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Mid West Music Fest – Day 3

The sun was shining on the third and last day of Mid West Music Fest and everyone was out and about early with the Earth Day celebration at Levee Park. While the breeze still had a slight chill to it, you couldn’t help but enjoy the heat as the sun kissed everyone in attendance. Later in the evening, downtown Winona was packed with what seemed like twice as many people as previous nights, but I imagine the pub crawl at non-MWMF establishments had something to do with that. A new favorite band, The Fattenin’ Frogs, had Eds (no name) Bar hopping to their music and the amazing vocals of Amanda White. Overall, it was a perfect ending to possibly the best Mid West Music Fest yet.

List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Jake Ilika & The Heavy Set – Winona Levee Park
  2. The Zinghoppers – Winona Levee Park
  3. Savannah Smith – Broken World Records
  4. Swallows – Eds (no name) Bar
  5. Reina del Cid & the Cidizens – Broken World Records
  6. Eli Glor – Broken World Records
  7. Cannons North – Eds (no name) Bar
  8. The Fattenin’ Frogs – Eds (no name) Bar

Keep an eye on Mid West Music Fest 2014 as it’s scheduled for April 24-26, 2014.

Mid West Music Fest 2013 – Day 2

Day two of the Mid West Music Fest provided nearly every weather element possible, but that didn’t stop many festival goers from hitting the streets and see some of their favorite musical acts. Things that stood out for me: Eds (no name) Bar had its second-annual block party and although the music was moved indoors, they were already at capacity at 7:30 for Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps. Later that night, Chastity Brown wowed the crowd with her soulful voice. The People Brothers Band got the crowd movin’ & shakin’ like a primer for Apollo Cobra at Jefferson’s Event Center, which was nearly at capacity by the end of the night.

List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Tour FunkEds (no name) Bar
  2. The May NorthEds (no name) Bar
  3. Austin Weatherhead – Winona Arts Center
  4. Click TrackEds (no name) Bar
  5. Urine – Broken World Records
  6. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays – Broken World Records
  7. Jacob Grippen – Broken World Records
  8. Caroline Smith & The Goodnight SleepsEds (no name) Bar
  9. Push & Turn – Jefferson’s Event Center
  10. The People Brothers Band – Jefferson’s Event Center
  11. Chastity BrownEds (no name) Bar
  12. Apollo Cobra – Jefferson’s Event Center


Mid West Music Fest 2013 – Day 1

On the first day of Mid West Music Fest, I was able to photograph 10 different musicians and bands. While the weather wasn’t necessarily the most ideal, the music definitely was. Here’s a little preview of each performance.


List of musicians and the venue:

  1. Emma Mae Spring – Acoustic Cafe
  2. Matthew Francis Byrnes – Winona Art Center
  3. The Wildflowers – Masonic Temple Theater
  4. The Ericksons – Masonic Temple Theater
  5. Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks – Winona Art Center
  6. Witness – Jefferson’s Event Center
  7. Wake Up Bedhead – Broken World Records
  8. Retribution Gospel Choir – Jefferson’s Event Center
  9. Charlie ParrEds (no name) Bar
  10. General B & the Wiz – Broken World Records

I am honored to have been chosen as one of the official Mid West Music Fest photographers for the second year. Information & tickets for Mid West Music Fest.

The Light That Shines – a story about cancer

My wife’s step-mother has survived two bouts of breast cancer. My grandmother passed away from cancer. I know others who have been directly affected by cancer whether they are survivors or are currently dealing with it. I know those who have lost dear loved ones from cancer as well. Cancer affects us all in one way or another. How we I feel the least I can do is share this story. Perhaps it could someone you know who is dealing with or has dealt with cancer.

Australian portrait photographer, Sue Bryce, and videographer, Hailey Bartholomew, recently created a short documentary about a young woman and her story with breast cancer. Here’s Jill’s story:

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last light painting wedding portrait of 2012

My last light painting wedding portrait I created in 2012. It was a good one too! During their reception at Somerby Golf Club, the storms were moving in and bringing winds and showers in the area. However, a nice little gap between rain allowed us to create something beautiful and magical.

Somerby Golf Club, wedding portrait, light painting

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Maria & Mark – a Norskedalen wedding

If you were able to plan the wedding of your dreams, what would it include? Where would you hold the wedding? What kind of decorations would you use? How would you make the guest’s experience one that they would remember? With the help & planning from Weddings By Nancy, Maria & Mark’s wedding provided this and so much more.

Now don’t get me wrong. A wedding is not just about the details. The most important part of any wedding is the love that two people share. There was no shortage of love between Maria & Mark. The emotion was powerful as they saw each other for the first time. That emotion was evident as the ceremony started. Now combine that love with the love from family & friends. Plenty of happy tears were shared by many present.

wedding at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center Continue reading and to see their wedding photos

addition to the family portrait…

I had the amazing opportunity to cover a private ceremony welcoming my past wedding client’s newborn daughter, not only to the world but to the family, held at their family’s property in rural southeast Minnesota. There was a calming fog overlaying the land that morning. It was a beautiful location for some family portraits. Continue reading for more images