Posted on August 7, 2016 by

Oregon Wine Country

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a friend’s birthday trip to Oregon Wine Country. It was a weekend full of wine, games, and amazing food. Here are a few shots from the trip.

A Little Hike

My Favorite Vineyard

Soter Vineyards was by far the nicest and most beautiful vineyard we went to. They also had good wine but… the atmosphere and view was the best part. They even had a small produce truck outside, which I am pretty sure was just for photos because everything was just a big Instagram waiting to happen.

Wine Tasting at Various Places (Yes, that is a giant pig.)

Posted on February 22, 2016 by

The Art & Craft of Everyday Objects

A trifecta of moments happened in the last week to trigger this post.

  1. I backed up 350 gigs of photos from the last 12 years to the cloud. So, of course I started to relieve the memories as I sorted through all of the old pictures.
  2. Once in a while people ask me for prints of my photos. I am happy to oblige because I get inspired looking through old travel photos and it’s a wonderful compliment to have your work hang in someone’s home.
  3. This morning I fell down a crazy YouTube rabbit hole… I watched about 3 hours of video of a guy who does woodworking. He spends just as much time making the wood items as he does making awesome videos of it. This one was my favorite.

So, while I was stumbling through some old photos from last summer I found this collection of photos I shot while in Duluth on a solo day trip. I was doing a tour of the Glensheen Mansion and noticed all of the awesome chairs around the house and due to the great light that day… it made for some fun photos.

In today’s Ikea world, chairs probably take minutes to build. After watching the woodworking videos and seeing these photos of intricate chairs from the early 1900s, I can’t help but thinks of the hundreds of hours craftsman spent creating the furniture inside Glensheen.

Posted on November 22, 2015 by

Revelations – Arthur’s 2015 Poem

I’ve been typing all morning, with fresh brewed coffee by my side. It’s organic, it’s fair trade, it’s like sipping ideas with pride.   The keys clack and the steam rolls, my words, my beans, my stories unfold. An authentic life I have come to live, for the city li read more

Posted on October 12, 2015 by

North to Leaves & Water – Duluth, Minnesota

Day trips are the best. I didn’t take any big trips this summer but it was full of amazing weekend trips with friends. Sunday was another fun trip north to Duluth, Minnesota. My good friend Kari and I decided a couple of weeks ago to make the trip and based on color reports, fall was in full effect this weekend.

We made three stops and I took hundreds of photos. Here are some of my favorites.

Enger Tower

Chester Park

Jay Cooke State Park

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

Something New Fueled on Coffee

So, yeah… I have some news.

I’ve made some serious changes in the last few weeks and they’re incredibly exciting.

Currently, I’m in the process of starting my own company. (Name to be revealed at a later date.)

Many of you are currently saying… well, that’s not surprising. It was more a question of “when” not “if.”

Now you probably have a few questions. Let’s clear those up.

1. I left a great job with amazing people and built things I am very proud of. (Thank you Periscope for an amazing 11 months. I learned so much and cannot speak more highly of the people there.)

2. I’m staying in Minneapolis for the foreseeable future. This city has so quickly felt like home. It was certainly the right move at the right time.

3. My new company is focused on digital strategy and the intersection of websites, social media and photography. This is a slight pivot for my career but a place I feel right at home in.

4. I promise to not burden you with updates. I also promise this is not a pyramid scheme where I am going to try to get 10 of you to join me. This is a legitimate business, already working with real businesses and trying to make a difference.

5. I am not starting from zero. I have worked with a few amazing small companies for the last six months. It’s their support that has shown me there is a real need for the knowledge and skills I have.

So… This is just the beginning.

If you own a small business with a website/social media and want to chat… let me know! I am more than happy to talk about problems / solutions / goals / dreams / questions. Who knows, maybe we would make a good fit or maybe we should just catch up. My number hasn’t changed in 10 years so call me. Feel free to Facebook me. Or click here to send me a note.

More to come at a later date. For now, I am going to drink the coffee you see at the top of this page. (It’s so delicious.) I have to get back to work now, I have so many things I want to do and my boss can be a real hard ass.

I have so many ideas and strategies I want to try.
I have so many mistakes waiting to be made.
I can’t wait.

 

Posted on July 19, 2015 by

Car Shows and Details

I went to my first car show today. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into but was blown away by the thousands of cars lining the streets of the Minnesota State Fair grounds for the MN Street Machine Nationals.

I’ll be honest… it wasn’t just for fun. It was actually there for work with two friends, who also happen to be coworkers. We were doing research on car paint and the culture around custom cars.

Never have I seen so many souped up, decked out, custom, hot rod, classic, retro, rat rod, new, old cars in my life. These car enthusiasts care about the details and it really shows.

Posted on July 11, 2015 by

A White Room & A Photoshoot

My Instagram feed has become a labor of love. The more and more time I invest into picking the right images and editing them, the more I enjoy it. Plus, I find that more and more people enjoy it.

This morning I had a comment from @mitchhplease and after a bit of convo back and forth we met up at a local coffee shop. His friend @stevenpriolo and @itsjustcojo met us for a trip to the “White Room.” It was an awesome space that just had to be photographed. They were more than happy to let me photograph them. Here’s the results.

@itsjustcojo

@stevenpriolo

@mitchhplease

Posted on June 11, 2015 by

A New Favorite Photo: The Mill City Museum

Every once in a while I take a photo that I just love. This photo of the Mill City Museum is one of them.

I was on a lunch-time walk with my friend Courtney and we wandered into the courtyard of the museum. The reflection of the sky on the modern glass windows mixed with the old stone structure to make a really great picture.

(Now I just need to actually go to the museum.)

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