Paris As Seen Through My Students’ Lens

I haven’t shared some of my students’ work in a while so I asked my last Paris group to share some of their images with me for a blog post. I’m a proud teacher! :)

Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Paris Adventure!

 

Below is a selection from Scott Loftesness

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Below is a selection From Ed Solow

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Below is a selection from Jennifer Johnston

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Below is a selection from Ron Goren

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Below is a selection from Jackie Sandberg

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Below is a selection from Kim Stevens

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Below is a selection from Derek Hopkins

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For a list of all workshops taught by Valerie Jardin, visit her website

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Another day, another museum… It was quite empty at the Walker Art Center on Sunday afternoon, which was well suited for a more minimalist approach.

 

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It started to snow this week in Minneapolis, so it’s perfect weather to photograph people inside and outside of museums! I was at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this afternoon. I go there often and never come back empty :)

Enjoy!

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It was a lot of fun outside the MIA too!

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Just For Fun ~ A Short Story

I haven’t done children portraiture in years, and I do NOT miss it. I’ve paid my dues, I even had my own studio for a while. I enjoyed it for a while but I didn’t love it 100%. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you don’t love. I moved on! 

That said, I like kids and they usually like me.

When I was at the WAM last Saturday working on my “Museum Goers” project, I followed this family around for a while and photographed them candidly (hey, I’m a street photographer, that’s what we do!) I had fun watching the mom trying to gather them to do a family portrait. They were not cooperating, to say the least. I engaged her in a conversation and told her that your own children are usually your toughest subjects. We chatted for a while and I offered to take a couple of snapshots of them in a large room with nice window light, just for fun! They posed nicely for me instantly for the first pic (their mom was very surprised how cooperative they were!) Then I told them that they were a bit too serious and to act silly again, and I framed the second shot (I think that one of them will be an actress soon!) I emailed the mom the high res images today. She and her husband were thrilled and I was happy to make someone happy. And I keep a fun memory of my museum encounter on Saturday afternoon. Win-win! :)

And I guess they could have very well been a part of my Beautiful Smiles of Strangers series which I just completed!

Shot with the Fuji x100s

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A Year Of Beautiful Smiles

I photographed beautiful smiles of strangers in the streets for over a year. I made quite a few friends and listened to many life stories along the way. So many great memories!

Here are some of my favorite shots. Whether they were photographed in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, San Diego, Melbourne or Paris, these smiles are contagious, wouldn’t you say?

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Here is round 2 of my ‘Museum-Goers’ project, all shot today at the WAM in Minneapolis. Different art, different people!

If you missed the first one, simply click here.

 

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Ordinary Objects are Beautiful ~ Take The Challenge

I like simple. I find ordinary objects beautiful. I love abstract and minimalism and I find it hard to resist grabbing shots throughout the day of things that most people don’t even notice. 

Here is the challenge:

Starting this week, I will post one new photograph each week of an ordinary object on social media and publish the pics collected each month on a blog post. Who wants to join me in this challenge? 

Here are some random images I shot in recent months to serve as inspiration…

Into The New York City Sun

I was teaching a workshop in NYC last weekend alongside my good friend, and native New Yorker, James Maher and small group of wonderful participants. The weather was gorgeous, a perfect Fall weekend with a hint of Summer that didn’t want to let go. As street photographers, we embrace every light situation. Shooting into the sun can be tricky, but who doesn’t love a challenge? The tall buildings in NYC really make for interesting lighting situations. From the early morning golden light to the midday sun, it’s all about light and shadows. New York City has, once again, captured my street photographer’s heart.

 

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I have a feeling that this may be part 1 of a new ongoing series. The way people experience art in museums has always interested me, I often find it humorous. Definitely an interesting subject to photograph…

 

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Street Focus

Bonjour!

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I started hosting my very own podcast Street Focus: An Ongoing Exploration of Urban Photography. I invite you to listen to this new weekly show which is part of the popular TWiP (This Week in Photo) network. The podcast is free for download on iTunes and you can also sign up to receive it via email (the audio is available on the show notes each week).

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Also, I’ve added some workshops for 2015: A weekend of street photography in Paris in January, a week in Rome in April and a week in Paris in May and a weekend in Minneapolis in June. I hope to meet some of you during a photo adventure in 2015! To read my latest newsletter you can click here. To receive updates, please sign up here.

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