Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:51:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Larchmont Yacht Club Wedding Photos & Album http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/08/larchmont-yacht-club-wedding-photos-album/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/08/larchmont-yacht-club-wedding-photos-album/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:53:05 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19114 Sara & Cosmin’s wedding album shipped today, less than TWO MONTHS from their wedding date. Their photography from their wedding celebration at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York is showcased large-scale! Their 16” x 20” wedding album wrapped in leather is inspired by the colors of the tennis court where they met. How sentimental! […]

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Sara & Cosmin’s wedding album shipped today, less than TWO MONTHS from their wedding date. Their photography from their wedding celebration at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York is showcased large-scale! Their 16” x 20” wedding album wrapped in leather is inspired by the colors of the tennis court where they met. How sentimental! Oh, 1 Woodbine Ave, how we love you so!

When you shoot medium format, there is a timeless quality I’ve come expect. And this album delivers: Gorgeous color, crisp details, natural skin tones paired with an elegant design makes this a coffee-table page turner. Other elegant touches: silver-foil embossing, linen cloth interior pages, and a few other little surprises I trust Sara and Cosmin will enjoy when they open their special package! Enjoy the sneak peek:

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Even Willy stopped by check it out!
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Looking for a creative wedding photographer in Larchmont, NY (and beyond) to shoot your wedding? Contact me for availability!

Other completed wedding photos from Larchmont I’m proud to share:

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Featured on PBS {Artist Day Jobs} http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/08/featured-on-pbs-artist-day-jobs/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/08/featured-on-pbs-artist-day-jobs/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:02:05 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19094 This MN Transplant is now an MN Original! I’m proud to live in Minnesota; is one great state to live as a working artist, too! Let me count the reasons: The art community features opportunities many states would dream for including world-class The Walker, MIA, Guthrie Theater, and the Weisman Art Museum; local art events […]

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This MN Transplant is now an MN Original! I’m proud to live in Minnesota; is one great state to live as a working artist, too!

Let me count the reasons: The art community features opportunities many states would dream for including world-class The Walker, MIA, Guthrie Theater, and the Weisman Art Museum; local art events like Art-A-Whirl, Edina Art Fair, and the Uptown Art Fair. MnArtists.org is THE panorama in the arts community. The MN State Fair features friendly arts competition. Local galleries like Gallery 360 in my neighborhood allows for artists and neighbors to connect… I’ve met new art friends like Stuart Klipper, Luke Erickson, and Louise Harris just in the neighborhood! And of course, Minnesota is such a great place to be an artist when funding opportunities help make things happen… especially like the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

Need one more reason to love the MN art scene?

How about shows like Artist Day Jobs as part of MN Original on Twin Cities PBS that you can stream for free!

Pinch me! I’m honored to be featured in Season 2, Episode 1:

Go create something today!!!

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Photo and Graphic by Maria Bartholdi at Rewire / TPT – Twin Cities PBS

Because prints matter more than pixels, here are the first batch of prints from my project, The Unchosen Ones:
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The support of this project made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Special thanks to Scott Stebner for helping me understand the agricultural photo world, Matt Steaffens for his patient listening ear, Stuart Klipper and Kathleen Richert for their trusted guidance, Penn Barnes for the additional footage, and my wife and family for their loving support.MSAB-grant-info-2016-08-8-13-02.jpg

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Celebrating 10 Years! http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/07/celebrating-10-years/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/07/celebrating-10-years/#respond Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:26:55 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19077 Looking back at the last ten years of business has been great. I’m making money doing something I really like, I get to travel, I work with people, and when the pressure is on, I get my work done then it is over and I can go home and hug my wife and kids and […]

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Looking back at the last ten years of business has been great. I’m making money doing something I really like, I get to travel, I work with people, and when the pressure is on, I get my work done then it is over and I can go home and hug my wife and kids and let my dog lick my face.

I feel thankful and fortunate all these years to have created my own luck. Through hard work. And determination. Lots of sharing to my competition. Some self therapy, too. As I mature as a husband, a father of two, a business-owner, and artist, I honor milestones with the respect. Our time is measured.

As a business owner and the face of the person of my brand, I must face my people. My loyalists and readers. My clients who trust me. My small, but valued collectors of my work.

While I celebrate 10 years in business, I look forward to another 10 years AT LEAST!celebrating-2016-07-30-19-26.jpg
My first camera, a Honeywell Pentax 35mm DSLR, contrasts my current setup, as PhaseOne 645 XF camera system with IQ 260 medium format digital back. BOTH incredible creative tools.

