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

Ashley & Chris – Winona, MN wedding

wedding photo at Visions Event Center - Winona MN

For most, waking up to rain on a Saturday morning would normally mean rescheduling some outdoor activities that you may have had planned. When it’s your wedding day, it could cause some unwanted anxiety – even though it’s been said that rain on your wedding day is good luck, no one really wants it to rain on your wedding day. Continue to see the wedding photos

Pickle Dropper – B17 Bomber

I was commissioned to retouch this WWII image of the Air Corps Bomber Group of the Boeing B-17 Bomber “Pickle Dropper”. The image was originally taken on February 14, 1944 in England. My client had an original 4×5 print that I scanned in at a high resolution. The image will be enlarged, printed as a 11×14 and gifted to his father-in-law (who is in the image) along with a handmade replica of the plane.

I learned through some research that a few months later, the plane crashed in the English Channel and the crew (not the same as those pictured) were never found and are on the Wall of the Missing in the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium.

I thank all past, present & future soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they endured to keep all of our families safe.

If you are interested in retouching services, please feel free to contact me.