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Sundog in the Fargo-Moorhead sk

A blanket of snow descended on the Red River Valley yesterday. Fargo-Moorhead was smack in the middle of the storm, which produced 12 inches of white fluffy stuff. The flakes were large and plentiful, but the skies dull and flat.

One of the lessons I’ve learned is that the morning after a good snowfall is usually delightful for photographs. This is particularly true if the skies are clear.

In an ideal world, I would head out early – before the sun has risen – and walk the streets of my neighborhood. I would be properly bundled to keep the chill at bay. I would have an open schedule with no place to be at any particular time. This morning served as yet another reminder that the ideal – while nice in theory – is not real.

From my kitchen window, I caught a glimpse of a brilliant orange sky in the distance. A fabulous sunrise over fresh snow was in the makings. A quick facebook check revealed not only an amazing sunrise, but reports of sundogs – which are caused by sunlight refracting through airborne ice crystals when it is really, really cold.

I wanted to be outside making pictures, but that wasn’t possible at the moment. Our 5-year-old son needed another round of breakfast and we were nowhere near ready to leave the house for the day.

So, I kept an eye on the sky and decided we would take the long way to preschool today. It wasn’t ideal by any means, but I did figure out a way to make a few pictures and be a mom at the same time. Little M. was late for school, but I figured his teachers wouldn’t mind. It’s not everyday you get to chase sundogs.

Enjoy! Ann

Sundog in the Fargo-Moorhead sky

Sundog in the Fargo-Moorhead sky

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

Photographer friend Britta Trystad and I just returned from a quick trip from Fargo-Moorhead to Winnipeg, Manitoba. We spent about 31 hours in transit. The purpose of the photo-based outing was simply to seek out colors, lines, textures and anything else of visual interest.

The creative exercise served as a reminder to me of how important it is to step outside your routine and away from your regular stomping grounds. Watching [and photographing] the light shift early Saturday morning was pure pleasure. I’m feeling energized and excited about several upcoming projects.

Happy Sunday, Ann

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

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

StoryCorps

Airstream trailers are beautiful creations. The exterior shell appears to be a union of graceful line and simple form.

My admiration of the mighty Airstream was realized 15 or so years ago in Whitefish, Mont. A dear friend had the privilege of calling an Airstream home for a summer on Whitefish Lake. The location was lovely. The accommodations were free and part of her compensation package for serving as the campground host. I remember feeling a little envious of the temporary abode – at least until the propane line began to leak and daytime temperatures climbed into the 80s in August.

On a recent photo walk around downtown Fargo, N.D., a colleague and I happened upon the Airstream of all Airstreams. The trailer looks like a regular Airstream on the outside, but the inside is outfitted with a recording studio. This Airstream is the StoryCorps MobileBooth and it is parked outside the Fargo Public Library.

StoryCorps – if you didn’t already know – seeks to provide Americans with an opportunity to record, share and preserve stories. It’s a fabulous oral history project. Participants interview a family member, friend, mentor or other individual and receive a CD of the recording. Participation is free and conversations are also preserved at the Library of Congress. Select conversations are also broadcast on National Public Radio each week.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization and since 2003 has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants, according to the group’s website. I appreciate the following comment from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, “By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.”

The StoryCorps’ MobileBooth is scheduled to remain in Fargo until Sept. 4. To make a reservation, call [800] 850-4406.

P.S. My friend Mo says it makes a delightful date night event.

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

For the past several years I’ve been learning about yoga. While my body appreciates the movement that comes with a physical asana practice, my mind craves the stillness that comes during and after each class. I’ve come to appreciate the act of breathing and see breath as an accurate gauge of my mood, temperament and so many other things.

I’m a regular at Five Element: Yoga +Thai Massage here in Fargo, N.D., and really enjoyed a recent project that allowed me to create a series of new images for the studio and Juliet Trnka. We collaborated on a collection of yoga and massage photographs several years ago. That was before Juliet opened her current [and very beautiful] space. Many images from the previous project are featured on Five Element’s website.

At the close of each class at Five Element we are always encouraged to offer thanks to someone or something. For me, it’s a way to recognize that we are not alone and the world around us really isn’t about us. Juliet has taken this same principle and applied it through a gratitude page on her website. It is an ongoing list of objects, experiences and people for which she is grateful. The endeavor seems worthwhile to me.

I give thanks for: My husband, Wade, and our son, little M., a healthy body and open heart, the seasons, bare feet, Tuesday night yoga classes and my yoga friends, compassion, people who do the right thing simply because it is the right thing, hugs, kisses and snuggles from little M., coffee and more coffee, photography and my ability to see and create images, granola and veggies from Red Goose Gardens, libraries and parks, garage sales, popcorn made on the stovetop, a walk around the block, the Moosewood Cookbook, downtown Fargo, the Lemonade Book Club and all of its past, current and future members, $5 flower bouquets at Shotwell’s on Fridays, our neighbors who are both kind and quiet, coconut oil, my colleagues at The Space and Milestones Photography, sleeping in past 7 a.m., Dakota Montessori School, time to explore and learn, road trips!, my in-laws who adore their grandson and help fill in the gaps, public radio and editorial assignments for Minnesota Public Radio, wood floors, new projects and clients, beautiful light and interesting shadows, the past and adventures yet to come.

What are you thankful for?

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness