Archive for May, 2009

Fine Art Photo of the Week VI

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

I  love the springtime! Here is a shot of the Minneapolis skyline from across the river at St. Anthony and Main.


Maddi—Wayzata Class of 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Maddi (and her labradoodle Gracie) was a joy to photograph! Since she hangs out with her friends on the docks in downtown Wayzata, it was a fun choice for her outdoor portraits. And since Maddi likes graphic design, it was a lot of fun for my wife Lisa to collaborate with her on her custom graduation invites.


Juried Art Show Winners Announced

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Congratulations to all of the students that were accepted into JVP’s first juried art show! Each accepted student received a $25 gift card to Jesse Valley Photography. The opening reception was well attended, and featured delicious treats from Cream of the Cakes catering. The monogram JVP that adorned each cupcake was adorable!

Anticipation mounted as people waited for the declaration of the winning artists (not unlike on American Idol). And now to announce the winners to the world wide web (drum roll please):

Grand Prize: Brian Thue for his piece Spike. Brian will have a solo art exhibition at JVP in January. He also won $150 cash, a free Signature senior portrait session and $100 gift card to JVP. Congrats Brian!

Runners-up: Caitie Van Sloun and Madeleine Steinhauser. They each won $50 cash, a free Signature senior portrait session and $25 gift card to JVP.

If you were not able to attend the opening, you can still see the great art at the closing reception May 31 from 2–4 pm (click here for directions to the gallery). Below is an excerpt from the exhibition catalog showing the winners. If you’d like to purchase a catalog of your own ($65), send me an email at




Fine Art Photo of the Week V

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

This photo is of the newest batch of fresh flowers that we had in our living room. Of course, this is after the tulips have wilted. I held my camera above them to show this unique angle. You can see our sofa at the top of the frame and my legs at the bottom.


Fine Art Photo of the Week IV

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I might have forgotten to post this, but I did not forget to take the pictures. These were taken on an extremely windy day near the Stone Arch Bridge. During some of the wind gusts, it looked like it was snowing white petals (or pink petals, depending on the tree). Enjoy!


Come to the 2009 Juried Gallery Show!

Monday, May 11th, 2009


Jesse Valley Photography is pleased to host the inaugural Juried Gallery Art Show for high school juniors!

As a fine arts major, I often wondered whether I’d be able to earn a living doing what I love most: shooting photos. Turns out, the answer is yes. But there was always that nagging doubt about whether I’d have to leave my dream behind and take a desk job at a bank (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Today I still wonder whether young art students even consider the possibility that their art could provide them with a livelihood. That’s why I’m hosting this art show; to encourage students to pursue their dreams.

Please join us for the opening and closing receptions.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 15 from 7–9 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 31 from 2–4 pm

Hosted by Jesse Valley Photography (click for

Platinum Sponsors: Standal Properties, Cream of the Cakes, Printing Arts, Power On Marketing, Nash Frame Design and Jesse Valley Photography

Gold Sponsors: Artistic Kitchen Creations, Business Referral Group, Christopher Spencer, AARCEE Classic Events and Educational Outfitters.

Jurors: William Hessian, Dorianne McCreary, Erin Sayer, Lisa Valley and Jesse Valley




Fine Art of the Photo Week III

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

I found these little buds at a local nature preserve and made them pop with my on camera flash.