Minnesota State Fair Moments 2018

Every year I try go to the fair twice, once for family time and once for photography. This year I actually went twice for family fun and only a very short time for photography. I enjoy photographing in two places: Near the horse barns in the late afternoon, and in the Midway at night. The Midway is where the rides are. So when I walk in, and I’m on a mission. I only carry my camera and I spend 2-3 hours for the sole purpose of getting a few shots.

These are some of the shots I collected this year…

This little girl was so excited about the horses coming and going. I spent a few minutes photographing her excitement. I talked with a mom for a little while before leaving and gave her my contact info. The next day I sent her high res pics of her little girl.

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-9

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©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-4

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-10

This is part of what the little girl was watching…

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The rest of the time I walked around and captured faces illuminated by the bright  ambient lights of the fair…

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-16

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-14

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-15

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-12

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-13

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-11

There are places at the State Fair where it feels like you just stepped into a different time…

©Valerie Jardin - State Fair 2018-1

Do you photograph the fair near you?

4 thoughts on “Minnesota State Fair Moments 2018

  1. Yes I photograph at the state and county fairs in both PA & MD but have never reached the level of quality that is close to yours. Thanks for you photos and the inspiration to try something better!

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  2. Wonderful set, Valérie! Especially that very last one — love the directness of the officer’s gaze, and how the showgirl at the very back of the frame is echoing his pose. Brilliant! (And yes, I photograph the Minnesota State Fair also, but not nearly as well as you. 🙂

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