In the midst of an industry so saturated in emerging technology that fierce competition is law, the Twin Cities Photography Group operates as a cooperative to nurture the artistic development and technical skills of amateur and professional photographers. To expand the photographic community and foster a passion for creativity, the group keeps a clean studio space for picture snappers to host shoots and workshops.
Skilled instructors educate the public on basic photography fundamentals and camera-specific tips that allow students to get the most from advanced equipment without threatening to cut its weekly allowance. Regular meet ups assemble members for photo walks at area parks and photogenic seasonal events, such as air shows and free outdoor concerts.
What if a zombie apocalypse ravaged the 1950s? That's the question that sparked Matt Berri's “When Pinups Attack,” a narrative series that combines his eye for striking compositions with his offbeat sense of humor. Those same elements pervade Matt's modern and retro pinup and portrait photography, which have been his specialties over a decade-long career. Rather than snap straightforward shots, Matt prefers images that playfully encompass each client's personality, whether they're relaxing in bed with a glass of wine or messily flinging paint onto a white backdrop.
For Sasha Kvasnik, photography isn't just a hobby—it's the family business. As a third-generation photographer, she melds traditional and contemporary techniques to capture family gatherings, inventive portraits of individuals, and scenes of flora and fauna.
Once infatuated with landscape photography, Ty Fleming's approach to his craft changed when his black lab was diagnosed with cancer. He began taking pictures of his dog as a means of celebrating his life, and he soon was snapping portraits of all of his pets: four dogs, three cats, and two turtles. Ty formed Minnesota Pet Photography as a way to channel his passion for photography and his compassion for all pets.
Michael Weber and Nick Adams aim their lenses at everything from beaming couples to photogenic plates of pasta. The two harness more than 25 years of combined experience as they craft images—not the kind that sit sedately in frames, but rather the kind that leap out, grab your face, and launch into stories about dimpled babies, flying mortarboards, and couples vowing to stay together in sickness and in health. Their artistic, modern style yields images perfect for family albums but also polished enough for model portfolios. They share the techniques behind that deft approach during introductory and advanced photography classes, passing down their exuberance for the art form whose development spared museum-goers from more dreary years of staring at da Vinci’s finger paintings.