Archive for September, 2010

Bozeman, Montana

My family returned from a much needed and overdue vacation just a few days ago. We spent two full weeks in western Montana. Stepping away from daily life [and returning to a state where I lived for 13 or so years] proved restful and worthwhile.

Big Sky Country always delights, impresses and comforts. Yet, so much has changed in the communities of Bozeman, Missoula and Whitefish – all places I once called home. While the landscape of western Montana remains amazingly beautiful, the economic realities present an increasing divide between those who have money and those who do not.

As much as I love Montana and many people who live there, I’ve never been happier to come home to Fargo and the Red River Valley.

Best, Ann

P.S. I’m intending to return to weekly [or more frequent] updates. Thanks for your patience.

Camas Road and Polebridge, MT

Window Views

Wolf Dog

Details Around Polebridge, MT

Wood Pile Warning

Autumn in Montana

Whitefish and Bowman

View from Airplane

Minnesota Photographer

Our family discovered the most wonderful, magical place near Battle Lake, Minn., a few weeks ago. If Minnesota ever had an undiscovered treasure list, Glendalough State Park certainly belongs on it.

It’s a fairly new park, established in the early 1990s, and features cart-in camping. Load your cart and haul your stuff. It’s a great concept. The campground is within walking distance to two swimming spots and plenty of other activities.

For two nights we called site No. 17 home. I found two dream catchers in nearby trees and photographed them multiple times. Little M. and I made shadow puppets on our tent walls. A strong breeze helped keep the bugs at bay. The weekend outing was a great way to carve out a chunk of family time.

Speaking of spending time away, journal entries here will be less frequent for the next week or two. I’m currently traveling and expect to have limited access to the Internet and phone service. My plan had been to stockpile a few posts and publish them in my absence; however, time ran short and I had to let something go. Here’s to happy travels.

Best, Ann

Little M.

Campsite Details

Little M.

Fargo portrait photographer

In honor of Labor Day, I thought it would be fun to share a few photographs of future American workers. These images and others like them were shot earlier this summer for The Village Family Magazine‘s August/September 2010 issue. The magazine’s cover story – “Hot Jobs” written by Meredith S. Holt – offered a look at the top 10 fasted-growing careers through the next decade based on reports by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, U.S. News & World Report and other sources.

My job was to create a series of photographs that featured local children dressed up in attire appropriate for a variety of occupations. A Fargo, N.D., daycare owner agreed to let me use her garage as a temporary studio. A number of folks were involved in sharing props and attire for the shoot. And, the kids did a fabulous job. Several of them just may have a future in theater!

Happy Labor Day!

Fargo Portrait Photographer

Fargo Portrait Photographer