"For a project centered on the theme of
'health.'" Chad Olson, art director; Cheryl
Watson, creative director; Graphiculture,
Personal work. "I was driving to a location
in Western Wisconsin when I saw this barn.
After the shoot, my assistant and I drove
back and got this shot."
"We needed to get some very specific shots
of bulldogs for this project. Afterwards
I rolled around on the ground with these guys
and took a few fun shots."Colle+McVoy,
ad agency; Purina, client.
"I was on assignment on the roof of a
30-story building, shooting the Minneapolis
skyline when I shot this." Greenspring Media
Group/Minnesota Office of Tourism, clients
Personal work. "This was taken in the Florida Keys."
"This was shot on assignment in North
Dakota. The cowboy is one of two brothers
who run a cattle ranch with their mother."
Brian Johnson, art director; Minnesota
Monthly magazine, client
Personal work. "This was shot in the West
Duration: Just over three years.
Staff: Me and a talented pool of
freelance assistants and producers.
Education: BFA from the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design, and about
four years assisting many exceptional
Cultural Influences: Chris Buck, Richard
Misrach, Dan Winters, Chase Charvis,
Alec Soth, Andy Goldsworthy, David
Fincher, Ayn Rand, Paul Westerberg,
Steve Jobs, Chuck Palahniuk, Damien
Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Laird
Hamilton, good design, great movies.
Environment: I am based out of a great
corner studio in the warehouse district
of Minneapolis. Most of my work is on
location wherever the job takes me.
Philosophy: Keep it simple, be prepared
and work hard. Commercial photography
is a collaborative process and you
need to be open to ideas wherever they
may come from. Along with listening to
other people involved in the shoot,
I always try to remind myself to step
back and look for my own vision. When
I think it’s covered, I always try and push
it a little further.