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Last weekend I photographed a lovely wedding in downtown Minneapolis. Unfortunately the weather made the day a bit more difficult but the wedding, portrait time, and reception, were all perfect.

Here are a few of my favorite photos (sorry about the weird formatting/frames, I pulled this from my frost on flower blogger):

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Posting to Instagram. :) My favorite couple yet.
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The bride is a school bus driver.
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So we got a few shots of her in the driver’s seat of one of the shuttle buses.
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A big wedding party but I managed to squeeze them all in.
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Mr. Bridesmaid didn’t really like to smile.
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A lot of thought when into which pair of shoes the bride would wear.
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Groom & Officant
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Some goofy stuff.
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Some normal stuff.
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Overall it was a ton of fun.
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We did some jumping photos by the Stone Arch Bridge.
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I wish I could have stayed to enjoy one of these!
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I absolutely loved the bride’s bouquet.
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Congratulations!!! :)
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photographing Sophie over the weekend I had some extra time to spend with Olive. I traded services with Sophie’s mom again so I was able to photograph Olive while Tyler was having his massage and while Sophie was warming up as it was a very cold day!

Unlike you’d expect, I don’t take great photos of Olive very often. My camera is large and not the easiest thing to take along with me when it’s just me and Olive off on adventures along with whatever else we may need – extra clothes, snacks, etc. I’m quick to take photos of her with my iPhone but taking “formal” photos of her isn’t nearly as common. I jumped at the chance to squeeze it in the this weekend. :)

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The pumpkin patch that we stopped at up the road from their house was extremely windy!

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At this age it’s getting more and more difficult to get Olive to look at me for a photo. She doesn’t respond to the same “tricks” anymore.

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Sometimes I can catch her looking at something for a while.

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Now she takes direction to do things that might provide some nice opportunities, like kissing a pumpkin.

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Most of the time she looks the other way though.

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It’s been neat to have Olive growing along with my photography business so my techniques and strategies can always be morphing and expanding.

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Back at their house it was a lot less windy so I took Olive’s coat off for a little while.

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I asked her to smile, which is generally a photographer “no no”. I immediately got this face.

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But then she showed me a genuine smile and I got this nice little series that follows.

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I plopped her in the middle of some tall lumpy grass and she carefully maneuvered her way back to me.

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This is a typical Olive expression.

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I asked her to smell a flower. Again, being able to give her some tasks or direction has been helpful.

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She was already a little tired and the day was definitely unusual so she zoned out every so often.

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And took a little break to lay down. :)

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Kind of looking like a big kid. Or a beaver. Or a big beaver.

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I had to keep this. Double chin beaver face. I think she has her two front teeth sticking out in 75% of her photos.

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This next series wasn’t set up by me. She started exploring the plants around her like it was her job.

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This one makes me laugh.

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We ended with Olive’s first hammock experience. After taking this photo I put my camera down and we snuggled next to each other and rocked back and forth before going inside for lunch.

I checked in with my little friend Sophie again earlier today. She is now 9 months old. Like I mentioned last time, it’s been fun to watch her grow. She’s now almost 10 months old.

Last fall I did a maternity session with her mama – we were able to enjoy ourselves outside in the crisp yet comfortable air. This year was quite different – not only was Sophie present Earth side today but the temperature was significantly cooler.

We attempted photos at a pumpkin patch near their home and had to keep hoping back into the car to warm up. Soon we headed back to their house for lunch and our services trade (massages for our anniversary!) and went back out again for more photos.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I’m going back and forth with myself on a recent decision I made and I thought I’d let you all in on my thoughts and maybe you could tell me what you think.

As you know, I am a self employed photographer, and recently I’ve been much more successful than I anticipated. I have also recently become an independent contractor for a company who links together clients and photographers.

The upside to working as an independent contractor in this way is that I don’t have to do any marketing for it whatsoever. Marketing takes time and should probably cost you money. I do little marketing that costs save for having a website and business cards. I assume I’d be even more successful if I invested in marketing. I can easily fill holes in my schedule by being an independent contractor. I also get business cards for free.

The downside to working as an independent contractor via a placement company is that I get paid significantly less than I would otherwise.

I threw some numbers together to give you an idea of the differences. This company, who shall remain nameless, actually has four companies under their larger umbrella. A value service, a middle of the line, a fancy service, and an even fancier service (that I left out because I’m not part of that one right now). The middle of the line and fancy services let you choose your photographer, the value line photographer is chosen for you. The fancier service comes with a face to face consultation. Just like I do, engagement sessions can be added on for an additional fee. For the sake of comparison I did that with the quotes below. Tax and shipping also apply, but don’t for me.

Value:
8 hour coverage – 895
engagement add on – 295
rights to photos – 0
consultation – no
total (before tax) – $1190
(I get paid $425)

Middle:
8 hour coverage – 995
engagement add on – 295
rights to photos – 0
consultation – no
20 bonus prints
total (before tax) – $1290
(I get paid $425)

High end:
8 hour coverage – 1595
engagement add on – 295
rights to photos – 0
consultation – yes
bonus photo book
total (before tax) – $1890
(I get paid $675)

Frost on Flower:
8 hour coverage – 1000
engagement add on – 100
rights to photos – 50 (unless you purchase a photo package for 75, 130, or 170)
consultation – yes
total – $1150
(I get paid $1150)

So, as you can see… the cheapest option is me. The option that pays me the most is also me.

So what is the point of the middle man? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Why should this company get paid 765, 865, 1215 while the photographer is paid 425, 425, 675, respectively? Is the marketing and the “brand” really worth that much?

