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Senior photos for New Prague student

I have been editing some images taken of a New Prague senior, and I wanted to upload just a few of my favorites to my website. As you can see Lauren is a beautiful young woman with a great smile. For her senior portraits, we photographed her in a variety of locations around Northfield. She had a few change of clothes, and she also brought her dog, (Daisy, I think) so that added some fun. The colors were starting to turn, and we captured some images with beautiful fall colors. We didn’t do this photography shoot soon enough so that we had warm temperatures. The temperature had already dropped, and it was quite cold for Lauren! But, she was a trooper — wearing a coat between the pictures helped some. 

I think we captured some great images of Lauren, which I am pretty sure she will like — once I get them finalized and posted, so she can view them. Thanks for looking. 

Posted in Senior Photography

What came to visit us during a photoshoot?

I had an amazing experience the other day as I was doing high school senior photography in Inver Grove Heights. We were on a bridge at Swing Bridge Park doing some pictures of Felicia, a senior at Simley High school, when a redtail hawk landed nearby (see pictures). We looked over the bridge to where the hawk was sitting on the ground, then we watched as the hawk flew to a scenic overlook area and landed on a railing. I guess he wanted to get a better look around. 🙂 Not too surprising, right? Except there was an artist with his easel set up there. The hawk flew and landed right near the guy and sat on the railing just a few feet from him! The painter is Tom McGregor, who was really amazed by this hawk landing so close to him. Tom got out his phone and started taking pictures of the hawk. He even moved around to the other side of his easel, and the hawk didn’t get spooked! It sat there like he was a tame hawk posing for pictures! We were all just amazed at it all because not only did he land there in the first place, he stayed there for several minutes. I took pictures from the ground and Tom took them from eye level with the bird.

We talked to Tom afterwards, and we both shared our images with each other. You can see the images Tom took with his iPhone, and you can see the ones I took from our location down on the bridge. You can even see us on the bridge in one of Tom’s photos. It was just a great experience that happened while we were senior pictures in Inver Grove Heights. I have also included a few of the pictures I captured of Felicia on the bridge.

I love to do senior photography, and we always do them in the great outdoors. While I can’t guarantee any excitement like we had with the hawk during our photoshoot, I can promise you great senior photos! Let me know if you are interested in having me photograph your high school senior. 

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Young artist paints my landscape images

I am going to put in a plug for anyone in the Northfield area to visit the Northfield Arts Guild (NAG) through June 9 to see the high school’s Honors Art display. The high school students, who are seniors and juniors, have done some amazing work that includes pottery, painting, photography and more. The students showing their art have a ton of talent. You won’t believe the work they do; It’s incredible and fun to see. 
art display on wall

Amy’s art display at the NAG.

My daughter, Amy, has art in the show. She combined digital art, acrylics and gesso to create some textured, 3D surreal images. I think she has some outstanding work on display (and I’m not biased at all). 

Another student, Jaclyn, has some paintings that I’m excited about. She paints some amazing landscapes with acrylic on canvas. They look very real, and I love her style and the images. I might be a bit biased about her images, since they are paintings of my photography! 
girl standing by artwork

Jaclyn standing by her artwork.

Jaclyn did an excellent job painting my landscape scenes so the colors and look of the images are very real. In the photo that I show here of Jaclyn with her artwork, you can see the amazing job she has done. In the photo, you can see landscapes from several locations; one I took in Boundary Waters Canoe Area, one in Colorado, one on the North Shore of Lake Superior and one nearby in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. She has painted a few other pictures of mine as well. When Jaclyn asked if she could paint some of my images, I was happy to let a young artist use my work as a subject to paint. (I was also happy she knew about copyright and that photos cannot be copied – even painted – without permission of the copyright holder.) 

To see Jaclyn’s art up close in all their beautiful detail, stop by the NAG in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. Besides seeing her great work, you can see my daughter’s awesome work and lots of other great high school artists. This Honors Art show happens each spring. Be sure to check it out and see the wonderful artists we have in Northfield.
Posted in Fine Art, Landscape, Northfield, Scenic

Excellent winter weather day

I had a wonderful time this morning taking images around Northfield. I started the day by crosscountry skiing at the Arb. It was foggy and gray, without much great light. I knew images wouldn’t look too great at that time. But as I wrapped up my skiing, the sun started to break through the clouds. I could tell it was going to be awesome. I headed out on Highway 19 and took a few images of an interesting looking tree, just as the sun was peaking through the clouds. 

I then drove past the golf course and saw some gorgeous frosted trees along Spring Creek Road. I headed to downtown Northfield and spent a lot of time by the river and Bridge Square. it was stunning. The frost was being blown off the trees, and with the light behind, it was really awesome. I couldn’t believe it. What a gorgeous morning!

I headed up to St. Olaf College after spending time downtown. The scene at the college was unbelievable! I hope you can see that in some of these images. It was incredible. I haven’t seen a day like this in a long time. 

The frost stayed on the trees for a long time. In fact, I was heading home after a couple of hours of shooting and the trees still looked amazing. As I headed home, the clouds rolled in and the light went flat, but what a great time I had this morning. What you see here is a quick sampling of some of my favorites. I will work on some of the best of these and eventually upload them to my store at Fine Art America. I think they are many here that would make beautiful wall art. Thank you for looking! 

Posted in Landscape, Northfield, Scenic

Northfield senior photography

I love high school senior photography season. I enjoy making portraits of the upcoming graduating students, and this year, I have my own to photograph. (Maybe I’ll have to blog about her if she’ll let me, but not right now.) Anyway, I photographed Hannah who attends Northfield High School. 

I’m happy that Hannah trusted me with the photography for her senior pictures. We did her pictures up at St. Olaf College. Not only is it a great college, but it has many great locations. It is so beautiful and well maintained. The historic buildings can serve as some great backdrops for senior photography. Even a few of the more modern ones work well also. 

I like to start my photography about two hours before sunset. This gives me enough time to capture some great images while the light is at a lower angle in the sky, making more opportunities for gorgeous pictures. The sun was shining bright as we started our photography session, so I started with some pictures on the east side of Old Main. As it got lower in the sky, it produced some great light for backlighting Hannah.

Hannah was very relaxed, and we got some excellent photos of her. When I photograph seniors, I try to do a variety of photographs, so that I get some full length shots, mid-range and also close ups portraits. When we are done, the high school senior has a variety of images from which to choose. They should be able to select some for the wall, gifts for others, some for online as well as one appropriate for the school yearbook. 

By capturing a variety of images, I am able to produce a custom-made invitation for their open house. The open house invitations not only do the job of letting people know when the party is, they also provide a nice keepsake of a variety of images that others can enjoy. 

Anyway, my hope for Hannah – and every senior I photograph – is that she finds many excellent photos to enjoy. I hope I hear from her family, as I do from many others, “There are too many good ones. We don’t know which to pick.” That’s my goal as I photograph seniors. 🙂 

Posted in Senior Photography