Don’t 96% of businesses fail in 10 years?

So they say.

After starting my photography business in 2006, I remember hearing 96% of businesses fail in 10 years. That really shook me up. How could a business person invest so much into their destiny for it to fail? Was the American Dream a lie? Would I be a success or failure?

I asked myself these questions, revisiting them year after year. Was my business actually growing? That’s a no brainer: I could see that metric in my tax returns each year. Was I growing as a photographer? Without doubt, I see the quality of my work progressively improves through the years of experience, workshops, contest wins and losses, peer critiques, and lots of introspection.

Was my creativity growing? Was I growing to be self-aware and self-critical of my place in the world as a creative? Would my work be taken seriously by clients, collectors, jurors, or (gasp) museums??? There is no litmus test for this measure. Yet I see my creative grass needing a sharp blade of mowing. I’ve got no time to waste. A dear family member committed died recently. Everything draws sharper when priorities become ever clear. I digress.

What’s the secret?

No secret.

Just this: “A change in routine is as refreshing as a break.” — English proverb

Top-notch customer service, the constant learning through continuing education, and the pursuit of personal projects affords the freedom to grow as a creative.

Speaking of personal work, the next few months is a boom! Big stuff currently exhibited in juried, fine-art photography exhibitions:

  • The FENCE: A Public Photography Exhibition Series juried by panel of 44, United Photo Industries (Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe), 2016
  • PhotoMidwest 2016 Juried Exhibition, juried by Larry Fink, The Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI), Sept 9 – Dec 5, 2016
  • National Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition, juried by Susie Morrill, David Turner, and Ron Jude, Emerald Art Center (Springfield, OR), Sept 6 – 30, 2016
  • Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre, juried by Eve Biddle, Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), July 23 – Sept 3, 2016. Received Juror’s Award.
  • Tripping the Light Fantastic: Excellence in Photography, juried by Rowland Scherman, Cotuit Center for the Arts (Cotuit, MA), July 23 – August 28, 2016
  • A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, juried by Mitra Abbaspour, Site: Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), July 15 – August 12, 2016
  • 22nd Juried Show via Instagram (#22juriedshow), juried by Paula Tognarelli and Iaritza Menjivar, Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), 2016

Lots of big names I’m honored to have my work juried by… humble, bow.

In today’s mail shows up this check for a juror’s award by Rowland Scherman for personal work (“Hazel”) shown at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. What celebratory goodness!

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Cheers to another 10 years!

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10 Tips to Make Your Honeymoon / Buddymoon Memories Last http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/07/10-tips-to-make-your-honeymoon-memories-last/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/07/10-tips-to-make-your-honeymoon-memories-last/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:52:23 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19059 If you’ve seen the movie Buddymoon, you know the importance of a pal. In this blog post, I share my top ten photography tips to make your honeymoon memories last. Think of me as your Photo Flula: I’m here to help! You and your spouse have spent the last few months (maybe even years!) planning one […]

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If you’ve seen the movie Buddymoon, you know the importance of a pal. In this blog post, I share my top ten photography tips to make your honeymoon memories last. Think of me as your Photo Flula: I’m here to help!

You and your spouse have spent the last few months (maybe even years!) planning one of the most important (if not THE most important) days of your life. You spent hours searching for and selecting the perfect ring to place on her finger. You agonized over your very own wedding cocktail recipe. You browsed thousands of magazines and websites to find the perfect set of wedding vendors. Now that your big day has passed don’t give up on the details just yet.

Your honeymoon photos depend on it.

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This is the vacation of a lifetime, and while you won’t have me with you to capture all of its amazing-ness, you do have these tips from me (and a few images from our honeymoon).

1. Back Up Everything You Shoot. Absolutely everything, no matter what. Even if you think to yourself, “Oh, we’re just taking a quick ferry over to the other island, I don’t need to back up the photos from snorkeling this morning.” Yes, you do. These are once-in-a-lifetime shots. Don’t let lost or damaged equipment ruin them!

2. Think First, Shoot Second. Before you start snapping away, consider what you’re focusing on. How are you going to compose the shot? What are you framing? Where’s the light coming from? Can you adjust your shooting angle? Should you use your flash to fill harsh shadows cast by the sun?
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3. Take Advantage of the Golden Hours. At sunrise and sunset, the light is soft and flattering.

