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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!

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.