Monthly Archives: January 2014

I’m Here #2

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Rita P.  is the subject of this blog post.  From the moment I met her, there was laughter in the air and a smile on her face.  It is that enduring quality that I captured in this photo.  I hope if I am faced with all the adversity that cancer brings, I will have a smile and laughter to share.

So smile big and laugh.  Someone in your world needs it!

Best wishes,
Shawn Nielsen
Mobile. 612.750.2593
Studio. 763.498.7375
            “Tell Your Story”              
       

I’m Here (#1)

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This blog entry about Judd W. who served in the Airforce is the first in a series of five, but it may linger on as I hear the stories of people.  The idea is to photograph my subjects in a way that their face takes up much of the frame giving you the sense that you are seeing into the depth of who they are.  Maybe even getting a glimpse of what they have gone through.  My lighting will always be minimal, maybe just one or two lights.  There will be words on the photos that tell the story, and, occasionally, a bit of back story.  In the end, I want you to connect with the person, they have survived something, and I think that is a story worth telling. Don’t you?

Contrasting new & old.

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Recently I had the opportunity to create the two images above for Glencoe Regional Health Services marketing materials.  These two above shots are amongst my favorites from the day long shoot.  If I dig deep into my reasoning for picking these, it is about contrast.  Contrasting a newborn and a  94 year old woman.  When I look at the baby with fresh skin, yet untouched by years of hard work, I know that there are many stories yet to be written.  In contrast, the deep creases and weather worn skin of years on the farm, reveal a reality that many stories have been lived and could be shared.  There is great beauty in the young and old, in the fresh and the worn,  and I am humbled to be given the privilege  to capture the contrast in photographs.

It is our turn as a generation to create stories to tell.  Go make some history!

Best wishes,
Shawn Nielsen
Mobile. 612.750.2593
Studio. 763.498.7375
            “Tell Your Story”   
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