Photography

Photography has been a passion of mine for quite some time. When I was younger, my summer babysitter was enrolled in a photography class at our local high school. She would take my younger sister and I all around the St. Paul and Minneapolis area for mini photo shoots. She would then bring us to a local vocational school and we would watch her edit the photos in the Mac Lab or develop her film in the dark rooms. This was the first time I was exposed (no pun intended) to the different avenues the art of photography has. From that moment I was determined to take those same photography classes when old enough to.

When my junior year of high school rolled around and I was able to enroll into Photography 1, I was practically on could nine. I had waited for this opportunity for several years and now the moment had finally come. As I sat down in my desk on the first day of class, I began to listen to John Raasch, my instructor, along with his assistant, Paul Lidstone, discuss what projects I will be completing during that semester. This thing that caught my attention was that we were going to learn how to shoot with film cameras, roll the film, and develop it in a dark room. I was ecstatic for this opportunity as film photography is considered a lost art and I wanted to bring it back. My former babysitter knew how excited I was for this class and graciously gifted me her old film camera, that she used for this photography class, so that I could have the best experience possible.

Through my junior and senior year of high school, I continued to take photography classes under John Raasch. In these classes I was able to learn how to take action pictures, portraits with digital and film cameras, as well as landscape, and product photography. I took these skills and applied them to my school work as my senior year of high school I was the head photographer for my school yearbook.

As my high school years dwindled down, my time for taking pictures dwindled as well. I was captivated in the world of graduating high school and moving away to college that I forgot about what truly made my happy-taking pictures. Since arriving to college at Drake University, I unfortunately haven’t had the same time to take pictures as I did in high school. However, I try to spend as much time possible when I am back home in Minnesota to take pictures. My favorite place to shoot is at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minnesota. There I am able to walk through their famous rose gardens and on their three mile walk to explore various trees, bushes, and other various plants.

My goal is to pick up this hobby again after I graduate college and rediscover my love for it. I invite you know to take a look at a small portfolio I’ve compiled for your viewing. These pictures range from when I first started taking photography classes all the way through less than a year ago. I hope it shows you my versatility as a photographer as I can shoot portrait, action, and landscape. Enjoy!

Portrait

Model: Natalie Paynter. Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Model: Natalie Paynter. Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Model: Natalie Paynter. Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sports

Player: Erin O’Keefe. Location: Burnsville High School Softball Complex

Player: Erin O’Keefe. Location: Burnsville High School Softball Complex

Player: Bridget Armstrong. Location: Burnsville High School Softball Complex

Player: Emily Kaufmann. Location: Burnsville High School Softball Complex

Landscape

Location: Duluth, Minnesota

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Location: San Francisco, California