As an independent self employed photographer I do not like the idea of these big companies marketing themselves as a professional database of photographers when they found their photographers completely randomly, don’t give them any additional education, tips, or bonuses. I don’t like to think that people are more attracted to a company like this because it seems “safer” or more “professional”. Really it seems unfair. When I photographer engagement photos for them honestly I feel bad – They pay $145 more than they would have if they booked with me and I get paid $25 less than I would have if they booked with me.

So my question is… Should I encourage this type of thing by being part of it? I don’t do much work with them right now because I’ve already been booked enough on my own. But something about it just makes me feel icky. But what are your thoughts? As a potential consumer of photography services how does this make you feel?

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of showing my photos that were on display earlier this year at the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl in conjuction with McKinley CSA’s set up at the Urban Agriculture hub at the Open Streets Harvest Festival on Lowry Ave in north Minneapolis.

(there is so much information in that sentence!)

For the bulk of the event I stayed in my tent or the CSA’s tent next door but had a chance to do some exploring when Tyler and Olive came to visit for lunch, a treat, and to take advantage of some of the activities for children.

Here are a few photos from the day:

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I offered $5 on the spot portraits in or near my tent.

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I ran next door because I was super thirsty from biking with all of my things. After being inside for a few minutes and looking in about 20 different coolers I came out with a Vitamin Water – I could find regular water. After telling a few people that this crazy place doesn’t sell water Dana went in and managed to find some… very hidden… and a very small amount.

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An example share.

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The same mobile bike powered stage that was used at FLOW. Being towed to the other side of the festival in this photo.

 

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Dana and Bill made a solar food dryer. It’s basically like a dehydrator but uses the sun’s heat. It also has a light in case the sun disappears on a cloudy day or at nighttime.

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The EcoVillage and McKinley CSA has a frisbee golf course set up around the pocket farm sites.

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A live demo using mushrooms that can be purchased as an add on to CSA shares.

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Some of my booth set up.  Twine & clothespins again.  :)

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There was a great solar oven demo. This guy had four types of solar ovens.

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Here is showing me where the focal point is more than 2000* – the stick instantly start smoking. Soup is being cooked in that pot. Dana and I enjoyed some blistering hot soup on a hot day a few hours later.

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Jim showed up in a perfect shirt.

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Olive kept telling us this was hot.

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The West Indie food truck was parked across Lowry Ave from us. I waited nearly half the day for Tyler and Olive to show up so we could enjoy some jerk chicken and curry chicken together.

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My set up was in one of the white tents to the right.

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There were numerous stops for kids to take part in art activities up and down the avenue.

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The festival took up a huge stretch of Lowry Ave N.  When I first heard about the festival it seemed too long.. who would travel the whole thing?  Throughout the day I noticed that there were huge gaps in hubs and quite a few people didn’t show up so there were open lots and tents like this.  Overall the event was really great but I do think it should have been more condensed.

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Rejoicing in the open street.

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Not the best quality photo but I love how it expresses her determination.

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Oh, these two.

Olive’s friend, Ethan, just turned two and had a great party over the weekend. Unfortunately our lovely Minnesota summer suddenly ended and the feelings of late fall were in full swing. Despite the shivers it seemed like everyone had a great time! I thought I would bring my camera along because I’ve noticed that parents never seem to remember or to find the time to take as many photos as they want. I didn’t take as many as I wanted to since I was there to enjoy the party and hang out with Olive but I captured some great moments, especially with the cupcakes. :)

Olive was ready to paaaaaarty:

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As was Ethan:

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Ethan tried his hand at the spinning helicopter things:

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Amber made yummy gluten, dairy, and sugar free cupcakes:

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Naomi modeled the birthday boy’s cupcake:

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And threw in an Angry Bird’s tattoo:

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Ethan seemed intrigued by the candles being lit:

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TWO:

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I like this series… You can probably hear the “fffffffftttt”:

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Drooooool:

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Olive seemed intrigued:

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Yet cautious:

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Diego seemed to be inspecting the cupcake as well:

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And considered the flavors splashing across his palate:

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I asked Amber’s sister if she wanted a cupcake eating photo like the kids, she just laughed:

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Olive seemed interested in more:

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But was still thoughtful:

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Ethan was pretty darn excited:

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And opted for the handsfree approach as well:

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And then he did this super cute thing:

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Amber’s mom attended the party via Skype from the Philippines. Some of the guests were a little confused about the talking compter:

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I took a bunch of gift opening photos but I’ll spare you and post a few highlights.

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Most of my photos had a big Olive in the way:

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Oh hey girls..

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Ethan was gifted one of the same Bibles that Olive has. He said “Jesus!” right after he opened it. I have a feeling his will have fewer bite marks than Olive’s..

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Amber made Ethan a busy book. Which reminds me I need to keep working on Olive’s!

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Overall it was the best Angry Bird’s themed party I’ve ever been to!  hehehe.  It was a really good party.  Lots of fun!  And it was really neat to have been able to attend both his first and second birthday parties so far.  Actually it was neat to also visit him in the hospital just after he was born, too.  We go way back… ;)

Happy Birthday Ethan!!!

A couple of weeks ago I photographed my first Bat Mitzvah. Coincidentally the Mat Mitzvah was for a girl named Emma – that made the night slightly confusing for me as I was constantly turning my head when someone called her!

The party was held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and her parents did a wonderful job of putting everything together. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, dancing, games, wax hands, and more.

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