Archive for July, 2011

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

I can count on one hand the number of portrait sessions I’ve photographed for high school students over the years. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to graduate photography.

That was before I met and photographed Callie, who attends Fargo North High School. She was a treat to photograph. Many thanks to Callie’s mom for contacting me and working wonders with an assortment of reflectors. A slight breeze during our session made her job a bit tricky. We photographed at Rustic Oaks south of Moorhead, Minn. It’s a fabulous rural location for photographing just about everything [weddings! events!] and anyone.

Enjoy! – Ann

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Minnesota beekeeper

A recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News called for photographs of honey bees and beekeepers. Now, I like honey and I generally believe bees do important work in our ecosystem. However, I wasn’t too sure about the part of the assignment that would require me to be in such close proximity to so many bees. If you’ve never photographed bees from inside the confines of coveralls, which are taped at your wrists to rubber gloves and at your ankles to hiking boot, and a wide-brimmed hat with veil and netting, it’s an interesting experience.

More photographs from the assignment are featured online here. Also, the audio and written versions of “Hive Health: Beekeepers closely watch population, productivity” are online here.

Enjoy! – Ann

P.S. In case you were wondering, I was stung once during the outing with the beekeepers.

Minnesota beekeeper

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

The flooding situation in and around Minot, N.D., made national headlines a couple weeks ago. Dramatic aerial photographs showed homes surrounded by and then inundated with flood water. The Souris River [known locally as the Mouse] reached levels never witnessed in the area. Mandatory evacuations forced roughly a quarter of Minot’s 40,000-some residents to leave their homes.

The river’s crest came and went in late June. However, the flood’s impact continues. Areas of the community and hundreds of basements are still covered with water. People remain displaced. Minot officials recently announced the cancellation of this year’s North Dakota State Fair. [Minot has hosted the fair annually since 1965.]

Late last week I accepted an assignment with The Humane Society of the United States [HSUS] to document life at an emergency pet shelter on the south side of Minot. The shelter is currently home to 450 or so dogs, cats and birds as well as one rabbit and one iguana. A group of HSUS volunteers – and many others – are caring for the animals.

For reference, Minot sits 300-some miles northwest of Fargo. I spent the better part of Thursday as well as a portion of Friday morning at the pet shelter. Nearly all of the animals there have owners who brought them to the shelter.

Before returning home [I would have stayed longer if family and other assignments weren’t in the mix], I spent one hour photographing in just a few accessible areas in Minot. Travel in town remains a bit difficult due to road closures. I’m sharing a few photographs here.

The citizens of Minot – especially those directly impacted by the flood – have a long road ahead of them. They need a lot of resources, a lot of support and a lot of money. That much was obvious from my brief time in Magic City.

Here’s to picking up the pieces. – Ann

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota