Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Winnie & Colin’s Album http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/11/winnie-colins-wedding-album-larchmont-yacht-club/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/11/winnie-colins-wedding-album-larchmont-yacht-club/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:17:40 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19467 This Larchmont Wedding Album, 9.5” x 13”, features 96 pages with photographic paper and aluminum cover handmade in Italy. Just thought I’d share my latest album to ship, Winnie and Colin’s wedding at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York less than 3 months ago! It looks FABULOUS! In the Thanksgiving spirit, I can’t wait […]

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This Larchmont Wedding Album, 9.5” x 13”, features 96 pages with photographic paper and aluminum cover handmade in Italy.

Just thought I’d share my latest album to ship, Winnie and Colin’s wedding at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York less than 3 months ago! It looks FABULOUS!

In the Thanksgiving spirit, I can’t wait to share a sneak peek… I can smell the pumpkin spice from here (I realize it isn’t a spice, or a blend of spices that even includes pumpkin). I look forward to the seasonal changes in Minnesota, like a stirring rendition of Garrison Keillor on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We welcomed the first snowfall of the season today, which serves reminds my body: “It’s time to cozy up, light a candle, turn up some jazz, settle in and think about what is most important in life: life itself which includes love, family. and friends.

I get giddy when I meet a new friend and follow them on Instagram. In this particular case, the maid of honor just so happens to be in the book publishing industry (Hi, Abbey!). When I designed this album, I knew she would be among the first to see. I design these albums with a thoughtful appreciation of art history, design principles, and story telling to beckon approval of her eye (or anyone in the creative field for that matter). “What will be most important in 50 years,” I ask myself, never a fan of trends. My shooting and design sensibilities are an answer to this question, one I feel is timeless in experience of life and love, far above that of “high art” is ever able to achieve. While my work won’t ever stop a world war, I would like to think it will play an important role in the reflect of the one thing that always wins in life: love.02-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg03-2016-11-18-21-17.jpgThe parent albums above will be brag-worthy, indeed.

Here are just a few favorite spreads in their album (there are many more to be experience in person!):04-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg05-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg06-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg07-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg08-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg09-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg10-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg11-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg12-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg13-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg14-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg

This series was inspired by a Degas pencil sketch I saw once upon a time… I had to convince them to keep it in the album and I am glad I did! It serves as a faboulous visual respite and prepares the visual palate for the next subtle whammy!
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Oh, how I love simplicity in photography and design… like the horizon, it gives our eyes something to rest upon:
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What excites me most is the idea that Winnie and Colin will be able to share their wedding album with friends and family at Thanksgiving… which so happens our very thanksgiving will take place on this very place:19-2016-11-18-21-17.jpg

I am super thankful for clients like Winnie and Colin and hope this makes your first Thanksgiving together even more perfect!

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NEWVEMBER 2016 {ecce gallery} http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/11/newvember-2016-ecce-gallery/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/11/newvember-2016-ecce-gallery/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:50:03 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19439 For the third year in a row, I’ve been excited to be apart of the Newvember group show at Ecce Gallery in Fargo, ND sharing my personal fine-art photography. This year marks the 5th annual gathering of local and regional artists mixed with music and drinks… a reprieve of from the doldrums of an approaching […]

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For the third year in a row, I’ve been excited to be apart of the Newvember group show at Ecce Gallery in Fargo, ND sharing my personal fine-art photography. This year marks the 5th annual gathering of local and regional artists mixed with music and drinks… a reprieve of from the doldrums of an approaching winter that makes me feel, for an evening, I’m in Manhattan. Owner Mark Weiler delivered an impressive display of new works to adorn the concrete floors and exposed brick. For a few hours, I feel like one of the cool kids on the block.

I was honored to see Curly on display right when patrons walk in the door. Lots of questions of what kind of sheep he is… and the answer: She is an angora goat from Fergus Falls, arguably one of the Midwest’s most (in)famous bovidae. I was excited to see it displayed prominently.
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Pictured above/right, hangs brand new work created a few weeks ago in Germany, wrapping up my 4-year project, Divine Animals: The Bovidae. German Pastoral Study #1, Archival Ink on Photo rag, available framed in sizes 24” x 28” or 53″ x 40”. My new work is a departure from my previous style, yet one I embrace with a painterly approach (it is still a photograph).
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Had to wear my “era” hat and favorite fuzzy vest that keeps me warm when creating this work in the field.
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It was great to catchup with art friends and meet new ones in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The four-hour drive was worth it!
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Meghan Duda with new work. I always enjoy our conversations and her work (and technical processes) make me think… which I like!
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I enjoyed meeting Emma Beatrez and seeing her paintings, including this one of her brother’s hands:
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Britta Anderson gets the longest distance award… she flew in from North Carolina where she is working on her MFA. She brought along a crew of family and friends from Bismarck, too.
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Mike Marth knows how to turn heads… just like he always does.
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Andrea Qual and Kelly Thompson are two North Dakota painters that are easy to be around… and fellow TAG artists, too.
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The work will be up until January 4, 2017… so if you are in Fargo, I encourage you to stop by for a visit!

