Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:45:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 On what matters most http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/on-what-matters-most/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/on-what-matters-most/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:57:00 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19557 Love always wins. It’s easy to say. But showing it matters most. A creative writing teacher in high school once told me a great tip for writing creatively: “Show, don’t tell.” Engaging the reader with luscious details and active verbs is how you tell a creative story. With photography and life, same holds true. We […]

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Love always wins.

It’s easy to say. But showing it matters most.

A creative writing teacher in high school once told me a great tip for writing creatively: “Show, don’t tell.” Engaging the reader with luscious details and active verbs is how you tell a creative story.

With photography and life, same holds true.

We spent a week in Colorado with friends and family, a wonderful time to enjoy time, re-charge our solar batteries, and take a break from the routine, to re-create. You know: hot tubs, long walks, yummy food.

I found myself picking up the camera to document not necessarily images to say, “Look what we did,” but to document small photojournalistic details that will matter in 50 years to our family history: the passing of shared experiences from one family to the next, the celebration of traditions, the creation of new traditions, the practice of pausing and watching life unfold. In the moment, connecting with old friends, celebrating a one-year birthday, and not getting the flu may seem the norm. In hindsight, these events become superhero events, those that energize the soul with love, joy, and wonderment. Spending quality time with friends and family, young and old wise, remains one of my favorite things in the world.

Rach, it’s all your fault! Thank you!
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Crushing snow just like our favorite Pennzoil Joyride Tundra ad (turn the volume up).
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Cousins, matching PJs, and stinky toes!
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Opening a first birthday gift from a dear friend who joined me on a creative sabbatical.
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The book that inspired a five-year personal project.
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Olaf just might miss making a good first impression on a future prom date of the Jordan and Cameron fame:
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I dedicate today’s post to my wife of 5 years! Happy 5 year anniversary, Tuppa Joy! I couldn’t have dreamt for a better spouse!

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Angela & Christian {Hockey Engagement Session} http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/angela-christian-hockey-engagement-session/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/angela-christian-hockey-engagement-session/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 01:50:20 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19530 Here are Angela and Christian with their almost one-year old puppy, Stella. It was super fun to join up with them on the ice hockey rink for their engagement photos. Looking forward to their wedding in Minnesota next month!

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Here are Angela and Christian with their almost one-year old puppy, Stella. It was super fun to join up with them on the ice hockey rink for their engagement photos. Looking forward to their wedding in Minnesota next month!
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Tomte 6.0 http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/12/tomte-6-0/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/12/tomte-6-0/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 03:19:20 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19505 The tomten made their SIXTH holiday appearance today. The surprise annual event usually happens after the halls are officially decked, the tree is lit, the littles ones are asleep, and the smell of fresh cookies linger in the kitchen air. Each tomte takes on a new personality to ring in the holiday cheer. If you […]

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The tomten made their SIXTH holiday appearance today. The surprise annual event usually happens after the halls are officially decked, the tree is lit, the littles ones are asleep, and the smell of fresh cookies linger in the kitchen air. Each tomte takes on a new personality to ring in the holiday cheer.

If you are new to this annual blog post series, rediscover adventures from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In 2016, the tomten have been particularly brazen: they’ve made their first appearance around humans. Two have even voyaged to a new homestead (in progress). For the first time, a few brave little tomten befriended our littlest one, now almost 10 months. They’ve been inspired by recent Kern family activities, around the lake, across the pond (Germany), on the toilet, and at a tea party (with a very special table setting). We’ve had to say good-bye this year to a few special people in our family who we will always miss.

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

We are thankful to smile and welcome two new loved ones into the family. Enjoy the biggest post yet.003-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg001-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg002-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg020-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg021-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg017-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg004-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg014-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg007-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg008-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg010-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg009-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg011-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg005-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg015-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg016-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg012-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg019-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg022-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg023-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg024-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg027-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg028-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg029-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg031-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg032-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg036-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg034-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg033-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg037-2016-12-11-21-19.jpg

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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.

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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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