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Michael Wessel
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Attended Brookfield East H.S., Iowa State University
Lives in Minneapolis, MN
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Some of my most recent work, with Rachel I of Arquette and Assoc. Minneapolis. #model   #fashion   #photography   #beauty   #la   #makeup  
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Enjoying the Grand Canyon last week on my way out to LA
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Favorite shots from a recent test with Max Hawksford, now signed with BMG Chicago. #agency   #model   #bmg   #photography   #chicago  
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Been a crazy road since last I posted but I wanted to share some of my newest work. Love to hear what y'all think! :) #fashion   #photography   #modeling  

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So, went on vacation, a real vacation. Decided to take a road trip out to the Badlands in South Dakota. Good times. Here's another selfie :) Misty sunrises…*sigh* #hiking   #sunrise   #roadtrip  
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Latest shots from Blair Victoria (Makeup: Leanne Skar) #glamour   #glamourphotography   #model   #fashion   #style   #fashionphotography   #MUA   #makeup   #highkey   #minneapolis   #MN   #minnesota   #MPLS  
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Yan and Xinyang's wedding on June 1, 2013 at the Brown Deer Park Boathouse. #wedding   #weddingphotography   #milwaukee   #milwaukeephotography   #photography   #couple   #wisconsin   #weddingphotographers  
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Me at the Grand Canyon about to hike a big chunk of the South Kaibob Trail.
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New pics of Tatum of Ignite Modeling Agency. #model   #modeling   #fashion   #photography   #hair  #makeup 
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Finally had a vacation, went to someplace warm…but it wasn't warm. Oh well, it was a vacation and I got to swim in the ocean :) #florida   #vacation   #photography  
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Photographer, adventurer, blogger, brand consultant
Employment
  • Michael Wessel Photography
    Owner, 2012 - present
  • Alcoholmanac Magazine
    Managing editor, Photographer, Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Bianco Japan
    International Marketing Manager, 2008 - 2010
  • ECC Language Institute
    English Teacher, 2004 - 2008
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Minneapolis, MN
Previously
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - USA, Japan - Kyoto, Ames, Brookfield - Ames, Iowa
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I take photographs and help build brands
Introduction

Where most people took a right at the fork in the road following the crowd I took a left. In my professional career I have had experiences that few others have and it has taught me things few others know or understand. Communication, leadership, creativity, I have been an employee, a manager, and a business owner. Figuring out how to overcome challenges and make the most of what I have has become second nature to me. Any skill can be picked up but it's the ability, the desire, and the ambition to learn that sets me apart.

Stories are all around me. Products, places, people, services, experiences, the last ten years have given me a deep understanding of how to tell things in a way that makes people sit up and pay attention. I've made use of any tool I can, blogs, social media, print, you name it I've tried or used it. Can I increase your SEO, buff up your social media campaign, help create valuable content for your company? Yes I can. Can I help put together a powerful story to sell a product or service using both new and traditional media? Yes I can. In fact I've done all of this and more.

To me life is a story and I'm both living and telling it in the most interesting (and profitable) way I can.

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Lived abroad in southeast Asia for 7 years, traveled through Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
Education
  • Brookfield East H.S., Iowa State University
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Dropped by there the other day for a meeting and was pleasantly surprised. The place has a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and an interesting flow of people. I judge a coffee shop by their standard drip, and they passed the test. Didn't get a chance to test the wi-fi, so can't comment on that. Parking could be interesting depending on the time of day. But I'd definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the area.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Definitely a great place to sit down, have a coffee, and get some work done. The atmosphere is chill, the coffee (even their instant gratification) is really tasty, and the wi-fi is solid. Don't expect to find an outlet though. They need to keep people moving through somehow. Parking can be questionable on the weekends, but during the week you should be able to find some free neighborhood spots.
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reviewed 5 months ago
Great coffee shop. It also happens to be a theatre with a lot of local goings-on. Inside seating is a bit limited, but they have a great patio. Definitely a good place to get work done and meet some interesting people. Good drip, and a really tasty signature cafe mocha drip.
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Attention to detail in a coffee shop is really important to me. You can tell how everything's going to be by their drip coffee. If they pay attention to something most people just sip and go you know everything else is going to be good. And the drip coffee here is amazing. This place has a great atmosphere, a super friendly staff, wi-fi, decent parking, and a prime location for watching things go by. If you're in the area or are willing to take a drive for a good cup of joe, head here.
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Public - 11 months ago
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Good coffee shop to get some work done. Decent seating inside and a good patio. Wi-fi was solid and the cold brew was pretty good.
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Great coffee shop all around. Amazing drip, good atmosphere, great energy. Seating is a bit limited, and wi-fi can be jumpy but I really like this place.
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reviewed 11 months ago
I think this is one of those places you will love or you will hate, or maybe you'll just order to-go. The location is amazing, located on a street of some high-end clothing boutiques, which makes the prices pretty surprising. $4 for a cup of drip isn't cheap, but for the kind of people watching you can do and where you're at it's worth it. Not to mention the coffee is also pretty darn good. I went on a weekend where there was a huge line and people flowing through all the time, but I still felt there was a potential to get work done. I have to agree with some of the other reviews and say that there was definitely a lot of pretentiousness and 'center of the universe' vibe amongst some of the clientele but also an equal amount of friendliness from other people. They have wi-fi and a friendly staff, which is another plus. For a meeting or an interesting weekend morning I would definitely recommend this place.
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