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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I fondly remember my trip to France last fall as my “trip-of-a-lifetime” for a lot of reasons, one of which is the week I spent with my mother Irene sightseeing in Paris. (The original purpose of this trip was to attend cookbook author Aran Goyoaga’s amazing food photography workshop in the Dordogne, which I blogged about here, here and here.) It was our first visit to Paris, so the week passed in a blur as we tried to fit in as much sightseeing as we could while still making time to wander without a destination, stopping to shop, eat or explore.
We stayed six nights in the shadow of St. Sulpice Church on a quiet street in the 6th arrondissement at the wonderful Hotel Récamier. We arrived at the hotel in time for a breakfast of chocolate croissants and hot, dark coffee served with warm milk – delicious even in our jet-lagged state. We spent our first day getting to know the streets near our hotel – window shopping at the many boutiques, visiting St. Sulpice Church and strolling through a bit of Luxembourg garden. Looking back now I think we were awestruck by all the ornate, old architecture, the narrow streets which never intersected at right angles and the crowded sidewalks filled with fashionable Parisians and other people from around the world. But after a good meal that evening and a night of sleep, we jumped right into our sightseeing itinerary.
During the week we walked the famous Champs-Elysees and the fashionable Rue Du Faubourg St. Honore; viewed the city from the Arc d’ Triomphe; and gazed at the impressive art collected in the musées Jacquemart-André, d’Orsay, de l’Orangerie and du Louvre. We marveled at the gothic sculptures adorning Notre Dame and the beautiful stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle. We took a day trip to Versailles, where based on the number of photographs I made of Louis XIV’s lavish palace and grounds, I was suitably impressed. On our last day in the city we walked around the Marais neighborhood and shopped for souvenirs, finding a few fun things at an outdoor art market and along a lively corridor where vendors selling antiques stretched for blocks and blocks. And later that evening we watched the sparkling light show at the Eiffel Tower as the sky turned to twilight, and in those moments we felt like the two luckiest women in the world.
Merry Christmas everyone! I’m feeling so grateful right now for my family and friends and time spent with them during the holidays. In my family we have some fun holiday traditions, like roasting chestnuts over an open fire on Christmas Eve and our annual cookie baking day with my mom, sister, aunt and cousins. A few weeks ago the first big snowstorm of the season blanketed my neighborhood with more than a foot of snow, which was so beautiful.
The snowy weather put me in the mood to decorate for Christmas, so we bought an “organic, free-range” balsam fir from Amelia Flower & Garden Shoppe. The trees, from northern Minnesota, are cut from the undergrowth of an old white pine forest to protect the larger trees from wildfires. I love being able to see the ornaments through the branches.
I tried a new gluten free cookie recipe with chocolate, quinoa and pistachio from Aran Goyoaga’s “Small Plates and Sweet Treats” cookbook. This fall I was so lucky to attend Aran’s amazing food photography workshop in the Dordogne region of France. (Check out some of my previous posts for photos.)
My favorite gifts to give are homemade, like this cowl I knit for my sister. It’s made from Star Thrower Farm’s Icelandic lopi yarn. The buttons are homemade, too; my dad cut them from a stick in his backyard for me.
Warm wishes and happy holiday to everyone! Thanks for following my blog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.