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Visual stories from my life and work.

One hundred (or more) pumpkins

This short video came about as a collaboration between myself and my friends Jaime Chismar, a designer, and Robyn Dochterman, a chocolatier. Each autumn Robyn makes these edible chocolate pumpkins, all are hand-painted and unique. We wanted to show them off on social media, so we photographed them all and created this fun video.

My friend Kelly's foster kittens

My kind-hearted, cat-loving friend Kelly is fostering nine kittens and the mother cat for several weeks. She's a volunteer "cat cuddler" – such a sweet job – at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. I made this short video for her on a recent visit to meet the kittens.

Autumn in Minnesota

Fall in Minneapolis was spectacular this year – warm days, gorgeous color and glowing sunsets. I made this video on a walk one afternoon at Silverwood Park while practicing handheld camera movement. I'm also experimenting with adding my handwriting to some of my videos.

Twin Cities Marathon video

Cheering on the runners in the Twin Cities Marathon is such an uplifting experience, and I try to do it every year (with the exception of the few years I ran in it myself). This year I watched from the mile 7 marker near Lake Harriet, and I made this video of the competitors and spectators.

New video work with Gentleman Forager

As both a food- and nature-lover, I was thrilled when Mike Kempenich asked me to accompany him and his team at Gentleman Forager on a hunt for wild edible greens this spring. We met up early in the morning, piled into a pickup and headed south to several secret locations. I had a blast following the crew along cold trout streams harvesting watercress and into the woods for wild onions and stinging nettles. What impressed me most was how hard these guys worked. We worked until sundown to fill orders coming in from local restaurants. Next time I see watercress, ramps, wild onions, foraged mushrooms or nettles on a menu, I'll be far more appreciative of the effort that went into delivering them to the chef and ultimately to my table.

Be sure to watch for my hand-lettering early in this video. I took a modern calligraphy class through Minneapolis College of Art and Design's continuing education program. I'm planning to incorporate this beautiful art form into my video work more in the future.