Hope For The Holidays

It’s that time of year when photographers everywhere are culling together their top picks of the 2010. Personal assessment certainly has value as does making time for reflection.

However, I’ve been just too busy these past several weeks to evaluate the bigger picture. My focus [pun intended] has been on completing editorial assignments – which have been in abundance of late – and tending to several client projects. Perhaps, I’ll carve out time for a photographic retrospective before year’s end. [Probably not, but you never know!]

In the meantime, I’ll share a few images from a recent assignment with The Village Family Magazine. This story of hope, which appears in the magazine’s December/January 2011 issue, features a 9-year-old girl from Moorhead, Minn. It truly was a pleasure to meet and photograph Signe Harris, a leukemia survivor, and her family.

Enjoy! Ann

Hope For The Holidays

Hope For The Holidays

Hope For The Holidays

Hope For The Holidays

Hope For The Holidays

I’m very excited to announce my first annual holiday print sale. Four photographs – each created in 2010 – are available for purchase.

Uneditioned 8×12 prints are $34 each. Add $6 for shipping. Pick up is available in downtown Fargo.

Interested?! I sure hope so. To purchase your selected photographs, send an email to annarbormiller [at] gmail [dot] com with “holiday print order” in the subject line. Buy one for yourself and three for your best friends.

I am a fan of giving art – specifically photographs – for gifts. Two other great sources for original creations are Fargo photographer Robb Siverson‘s Holiday Bargain Bin and the 50-some fine photographers included in the Third Annual Fraction Magazine Holiday Print Sale. Wow.

Happy Shopping! Ann

P.S. North Dakota sales tax is included in print prices.

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

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The weather was hot and the sky clear. The crowd – estimated around 8,000 – was energetic and patient. The cameras – both still and video – were abundant.

Most importantly, the Grommesh family – Bill, Adair, Peighton and Garrett – came home Sunday afternoon to a beautiful home. Welcome home.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surely has quite the show to put together. It is expected to air sometime between mid-November and mid-December. For more details about the big reveal visit writer Sarah McCurdy’s blog or the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [Fargo-Moorhead] facebook page.

Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

I visited the build site for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the final time before the BIG reveal on Sunday afternoon. The light was beautiful and I had just 30 minutes to photograph. The Grommesh family is in for such a treat.

Here are two of my favorite images from tonight. Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition