September Food Shoot

I’ve worked in grocery stores on and off since I was in high school. Every time I move to a new city I can usually find a natural foods store that’s willing to hire me. When I moved to Minneapolis to freelance I picked up another part time job as a grocery cashier. Through that I met Hannah, who has a small food blog. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on doing some food photography, she was totally on board.

We both looked around and came up with a few ideas of what we were thinking about, I had seen some beautiful images of whole, raw fish that I was interested in trying out. Luckily Hannah wasn’t squeamish about the idea (because I was.)

We went to Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis and picked out a couple of whole Bronzini which, to me, look exactly like a classic fish haha. The size and color were perfect for what we were looking for so we decided to grab two of them.

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Next we went over to United Noodles for to see if anything looked interesting and we found this beautiful red Silk Snapper that we definitely wanted to do something with.

We started with the Bronzini and came up with a few different looks. Hannah had some awesome dishes for props and we just bounced ideas off of each other until we got where we wanted to be. We lit the whole thing with one Alien Bee in a medium softlighter and a reflector. Simple set up but beautiful lighting.

We spent a full day shopping and shooting, and it was an awesome experience. I definitely want to shoot more food work and Hannah and I already have a few more ideas lined up that we want to work on.

If anyone in the Twin Cities is looking for some food work done, definitely reach out and let me know!

Here are a couple gifs showing our styling process

Shannon Söderlund

A few years ago I went to New York City to photograph Shannon Söderlund and her band for a few days. They wanted to do another photo session and this time they came to Minneapolis and we got to spend a day shooting some updated photos of Shannon and her husband and bandmate Andrew.

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Be sure to check out her music and if you're in NYC catch them at a show!

Thanks for looking!

Ten Who Made a Difference

Every year the Gillette News Record profiles 10 people who have made a difference in the community that year. We publish a special section in the last issue of the year, complete with a short profile and a portrait of each award recipient. This year we added a video component and produced short videos for each person as well. See the entire piece on our website.
 

Jonni Belden

Jonni Belden was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work in the transition from Pioneer Manor to the new Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center.

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Karin Ebertz

Karin Ebertz was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work starting a PFLAG chapter in Gillette, and for the groups work to help pass a nondiscrimination ordinance with the city of Gillette.

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Mark Englert

Mark Englert was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work expanding Gillette College.

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Mark Ma

Mark Ma was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work creating and growing the Chinese language programs for Campbell County School District.

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Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work leading the Campbell County Adult Treatment Court.

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Trish Simonson

Trish Simonson was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work in suicide prevention and awareness.

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Kelly Stone

Kelly Stone was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work in the addiction recovery community.

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Tonya and Dan Stroup

Tonya and Dan Stroup were named two of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for their work running the Shop with a Cop program.

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Dylan Wisroth

Dylan Wisroth was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work creating the Men of Tomorrow club at Prairie Wind Elementary.

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Standing Rock, November 2016

This weekend a friend and I drove up to the Oceti Sakowin camp to join the water protectors working to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. I wish we had more time to spend there but we were limited by work schedules. It's hard to want to come back to work when you see the heart and dedication of the people working there, and the importance of working against the pipeline. I met a Oglala Lakota woman who had been at camp for 90 days, this isn't short term.
 

The first day we mostly spent getting oriented around camp, learning as much as we could and getting acquainted with the expectations for us as guests. We then went up to Mandan, North Dakota, where there was a prayer vigil for those folks who had been arrested and were still in jail.

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I met Jerica Meditz while she was cleaning her horse's corral. She was given her horse Shota while at camp, and will be riding him on the front lines. The amount of work that goes into keeping the camps running is incredible. A film maker I met told me "There are no small jobs" and it's true, everyone plays a part in keeping things going.

Saturday morning we walked down to where the Police had blocked off Highway 1806. This was the site of the confrontation between police and water protectors that happened at the end of October. The police had blocked off the highway to keep anyone from getting near the construction site by parking two military style tricks on the road. Those trucks were eventually burned during the confrontation, and still remain on the highway as a barricade, beyond which the police are constantly present.

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 Kerry Rice, from Eugene, Oregon, stands next to Cantapeta Creek just north of the Oceti Sakowin camp along Highway 1805 north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Rice, a former Army National Guard calvary scout came to Standing Rock to support those working to protect the water and lands.

Kerry Rice, from Eugene, Oregon, stands next to Cantapeta Creek just north of the Oceti Sakowin camp along Highway 1805 north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Rice, a former Army National Guard calvary scout came to Standing Rock to support those working to protect the water and lands.

I'm so thankful I was able to go out lend a small hand to those doing the real work. Hopefully I will be able to go back again. I want to thank everyone I met for talking to me, and allowing me into their space, and especially those who I had the honor of photographing. Mni Wiconi.

2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Well, the moment we were all waiting for has come and gone. Ever since my initial interview with the Gillette News Record the NHSFR has dominated the conversation. The week long rodeo, billed as the largest in the world with over 1,600 contestants, comes through Gillette twice every six years. Kids from more than 40 states compete over seven days, in events ranging from roughstock riding to rifle and trap shooting. There's even a rodeo queen pageant. The News Record puts out a whole separate 14-page rodeo paper that's entirely dedicated to rodeo coverage for every day that week. I think I worked more than 75 hours that week, and worked two weeks straight. Luckily that stretch ended on my birthday which was a nice way to cap it all off.

Here are some of my favorite images from the week, as always thanks for looking.

  Contestants use their phones while waiting for the start of the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

Contestants use their phones while waiting for the start of the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

  Dillon McNaney of Livermore, Calif., waits for the start of the contestant meeting Sunday at Morningside Park.

Dillon McNaney of Livermore, Calif., waits for the start of the contestant meeting Sunday at Morningside Park.

  A contestant listens during the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

A contestant listens during the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

  Seven contestants ride on a golf cart Sunday morning just before the contestants meeting at Morningside park.

Seven contestants ride on a golf cart Sunday morning just before the contestants meeting at Morningside park.

  Roughstock competitors attend a mandatory training and safety session Saturday afternoon in Central Pavilion.

Roughstock competitors attend a mandatory training and safety session Saturday afternoon in Central Pavilion.

  Light rifle shooter Miles Barry, from Washington, poses for a photo outside the Wyoming Center Saturday afternoon.

Light rifle shooter Miles Barry, from Washington, poses for a photo outside the Wyoming Center Saturday afternoon.

  Alaska High School Rodeo Association Queen, and 2016 NHSFR queen contestant Lauren Allen checks herself in the mirror before the modeling and speeches portion of the event at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex Saturday night.

Alaska High School Rodeo Association Queen, and 2016 NHSFR queen contestant Lauren Allen checks herself in the mirror before the modeling and speeches portion of the event at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex Saturday night.

  Catherine Odgers, Nevada's high school rodeo queen, is introduced Saturday night at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex.

Catherine Odgers, Nevada's high school rodeo queen, is introduced Saturday night at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex.

  Campbell County Sheriff Detention Officer Penny Hottell salutes following the national anthem Saturday night before the queens modeling and speeches portion of the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Heritage Center Theater.

Campbell County Sheriff Detention Officer Penny Hottell salutes following the national anthem Saturday night before the queens modeling and speeches portion of the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Heritage Center Theater.

  A Texas flag flies above a sea of RVs on Sunday morning before the start of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

A Texas flag flies above a sea of RVs on Sunday morning before the start of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Danae McNamera stands with her horse Buckles in the stalls at Cam-plex Sunday morning.

Danae McNamera stands with her horse Buckles in the stalls at Cam-plex Sunday morning.

  Contestants prepare for the start of the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Sunday evening under a double rainbow at Morningside Park.

Contestants prepare for the start of the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Sunday evening under a double rainbow at Morningside Park.

  Cody Craig of Wendell, Idaho, ties a calf Sunday night during the first tie-down roping go of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Cody Craig of Wendell, Idaho, ties a calf Sunday night during the first tie-down roping go of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Keenan Kvamme of Carrington, N.D., rides away in the rain after after failing to record a time in tie-down roping Sunday night during the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Keenan Kvamme of Carrington, N.D., rides away in the rain after after failing to record a time in tie-down roping Sunday night during the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Wheatland cowboy Tyler Erickson is bucked from his horse Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Wheatland cowboy Tyler Erickson is bucked from his horse Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Cole Hewett of Dunning, Nebr., falls off his horse during saddle bronc riding Monday morning at the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Cole Hewett of Dunning, Nebr., falls off his horse during saddle bronc riding Monday morning at the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Chase Thrasher of Columbia, Tenn., flips his calf during his tie-down roping run Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Chase Thrasher of Columbia, Tenn., flips his calf during his tie-down roping run Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Tate Petrak of Martin, S.D., tries to get wrangle his calf during tie-down roping Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Tate Petrak of Martin, S.D., tries to get wrangle his calf during tie-down roping Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Destiny Shafer of Waddell, Aris., races through the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Destiny Shafer of Waddell, Aris., races through the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

  Big Piney's Karson Bradley runs the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Big Piney's Karson Bradley runs the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

  Kayden Beaver competes in team roping Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Kayden Beaver competes in team roping Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Bullrider Tanner Horner of Keokuk, Iowa, rides in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Tanner Horner of Keokuk, Iowa, rides in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

