Last year today was the opening celebration of the brand new Mankato Clinic Children's Health Center. 50 photos featuring Minnesota kids doing Minnesotan activities in all four seasons lined the exam room hallways- a project I had been working on for a year prior. In the image below I am standing at the beginning of the "Fall" hallway with my little model from the photo on the wall behind us. This image is special because it was one of the first photoshoots out of hundreds I did for the project. After I took the photo I knew instantly it would land a spot in the clinic. Little did I know it would be as big as the wall!
A wild and crazy shoot I did a few weeks ago in time for the October issue of Chevy Chaser, Southsider and Business Lexington Magazines. It was so fun to do a shoot with such an animated crew who were all so excited to be there.. and there were so many of them, too! We knew we needed a group shot so Greg had put out an email asking his actors to come for the shoot hoping at least 15 would show. Well 15 showed.. +45ish. We attempted a massive group photo but it was a bit busy to say the least. I asked Greg to narrow it down.. Ta Da! Beautiful compromise. BUT, with so many awesome characters left unrecognized, I felt unsatisfied. I decided to take individual shots of some of those who didn't make the group photo to make up for it. To my delight (and this makes every photographer happy) so many photos made it in the article. In a perfect world this would always be the case- but oftentimes ads rule the universe or the amount of available space was simply underestimated. I was thrilled to see how the photos were utilized in the layout and how much space was allotted to the story.
"Four years in the making, Lexington Community Radio’s WLXL 95.7 FM is set to debut on local airwaves this month" - and I was able to document the finishing touches. I often think about just that- how magazines highlight the doings of others just as they are about to be done. As a photographer, it is so wild to show up and photograph something that had previously required so much ground work to make possible. In this case, the finishing touches included paintbrushes. I felt lucky to document the process of talented painter John Lackey, the mural artist for the exterior walls of the sound booths. I made three visits to the station, though the job could have been done in one. It was so exciting- I wanted to see more- and I wanted you to see more, too.
"Come to Alaska", he said. My brother has always been good with his words.
Lyndy Franklin Smith & Jeromy Smith of The Lexington Theatre CompanyRead More