Portrait Special plus Kay and Carla

These are some images from the super fun photoshoot that I did with Carla and Kay last week, two of my absolute favourite people in the world. Special thanks to Theresa and her hubby for the use of their amazingly cute farm!

As many of you know, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately working in the world of video and audio editing so I’ve been a bit quiet on the photography front. I’m hoping to fix that this summer with lots of equally exciting shoots, and I’m hoping to do so with YOU! To that end, I’m running an on-location portrait special for anyone in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. Just $125 for a standard 2 hour session at a location of your choosing! We’ll get together and make some beautiful images! To book your slot during this special, just send me an email at drayke@photosynthetique.com or call 612-424-9760 (if I don’t answer, make sure to leave voicemail!) before July 1st! I can’t wait to hear from you!


Additional Credits for this shoot:
Carla’s Dress: Samantha Rei
Kay’s Crop Top: Megan Maude
Kay’s Skirt: KMK Designs


The Two Old Lady Theory of History

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

From a really fascinating article on Pajiba- “The first color photographs and the two old lady theory of history”:


“…we see on paper that the Civil War was 150 years ago, and our mind boggles at that span of time. …  But find yourself the right great-grandmother, the sort who likes to tell stories of the alien worlds of a long time ago to the patient kids who prefer to hear strong-voiced tales to running amuck in the yard. Find the right one, and she might just tell you about a time when she was a little girl listening to tales at the feet of her great-grandmother, pass on to you the firsthand words of someone who saw slaves and masters with her own two eyes. Slavery was an eternity ago when you think of 150 years, but it was the day before yesterday if you remember that it was just two old ladies ago.”

Emily at the Beach


Although it’s a bit unusual to be doing a model shoot on Easter, the timing just happened to be right and I had a seriously fantastic shoot with Emily Z. yesterday near Schaper Park in Golden Valley, MN. It was a blast and was reminded why she is such a joy to work with; she knows her angles, she knows what works with her physique and she can hold a pose extremely well!


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Along the Tracks

I can't believe she didn't freeze! It was cold!

Crouching Hair, Hidden Face