“One of my favorite images from a Coke Light campaign shot in Berlin Germany.” Tim Stuebane, creative director; Ogilvy & Mather Berlin, ad agency; Coca-Cola, client.
“This image is from a unique project shot for T-Mobile that explored the lives of real customers.” Toni Smith, creative director; happylucky, inc., ad agency; T-Mobile, client.
“Kids in Marfa, Texas. Shot for the Levi’s Go Forth campaign.” Michael Showell, art director; David Hartt, creative director; Razorfish/Wieden+Kennedy, ad agencies; Levi's, client.
“Personal work shot at an impromptu rap battle/BBQ at Mauerpark in Berlin, Germany.”
“Personal work from a photo essay about the high school girls' rugby league in Portland, Oregon.”
“Personal work from a series shot at the 2013 Sasquatch music festival.”
“This image was shot for the Levi’s Go Forth campaign at a diner in Oklahoma during a 30-day road trip across America.” Michael Showell, art director; David Hartt, creative director; Razorfish/Wieden+Kennedy, ad agencies; Levi's, client.
“This image is from a series of projects that I’ve done with the Nike Global division.” Denise Otani/Chris Willis, art directors; NIke, client.
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Duration: I’ve been shooting full time for about five years.
Staff: I push the button on the camera, and I have an amazing team of freelancers that I work with to help me make my vision and the client’s vision come to life.
Education: I paid my dues by working on set as a photo assistant for over ten years. It was the best education I could ever have asked for.
Cultural influences: I love quirky, real people caught in genuine moments.
Artistic influences: I draw a lot from real life. I’m especially intrigued by amateur photography and images that leave room for imperfection and interpretation.
Big break: Shooting for Levi’s on a 30-day road trip across the United States.
Work environment: On set, I like to keep things loose and make room for things to happen organically. I light in a very general way so that I have the flexibility to shoot from different angles and try new ideas. My goal is always to make things look natural and authentic, even when everything going on behind the scenes is super-produced and controlled.
Technique: Good light and simplicity.
Philosophy: Keep moving forward.