Charlie bit me!

This has nothing to do with photography, but I need to share it because it is that good. It has been online for awhile so you might have seen it already, but I can’t resist. Probably one of the only videos I could watch over and over for the rest of my life and not get sick of….  


Love is in the air.

I hope everyone enjoyed Valentine’s Day this past week. I know I did. There’s nothing better than being sick and staying home…pffh. haha.  
Here are a few engagement photos of my last session!
We started out at an indoor park in Edina…
Ginger came along to meet the couple. Her story about the day is here. We ended up going to a fun little café called Java J’s in Minneapolis where we got to be a little more creative…
The guy working at the coffee shop was nice enough to give us his key to take pictures on the roof!! It was a hazey day, but we managed to get some great photos! Here come the kisses….  Ginger took this one:  

PhotobucketPhotobucketGinger and I are so excited to shoot their wedding in August! 

Baby Brody

Here are some of the pictures I took of my best friend’s new baby boy, Brody Robert! Alicia is a mother of 2 now. Her daughter, Kyla (who is my goddaughter), just turned 4-years-old this month. I am so proud of Alicia. She is an incredible mother, and a great friend. I am amazed by her strength. Her husband, Kurt, doesn’t like to be in pictures, but hopefully one of these days I’ll get some of him with the kids too.


Artist of the month.

As much as it is important to focus on the quality of your pictures, it is equally important to feed your mind with information and images that will teach you something new or maybe show you something you’ve never seen before, as well as inspire you to keep your creativity crankin’. My professors were right, it is one of the key factors that will help you grow. I know that sometimes I get so consumed with taking my own pictures and editing them these days that I don’t always step back once in awhile to take a moment and delve into some art…someone else’s art. I used to do it all the time with my work in college, but now in the job world, it isn’t always a priority for me. I think if we keep ourselves from this, we can get stuck in a rut and become so satisfied with our own ways that we slowly become stagnant.  Look at some art today. Photography, painting, dance, poetry, whatever. Sometimes even stepping away from your medium to a complete opposite can spur some ideas in you that you can use to give your work a refreshing new perspective. This is my late New Year’s resolution. 
I’ve decided that I am going to try to highlight an artist in one of my blogs each month. An artist of today or from back in the day. Here goes…
February’s Artist: 
Alfred Eisenstaedt
(December 6, 1898 – August 24, 1995)
 His motto: “It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
Alfred Eisenstaedt was born in Dirschau, West Prussia, and moved to Berlin when he got his first camera from his uncle at age 14. He built his portfolio as a freelance photographer and was sent to Italy in 1933 to capture the first meeting of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. He immigrated to the United States in 1935, where he was able to become a photographer for LIFE magazine in New York. He lived there the rest of his life. 
Because of Valentine’s Day, we’ll start off with one of his well-known photographs: 
 V-J Day in Times Square – 1945. Eisenstaedt was following a sailor around who was grabbing every girl of every shape and size because he was thrilled WWII had ended. With the camera set at 1/125 second exposure, aperture between 5.6 and 8 on Kodak Super Double X film, the shutter rapidly clicked as the sailor planted a big one on a nurse in white who attracted Eisenstaedt. To this day, there is controversy as to who is actually present in the photograph… A handful of men claim they were in fact the one who kissed nurse Edith Shain that day.
Because he was not a citizen yet, Eisenstaedt could not fight in the war so he became well-known in the celebrity world. He photographed portraits of Ernest HemingwayFrank Lloyd WrightJFKDr. Martin Luther KingRobert FrostClark GableAlbert Einstein, along with many other big names.
He became the 20th century’s master of candid photography, and is also called “the father of photojournalism”. 
One of my favorites:
Children watching the story of “Saint George and the Dragon,” at the puppet theater in the Tuileries, Paris – 1963
“It took a long time to get the angle I liked, but the best picture is the one I took at the climax of the action. It carries all the excitement of the children screaming, ‘The dragon is slain!’ Very often this sort of thing is only a momentary vision, my brain does not register, only my eyes and finger react. Click.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt 
Please, check out more of his work. There are many many more great slivers of time Alfred Eisenstaedt has paused by a push of a button for all the world to see. I wish I could show you more, but I must go back to editing…. See, that wasn’t so time consuming, was it?

I just registered as Ginger’s guest to go to the WPPI conference in Las Vegas in March! I’m getting excited. It will definitely be worth it for me… Maybe I’ll even get to hear David Jay speak! Hopefully, it will inspire me instead of overwhelm me. I have learned a lot this past year, but not quite enough. This conference will definitely be a jump start to help me be the professional photographer I want to become. 
After the conference, Ginger’s aunt has offered to take us to the Hoover Dam! I’m very pumped for that. I have only seen it in the movies…and the history books, of course. I can’t wait to walk on it! Hopefully it won’t decide to bust at that moment…We might do some hiking too. The countdown begins.