Tagged: Minneapolis

Springing Ahead
The Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden has long been one of my favorite places in Minneapolis (along with the Walker itself). I clearly remember my first visit, on a field trip with my suburban (but nearly rural) school. It just felt magical. Like a creative oasis. I started visiting on my own as a teenager. Over the years some installations have changed while others remain. I’ve shown it off to friends visiting from out of town. And throughout my son’s life I’ve taken him there fairly regularly. He particularly enjoys the artist-designed mini golf in the summer time. I’ve photographed friends and family there, including a wedding, and more than one family portrait session. Now spring has finally sprung, sort of. My seasonal allergies say yes, the current gloomy-cold weather says no. But there was one gorgeous weekend recently where Minnesotans shed their outer layers and enjoyed mild temps outdoors in short sleeves. And I had the pleasure of photographing another adorable family in one of my favorite spots.

Bubble time

Spring 2015 - the ladies

Spring 2015 - family trio

Spring 2015

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The Ancient Oak
Last winter seemed to be never-ending. There were far too many of those soul-sucking Polar Arctic Vortex days with dangerous windchills. So severe that classes were canceled on multiple occasions. A rare thing for Minnesotan schools! This winter has been far gentler (knock on wood). Mild enough that I was able to shoot some family photos outdoors recently. I’ve been a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities, and on and off again Minneapolitan – it’s been a tug of war between St. Paul and Minneapolis all of my adult life. Yet somehow I never knew the story of the oldest tree in Minneapolis. It was an ancient burr oak. Sadly it died a few years back but what remains is still impressive, and commemorated with a plaque. And it made a beautiful backdrop for this adorable family of four.

The Luck Family

The Luck Family

The Luck Family

The Luck Family

The Luck Family

The Luck Family

Go ahead, jump.
Making the commitment to get married is no small thing. But many friends have made the leap this year. It’s already been a fun summer of wedding celebrations, with more to come. One lovely couple eloped over the winter (smack dab in the middle of the polar arctic vortex) and saved the celebration for the most perfect summer day ever, at our favorite lake. Another couple picked what should have been a lovely June day but turned out to have the craziest weather ever. Torrential downpours, wall clouds, high winds. But we had just enough of a break to shoot some fun portraits on the front steps of a mansion before the chaos kicked in again.

Bethany & Brandon, June 2014

Bethany & Brandon, June 2014

Bethany waiting for Brandon

Bethany with the bridesmaids, June 2014

Bethany with the groomsmen, June 2014

Bethany & Brandon, June 2014

Bethany & Brandon, June 2014

Other friends wanted to keep it casual. A beach party with their nearest and dearest. And the bride shotgunning Hamm’s beer in the lake. No big deal. It was an all around beautiful day and a good time.

Zena, submerged

Matt & Zena in the water

Matt & Zena

Zena in a damp dress

Zena & Martha, getting ready to shot gun some Hamm's in the water

Matt & Zena, holding hands in the muck

Matt & Zena

Zena & Grace

Doctors Without Borders
My friend Luke Heiken organized a benefit show for Doctors Without Borders (donations are still being accepted here). But it wasn’t your usual sort of benefit show. It was a 28-hour long drone fest. And it happened last month at The Cedar Cultural Center. I managed to be present for about half of it. Though I may have been sleeping for a portion of that. I brought along a comfy bean bag chair from home and did some serious lounging. It was a dreamy event.

Naturally my photos are below. Conspicuously absent? Photos of my boyfriend’s “6000 SUX” project. Because he and our friend Paul went on after 2am. I was awake for most of their set but not perky enough to grab my camera. Sorry honey.

Luke and Jessica at the merch table

Prairie Fire Lady Choir kicking the whole thing off

BNLX / Peace Drone

Noise Quean Ant

Jesse Petersen

BNLX / Peace Drone

Adam Bubolz / Oktaha

ALANS

wavepool

Elaine, prepping

Paul Metzger, in the green room

Bennett

Jon Davis, crashing after his super early morning set

Follow the Leader
It has been an exceptionally hot and generally dry summer, filled with activities. I’m pausing on this rare rainy day to look back at a subset of these outdoor activities. Marching band parades. One was a dry run along the West Bank, from the Mixed Blood Theatre to The Nomad World Pub. That was just a week before a bigger performance with the full band, for the 2012 Northern Spark festivities on the Stone Arch Bridge.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 – for Northern Spark

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 – on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Heliotrope Nine at The Lab Theater
I’m still in happy blissed-out mode after three days of Heliotrope – an annual experimental music festival. This year marked its 9th installment. The week before a “Players Without Instruments” interview was posted with me, where I tried to namedrop Heliotrope as much as possible as it really is my favorite live music event in the Twin Cities. A gathering for and by our “oddball music community” as Zak Sally put it in this City Pages article. This year I was in attendance for the entire thing and saw (and photographed) nearly every performance. If chronological order is your thing or you are a completist you can view all the photos here:

Otherwise my favorites are posted below. I took nearly as many candids as performance shots and have divvied them up into those two groups.

