Archive for October, 2009

Fine Art Photo of the Week XX

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Since this is my twentieth Photo of the Week, I decided to post two images.Yellow

FREE Photos on Halloween!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Bring your kids (or pets) and a food shelf donation to the studio on Saturday, October 31 from 2:00–5:00 pm. We’ll take some photos of your costume clad kids (or pets) and you’ll get one FREE 5×7! Tell your friends!

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Minneapolis in Fog

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I like to revisit and photograph favorite spots in different lighting and seasons. I’ve made images of the Minneapolis skyline from across Lake Calhoun many times, and when the fog rolled in this week I was very excited to capture a different take of the city.

Minneapolis in Fog

Fine Art Photo of the Week XVIII

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Orange maple leaves.

Orange Maple Leaves

Fine Art Photo of the Week XVII

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I was pretty surprised that we had our first snow fall today, but it was really pretty to see the white flakes amongst the bright autumn leaves.

Early Snowstorm

October is Family Portrait Month

Monday, October 5th, 2009

They say it’s better to give than to receive. Why not do both?

Enjoy giving and receiving in October during Family Portrait Month. For every family session booked, we’ll give a $50 donation to Operation Smile and you’ll receive $50 off your session.

Two additional ways to save:

1. Dine at Vescio’s. Since we’re celebrating families this month, what better way to enjoy yours than to share a meal together. Save an additional $25 when you eat at Vescio’s restaurant in October (St. Louis Park location). Just bring us your receipt!

2. Tell a friend. Family Portrait month is a great deal (and a good cause). So shout it from the rooftops! Tell all your friends, family and co-workers. For every referral who becomes a customer, you’ll be rewarded with a $35 credit at the studio.


Family portrait sessions are fun and memorable at Jesse Valley Photography. Whether at your home or a favorite park, we’ll capture your family laughing and interacting together. You can even include your pet! These artful and candid memories are perfect for holiday cards, gifts for grandparents and custom art for your home.

Call 612.382.2867 to book your session today!

Fall Colors Gallery Show Recap

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The Fall Colors gallery show was a lot of fun! Thank you for coming and seeing my work, and for listening to the music of Noah Hoehn. Here are some pictures from that night, which I hope you enjoy. If you would like to see an online gallery of the prints (and purchase your own print), go here.


Minneapolis Skyline Double Exposure

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Even though I really enjoy the quality and convenience of making photographs digitally, I still find it very enjoyable to get out my film camera every now and then. To make this double exposure of the Minneapolis skyline, I used one of my favorite techniques. I usually vary the procedure each time, but I follow these general steps:

  1. Load film into camera and manually set the ASA to double the actual ISO (for this roll of Kodak ISO 100 I set the ASA to 200).
  2. Expose each picture normally (TIP: it helps to keep the orientation the same for each shot, either vertical or horizontal).
  3. Rewind the film (be sure to leave the leader out so you can load it again).
  4. Repeat steps 1—3.
  5. Develop normally and see what you got!

For the initial exposure of each image, I used a Lensbaby Composer to photograph nature along Minnesota’s North Shore. The second exposure of each image is made of Minneapolis and its urban surroundings near St. Anthony and Main. This picture was taken from the Stone Arch Bridge.

I encourage you to try this out for yourself. If you have any questions about the process or would like to share your results with me, send me an email or find me on Facebook at

Minneapolis Double Exposure