Summer's end at Blue Fruit Farm

Summer’s end in the Wiscoy Valley, driftless region of Southern Minnesota.

 Blueberries and currants at Blue Fruit Farm

Blueberries and currants at Blue Fruit Farm

 Red winged blackbird in the prairie at Prairie Moon

Red winged blackbird in the prairie at Prairie Moon

 Leafcutter bee on Butterfly weed

Leafcutter bee on Butterfly weed

 Monarch in flight among the Echinacea

Monarch in flight among the Echinacea

 Currants at Blue Fruit Farm

Currants at Blue Fruit Farm

Summertime Wedding at Barns of Lost Creek, August 2018

Outdoor locations can offer the best photo opps. and can also present big challenges for photographers with unpredictable weather, bright sunlight, wind, insects, street signs, etc. Experienced photographers will find a way around these obstacles.

Barns of Lost Creek offers many fun farmy environments for pictures, and the owners are super nice and accommodating.

August 3rd Details: Pizza food truck, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand, flowers by Martha’s Gardens, Lemonade, popcorn and a snack bar.





Assignment "Fruit"

Editorial photography is intended to tell a story, sometimes in a magazine or to embellish a theme or product.  These assignments are varied and always interesting.  It's an open door to places and ideas not usually accessible to me otherwise; a way to see the world.

Wiscoy Valley, Minnesota. Here are a few of the pollinators responsible for the fruit.

 Leafcutter bee on butterfly weed in the prairie

Leafcutter bee on butterfly weed in the prairie

 Coreopsis in the prairie

Coreopsis in the prairie

 Monarchs on purple coneflower prairie

Monarchs on purple coneflower prairie

 Native wildflower prairie

Native wildflower prairie

 Bumble bee on butterfly weed, the main pollinator of blue berries

Bumble bee on butterfly weed, the main pollinator of blue berries

 Blueberries

Blueberries

 Black currants

Black currants

 Berry harvest

Berry harvest

 Fritillary butterfly on purple coneflower

Fritillary butterfly on purple coneflower

 Hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed

Hairstreak butterfly on butterfly weed

Product Photography - All about light

As with all photography, it's all about light. The most important aspect of photography is light. Often people think in terms of photographing objects like a person, a flower, a mountain...but experienced photographers know it is the recording of the light reflecting off these objects much like a masterful painting, or a skillful movie.   Soft light is my favorite, which often means natural ambient light at the perfect time of day augmented by a reflector or two.  It doesn't hurt to have a subject that you love, like Plantables bee bombs. 

The second most important component is the background: texture, pattern, light or dark, and mood are created by the focus and look of the background.  Almost always, the least distracting background is best.  So there you have it, the two most important parts of a product photo.

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bee bombs and peace bombs, from plantables, seed balls
seed ball, bee bomb, plantables

Summer Photography Mentorships

Learn from the best.  Personalized photography mentorships/classes tailored just for you.  Mentorships are available for a day, or through Fall and start at $300/session.  Email laurie@lschneider.com

my kind of event photography

Following the Gathering Partners conference at Craguns Resort...wild things, waters, woods and nature.  A photo assignment I like.

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and that's me off camera.

Following the river, like birds

Field notes from North Platte, Nebraska bird migration on central flyway.

A journey with my loved friend along the Platte River, where the birds come up.   I've always known the birds migrate, but I had no idea how important these rivers are to their existence.  Stay wide river...the birds need you.  To experience the migration is something entirely different. My heart stops when the birds lift.

Giving Back

For some people giving back is a natural part of their every day like having that cup of coffee in the morning.  My customers can feel good about a healthy portion of session fees going right to rescue efforts for horses and other animals, including those little unseen hero's of our ecosystem, the pollinators.  As the Founder of Pollinator Friendly Alliance, I like to share my exuberance about the colorful and intriguing world of pollinators. This week, I asked two of my pollinator protector friends to join me in an exhibition at MOSES Organic Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Here's a little sneak preview of the exhibition by Sarah Foltz Jordan, Heather Holm, and yours truly.

POLLINATORS the unseen farmhands

 Long horned bee, morning glory by Laurie Schneider

Long horned bee, morning glory by Laurie Schneider

 Tawny mining bee, plum blossom by Laurie Schneider

Tawny mining bee, plum blossom by Laurie Schneider

 Red belted bumble bee, chives by Laurie Schneider

Red belted bumble bee, chives by Laurie Schneider

 Swallowtail butterfly, bee balm by Laurie Schneider

Swallowtail butterfly, bee balm by Laurie Schneider

 Honey bee, milkweed by Laurie Schneider

Honey bee, milkweed by Laurie Schneider

 Brown belted bumble bee, blueberry by Heather Holm

Brown belted bumble bee, blueberry by Heather Holm

 Sweat bee, virginia mountain mint by Heather Holm

Sweat bee, virginia mountain mint by Heather Holm

 Mining bee, black currant by Heather Holm

Mining bee, black currant by Heather Holm

 Carpenter bee, raspberry by Sarah Foltz Jordan

Carpenter bee, raspberry by Sarah Foltz Jordan

 Silvery blue butterfly, raspberry by Sarah Foltz Jordan

Silvery blue butterfly, raspberry by Sarah Foltz Jordan

The Season of Love, it's here and it's coming

Sweethearts come in all sorts of packages...beloved pets, grandmas, best friends, sisters and lovers.  I'd love it to see you at the studio with your bestie or beastie for a sweetheart session at Valentines.

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Modern photography some times finds me at my computer for hours at a time editing. Being a hopeless romantic, I'm thankful for computers, the ability to multi-task and streamable romances.

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