Good times, good times! Want more? Take a trip down this 2014 Newvember’s show memory lane.

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See RJ: Behind The Scenes http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/behind-the-scenes/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/behind-the-scenes/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:46:07 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19402 After 10 years of professional wedding photography, my enthusiasm for what I do shines through in my smile! I thank my couples this year that have inspired me to create images that make me giddy with photo-nerd happiness. My 2016 wedding season officially wrapped up for me this weekend. Albums, edits, and all. As I reflect on […]

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After 10 years of professional wedding photography, my enthusiasm for what I do shines through in my smile! I thank my couples this year that have inspired me to create images that make me giddy with photo-nerd happiness.

My 2016 wedding season officially wrapped up for me this weekend. Albums, edits, and all. As I reflect on 10 years of photographing weddings professionally, creating portraits of couples in love is my favorite part of my job. There just something about exploring something new, fresh with enthusiasm, energy and creativity that makes me genuinely happy. As much as I love delivering images of real moments and important details, seeing clients exciting about my creative work makes my heart beat double-time. Each wedding, I strive to create signature image I call “my own.” And I won’t leave a wedding unless I’ve created at least TEN images I would happily represent in my portfolio, a responsibility I take to heart.

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The same image appeared in the first spread of the their wedding album!
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And you can see the final layout of their album unfold in detail here 🙂
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Carissa and Zach’s wedding was no different! Here is one of my favorite images from their wedding which made it on their album cover…
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And you can see me in the background (handsome attire) nano seconds after the moment was captured on my camera:
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Here is how the image played out in their final album:
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And here you can see in that same sequence in their final album.
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Falling in love with the right wedding photographer should never be a hard sell. One thing matters most: 100% Trust.

At the end of a wedding day, a bride and groom should look back knowing they trusted the right photographer to shape wedding memories for the good. And the wedding experience is full of positive feelings from start to finish. Even better than acing a test on a Friday afternoon in high school. Whoot whoot!

Here are my tips to fall in love with the right wedding photographer for you!

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Our growing family http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/our-growing-family/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/our-growing-family/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:24:34 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19353 One of the perks as a photographer is enjoying the company of many talented photographers in the industry. When it comes to create portraits of our growing family. Over the years we’ve had the talented Rachel Olsen, Kevin Von Qualen, Anna Kuperberg, James Christianson, Stuart Klipper, Tim Ho, and now, for the first time ever […]

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One of the perks as a photographer is enjoying the company of many talented photographers in the industry. When it comes to create portraits of our growing family. Over the years we’ve had the talented Rachel Olsen, Kevin Von Qualen, Anna Kuperberg, James Christianson, Stuart Klipper, Tim Ho, and now, for the first time ever on this blog, I am proud to feature our personal family portrait work of Matt Steaffens. He followed us about one Saturday morning, snapping here, creating there. We went for a walk, only to discover a construction backhoe positioned precisely in a special place, as if the lighting continued to follow his every wish. Talk about a perfect prop.

Matt Steaffens isn’t the Chuck Norris of photography; Chuck Norris is the Matt Steaffens of martial arts.

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The Spence Family http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/the-spence-family/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/10/the-spence-family/#respond Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:50:25 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19312 Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.― Maya Angelou Age is 110% attitude. If we act our age, then we’re darn old. That’s why I love hanging around this family. They keep me […]

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Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.― Maya Angelou

Age is 110% attitude. If we act our age, then we’re darn old.

That’s why I love hanging around this family. They keep me young. And definitely on my toes. And photographing them for a second-year in a row, the result gets better with age.

There’s nothing better than youth, it’s only in hindsight beauty appears in self-awareness.

A new parent of two, my 20-year-enthusiasm thrives inside a body of almost a 40-year-old. The energy of youth keeps me thinking sharp, joints ache more than I remember as my 18-year-old self. I look forward to seeing this family once a week in our Lakes Martial Arts classes. I’m proud of our grown-up rapport. Star Wars and Ninja Turtles are still cool topics to discuss.

“Thanks, Mom and Dad,” doesn’t often come until about 18 years or so later, or so I predict. Which I only guesstimate serves as a universal sign they want one of three things: 1) extra love 2) money 3) both.

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If Fortune magazine needs the next entrepreneur photo, my choice pictured left. Runner’s World has a new model, featured right. The key to all these portraits: they are real.
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Art informs reality.
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Often my favorite photographs are those candids, unposed, camera unaware… much like these:
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I caught this one walking down the cat walk, all fashionable. I’m the kids will LOVE seeing what Mom looked like at this age (even though our parent-self doesn’t really love being in front of the camera).
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Posing for his first Burning Man portrait.
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