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Natural Ice

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© 2014 Eric L. Braem
Click the image or here for an audio-slideshow from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

In a winter when Lake Superior was more than 90 percent covered in ice, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore saw almost 140,000 visitors trek to see its natural ice sculptures. I and my friends were a few of them. Read the rest of this page »

Holiday Movies at the Depot

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Muppet Kermit the Frog dwarfs the humans in attendance at the Union Depot’s holiday movie night, Dec. 14, 2013.

Patrons at the Saint Paul Union Depot were treated to Muppets, “miracles” and love, actually, on the first of two nights of free, holiday movies this December. Click the image above or here for a selection of photographs I created for Studio McCutch and the Depot.

Cantor Conference Concert

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The American Conference of Cantors was in Minnetonka Tuesday, July 2, 2013, while in the Twin Cities for its annual convention. The Cantors performed to full pews at Bet Shalom Congregation. Click the image above or the link below to see more photos from the event.

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A score of six-month-Cecily shots

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Cecily Aria at six months

My doll-faced niece was six-months old this winter; here are 20 photos commemorating that special time for her and her family.  Congratulations Justin, Bahareh and Cece!

And happy birthday, Dad!

Re-live ‘Synthesis’ at Gallery 122

The art of Silvia Yordonova and Brant Kingman on display at Gallery 122 in Minneapolis, March 22.

A patron examines the art of Silvia Yordonova and Brant Kingman on display at Gallery 122 in Minneapolis, March 22.

Check out more than 50 images from this special event at kingman.smugmug.com!

Click here for Silvia’s art on Facebook.

A very big thanks to Patrick McCutchan and Studio McCutch!

Because it’s flippin’ cold and gray…

Copyright Eric L Braem, no use without written permission.

Ahh, warm sunshine and color! Lake Harriet, Minneapolis.

Interested in prints or digital versions of this image? Email Eric!


Union Depot grand (re)opening

Bedlam Theatre actors mark the opening of St. Paul’s Union Depot with a dance Dec. 8, 2012.

The Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul reopened to the public late in 2012. I covered the all-day event with Patrick McCutchan for Studio McCutch. In addition to portrait photography, our studio specializes in event photojournalism. Click the image or here to see a number of my favorite images from the grand opening, which included speeches, demonstrations, theatrical performances and games.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at First Avenue

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Click the image to see an audio-video-slideshow thingy of my photos from the Dec. 1, 2012 show at the First Avenue mainroom.

Through a quick turn of events, Patrick (whom I work with at Studio McCutch) found ourselves photographing the second concert of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ two-night stop in Minneapolis on their 2012 winter tour.  I happen to be a fan, and they put on a raucous show at First Avenue on Dec. 1.  I hope this audio-slideshow of my photographs, and a few video clips, do it justice.

Make sure to click the cog below of the video to watch and listen in high definition.

A big “thank you” to Patrick McCutchan, Mark Potter, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (plus their posse).  The song included with the video is “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) off their epic 2012 album The Heist.

Please get in touch if you’re interested in having us create a project like this for you.

50 EyEs

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A new eyeglass outlet coming to the Twin Cities offers some interesting angles during construction.

A new eyewear retail store in Saint Paul is scheduled to open soon. Working for EyEs Limited has kept me busy in 2012. This gallery of 50 images tells the story of its construction on the first floor of the Gallery Building, to be finished soon. I suppose I could have titled it, “50 photos of EyEs Limited,” but I didn’t; it doesn’t sound as fun. Click on the photo or [here] to view the gallery.


Kara looks Juicy in PLAYwear.

Click away on the photo or [here] to view an audio gallery from a fashion shoot for Silvia Yordanova’s PLAYwear collection. Silvia’s fantastical designs aim to honor the playfulness of the spirit and are sure to create a clamor in the club.

Please give the slideshow a few moments to load and note the full-screen button in the bottom-right corner.