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Ah.  Yes.  Give a man a good shave, a collared shirt and an urban backdrop and watch him go from lookin' like a hipster musician, to looking much more like a corporate ladder climber--just. like. that.

#beard   #minneapolis   #men   #headshots   #photography   #beforeandafter   #happyfriday  
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What does a beard have to do with reproductive ability?
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Shooting for spring at work.  The extra light during the day is all that I need to give my work that springy, light and airy feel.  (Which is a great change...the deep, dark, rich, colors of the cooler weather were getting old to me.)

#FloralDesign   #Sunflower   #Rose   #Pink   #Yellow   #Green   #Spring   #Monday   #FloralPhotography   #Flowers   #DaylightSavings  
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That's so very beautiful. Mel very good job to pick this picture to have it on your post. I like u already:)
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In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, Minnehaha Falls roars, loudly, with incredible power--it felt so peaceful, and quiet, to be here though--behind the frozen falls. Nothing really prepares you for just how amazing it is to make the trek up to it, and crawl behind. The beauty, and the glow, is completely breathtaking--you just want to capture every inch of it. You'd think it would be so cold back there, too--but, it's actually quite warm.  In fact, on this day, it was warmer back here than it was out in the sun.

#Minneapolis   #MinnehahaFalls   #Explore   #Adventure   #Discover   #Waterfalls   #waterfallphotography   #Frozen   #Water   #Glow   #Blue   #Winter   #Spring  
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Beautiful shot. Thank you for sharing.
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Here we are...at it again. (Thanks to some other hikers for getting this shot.)

Ya know, it's really cool having Photographer friends.  (You know...like, +Tom Gort, +Max Gort and +Janice Hackney!)

They don't judge you when you've been staring at something strange, and random, for far too long. (In fact, they're sometimes jealous they didn't see it first.)

They don't think you're odd when you move in inch this way, an inch that way, and then back to where you originally were--only to spend five minutes in an awkward position photographing the ground/sky/wall/etc.

They encourage you to see things differently. They set up their shots differently than you, they use different gear, and they edit differently. When later, you see what they did, sometimes it's hard to believe that you were at their side, shooting the same things, at the same time.

They don't get annoyed when you take too long. In fact, they've usually pulled out their camera and found something to shoot if you're a tad hung up on whatever random thing it is that's hanging you up. This makes for better shots all around (if you've ever been the only photographer in a group of non-photographers--you know how rushed, and awkward, it can be--plus, folks tend to get annoyed with you quickly). Sometimes, you just want to watch icicle's drip and not feel rushed. :)

#Photographers   #Winter   #Minnesota   #Minneapolis   #Photography  
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+Janice Hackney - Well that sucks! ☺
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Just another day of playing with my food. 
I think dieting makes me hallucinate a bit? 
Or, maybe I'm just finally an adult and playing with my food is something I can do without getting in trouble now?

(And, in case you're curious...I think I'm back.  For now.  I blogged it out again.  https://melissapeifer.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/still-beating-this-horse-social-media-photography )
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Simple and fun.
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Shooting for work, in this gorgeous little town I love to hang out in.  

Shopping small, and shopping local, this year is so easy--especially when you have a Main Street like this to stroll through.

#Anoka   #ShopSmall   #ShopLocal   #Minnesota   #Winter   #MainStreet   #blackandwhitephotography   #monochromemonday   #Minnesota   #smalltown  
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Superb shot
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17, standing on a street in Chicago...that's where this one is from.  I shot everything, except my friends, in black and white back then.

This shot was taken during a trip I was on for school.  It goes down in history, for me, as a huge mess.  The trip, itself, was good.  Being the only artsy, off-beat, not straight-A, chick on the trip left me the target of all that went wrong though.  

I'll never forget being sat down, and talked to, by my teacher--he told me that he knew what I was up to, and that I was being a disruptive, bad, influence on easily impressionable peers who looked up to me.  I remember sitting there, trying to object, but being told that I had no argument.  The thing was--I had NO idea what he was talking about.  I was away from home for the first time, enjoying my camera and my Fiona Apple.  Nothing more, nothing less.  (Besides...band people are NOT the type of folks I ran with.  They were just the ones I was with--and, trying to fit in with because I wanted, so badly, to just be normal.  My teacher's conversation solidified my role as the outcast that I was trying to pretend I wasn't--especially since he did it in a public area with many classmates around us.)  I came back from this trip and found so much comfort in my not-so-good influences and felt right at home again.  I wasn't meant to be one of 'normals' anyway.

