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.
Category Archives: Gardens
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.
My friend Anne, who owns a body and skin wellness boutique called Holistic Kneads, wanted new staff photos for her soon-to-be-redesigned website. Because she works to create a welcoming, genuine, neighborhood environment for her clients, we chose to make the portraits at nearby Lyndale Park Peace Gardens. Below are Anne, Llonna and Jill with their adorable dogs, and mixed in are some photographs I couldn’t resist making of the beautiful gardens. Afterwards, I photographed Anne and her husband Damon, who kindly came along as the dog wrangler for the evening.
One of the great rewards of owning a business is that I’ve come to know other talented, hard-working, like-minded neighborhood business owners. Check out many of them on the Experience Southwest website. It’s their commitment to the community that makes my neighborhood such a wonderful place to live, work and shop. And if you want to treat yourself to a massage or other bodywork, I highly recommend a visit to Anne and her skilled team at Holistic Kneads.
I went to the Fulton Farmers Market this morning and what caught my eye were these unusually twisted and forked carrots from Uproot Farm. The carrots, piled on the table with hairy roots and soft greens attached, were so beautiful. Normally, these odd-shaped carrots are not sold to customers, according to the folks from Uproot, but these were grown from transplants in an effort to provide customers with carrots earlier in the season. I had to buy a bunch, and because I love looking at these carrots, I put a few on display rather than eat them right away. The idea of using vegetables as decor, combined with some flowers in a simple glass vase, is not my own. It came from a post on Remodelista, a wonderful resource for design ideas and style advice.
Another fun fact from the market, when two carrots grow twisted together, farmers call them “love carrots.”