Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Fargo Children's Photographer

It’s been a super busy couple of months. Who am I kidding? The past year has been wonderfully full, challenging and rewarding.

Whose ready for a much needed vacation? Me!

Have a great week. – Ann

 

Dad's Day

These past few weeks have been particularly busy. Our family moved into a new house in Fargo’s Clara Barton neighborhood. We’re still unpacking [at least I am] and are working on making the house become our home. On the work front, I’ve been pleased to take on a pair of photography assignments with Minnesota Public Radio News, photograph an intimate backyard wedding in my new neighborhood and so much more. Life is good. Life is full. Life is life.

With Dad’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite father and son photographs of Wade and Little M. This was taken with a point-and-shoot camera back in December 2005. They both look so peaceful and quiet. I remember how still the house felt that afternoon. I’m enjoying this very brief moment of pause and want to wish all the dads in my world a very happy Father’s Day.

Best, Ann

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.

Harry The Cat

This morning my family said goodbye to Harry The Cat [July 1998-July 2010].

Harry came into my life in early 1999 via the Humane Society of Gallatin Valley in Bozeman, Mont. At the time I was single and working as the city reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Over the years Harry was contraband in more apartments and hotels than I would care to own up to. He bit my boyfriend [now husband] when I was in Scotland for a summer photography workshop. He hated car rides and loved eating spider plants. He was particular, sometimes annoying and purred loudly. I miss him.

Rest+Eat

Chomp

Paw

Watching

The two photographs below were taken with black and white film when I was a graduate student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Harry and the Bird

Harry in Ohio