Last month, I was asked by the Minnesota Children’s Museum to photograph their “Target Free Sundays”. The photos will be used for new promotional materials and needed to showcase the kids interacting with the facilities. I love these kinds of assignments – challenging me to create images that are more than portraits, images that showcase the environment as well the person. To see more photos from the shoot, please go to my Facebook page.
Last Friday I had the opportunity to photograph a fundraiser for the St. Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club, a non-profit organization providing year-round soccer programs to youth in Minnesota. It was nothing short of inspiring to see all ages (5-19) play together and teach one another. It is so important for children to have great role models, and the indoor court at Orchard Center was filled with them. The fundraiser was held to help the U15 teams sponsor their trip to play in Sweden. I’m thrilled I had the chance to spend an evening with these fantastic kids! Below is my favorite image from the night – I love the spirit, joy and energy in the kids’ faces. I love the sense of motion and dynamic lines in the image. I love the back light and how it defines the players’ hair.
A little while ago, I was asked to photograph the chamber ensemble Accordo for their upcoming show(s) at The Southern Theater. First, I must mention, as someone new to this city, it is so nice to discover places like The Southern Theater – A place so rich with culture and history.
Well, I had 30 minutes to photograph 5 people in a very dark space. Fortunately, details inside the theater were put to good use and made for an interesting background. So with the help of one mighty wireless flash, we were able to produce some excellent images.
Accordo was named “best new chamber ensemble 2009” by The Star Tribune, and is returning to The Southern Theater for 2 shows on November 21 & 22 for what must surely be a great experience. I’ll be there! These guys were really easy going and a pleasure to photograph. Best of luck to you!
Since moving from New York City in January, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented individuals in the Twin Cities. As a photographer and an artist, it’s always exciting to meet other working artists and share your work, especially with multi-talented people like Mankwe Ndosi. A poet, composer, actress, and more, all in addition to touring with Hip Hop group Atmosphere as a vocalist. Recently, Mankwe hosted a special event called “Friday Front Porch” at Bedlam Theatre. The event is essentially an open mic for artists of (almost) all disciplines who want to collaborate and experiment. Even though I was there to work, I didn’t feel the need to be out of everybody’s way, which I must say – was very liberating.