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Interiors photography has been a love of mine for some time now. I recently photographed this amazing and light-filled residence for a client, who is an art advisor in Chicago. Stunning art. Stunning decor.


When action sports photographer Aaron Belford approached me on shooting video, and aerial imagery for Carlson Motorsports I couldn’t refuse. During his off season Pro-Lite Rider Andrew Carlson does anything but relax.  When Andrew isn’t racing his snowmobiles in the AMSOIL Snowcross series, or at the X Games, he is out on his dirt bike or UTV.  We were capturing Andrew breaking in his new Polaris RZR Xp1000 UTV at ERX Motorpark in Elk River, MN.

Here are some of my favorite images.

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Each spring our boss lady, Eliesa, puts on a wedding bootcamp as a refresher before high season kicks in, and it is super inspirational and always gets me geared up for my weddings around the corner. This year was no different. Below are a few snaps from the day practicing everything from light to portraits to details to dance-floor shots.

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Along side photography I love capturing video, I’m also a MAJOR nerd. I always try to find ways to combine the two whenever possible. With the current technology in RC flight systems ever-increasing, flying a camera several hundred feet in the air has become something almost anyone can do. Some people call these “Drones” or “UAV’s” enthusiasts generally call them Multirotors.

I’m currently testing and tuning a 6 rotor monster that will fly anything from a GoPro to my full frame D800. To get a hang of things I have started with smaller and simple to fly. That brings us to the 350 QX:Blade this little guy will fly a GoPro miles in the sky. Using GPS to collect altitude, speed, and location this multirotor is a powerful little package.

Here are a few shots from my maiden flight with the Blade.
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All went well and everything was in 1 piece when I ended my flight.

I will have a post or two in the near future showcasing some video and the larger 6 rotor monster!


Since it’s the dead of winter and weddings and shoots have slowed down a bit, I wanted to talk to you brides about light. We photographers worship the light. It’s the paint that makes our art, and we need it in one fashion or another to create the best possible images.


I have noticed in the last year or so that  more brides are starting to visualize their weddings. Not just plan it, but visualize it. I am pretty sure this is because of Pinterest. Yes ladies, I love the site as much as you do, and I’m thrilled you are turning to photographs for brainstorming your big day. THRILLED. This is because you can now show me what you like (sometimes saying it out loud and finding the right words is tough — I get that). The site helps us all brainstorm and visually communicate, and I think nothing but great things can come from it. Pin away, I tell you!


But I want you to notice something. I want you to look hard at all those images you’re posting and look at where the light is coming from. Are there large windows? Is the couple outside? Are there lots of trees? Is it dark and lit mostly by candle? I want you to notice the light because it’s like the “hidden” character in the picture.

Stay with me here. Did you ever watch Sex and the City? Yes? How many main characters were there? Many people would say four. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. But I would say five. I would add Manhattan. That city was like the character that made the show. It had good moments and bad moments and it had story arcs as well. And that’s kinda what the light is in your photographs. It’s not the subject, but it’s still required.


OK, still with me? Now think about the light as you’re pinning away on all of your favorite wedding photos and inspiration photos, and try to guess around what time the photos were taken. Nothing exact, but was it high noon? Are there shadows on the faces? Is everything bright and crisp? Or are things softer and warmer? Like late afternoon/early evening? This also should be considered. Taking images outside of all of your family and wedding party might be most practical at noon, but with the light directly above, there will be more shadows on the faces, so maybe you’ll want to push it back a bit.

Now wait. I don’t want to discourage you! We are, after all, a bunch of professionals who know tricks around such situations. We can totally make scenarios like the one above work. I’m talking about getting the best-possible situations here though, and I want to manage our brides’ expectations.

So when you’re trying to decide the timeline of your day or the location of your cocktail hour, the position of the sun or the number of windows might be something you want to factor in. And if you are overwhelmed enough without thinking about something as silly as light, then meet with your photographer beforehand. Show him or her the kind of photos you want and talk about your location and the two of you can create a game plan to get the kinds of images you want.


And don’t worry if it’s cloudy! I hear so many brides (and parents of brides) who worry that clouds will ruin their photos, but the clouds simply diffuse the light, making great light no matter the sun position (or timing), so clouds actually work in your favor.


And lastly! You should follow us over on Pinterest! It’s where we post a lot of our inspiration, as well as some of our own work.