4. Consider Perspective. Are you above your subject, making it appear small in relation to its surroundings? Are you crouched low, giving it an imposing height over its surroundings? The answers to those two questions depend on the story you’re trying to tell through your lens.
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5. Photoshop Only Goes So Far. It’s always small, subtle things that are slightly out of place that turn into glaring blemishes on a final image. There’s only so much post-production and Photoshop you can do, so be aware of what is in the shot, and what shouldn’t be.

6. Establish Dominance Over Your Camera. You are the alpha dog, not your camera. Learn to master this tool. Read the camera’s manual – it’s the best way to get to know your equipment.
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7. Shoot in Manual. Work toward understanding how all of the settings work together, and shoot manually whenever possible. The more consistently you practice setting up shots with manual controls, the more proficient you’ll be when it comes time to snag the perfect photo.

8. Buy Books and Read Blogs. Don’t buy more equipment because you think it will make you a better photographer. Buy and read books and blogs that will help you learn to BE a better photographer. Or just speak with your wedding photographer for tips (Next six images by James Christianson, a wonderful mentor for me).
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9. No Tripod? Improvise! Selfies aren’t just for smartphones. Learn how to set up timed and long-exposure photographs and ask the wait staff and friendly-looking passersby to help you out, too. At Mama’s Fish House on Maui, the friendly staff took this image:

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10. Print Your Work. The worst thing in the world, from a photographer’s perspective (if you’ll pardon the pun), is leaving your photographs on a flash drive or disk that gets lost or forgotten. Photographs used to be rare and precious, but digital photography has allowed us the luxury of taking unlimited photos. Now, we take them for granted when we post them to Instagram or Facebook and fail to have them printed out for display.

Take that extra step and preserve your best memories by having them professionally printed on archival quality paper in a variety of sizes. No need to stick to 5×7 or 4×6 prints, when you can have them in every shape and size – or even printed on canvas!
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Bonus Tip! Here’s What to Get Your Spouse for Your First Anniversary. A special photograph on canvas or in a larger format print surrounded by a gorgeous frame makes for a truly beautiful gift. Such thought shows your spouse that you cherish the memories and want to continue knitting together the fabric of your relationship. Build a wall of memories starting from your engagement session through the honeymoon and beyond.

For extra credit, bring along a Super 8 camera!

Krista & Rj’s Honeymoon – Maui, Hawaii – Super 8mm Film from Kevin Von Qualen on Vimeo.

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Larchmont Yacht Club Wedding {Sara & Cosmin} http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/06/larchmont-yacht-club-wedding-sara-cosmin/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2016/06/larchmont-yacht-club-wedding-sara-cosmin/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:42:12 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19036 Ahhh, a wedding at Larchmont Yacht Club makes for warm memories in my heart. Which is why I am always excited to return! What I love about Sara: She works in fashion, Dresses her cat MiuMiu for Halloween, chronicles #themiuproject adventures, loves Romanian food, and is particularly excited about her 16” x 20” wedding album. […]

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Ahhh, a wedding at Larchmont Yacht Club makes for warm memories in my heart. Which is why I am always excited to return!

What I love about Sara: She works in fashion, Dresses her cat MiuMiu for Halloween, chronicles #themiuproject adventures, loves Romanian food, and is particularly excited about her 16” x 20” wedding album.

What I love about Cosmin: he rides a silver Vespa, flies on a trapeze, grew up in Romania, and wedding cake really excites him. During the rehearsal dinner, while introducing me to his friends, he commented on how much he enjoyed my images from a Burning Man wedding. And to relax before the big day, he went sailing with his guys (and brought us along, too). Bonus!

Sara looked stunning in her gorgeous Reem Acra gown & Cosmin was looked equally sharp in his classic black bow tie. “Anthropology meets Downton Abbey” served up inspiration paired with the backdrop at Larchmont Yacht Club, NY. We explored the tennis court where they met (I love sentimental places like that!) and topped off the evening with a sparkler sendoff. I’m really in love with their set of images and can’t wait to share the final album!

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Sara & Cosmin, thank you for inviting me as part of your wedding day! I hope you enjoy your honeymoon together, perhaps Cosmin let her win a game or two of tennis 🙂

VIEW SLIDESHOW HERE

Special thanks to my friend, Matt Steaffens, for serving as a second photographer at this wedding!

Ceremony : Larchmont Avenue Church
Reception : Larchmont Yacht Club
Coordination : John Wall
Florals : Stephanie Piccone
Hair & Make-up : Beauty by Daniela and Jackie K Styles

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