April 9, 2014

This past fall, I was commissioned to photograph a story for Minneapolis / St Paul Magazine, about the Minnesota company, Thousand Hills Cattle Company. Like many of you, it’s important for me to choose my food wisely and I’ve always been a fan of grass fed beef, but I also never really thought about it. It was a fascinating project for me to work on and I really enjoyed my time on the Thousand Hills farm. Todd Churchill, the owner of Thousand Hills is a family man, an incredibly knowledgeable farmer and above all, a respected business man. Beyond how refreshing it was for me to spend a day on a farm, I also learned so much from our small talk together. Churchill’s business is one of the fastest growing beef companies in the country. Some of these portraits are amongst my favorite that were taken last year. You can still read the entire story, cleverly entitled, “What Would Jesus Grill?” online at mspmag.com.

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March 20, 2014

The current issue of MPLS St Paul Magazine is on newsstands for just a couple more weeks and it is the Best of Restaurants 2014. I photographed many different locations for this feature and I am SO proud of the way it turned out. At each restaurant, we photographed various dishes, behind-the-scene moments in the kitchen and some fantastic looking cocktails that didn’t make it in print. I wanted to take a moment to share some of these images with you! If you haven’t checked out the full issue yet, it is absolutely gorgeous and there is still time to pick it up! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite unpublished photographs from this assignment!

 

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February 18, 2014

Sometimes you get a call for a job that is perfect for you. When it comes to taking portraits, I have a ‘wish list’ of some local people who I hope to photograph someday. Then there are other days that you get calls for jobs that totally surprise you. Either way, my approach to portraiture is pretty simple. I am documenting a person and their story with my tools – my camera, my eye and the light. So far, this has been a pretty great year for portraits. I have photographed some people that I knew absolutely nothing about that surprised me, like the Milkweed crew and Forrest Wozniak. And I have been able to check some dream shoots off of my list, including Dessa and now Jeremy Messersmith. I’ve always loved Jeremy’s music and it was so great to be able to photograph him, right before his new album, Heart Murmurs, came out! (You can officially buy his album now or you can listen first at the Current.org website.) Jeremy is an amazing musician and a really cool dude, all around. For his shoot, we wanted to play with scale a bit,  so we found a big, wide open, studio space to be in. The space actually also surprised me, because it had all of these other elements that not only allowed us to play with scale, but also work with a light vs dark contrast. I love these portraits and wanted to take a moment to share them with you all!

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February 12, 2014

Forrest Wozniak is the shit. He’s a sign painter, he is an artist and he also listens to mixed tapes. He’s a badass dude who grew up in South Minneapolis and still lives and works out of his original neighborhood. In a way, Forrest is a bit of a Minneapolis institution. He’s a hard worker and a true artist who has created more work around town than one might realize. I didn’t know how much I would appreciate Forrest before I walked into his shop to photograph him for MPLS / St Paul Magazine’s Best of Issue, where he was named Best Sign Painter in the city. I loved his space, I loved his energy and his message. I also really love these images and wanted to share more with you all!

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February 5, 2014

The people of Milkweed Editions might just be some of the coolest people you have never known about. I was able to photograph them for the “Best of Twin Cities” issue for MPLS / St Paul Magazine. The company was voted ‘Best Bookmaker’ and their entire staff was pretty impressive. The more I researched this organization, I discovered that they are a little powerhouse in the literary world. As the writers described. ” In a world overrun by teen-vampire books and marginally literate detective novels, Milkweed has flourished by, gasp!, catering to the tastes of people who like to read, who appreciate quality writing, and who have come to trust the press’s carefully curated sensibility of accessible intelligence.” If you like to read, most definitely check out this amazing non-profit! Here are a few more of my favorites from our shoot, in addition to the images that ran in the article!

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