That talk, that accusation, was an incredible lesson though.  It reminded me to always get every side of a story.  To never jump to conclusions and to NEVER look at someone as a type, and lump them with anyone else.  To this DAY, those are lessons I hold so close and live by.  I see everyone for who they are, no judgement and knowing, full well, that EVERYONE has one hell of a back story that I have no right, or reason, to cast my own shade on.  'Normal' folks around me get annoyed with me for this, actually...I like everyone, I forgive, I let things go, I move on and I start over.  

#Chicago   #blackandwhitephotography   #streetphotography   #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge   #fivedayblackandwhite  
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Ya know, Dean, I don't care anymore.  Like...I some days think about it and reflect on that feeling of being misunderstood at such a deep level, but, well, he had his reasons for misunderstanding and that's on him.  

Tom :)  I love that.  And that song was so mine, for so long...THIS was the song off that album that hit me though.  And, I listened to it over, and over, and over...

Fiona Apple ~ Never is a Promise
Fiona Apple ~ Never is a promise (with lyrics)

Joshua...I like the way you write.  
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I found myself buying leggings that are FULL of flowers the other day (unfortunately, they clash with my floral boots).  I guess that when, for over a year, 75% of my photography/editing has been centered around flowers...that wearing flowers is just a natural progression?  I DID put down the flower headband I found at Claire's though. (Mainly because the little girl next to me had been eyeing it up as it was in my hands.  It looked way better on her, anyway.) 

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This weather has us craving some warmth and color! Here are a few of the brightest flowers we've had in the shop this past week. We thought it might help spread some color around G+, at least! (Warmth...well, we can't do much about that on here. Sorry!)

#Minnesota   #Anoka   #Spring   #Flowers   #Floral   #Collage   #Winter   #Snow   #Color   #Bright  
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I just love your photography, no matter what your subject is! These flowers are super lovely. :)

And it was so good of you to be nice to that little girl. :)
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I fell off the workout wagon this weekend.  (I injured my hand.  Working out was difficult, and painful.)  So, in true, throws-paper-in-the-air fashion--I'm going all out this weekend.  (I'll be back at the healthy crap on Monday.)  I'm going back to the cupcake shop, opening up the wine and gonna chow down the pasta too.  And, it's gonna be awesome. (Until Monday...when I pass out in the middle kick boxing.)

#TGIF   #Friday   #Cupcake   #polkadot   #Heart   #Yum   #WorkoutFail   #Food   #foodphotography   #Weekend  
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My wife and I joined the gym at the beginning of January, so cupcakes aren't exactly on my current diet either... But this one looks super delicious, so please enjoy one for me too! 😉
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#Caturday cat bomb!  In the middle of shooting an engagement session...this happened :)  

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Check my latest blog to see where to find me from here, on out.

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Well, I'll miss your face around here but kickass reasons for doing so! Good luck!!
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Spent the morning with a few of my favorite folks in a new, favorite, place!  How cool is it that because of friends that I met here, on G+, I'm visiting new areas in my own city!?  

Thanks for the great outing +Tom Gort, +Janice Hackney and +Lauri Novak.  (And, thanks for being a part of the little guy's first, art museum, experience :) )
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:D
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I'm an artist.  I see the world through my lens.

Most days, you can find me somewhere between coffee and wine, trying to be functional and attempting to funnel the ADHD into productivity.  Somedays, it works...most times, it fails miserably.

I'm always learning.  
Always teaching myself.  
Always growing.

Also, I help curate the #FidoFriday group with, Wes LumSuhaib Ayaz and Lisa Lisa!  
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I don't really suck that bad; and sometimes, people that really matter, get a hold of my work and put it in cool places--places way cooler than the places I could've ever thought of. (Like this one time, when Trey Ratcliff put me in one of his hangouts and the other time, when a nice lady auctioned off my art for a good cause :) )
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