#PintofMusic // Minnesota Music Photography

I was recently invited by the Minnesota Orchestra - via Minnstameets - to attend a small, private mini concert inside of the Surly Brewery. It was like nothing I've ever experienced before, both musically and photographically. The musicians sounded amazing, even with the ambient noise of the active brewery. Visually, the brewery provided a very cool backdrop for the performance. Here are a few of my favorite images from the evening:

Festival de la Monarca // Minneapolis Event Photography

Every year, my family and I go to the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, a wonderful celebration of the connection between Minnesota and Mexico - the starting and ending points of the monarchs' yearly journey. And, yes, the butterflies are beautiful and the food tasty and the environmental conservation efforts valiant, but the real draw for me is always the Aztec dancers. This year, a new troupe had their festival debut and the result was no different than in past years: I was moved to tears. I'm not saying I got a little misty; I had to straight up stifle sobs. I have no idea why, year after year, I have such a powerful visceral reaction to this particular indigenous dance, but I do. And it's rather intoxicating.

This year, for the first time, I documented the performance. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Studio 1606 // Minneapolis Portrait and Event Photography

I was recently hired to photograph Cuban painter, Roger Toledo Bueno, at Studio 1660 - where he's been an artist in residence all summer. Studio 1660 is the brainchild of Zoe Kosieradsk, who first met Roger while studying abroad in Havana. I also shot photos at a backyard exhibit of Roger's work. 

I wrote about the project for Citinerary here and have included some of the photos from the article below. 

Second Annual #612_Instameet

A year ago, I came up with the crazy idea to organize an Instameet to celebrate Minneapolis and its creative residents. When I saw that the date in June (6/12) coincided with the city’s telephone area code (612), it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I say it was a crazy idea because I had never done anything remotely like it before and friends of mine not familiar with Instagram thought I was insane for getting together with a bunch of strangers from the internet. But anyone who understands the community-building power of this fascinating little app, knows that Instagram is as much about connecting with people as it is about photography.

What I dubbed the #612_Instameet was a huge success in its first year. KARE11 news even did a piece about it, officially putting our local Instagram community on the map. 

This year, the 2nd-Annual #612_Instameet - planned and promoted by our organization, @Minnstameets - was even bigger and better than the first. 

The crowd gathers at the start of the meet

The crowd gathers at the start of the meet

View from the Stone Arch Bridge

View from the Stone Arch Bridge

Sunset from the bridge

Sunset from the bridge

Group shot taken by Pranam Gurung  @gurungp_ )

Group shot taken by Pranam Gurung @gurungp_)


As a Nordeaster, I absolutely love Art-A-Whirl weekend in my neighborhood. But the festivities have evolved over time and not everyone here loves it as much as I do. On Citinerary this week, I take a look at how it's changed:

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the weekend-long, open-studio art crawl in Minneapolis has become as much about live music and good beer as it is about art. In 600 words or fewer, I explore whether that’s actually a bad thing…