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

Fargo Children's Photographer

A recent Sunday morning portrait session appeared to have everything going for it: two cute kids, a good location and no time constraints.

Ahead of time, I’d asked the boys’ mother about her intentions and ideal outcomes.

“My #1 goal is to capture what the boys looked like at 6 and 2 years old and how they interact with each other,” mom Kirsten wrote to me on facebook. “They love each other so much and I want pictures that show that.”

Perfect. I’m naturally drawn to photographing people interacting and responding to each other. Pictures that show relationships are more interesting. Plus, knowing what the family hoped to achieve put me in a position to create images that complimented their goals.

Enter reality.

It was HOT and muggy and humid. The mosquitoes were so bad that dad Travis went to the store in search of bug spray. While little Reid was amenable and easily occupied, his older brother Davis was just plain grumpy. Did I mention it was unbearably hot?!

One lesson photojournalism has taught me is that photographers cannot always wait for the ideal situation, the perfect subject or better light. I have to be creative and figure out a way to make the best of any situation. Even if it means flipping a couple of kids upside down!

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Happy Birthday Edie!

Edith “Edie” Cecelia was born at 1:33 p.m. one year ago today in Fargo, N.D., at MeritCare [now Sanford Health]. I was honored to attend and photograph her arrival. Edie’s parents are Britta and Kris. Here’s wishing all of you a very happy day!

Birth photography is fairly new to me. My first experience came in June 2005. As a photojournalist with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, I spent nearly 18 hours at MeritCare photographing first-time parents Dayna and Randy Olson and certified doula JoEllen Smith. It was a powerful and humbling experience. [The resulting picture package about the role of doulas during childbirth – “A Labor Of Love” – was recognized with a North Dakota Newspaper Association award.]

Later, after my son was born, I became increasingly interested in photographing childbirth. There is nothing quite like creating images that tell the story of a child’s arrival. It is technically and logistically challenging. But more than that, I enjoy being trusted and welcomed into a private space for a once-in-a-lifetime event that results in beautiful photographs. Birth photography is incredibly satisfying on both a personal and professional basis.

Thanks again Britta and Kris for allowing me to be part of your special day.

P.S. You can see more photos of Edie’s birth and her beautiful family online at The TrygKerz Chronicles.