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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!

January Update

Welp, looks like I skipped November AND December! New year, new start or something right? This month was a good one, I made what I feel are some of my strongest images since moving to Gillette, so hopefully that trend continues.

Here are a few of my January favorites (I'll throw in a few from November and December at the end since I didn't post any of them yet.)

JANUARY

An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

DECEMBER

Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

   Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

 

Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

NOVEMBER

Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.

Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.

Duke Evers, Fauna Shade, My Goodness and Mudhoney. Rock The Boat, August 1, Everett Washington.

 

Duke Evers, Fauna Shade, My Goodness and Mudhoney played at the first ever Rock The Boat festival presented by Scuttlebutt Brewing Company and Everett Music Initiative, if you're not familiar with the amazing work they're doing to bring live music to Everett check 'em out!


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Basement Portraits

Sometimes inspiration strikes at random times. I got home from work the other day and asked my roommate Joel if I could shoot some portraits of him, I had some studio set-ups I wanted to test out. I recently got one of the VSCO Film packs and wanted to play with that as well, so all of these photos with the exception of the first self portrait were edited with that.

I had shot this of myself a few weeks ago and wanted to try a similar set up on another person.

I set up a simple two light set-up with a beauty dish on a boom and a 2x3 softbox for fill.

My idea behind this was that if I were shooting Joel, a musician, for a magazine how would I do it. I got a tight head shot for a cover, and something that could be ran as a double truck as the lead photo.

After shooting the headshot I wanted something with a little more enviornment in it. I had gotten a few of Joel sitting on an amp against a solid background but I felt like those didn't fit what I wanted. We moved to their band's recording space and I had Joel sit at his keyboard. I like the look of this and after much tweaking of the lighting, I got what I was looking for. There is a beauty dish camera right and a gridded strobe firing onto a bounce card camera left.

My cousin/housemate Patrick had come home during the shoot as well as I wanted to grab some shots of him. These were a little more fashion inspired, and again I was playing with the VSCO filters as well as shooting wide and including my set in the photos.

Thanks so much to Joel and Patrick for letting me photograph them! You can check out Joel's band Perfect Families here. The shot of Joel at the piano was partially inspired by the photos Hayley Young shot for Seattle Magazine this fall for The 50 Bands Rocking Seattle Music Right Now.

As always, thanks for looking!

Here's a self portrait I shot while testing the lights/texting.