, Edina store was moving to a larger space, and with that was a new design and need for large images to match. #TheSweatLife is one of lululemon’s key phrases, and these photographs needed to capture that – not just lifestyle photos, but images that really show the intensity and motion of these ambassador’s workouts.
With the goal to always push a bit beyond the assignment and create something special for a client, I also captured some video assets, creating a short video geared towards usage on social media.
In the store, each ambassador is featured on massive 3x4’ lightbox. Additionally, I captured wide angle landscapes with athletes moving thorough the space and a super high-resolution photo mural for a special mindfulness / meditation zone within the store. Much of this design was a pilot program, launching for the first time in the Galleria store. It was wonderful to be part of another great project for lululemon.
I’m honored to be included again in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, in the advertising category. This is the fourth time in the last five years that I've been awarded – and each time it feels special to be recognized along side many of the best photographers in the world.
The photo recognized this year is a portrait of the musician Pokey LaFarge, which I shot in the garage, with Pokey's tour bus as a background, in a quick photo session between soundcheck and his show at First Avenue.
This year, the jurors selected 127 winning projects from nearly four thousand entries. I feel privileged each time I’m included in the CA Photo Annual, as the winning images represent some of the most powerful and memorable photographs from the previous year.
You can find the photo in the July/August 2018 issue of Communication Arts, or at CommArts.com.