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

 

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota Republican Rep. Rick Berg held his sixth town hall meeting in recent weeks. Last night’s gathering, which attracted more than 100 folk, was at Longfellow Elementary School in north Fargo.

I stopped in for a bit. The meeting was – sort of – on the way to my office from another self assignment. I was curious to see how many people turned out and what they had to say [which was a lot and with strong opinion]. And, if I’m going to be honest with myself and you, I absolutely love photographing people in this community. It’s something I wish I could do more often.

The lack of a market, media outlet and what feels to me to be a general lack of interest in photographs of everyday people from this part of the world bothers me. Yes, we can count on national coverage for each and every flood event, but the aftermath draws little attention. [Really, what is going on in Minot?!] Oh, and yes we can bank on a few articles about western North Dakota’s oil boom and how we’re all so much better off economically than the rest of the country. I’d ask forgiveness for my frustration, but I continue to miss some pieces of my former life as a newspaper photographer/reporter.

Anyway, my commitment to myself – and to you since you are still reading – is to pursue more self assignments on a consistent basis. I’m open to ideas and requests.

Now, back to the photographs from last night. Enjoy! – Ann

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Anniversaries are important milestones. It really is hard to believe a whole year [plus one day] has past since John and Juliet exchanged vows and became a family. Their wedding was held on a super deluxe hot August day in rural West Fargo, N.D.

Best wishes to you both. – Ann

P.S. I’m including a handful of photographs from their wedding as I haven’t shared a selection here before.

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

Roughly 1,300 union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. continue to be locked out of company facilities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. During the past 10 days I photographed American Crystal workers in Moorhead, Minn., home to the company’s headquarters, twice for Minnesota Public Radio News.

The first assignment was to document a demonstration on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Moorhead and Fargo, N.D. Union employees and supporters gathered for an hour or two for several consecutive days during on-going negotiations with American Crystal. The company and the union were working to come to terms on a new contract for workers.

A few days later, union workers overwhelmingly rejected what the company called its final contract offer. American Crystal, in turn, said those workers would be locked out of their jobs the morning of Monday, Aug. 1.

Enter my second assignment. Union workers planned to begin informational picketing outside the sugar beet processing plant in north Moorhead on Monday. I arrived at 6:30 a.m. It was raining and overcast. Dozens of workers were in place for the first couple of hours and as the first batch of replacement workers arrived in vans. Numbers thinned as each hour passed. Regardless, union members remain stationed at the plant’s six gates 24 hours a day. To the best of my knowledge, no new contract negotiations are planned.

I thought it would be interesting to share a selection of photographs from Thursday’s demonstration [featuring handmade signs under sunny skies] and images from the scene Monday outside the plant [featuring printed uniform signage and rain].

MPR News – and other regional media organizations – are continuing to cover this story. It will be interesting to see what comes next. – Ann

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

American Crystal Sugar workers locked out

Parallels: A Curious Pairing of PhotographsParallels: A Curious Pairing of PhotographsParallels: A Curious Pairing of Photographs

I am excited to announce that on Thursday [Aug. 4] there will be a opening reception for my exhibition Parallels: A Curious Pairing of Photographs by Ann Arbor Miller and Britta Trygstad. As the title suggests, the exhibition is a collaboration between myself and the fabulous Britta Trygstad.

We started working on this collection of photographs last July. Parallels features 18 photographs [nine by each artist] and is sure to delight viewers. The opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. at DK Custom Framing @ Gallery 14 in downtown Fargo. If you can’t make it Thursday night, the exhibition will be up until the end of August.

Happy Wednesday! – Ann