From the grieving fans and scores of media that visited Paisley Park upon hearing the news, to the massive crowds that filled Downtown Minneapolis outside First Avenue in the evening, the day of Prince's death was one of the most powerful days I've covered as a photographer.Read More
I have the opportunity to meet and photograph a lot of incredible musicians that visit The Current's recording studio in Saint Paul. Mostly I get to do documentary style images during the recording session, trying to capture the personality of the artist on and off the microphone. While I have really gotten to know the studio space, and how to make artists look their best in there, I always take inspiration when I get the opportunity to work in a new space.
Last month the Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who together are First Aid Kit, performed at First Avenue to a sold out audience. The Current was scheduled to have the band in the studio again to record a session, but a last minute opportunity for a TV appearance for the band meant they would be coming into Minneapolis on a redeye from California, and wouldn't have time to come to the studio. Still wanting to capture something unique for our audience, we arranged to have a writer from The Current and myself meet the band at the venue between soundcheck and the show for a quick interview and portrait session. While dialing in two different setups in a corner of First Ave, I had the pleasure of listening to the band's gorgeous soundcheck. Taking only 5 or 10 minutes to capture a few different looks, it was great to work with First Aid Kit who are wonderful professionals after releasing their third album this year.
Last night First Avenue filled with a diverse crowd that was ready to dance and celebrate the release of Sonny Knight's new album – "I'm Still Here." I've been to a lot of CD release shows, but last night's was special for me as it was a celebration of Sonny's new full-length album, but it was also the official release of my first album cover.Read More