Minnesota Lifestyle Photographer: Winter Bliss

This post is a lifestyle test shoot that I did a couple days ago. Test shooting for me is really important, and I try to do it as much as possible, even if I'm really busy. The reason I go out of my way to test shoot is because it rejuvenates me and keeps me inspired for my clients. I am suppose to be an artist offering new insight and a fresh take to each event, and I take that very seriously. I don't need to sit on a beach, sip cocktails or sleep a bunch like some people prefer in order to have a fresh perspective once again. Don't get me wrong, all of those things are awesome, but in the end, it doesn't do the trick. Shooting for myself does. This last weekend I was really excited to do a some testing for myself and just go out with my friend Tara and two of her friends and have fun. I had come up with a concept for the styling based around November and I was really looking forward to executing this concept BUT, at the last minute Mother Nature threw a MASSIVE blizzard our way.The roads were caked with slushy powder, two out of the three people canceled and I'm surprised my camera still works with how wet it got while we were shooting, but I was determined to still make this work. So I decided to change plans and go with a winter theme, even if I had to change my concept entirely. Oh-well. There's always next year for my November idea. In the end, I'm glad that this snow happened. I've always felt that it's extremely imperative to learn how to be inspired by whatever the whether gives you if you are a photographer who does a lot of on location shooting. The day we close our minds to something is the day we shut down our creativity. Things don't always turn out the way we expect them to, but I guess that's the real test! Thanks Tara for being so amazing and freezing your tail off along with me! You are such a treasure of a friend!