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Brother Ali -> Director’s Cut

This past June I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days behind the scenes capturing still + video content with hip-hop artist Brother Ali, producer Ant, and friends. These studio sessions became part of Brother Ali's latest album "US," which is releasing worldwide today. Rhymesayers created a trailer for the album a little over a month ago on YouTube and it is fast approaching 100,000 views.

To coincide with today's album release I am happy to present an updated "Director's Cut," version which includes additional JCP footage to include a still collage at the end as well as design elements from Nathan Strandberg of EightHourDay. Thanks to Ben Cohen, Nathan Strandberg, Jules Ameel, and John Fontana for your contributions to this piece as well. Spread the word and check out the album today...

Twin Cities Polo Club


The summer months have kept us running with some really nice projects allowing us to collaborate with a variety of new clients. We’ve been trying to carve out time for some testing / personal shooting for my book. A while back we heard that Minneapolis has a polo club and immediately knew this would likely offer a rich array of potential options. My colleague John got in contact with the Twin Cities Polo Club and arranged for us to take in a practice on a recent Thursday evening. The polo grounds are located about an hour outside of Minneapolis on a vast acreage of farmland that couldn’t have been more picturesque to shoot at. After checking in with Gaston, the club manager from Argentina, we were free to roam, behind the scenes of the world of polo. For the short amount of time we spent and our limited knowledge of polo, I am quite pleased with the imagery. To see more images from the Polo Club take a look at the latest two galleries of work at the “Archive” section of my website.

The Hills Were Black…


Recent travel through the Black Hills area of South Dakota included a night on Horsethief Lake, less than a mile from Mount Rushmore. The name "Black Hills" translates from the Lakota Paha Sapa, and has been described as an "island of trees in a sea of grass." Illustrating this was the view out my front door just before mid-night where everything was perfect with the exception of the occasional passing vehicle. Upon taking this shot, I realized they actually added a little something to the scene, and henceforth my evening...

US Bank Revisited…


Earlier this year we did a shoot for US Bank via Intrinzic based out of Newport, KY and we just wrapped up another project this time focusing on the "Flex Perks" rewards program.

The crew and I set up just below a ridge on a golf course before sunrise to take advantage of the early morning light. With our talent in place with golf attire and Flex Perks card in hand, the scene couldn't have been better to capture the desired shot. Over the course of the two day shoot we learned a bit more about life in Kentucky. Todd Lipscomb--creative director--is the lead singer for the Kentucky Struts which have been described as: "Unabashedly from Kentucky, the musical approach of The Kentucky Struts is not unlike the unique flavor you get from Kentucky itself. Playing mid-tempo rockers not unlike the feel of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or them songwriter’s blues like that of Mr. Bob Dylan the boys represent their own take on American Rock, they’ve found a voice for themselves and anyone else with big dreams in a small town."

Check them out online and watch for their upcoming, second album. I am hoping they'll tour and make their way north.

As always, the folks at Intrinzic were great to work with...