Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Denver Engagement Photographer {Mana & Mani} http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/denver-engagement-photographer-mana-mani/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/denver-engagement-photographer-mana-mani/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:01:26 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17946 On this Denver engagement photographer shoot we proved the best valuable antiques, are in fact, dear friends. Who can’t resist a couple that meets in a Denver art gallery? They grew up outside Tehran, Iran, a similar weather and climate as Denver. Yet never new it until after they met. Good art has hidden value, […]

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On this Denver engagement photographer shoot we proved the best valuable antiques, are in fact, dear friends.

Who can’t resist a couple that meets in a Denver art gallery?

They grew up outside Tehran, Iran, a similar weather and climate as Denver. Yet never new it until after they met.

Good art has hidden value, I’d say. You travel the world to find your backyard, they show.

I adore this couple, their panache for the meticulous, the creative, the colorful. When we attempted the narrow down the cuisine of choice for the evening, we narrowed it down to about about a half dozen possibilities and then ended on the local sentimental favorite, Root Down. After a good meal and drinks, we realized love is what you make it. We work hard, yet like to celebrate occasions that resonate deep within… wedding plans, veggie burger sliders, over an epic Beet Down cocktail (so, so good).

Yes, while I live in Minneapolis, I have fond memories for these stomping grounds… willing to return with a creative spirit and zest for life, like these two share so well!

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In this Denver art gallery, Mana & Mani met for the first time. Their Denver engagement session would be photographed with the high-altitude sentiment Colorado offers.
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Walking around the Santa Fe arts district provided a creative photography playground for our engagement session in Denver. Flora, art, and lots of color! Yes, please!
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Equipment used: PhaseOne 645 DF Camera with PhaseOne IQ 260 Medium Format Digital Back w/ 80 mm leaf shutter f/2.8 Schneider Kreuznach lens // Nikon D-700 w/ 85mm f/1.4 D AF and 24mm AF-S f/1.4 G ED.

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Pastures of Plenty Wedding Album Design http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/pastures-of-plenty-wedding-album-design/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/pastures-of-plenty-wedding-album-design/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:53:55 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17925 Yippee for this Pastures of Plenty wedding photography soon to be showcased in the finest form of a printed wedding album from Italy. Blue ribbon for Lauren and Matt! They were ON IT!!!… tying the knot on August 15… 10 days later their album design heads to production! That beats the current record holder by […]

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Yippee for this Pastures of Plenty wedding photography soon to be showcased in the finest form of a printed wedding album from Italy.

Blue ribbon for Lauren and Matt!

They were ON IT!!!… tying the knot on August 15… 10 days later their album design heads to production! That beats the current record holder by 8 days! This means they will enjoy their images in printed form sooner than later (and they get their digital images, earlier, too!).

We had a lovely backyard skype session last night, complete with cricket chirps that would make Jeff Bridges blush. In less than the time it takes to watch True Grit (of of my favorite movies), we created true wedding grit.

Their album features 110-pages with metallic paper using a horizontal fold to capture the panoramic glory of their double rainbow image, properly fashioned with a 2.75:1. For movie buffs, that’s an ultrawide aspect ratio used on a few films in the 1950s using Anamorphic projection lenses. And that just so happens THE movie I anticipate this holiday season, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, will feature the same visual perspective. Big fan.

Take a peek at a few of their album design spreads:
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Chronicles of a Typical Newborn Shoot http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/the-chronicles-of-a-newborn-shoot/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/the-chronicles-of-a-newborn-shoot/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:16:30 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17888 Normally, one might title this newborn photographer in Boulder session as “Ayla at 2 weeks.” This one is special. I’ve known Ryan and Temple since from official beginning and casual beginning. This post will uncover the joys and trials of being a newborn / parent photographer…. showcasing the meritorious service badge we wear with honor (not […]

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Normally, one might title this newborn photographer in Boulder session as “Ayla at 2 weeks.” This one is special.

I’ve known Ryan and Temple since from official beginning and casual beginning. This post will uncover the joys and trials of being a newborn / parent photographer…. showcasing the meritorious service badge we wear with honor (not often documented).

I rarely post these types of images. 1) Newborns are very different to photograph 2) Newborns are very different to photograph, thanks in part to Anne Gheddes.

Not everyone has model perfectly-behaving babies, perfect light, and studio assistants to waft the perfect puff of air to raise the hair over the left ear.

Yes, stuff like that happens.

For Love or Money?

Let’s rewind.

I work for two reasons: 1) paycheck 2) feed my soul.

When I’ve been apart of my lives of friends for a decade, well, the money portion goes out the window. Especially with Ryan and Temple.

When I shoot for free (which is rare), I follow my heart and my photographer soul lifts to new levels, I feel. Perhaps, I garner extra notches in my creative toolkit.

On this newborn photography shoot of Ayla, I wanted to showcase material this Bono might call b-roll.

B-roll, as they call it in the broadcast TV, would be the visuals that might cut away after the primary focus. Secondary moments are what people really want. They just don’t know it.

Real, Raw, Relatable.

I call it the 3 R’s.

Life, ain’t always pretty. We must learn to roll with it. If we fight it, like a ocean wave rolling over us, we will get pummeled. When approached with finesse and experience, we glide.

When we approach a tense situation with humor, stress becomes diffused. We laugh. Life becomes funny, without hindsight.

Remember the time the baby sucked your nose, vomited milk, then diarrhea diapers were changed in the doorstep of a home?

That rocked!