  Bullrider Arles Hernandez of Clifton, Colo., holds on Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Arles Hernandez of Clifton, Colo., holds on Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Bullfighter Chad Dowdy watches as Wyatt Nez of Flagstaff, Ariz., is thrown from his bull during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Bullfighter Chad Dowdy watches as Wyatt Nez of Flagstaff, Ariz., is thrown from his bull during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

  NHSFR contestants take aim in the prone position shooting competition Tuesday morning at the Gillette Gun Club during the rifle shooting event for the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

NHSFR contestants take aim in the prone position shooting competition Tuesday morning at the Gillette Gun Club during the rifle shooting event for the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Cattle wait in a pen during the breakaway roping event at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon.

Cattle wait in a pen during the breakaway roping event at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon.

  Snyder, Colo., breakaway roper Quincy Segelke makes a run at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon. Segelke lives in Colorado but rodeos for Team Wyoming.

Snyder, Colo., breakaway roper Quincy Segelke makes a run at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon. Segelke lives in Colorado but rodeos for Team Wyoming.

  Sarah Angelone of Cross Junction, Va., cools down her horse Gambler on Tuesday afternoon in the East stalls.

Sarah Angelone of Cross Junction, Va., cools down her horse Gambler on Tuesday afternoon in the East stalls.

  Tajah Braganca screams as a baby bunny she caught in the horse stalls tries to escape her grip.

Tajah Braganca screams as a baby bunny she caught in the horse stalls tries to escape her grip.

  Madison, left, and Miranda Iager are running for president and vice president of the National High School Rodeo Associations student officers. Together the pair qualified for five events at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Madison, left, and Miranda Iager are running for president and vice president of the National High School Rodeo Associations student officers. Together the pair qualified for five events at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Brittany Coldiron of Team Maryland rides dressed as a knight ready for a jousting match while carrying the flag for Maryland before the Wednesday morning performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Brittany Coldiron of Team Maryland rides dressed as a knight ready for a jousting match while carrying the flag for Maryland before the Wednesday morning performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, Neb., rides bareback Wednesday morning during the sixth performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, Neb., rides bareback Wednesday morning during the sixth performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Albert Koenig ropes a calf during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Albert Koenig ropes a calf during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Yance McCuistion of Sugar City, Colo., rides a bull during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Yance McCuistion of Sugar City, Colo., rides a bull during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Nathan Urie, a saddle bronc rider from Ferron, Utah, qualified for his first NHSFR this year as a high school senior.

Nathan Urie, a saddle bronc rider from Ferron, Utah, qualified for his first NHSFR this year as a high school senior.

  Team Georgia bareback rider Blake Leamon of Cleveland, Tenn., prepares his gear before his second ride of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Thursday evening.

Team Georgia bareback rider Blake Leamon of Cleveland, Tenn., prepares his gear before his second ride of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Thursday evening.

  Brian Brown of La Barge leans against the chutes in the roughstock arena at Morningside Park before the evening performance on Thursday.

Brian Brown of La Barge leans against the chutes in the roughstock arena at Morningside Park before the evening performance on Thursday.

  Bronc riders, along with friends and family, get ready for the Thursday evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Bronc riders, along with friends and family, get ready for the Thursday evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

  Cooper Bennett of Roosevelt, Utah, loses his hat Friday evening during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Cooper Bennett of Roosevelt, Utah, loses his hat Friday evening during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Kody Gregory of Cortez, Colo., prays after his bareback ride Thursday evening during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex.

Kody Gregory of Cortez, Colo., prays after his bareback ride Thursday evening during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex.

  Jed Pierson of Gooding, Idaho, holds on during bareback Friday night during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Jed Pierson of Gooding, Idaho, holds on during bareback Friday night during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Grace Hill of Peyton, Colo., makes a turn in the barrel racing event Friday night during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Grace Hill of Peyton, Colo., makes a turn in the barrel racing event Friday night during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

  Virginia cowgirl Sarah Angelone celebrates after wining first overall in the breakaway roping at the short go of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Virginia cowgirl Sarah Angelone celebrates after wining first overall in the breakaway roping at the short go of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

  Contestants sit on the railing of the arena during Friday's evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Contestants sit on the railing of the arena during Friday's evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Thanks again for looking, Special thanks to Ed Glazar (check out his rodeo take here,) Chris Detrick and Ashley Detrick for all help and the hard work they put in over the rodeo, as well as everyone at the Cam-plex, NHSRA, and the News Record. Check out all our 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo coverage free online at http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/sports/nhsfr/