A couple weeks before the move, I met up with Kira in Uptown for a portrait session. She was one of the first people I came into contact with when we moved to Minnesota, and yet through some strange set of circumstances, we had never actually gotten a chance to meet until the day of the photoshoot. Kira is so gorgeous and charismatic and she’s always doing cool stuff with her hair and make up, so I sent her an email to see if she’d do some modeling for me. I really wish I had emailed her sooner. She was so much fun to work with and it wasn’t long before it felt like I was just hanging out with an old friend! We wandered all around Lake Calhoun looking for places to shoot. It was nice and cloudy, but it was also 40 degrees with gusting winds. We had to bundle up and seek shelter every once in a while, which is just ridiculous for mid-April. Five days after that, it snowed. Crazy! Still, we got some photos that I’m pretty happy with, and I am so glad I got a chance to meet Kira.

With her awesome hair, I couldn’t help doing a little bit of crazy editing to highlight it.

I told her to pick a bench, any bench. The one she chose was beyond perfect!

Thanks for hanging with me, Kira, and I hope we can see each other again soon!

See more from this shoot here!


Last month, I had the pleasure of taking Emily Trempe‘s maternity photos! Emily and I worked together on a play in winter of 2009 (her on stage and me in the tech booth), and my dad and her fiance, Jude worked together at Activision. We’ve all been able to keep in touch pretty well and I am so glad to have been able to do a shoot with her! She has a steady career in acting and modeling, and it shows. She just belongs in front of the camera! Jude was out of town, so we weren’t able to get him in on any of the shots, but we still had a delightful and successful session.

We started out with a few of the more classic maternity photos. She had the most perfect ultrasound photo for the shoot, so we utilized that for a few shots.

Check out that engagement ring. Beyond stunning, is it not? And there’s nothing cuter than little baby booties.

Emily brought almost her entire wardrobe, plus a ton of jewelery and accessories, so we were able to do a lot of fun, stylized photos that really brought out her personality. The shots I got from this rockstar outfit are some of my favorite!

I used my 50mm f/1.2 L for most of the shoot, but I also got some more artsy shots with my Lensbaby. The Composer optic with the heart shaped aperture disc was a must, but the Fisheye optic I had ordered arrived just in time for the shoot as well! That made for a couple of really fun shots.

For our last set, we headed over to the lake for some shots by the water. The wind was out of control and we were all shivering a bit by the end of it, but Emily looked totally ethereal despite the cold.

Thank you so much, Emily, for doing this shoot with me. I had a great time working with you and I hope you like your photos!

Take a look at more of the photos here and tell me what you think!

Hey guys! I’m back online!

The trip was pretty wild. When we left Minnesota, it was snowing. At our first hotel along the way, we were met with bitter cold and high winds. We had to unload two cars of luggage and animals into the room, knowing that we’d have to lug it all back to the parking lot the very next morning. The weather continued to be a force to be reckoned with until we made it to Las Vegas, where it was a balmy 70 degrees. Of course, that meant we first had to get through the Rockies, where we encountered a thrilling blizzard and a highway that had been entirely shut down. The highway we were supposed to be taking, of course. Good thing we were able to stop for lunch beforehand. We found this fantastic barbecue just off the 70. If you’re ever anticipating getting stuck in a snowstorm in the Rockies, make sure to stop at Smokin Yard’s BBQ first. We strongly contemplated just living there, but instead ate too much food and continued on our way.

It was pretty smooth sailing once we found our detour and made it out of the mountains. My dad and I spent the ride in the Prius making fun of various road signs and listening to Black Eyed Peas, while my mom and my grandma road with all of the animals in the SUV. After 2,000 miles of insanity, we are finally home. All humans, felines, and canines have made it safely to LA. We arrived a few weeks ago and have been slowly settling back into our old house. Feels weird to be here again, but it sure does feel good. Everything is so familiar and it all just feels like home. In my head, time has stood still for a lot of this world, so it’s pretty strange to see what all has changed. It is so great to be back with my old friends, going to my old restaurants, and biking up my old street again, though.

I have a few more things from Minnesota to post, but I can’t wait to start getting into the photo scene here! If you’re in the Los Angeles area and are interested in any kind of photoshoot, drop me an email and let’s get planning! In the mean time, keep an eye out for more updates and make sure to follow me on twitter. Very soon, I’ll be getting a new phone with actual texting capabilities, which means I’ll finally be able to tweet from the field on a regular basis. Also, check behind the cut for a few photos from my crazy road trip.
That’s all for now!
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