Photos of People

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Jessie at Heliotrope Nine

Clint at Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine

Photos of People Playing Music

Dreamland Faces
Dreamland Faces

Test Weapon
Test Weapon

Thunderbolt Pagoda
Thunderbolt Pagoda

Mahngüs
Mahngüs

Bellow
Bellow

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Brute Heart

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Arp of the Covenant

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
The Night

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Food Pyramid

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
CLAPS

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Prostate

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
International Novelty Gamelan

Heliotrope Nine
Rana May, on the dangers of music

Heliotrope Nine
Unhappy Virgin Damage

Heliotrope Nine
Unhappy Virgin Damage

Heliotrope Nine
Oaks

Heliotrope Nine
Fortified Five

Heliotrope Nine
Hasps

Heliotrope Nine
Hasps

Heliotrope Nine
Tips For Twat

Heliotrope Nine
Tips For Twat

Heliotrope Nine
Scaphe

Heliotrope Nine
TVBC

Heliotrope Nine
White Map

9th Annual Fools Day Variety Show
Spring sprang and suddenly it’s April. Which means today is APRIL FOOLS DAY. A day I generally try to ignore (ever since my son learned about whoopee cushions) but this year we were invited to a backyard variety show. Billed as “a time for feeling foolish, and acting on those impulses for idiocy!” We only caught the middle part but that included an adorable duo with a guitar and an accordion, a man who sang a funny Irish song about itches in britches, several comedians, a poet, someone banging on pots and pans, and a guy performing yo-yo tricks (while wearing a Blade Runner hoodie).

adorable duo

This guy sang a funny Irish song about itches in britches.

typical Jennifer face

tyrell

poet

pots and pans

giant pencil

A Tale of Two Henrys
Fall is my favorite time of year. The changing of the leaves, the onset of sweater weather, and my most favorite of all holidays – Halloween! I love it all. And I was thrilled when asked to take outdoor portraits during this season for not one but two little boys named Henry. I photographed the first Henry on the day of his first birthday, in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.

henry-crouch

Oh Henry

b&w2

IMG_2729-family

a very funny family

football

The second Henry is double the age of the first. Not much of an age difference really, in the grand scheme of things – two years old versus one – but a huge difference in mobility! This Henry led us on a merry chase around Minnehaha Falls. Up and down stairs and across bridges and pointing out statues and throwing and kicking fallen leaves around.

ridiculous cuteness

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My own son is just as enthusiastic about Fall and Halloween as I am. There are many spooktacular events coming up this weekend but we may go with an old-timey option, with the Old-Time Halloween at the Gibbs Farm Museum this Sunday, October 30, 2011 from noon – 4:00pm.

In the mid-1800s Europeans, especially Irish immigrants, brought their Halloween traditions to America. Trick-or-Treat at Jane Gibbs’ house; make popcorn balls in the Red Barn; find pennies in a haystack and enjoy a cup of cider!

Before you know it November will upon us and with it the holiday stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. I plan to schedule a few days’ worth of mini sessions at locations around town, like Krueger’s Tree Farm and Pine Tree Apple Orchard. Stay tuned!

Such a Tease, Such a Flirt
Ahh, hazy lazy summer and too many half-formed drafts hanging out over here. Time to post something! July may have been unbearably hot and humid but it was also jam-packed with many lovely musical happenings. Here’s a sampling of what I enjoyed.

Rifflord at the Hack Factory’s Handmade Music Series – July 25th, 2011

Rifflord

Rifflord

FALSE tour kick-off at Memory Lanes – July 25th, 2011

FALSE, tour kick off show

FALSE, tour kick off show

The Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages curated by Chris Kallmyer at The Walker – July 21st, 2011

Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages

The Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages curated by Chris Kallmyer at The Walker – July 21st, 2011

Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages

Harvey Milk at Triple Rock Social Club – July 18th, 2011

Creston Spiers of Harvey Milk

Davu Seru at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

Elaine Evans at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

john zuma st.pelvyn at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

Harvest at Triple Rock Social Club – July 16th, 2011

Harvest

Disembodied at Triple Rock Social Club – July 16th, 2011

Disembodied

The Chambermaids at The Kitty Cat Klub – July 2nd, 2011

The Chambermaids

Grant Hart at Grumpy’s Downtown – July 2nd, 2011

Grant Hart at Grumpy's

Maledicere at the Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Maledicere

Blood Folke at The Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Blood Folke

Grain Belt at The Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Grain Belt

Isn’t She?
The bride really was pretty in (pale) pink. I love that dress! And what a delightful couple to work with. Though we’d all been doing a bit of hand wringing ahead of time. This outdoor wedding had the misfortune of being scheduled smack dab in the midst of near-monsoon rains. But Minnesota-style, of course. This was just the day before the big tornado that tore through much of North Minneapolis. Somehow the skies cleared up just as it neared portrait time. The wedding party met in the Lyndale Park Rose Garden, where we engaged in a somewhat complicated ballet twirling around others in finery – prom parties, other weddings and a Quinceañera – jockeying for the prime spots for portraits. But it all worked out. And afterward the ceremony and reception were held nearby at Beard’s Plaisance park. Where the skies didn’t open back up until after things were already winding down. A perfect Saturday afternoon, sheltered from the storms.

such a cute couple

swinging the bride around

smooching

climbing trees