Category Archives: Editorial Photography

Northfield holds spectacular Winter Walk celebration

What a great night to be in Northfield! On the first Thursday of every December, thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown community, Northfield hosts Winter Walk. It is a festive celebration of the holidays, and it is even more fun when we have snow on the ground! Main street is blocked off, the trees are decked out with lights and the streets are lined with luminaries. There are also multiple bonfires to warm yourself, a tree lighting ceremony, choirs and musicians, free horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, hot cider and much, much more! Many of the stores have special items planned on this night, such as krumkake baking at the Paper Petalum, S’mores at Premier Bank, band ensembles at Quality Bakery, trains at the Northfield Library, dancing (The NAG Cracker) at the Northfield Arts Guild and Santa Claus, who happens to appear at a few locations. (Not sure how he gets around so much.) 

This event is enjoyed by those who live in town and by many from out of town. When my family and I go downtown, which we have for nearly every year for the 20 years that the event has been held, we see many friends and enjoy treats in many of the stores. This year they even had a parade AND fireworks! It is a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays and even do some shopping. There are MANY great stores in downtown Northfield.

This year I was asked by the Chamber of Commerce to photograph the 20th anniversary of this excellent celebration. I was honored to be asked. I have taken many pictures at this event over the years, so I loved doing it this year for the Chamber. I have uploaded a bunch of pictures for you to enjoy. I hope you like taking this virtual visit to Northfield. Mark Winter Walk on your calendar next December, and be sure to dress warm and bring the family. If you like, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for looking! 

 

Also posted in Northfield

Defeat of Jesse James Days photography

It is once again the Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield, Minnesota. This event is run by volunteers who do an outstanding job of putting on this massive event. Thousands of people come from out of town to enjoy the festivities. I’m not sure if I qualify as a “Townie” since I’ve lived here for only 18 years, but I do enjoy going downtown to watch the re-enactments, see the arts and crafts and enjoy the food. I usually carry my camera downtown and have taken many pictures over the years.

I try to challenge myself to take some creative shots and sometimes I succeed. 🙂 The gallery included with this post shows some images I took this year. While some serve as editorial images of the events, I will put others on Fine Art America and in my store on this website to be purchased as wall art. This year during the bank raid re-enactment, I stood on the north side of Division Street in downtown Northfield. I was behind the crowd and used my 70-200mm lens to capture the gunfight from over the heads of those watching. I like the look it created from this angle. It gives you more of a sense that you are in the crowd watching, or possibly in the gunfight yourself! I also captured an image of the raid emcee, Tim Freeland, in front of the First National Bank. On some of the bank raid images, I ran a Lightroom preset called Relic from OnOne software. I love the look for these types of images. I have used this preset on abstract and fine art photographs from around Northfield. Three to five shots from this “relic” collection made into canvas prints would look great on the wall of a home or business.

Anyway, I always enjoy taking pictures during our town’s festivities. If you have not been to Northfield during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, you should plan to come. It is always the weekend after Labor Day. If you come to town, you might even hear, “Get your guns boys, they are robbing the bank.”

Also posted in Fine Art

Editorial photography for magazines

One of the types of photography I like to do — and would love to do more of — is editorial photography. Over the years, I have photographed various subjects to illustrate articles in magazines. This article on cooperative elections I photographed last year for RE Magazine, which is a trade publication for the national association for electric cooperatives. The reason I’m posting about it now is that I just received a copy of the reprint in the mail. A company that was mentioned in this cover article purchased reprint rights, so I received copies of the reprints.

To photograph this cover and the inside images, I took the subjects to different locations in the Minnesota Capitol building in St. Paul. It was a blast. I was toting strobes around on stands and photographed in several different locations. My subjects were great sports! This image of the woman, I photographed outside with available light, with just a strobe used to fill in the eyes a little. A very straightforward editorial image.

This type of photography is also very closely related to corporate photography, for example annual report photography or illustrating a corporate newsletter with images. I’m available for both corporate photography and editorial photography. Shoot me an email to discuss your project.

Also posted in Commercial Photography

New Blog & Website

Hello. I’ve just launched my new website. I’ll be posting here about my photography, news relating to photography, and other items or tidbits I find interesting and pertinent to my craft.

Thanks for looking. As my first blog post, I’ll republish the info about me:

About Me

I LOVE photography. My creative side was tantalized with photography in third grade as I made photograms in art class. (What’s a photogram?) Ever since then, I have been hooked and knew I’d continue in photography. I moved on from photograms to using my Instamatic camera to capture lots of pictures, which I developed in my home darkroom. In high school, I borrowed my Dad’s Argus camera for a trip to the Boundary Waters and dropped the 100mm lens in the lake. (I can still see it sinking deep into the clear water.)

I photographed my first wedding while in high school. (I wouldn’t recommend having a high school student photograph your wedding!) My formal education came from a two-year photography degree. After that I became the main shooter at a photo studio, ran the color lab, and then, eventually started my own business.

All that is to say, I have passion, creativity and experience in all things photographic. I continue to grow in creativity and love shooting digital images, whether on my Canon cameras or my iPhone. Whatever your need, I’ll put my passion, experience and creativity to work for you. Contact me if you have questions about your photography needs. I hope you enjoy looking at my images as much as I enjoy creating them! Don’t forget to “Like” me on Facebook where you can see some of my iphone images and other work.

 

Also posted in Commercial Photography, Senior Photography, Wedding Photography