I am a Minneapolis-based photographer specializing in weddings and portraiture. I love photographing moments of real people doing real things. I also like to photograph anything that has to do with the things I love in life–running & swimming, organic gardening & cooking, knitting, fashion, vintage modern design, my cat Wilson and my dog Sasha Pug. Thanks for visiting! (Photo by mk smith)
Jennifer Simonson Photography
PO Box 80504
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Food photographyCheck out my food photography blog where I chronicled the contents of my weekly CSA box from the Women's Environmental Institute during the 2011 growing season.
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In just a few short hours I’ll be on my way to France for two weeks. (Needless to say, I’m so excited!) After a week of sightseeing in Paris with my mom, I’ll travel to the countryside for a food styling and photography workshop with talented author and photographer Aran Goyoaga. You can see her beautiful photography on her blog, Cannelle et Vanille. For me, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about food photography, my new found passion.
Our small workshop group, eight participants from around the world, will be staying in the Dordogne. This area of France is known for its wonderful outdoor markets and foods such as truffles, walnuts and foie gras. We’ll be shopping for seasonal ingredients, cooking foods like tomato and goat cheese tartines and summer berry galette, going on picnic adventures, and of course, photographing it all.
Since I don’t have any photographs of France to share with you yet, I posted a few from the all-organic Mill City Farmers Market, where I stopped yesterday while out on last-minute errands. As summer comes to a close, the farmers’ tables are full of beautiful produce and flowers. Everyone was intrigued by a giant “hen-of-the-woods” mushroom on display at Prairie Hallow Farm’s table, and I couldn’t help admiring the vibrant tomatoes and peppers at Stone’s Throw Urban Farm. I also met a vendor from France, Fereidoon Golchin of French Nugget, who sells dark chocolate and food-grade lavender, inspired by his home in southern France.
Au revoir, for now! Be sure to check back in a few weeks to see photographs from the workshop.
Last fall, on assignment for Northern Gardener magazine, I was lucky enough to visit Ted Beverly and Rick Chrustowski’s Three Cedar Farm near River Falls, Wis. It’s a magical place and certainly one of the most breathtaking and beautiful gardens I have photographed. Ted and Rick introduced me to their dogs and horses, and we wandered the many garden “rooms” the couple had created. When the sunlight faded, we finished our visit with a glass of wine and homemade pizza topped with their garden vegetables. Perfection!
Below are some of my favorite photographs from Ted and Rick’s expansive garden. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine to read publisher Tom McKusick’s story about how the pair transformed their 5-acre property over 18 years and about their “crowded” approach to planting. And you can read Ted’s article on great perennials for late-season gardens.
I have good news for those of you who stopped by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s “bike in” photo booth during Open Streets – your portrait is ready to download! It’s free, just CLICK HERE. You’ll be redirected to a Flickr set containing all of the photographs from the day.
Below are step-by-step instructions:
- Find and click on your picture.
- From the “actions” menu above the photograph, choose “view all sizes.”
- Choose a size and click download.
Despite a strong wind that blew my background over and almost took our tent away, I think the photographs turned out great. (See some of my favorites below.) I had so much fun meeting everyone who stopped by the photo booth. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped hold down the tent and kept my gear from blowing down Lyndale Avenue. Once again, Open Streets was a huge success, and I can’t wait for next year’s event.
If you have questions about your photo booth portrait, contact me at email@example.com. And please follow my photography on Facebook!
Because the windy weather forced me to close down the photo booth early I had time to stroll south Lyndale Avenue near my home and enjoy the last hour of Open Streets. I saw people dancing in the street and a group of guys making and giving away cotton candy. I stopped by my favorite retailers, June and belle weather, to check out their sidewalk sales, and I listened to some great music at Twin Town Guitars. I loved watching the Nice Ride “slow” races, too. Open Streets is one of my favorite summertime events. When I’m walking or riding my bike, especially with hundreds of other people, I really feel connected to my community and the things my neighborhood offers. But most importantly, it is simply a whole lot of fun.