This weekend I marched with millions across the world in the Women's March on Washington. There were about 100,000 in the St. Paul march. It was truly an inspiring day! There were so many women, men, and children who were all brought together by this awesome peaceful march!
I had SO much fun taking senior photos of this awesome lady this weekend! We didn't let the rain keep us down at all!
Here's a sneak peek of our session...
Charles Bradley made a stop to Sociable Cider Werks this weekend for a free show! What an incredible performer with an important message.
Thank you so much to Sociable, The Current, and Charles for a wonderful Sunday!!
Alright everyone. I can't even come up with words for my love for these guys. EVERY time I see them, my camera stops working. Every time.
This time it didn't.
Side note: When the band makes sure to tell you after the show that they loved your energy in the crowd, you've done something perfectly right.
U.R.A. Fever - The Kills
Prom season is upon us!
Fortunately for me, that means getting to team up with Fuller Life Photography to shoot this adorable couple!
I have been lucky enough to see Courtney Barnett every time that she has been to Minneapolis.
She has become so much more relaxed and confident onstage and I feel like you can hear it in her newer releases.
Bully opened for Courtney during their sold-out two day First Avenue takeover. They blazed through a set of songs from their album Feels Like and I couldn't help but think of a 90's revival that mixes Nirvana with No Doubt (yes, that is very much a compliment).
Courtney and her band got onstage and shredded and droned through songs spanning their EPs and album. Barnett's lyrics take center stage as she touches on everything from social anxiety to environmental issues with playfully witty language that always leaves something new to be discovered. The stage design used light projection as a backdrop to their show which made it a lot of fun to watch.
I always love to see this lady live!
Side note: I can never say enough good things about an artist that puts time into meeting their fans before and after shows. Even as a shy new artist she graciously stayed after her show a few years ago at the Varsity until everyone got their turn to meet her after a fan caught her coming back out to grab her water. Last night at First Avenue she walked right up to fans in line to thank them for waiting in the cold to see her show and stayed after the show to take pictures with fans.
It was important for me to document this weekend as a Minnesotan and as a music fan.
Prince kept a sense of wonder around any day in Minneapolis. Everyone has a Prince story here. Everyone.
I frequent First Avenue. I have a head full of incredible memories there. As the news broke on Thursday that Prince had passed away I wondered what to do with myself. Naturally I flocked to the place that so many of us share with him. First Avenue. There were thousands of people in the street together to pay their respects and celebrate a man who means so much to everyone. The Current and First Avenue pulled together a party that should have taken months to organize. Several musical acts came to tribute him with covers. Lizzo even flew in from New York to perform her cover of The Beautiful Ones. It was humbling.
Over the weekend I went around to see more of what was happening at Paisley Park and around Minneapolis. Every building, bridge, and billboard was illuminated with purple as the city came together.
It was beautiful.
Check out more of my photos and a beautiful article written by Amanda Buhman over at Beatport - Tonight, We're Gonna Party.
I had the opportunity to see Lucius for the SEVENTH time this week at First Avenue as they kicked off the tour for their second album Good Grief!
I first heard them on NPR's Tiny Desk concert back in 2013 and was fortunate enough to grab a ticket to a show a few days later to see them at the 7th Street Entry. It's been a few years now and it's been a thrill to watch them grow in their live performances along with their sound.
Keep your eye on these guys and check them out on their tour, and pick up their records! You won't be disappointed!
Lucius - Almighty Gosh
I was at Rock the Garden this past weekend at the Walker Art Center. It was a perfect lineup. Getting to see Lucius, Modest Mouse, Courtney Barnett, Sean Lennon (GOASTT), Conor Oberst, JD McPherson, thestand4rd, Seun Kuti, Babes in Toyland, and Belle and Sebastian in the same weekend was incredible!
Without a press pass, I had to improvise for a good spot to shoot. My group was first in line both days and we held our own in the front through all of the heat.
Well worth it! I highly suggest seeing any of these bands if you have the chance!
Lucius - Genevieve
Here are a few of my favorite shots:
What a pair! I can't say I've met a couple who is more spontaneous and fun than this one. I got to hang out and drink coffee, chat, and explore abandoned loading docks. Totally normal.
Getting to document a fun morning with them was the best. Just look at them!
The Beatles - In My Life
In Chicago, rain turns everything green. Pretty, dirty, and green.
Sylvan Esso - Coffee
A few weeks ago I was so lucky to do a shoot for this family!
They invited me to do their newborn shoot in their ADORABLE nursery. How perfect!
Meet their new little guy Oliver:
I got to shoot this gorgeous lady today with a good friend. It was SO great to get out in the fresh air and explore this extremely awesome place.
What's up with the colors?!
Two words: Kodak Ektar. Straight from the camera.
I packed up my Nikon F3 and tried something different at a concert. Color film.
Here's what I captured with some fast-moving Portra 800
Benjamin Booker - Wicked Waters
Olivia Jean - Mistakes
I've been extremely lucky in the last week for two reasons:
My niece Mazilyn was born.
I got to take her newborn photos!
It was my first shot at this type of photography. I was happy to have my sister and brother in-law let me have at it!
I had so much fun and learned a lot! (Who doesn't love to hang out with a cute baby, anyways?!)
See more from my session with Mazilyn here.
In October I had my first solo show. It consisted of all black and white film photos from street adventures I had collected over the course of a year.
One question was asked repeatedly about the 20+ photos I had chosen.
"Why don't you have people in your photos?"
I took another look at my work and realized it, too. Only a few featured people. Even those didn't use them as a focal point.
To me, it made the photos look more like they could have been taken during any time. I like that about those photos. Something about them feels timeless and maybe a little eerie.
While I love timeless, you can't match the incredible use of people as subject matter. The expression, color, emotion, and attitude of people are what I'm missing from a lot of my work.
I decided that on Valentine's Day I would take a trip out to the Walker Art Center and capture some couples. As it would seem, the museum is not the hottest V-Day destination, but I caught a lot of loners passing time.
Either way, I got a few shots worth sharing with you.
Olivia Jean - Merry Widow
I'm fortunate to have some pretty talented friends. This particular one goes by Oxbow Designs. He is building this workspace by hand it's the talk of the town.
I must say, it's been pretty cool to see the transformation from thought to paper to life.
I'm so happy that I was able to stop by with my Yashica and see how it's going.
I'm having the most fun visiting this site and watching the structure grow.
It is beautifully colored and full of crazy angles.
I can't lie, I'm glad it won't be finished for a while!
This little guy made his way to me at Christmas time.
While I'm guessing I won't get my hands on a 17.5 mm roll of film to try it out, I still want to take a minute to marvel at how adorable it is!