But did you get a shot of that??? Most would say: “Put. the. camera. DOWN, HONEY!”

Safe shots are great. They establish cuteness. Fancy lighting add highlights.
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***In the end, we don’t want to live with a childhood photo book of tightly curated photos of perfect.***

Raw moments matter.

All moments in life are real. “”Beautiful moments in time,” just isn’t my thing. However, I know this image will become priceless to the baby in about two decades.

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What first-time parents know, most photographers wouldn’t create:
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Dad tears up (He tears up at Lord of the Rings movies, too). Great Hair in Action. See the textured brown hair similarity???
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Never forget how small these little creatures are, which is why I recommend to bring along something sentimental and an item that can showcase scale. Photographing them in the first few months allows us later to see the growth (which we often don’t see as parents, like watching our weeds grow). To the right, yes, the baby change can happen anywhere! Most photographers wouldn’t take this picture.
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Seriously, folks, this is where the truth doesn’t lie: getting a newborn to play peek-a-boo. No Photoshop.
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We’ve all seen half-naked Dads holding a baby…. what about a half-naked model dad getting the full treatment?

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Most photographers wouldn’t take this picture. I love it. The lips. The contrast in human strength, met with contrast in light. Real, raw, relatable? Right?
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Yes, this type of image is great. It showcases the family in the now, which is important. And these are great people. But I know you  laughed out-loud at a few more times in the above images… that is what I wish to convey!
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These two lovebirds made one beautiful prom date for our son!
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Praise from  Mom:
Oh my sweet goodness!!!! RJ, you truly captured Ayla’s looks, personality and emotions along with our endless, crazy love for her. Who knew 6 lbs and 3oz could make my heart come alive outside of my chest and my love for Ryan increase tenfold. Thank you for taking our new life to heart and using your talents to put it in pictures we will cherish forever!

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The Epic Boulder Farm Wedding of 2015 http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/the-epic-boulder-farm-wedding-of-2015/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/the-epic-boulder-farm-wedding-of-2015/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:00:49 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17861 This Pastures of Plenty farm wedding in Boulder, Colorado served a double rainbow to celebrate Lauren & Matt’s farm wedding. “Living in the moment” has taken me 15 years to figure out. I thought I figured it out in college. Yet, my wedding formula now influenced by my pregnant wife, constitutes a whole new meaning. […]

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This Pastures of Plenty farm wedding in Boulder, Colorado served a double rainbow to celebrate Lauren & Matt’s farm wedding.

“Living in the moment” has taken me 15 years to figure out. I thought I figured it out in college.

Yet, my wedding formula now influenced by my pregnant wife, constitutes a whole new meaning. Which includes humor like:

Recipe 1. Robust, Foundational Planning Met with Vision, Purpose, and Solid Intent and Expense. At least a year in advance needed, perhaps advanced degree. Lots of patience. With vivacious drinks, organic food, live music. Check.

Recipe 2. Spur of Moment Toss-Ins. To include: “Bonfires, Hell Yeah!”, “A Second Photographer Would Rock” and “Why Not Decorate with Dozen Teddy Bears?” Emotional toasts, and plenty of DIY decor, too. Check.

Recipe 3. Fun Extras, to Celebrate El Niño. Like Flat Tire on Wedding Bus For Wedding Guests + Thunderstorm with Double Rainbows + The Year of The Yang + Kale. Garnish with fun, fresh, and real. Check.

Got all three?

You have the precise ingredients for the epic wedding I photographed last weekend in Boulder, Colorado with my second shooter friend Matt Steaffens. Epic beyond reward. With many fond memories, garnished with sense of humor, The Epic Boulder Farm Wedding begins.wpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_002-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_003-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_004-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_005-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_006-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_007-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_008-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_009-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_010-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_011-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_012-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_013-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_014-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_015-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_016-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_017-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_018-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_019-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_020-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_021-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_022-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_023-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_024-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_025-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_026-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_027-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_028-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_029-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_030-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_032-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_033-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_034-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_035-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_036-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_037-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_038-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_039-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_040-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_041-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_042-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_043-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_044-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_045-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_046-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_047-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_048-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_049-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_050-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_051-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_052-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_053-2015-08-20-21-00.jpgwpid-pasture_of_plenty_boulder_farm_wedding_photos_054-2015-08-20-21-00.jpg
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Ceremony & Reception: Pastures of Plenty
Music: Ky Burt
Officiant: Fake Uncle John (Caruolu) from Jersey
Catering: Lyle, Owner of Farm

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v2 http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/v2/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/08/v2/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:30:34 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17757 Once upon a time, I dreamt about a place I could photograph simplicity. Less, being more. Perhaps, I’d find myself shooting in daylight studio in NYC with medium format. Or Seattle. Better yet, our garage. More importantly,  freshly-painted walls would bear witness to life unfold,  naturally. What would those walls speak? “Hey, Ma. I got this.” “Hammy for […]

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Once upon a time, I dreamt about a place I could photograph simplicity.

Less, being more.

Perhaps, I’d find myself shooting in daylight studio in NYC with medium format. Or Seattle. Better yet, our garage.

More importantly,  freshly-painted walls would bear witness to life unfold,  naturally.

What would those walls speak?

“Hey, Ma. I got this.”
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“Hammy for the cammy.” (hair and stylist, not needed)
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“Thanks, Ma, you got my back.” (as always)
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“Dadadadadada…..I do like my photographer.” (Dada?)
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POOF! Life happens when we least expect! (God sure has a sense of humor!)
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Stay tuned, February 2016!

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