Thursday, November 12, 2009


So, last night I had a studio shoot with a Heavy Metal band called Thira. They were an awesome group of dudes! It always surprises me how amazingly nice heavy medallists are. I always have this vision in my head that they just want to rip me apart, but more times then not, they are some of the raddest and nicest people to work with, although the pictures may seem so otherwise, haha.
Anyway, here are a couple shots from the shoot. It was really cool because they had somewhat of a vision for the shots prior to the shoot, which is always a huge help. They came up with the idea of smearing black face paint all over their bodies and clothes for the shots. I was stoked because most times you have to really convince people to get into the photos like they did. Anyway, Pif, the lead member, had more emotions and personalities to capture than most I have ever worked with, and I had a blast working with him and the band. I hope for more shoots with the group in the future. But yeah, below are a couple shots from the session. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ball and Chain

So the day after Halloween, I ended up spending some time at the Halloween and costume stores soaking up the discounts. At one of the stores in Minnetonka, I came across this ball and chain. I thought it would be fun/funny to put it to use and take a portrait of a couple with the ball and chain around my male models ankle. I also wanted to go a little retro on this photo and give it an older feel. To do this, I went out and got the proper wardrobe for the shoot.

I used three profoto lights for this shot. I had a medium size softbox camera right and half power, and then a I had another soft box camera left on a quarter power. I had my third light shinning on the background with a 10in grid on it to show a little depth between the models and background.

The dog was an accident. Izzy, my puppy, got a little attention hungry and walked over and sat like that, like she wanted some shots for her portfolio. Crazy dog, haha. Anyways, this is what turned out, so I hope you enjoy!

I have three variations of this session. I'll probably get the other 2 shots up here soon as well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Time Zone

Just incase there was any confusion...

Friday, October 2, 2009


Today, the very first issue of MWMag was released! MWMag, also known as the MidWest Movement's online magazine, is a very intense, in depth look, at some of the best bands in the Mid West region. You need to go and check this out for yourself! Follow the link and be sure to download your FREE, that's right, I said Free, copy today! I'm so stoked to see that one of my photos of the band, Attention, made the very 1st issue of the magazine from their show at the Myth in Maplewood. Collectors Edition? I say Yes! ;). Be sure to download your copy today and stay tuned for the next MWMags to come!
HUGE shout out to Brad Gunnarson for making this all possible!

To download the issue to your computer (recommended):
To view online:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Venus On Fire

New Video Blog of the same Venus on Fire shoot, but I thought I'd give it another try...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

San Francisco

So like I stated in an earlier blog, I missed out on my New Orleans pressentation because I was out in San Francisco that weekend. So, I thought that I would post some photos from my time in San Francisco on my blog in case anyone wanted to check them out. I have four photos below and I think there are plenty more up on the facebook page.

As of right now, I feel like I can finally breathe. It's been a very busy past few weeks, and now I have some much needed time off. I hope to blog some more about some of the photo projects I have been busy with. Keep on checking out the blog for more photos, videos, and updates!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cal Ecker

So I took another swing at designing a website. I was asked by a musician, Cal Ecker, to build him a website that would work closely with his MySpace page; this is what I got. Nothing too flashy, but I think it does the trick. Check out the site at

Monday, September 21, 2009


Whats up guys? I recently did a photo shoot for a new company called BarHopp with one of their promotional girls Betsy. This is a great company and everyone should check out their website at It's your one stop place on the web to find out what is going on in your city. I'd like to give a shout out to the BarHopp crew, Caleb Gilbertson, Nate Reimnitz, and Dustin Griess for setting up this shoot and for making this great resource for us, the public, to use. I was just told that BarHopp has now gone mobile, so be sure to download the BarHopp app to your phone and keep in touch.
BarHopp...What are you doing tonight

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Venus On Fire

Just finished up with a photo shoot with a local band called Venus on Fire. I started something new in my blog world. I'm going to be making these video blogs which you can view below to get more of an interactive expirience with myself and my work. Hope you like it. Below the video are some photos from the shoot that took place. Be sure to check out Venus on Fire at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NOLA Book Now For Sale!

After a long time of editing, image selecting, and sequencing, I was finally able to get my book made. Thanks to all of those who helped with the making of this book: the venues, musicians, teachers, and fellow students. I was actually supposed to be presenting this book along with my essay at the Minneapolis City Library tonight, but I will be flying out to San Fran in about 2 hours. Looking forward to the trip there though, and my time with a tilt shift lens in a great city!!!! Anyways, I'm running short on time and I'm sure there's more to say (maybe not haha), but I'm heading out. To all of my fellow New Orleans travelers that went on this nine day essay with me, I wish you good luck on your presentations tonight. And go check out my book at the link below!!

Music: A Common Bond

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Experimentation Work

So I stepped out of my boundaries a tad on this photograph. I was requested to do a nude, or implied nude shot and had no ideas where to start. I have never shot nudes, and it's not something I ever thought I would do. However, luckily, I have good friends that are always willing to help. It made for a lot less awkwardness working with nude models.

I origanlly wanted to shoot this exact same pose in a old style drive up motel. I was thinking dark ambient light with some sort of a green light overcast. Its hard to explain, but it's also completely different then what I got. It ended up being a lil more classy. I still wanted to at least keep somewhat of a narative to the image.

It was getting pretty late, and the sun started setting sooner then expected. So, I placed large soft boxes with CTO gels outside shining through the window and the door. Then, I place another light with a 10 inch grid and CTO gel at the foot of the bed facing my models. This way it had more of an early morning feel.

So yeah, different then my original plan, but I think it'll still work.

Ritz Theater

My Location class headed over to Ritz Theater over in North East Minneapolis today to do an "In Class" assingment. I wanted to involve an element of humor to this shot to keep these in class assigmnets some what intresting. So, we did The old suprise in the pop corn bucket trick. ;) ;) it was pretty fun.

We had a couple challenges that we had to deal with while shooting there. Unfortunately, they only had the main house lights on for us and not the theater style lighting, it was gross. So to make up for their lighting, I constructed my own. In front of my subjects I placed a large strip box facing them horizontally. Inside I placed a CTO gel and white balanced to that. The reason I did that was so I was able to place a light behind my subjects with a 10 inch grid on it, and it gave a blue cast to make it look as though it was the light coming from a movie projector. Thus creating somewhat more of a movie theater feel without it actually playing a film at the time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

KS95 Variety Show

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with KS95 at their past Live 95 events photographing their national touring acts. It's been a lot of fun and am looking forward to their next event. Because of my previous work, KS95 came to me asking if I could film their Variety Show at the State Fair, and of course I jumped to the opportunity. I love working with this station!

I was asked to make a promotional video for a band called Casablanca Orchestra, which is an AMAZING party band here in the twin cities, as well as document the event itself for the station including their big $10,000 summer cash give away.

I knew I would need some help on this project to get what they want, so without hesitation, I called my good friend Caleb Gilbertson, one of the owners of BarHopp; Be sure to check it out. I can't talk him up enough he does amazing work! Below is a short video clip of the winner from the $10,000 summer cash give away. The winner almost trampled Caleb, haha!!! It was great!

Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have the final promo video from the show.
Keep checking back!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Below are photographs I have made at different locations for my Location class at School this quarter.

Saint Anthony Village

First Ave




Day in the Life of Michael Myers

I made a series of work for my specialization class title "Day in the Life of Michael Myers". I wanted to include some humor in on the project, so I set up scenes to show the side of Michael Myers that not everyone knows about. I know people have this idea that he's just some crazy killer, but in everyday life, he's just trying to make it just like everyone of us.

On the spot shot

So I got to class and we were given an suprise assignment. Never something to look forward to. We were given 2 hours to make a photograph to express our style and have it edited an turned in by the end of the hour. Here's what happened...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wedding and Engagement Photos

Below are some examples of my Wedding and Engagement work that I have done.