Light Painted Holiday Wedding Photograph at Rush Creek Golf Course
We started off our 2019 light paintings with a bang at Sam and Taylor's wedding in  January!
Just three weeks after Ryan and Kayla's wedding, which was also at Rush Creek (that image, and its story, can be found in "The Stories Behind the Light Paintings - Page One"), we were back for Sam and Taylor's pretty wedding reception there!
With wind chills in the minus 20s, we were not going to be light painting outside that night. We did take the wedding party outside for some photographs during the daylight hours, but we worked very, very quickly!
We were back at the pretty Grand Staircase for their light painting. This time in a bit different location, and I went horizontal this time!
A pretty light painted holiday wedding photograph at the Grand Staircase at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove, MN.

Sam and Taylor's pretty light painted holiday wedding photograph at the Grand Staircase at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Light Painted Photograph of New Brighton Aerial #498 and Unit #3
It was March, and I was itching for something cool to light paint. So I contacted my friends at the New Brighton Fire Department and asked them if I could "Come over and play?"
They told me that this big guy was about to be replaced with a brand-new rig, so it needed a proper send-off!
Unit #3 is the 1955 CJ-5 Jeep that you see right beside her. Unit #3 is used for parades these days.
Light Painting of New Brighton, Minnesota's Aerial #498 and Unit #3, a 1955 CJ5 Jeep.

Light Painting of New Brighton, Minnesota's Aerial #498 and Unit #3, a 1955 CJ5 Jeep. Due to rainy weather, this unique image was created in the station house.

Light Painting New Brighton Fire Truck #494
This one was created right after completing the light painting of #498 and the Jeep CJ5. 
I looked at firefighter Mike Schute, my trusty firetruck light painting assistant in New Brighton, and he said something like, "You want to do another one, don't you?"  I probably replied with, "Only, if it's okay with you?" So we did!
I've added kids, usually in post-production, to many of my fire truck and construction vehicle light paintings. Here's our grandson, Ryder, who Grandpa added in back in the studio via green screen!
Light painted photo of New Brighton, Minnesota Fire Truck #494, with a little boy and his fire extinguisher.

An awesome light painted photograph of New Brighton, Minnesota Fire Truck #494 in the station house. Our adorable grandson, Ryder, was added in post-production.

Light Painted Wedding Photograph at Elsie's Restaurant Bar & Bowling Center
Heather and Taran's wedding at Elsie's Restaurant Bar & Bowling Center was really fun! They had a fifties-themed wedding, and they encouraged everyone to dress the part, so Joannie and I did too!
It was early spring in Minnesota and that means it's not too impressive looking outside. So, "Back to the bar!" we went for their light painted wedding photograph! Yep, we photographed at another open bar at a wedding, and a pretty cool-looking one at that!
Joannie thinks I'm crazy every time we attempt a light painting at an active bar. She's probably right. But many bars are nothing but details, just like this one. And I know I can make them look fantastic when light painting them!
A cool looking light painted wedding photograph of the bride and groom in from of the amazing bar at Elsie's Restaurant Bar & Bowling Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Taran and Heather's amazing light painted wedding photograph in front of the awesome bar at Elsie's Restaurant Bar & Bowling Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Light Painting Wedding Photography at Dellwood Hills Country Club
Spring took a turn for the better, and that meant that we could once again get back outdoors for pretty wedding photographs, and outdoor light painting too!
Mike and Linda's amazing April wedding day began with a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
It concluded with quite a celebration at Dellwood Hills Country Club in Dellwood, Minnesota!
While there, Joannie and I created this beautiful light painted wedding photograph, under a massive pine tree by the golf course!
A stunning light painted wedding photograph created at dusk at Dellwood Hills Country Club, in Dellwood, MN.

Mike and Linda's stunning light painted wedding photograph created at dusk ,under a huge pine tree, at Dellwood Hills Country Club, in Dellwood, Minnesota.

Light Painted Wedding Photo at the White Bear Yacht Club
Yes, another wedding light painting! At this point, we'd only been light painting for a little over two years.
Many of our unique projects were created at weddings. I was starting to display my light paintings at car shows to get more vehicles to light paint.
But, what we did have going for us was weddings, and lots of them! So we kept practicing and learning our craft every chance we could. 
What makes this particular wedding light painting unique is that it was done in broad daylight! 
James and Erin's wedding day was complete by 3:00 pm. Yep, their pretty outdoor ceremony on White Bear Lake, and their wonderful luncheon afterward, all finished up almost six hours before the sunset!
Well, we had a streak going! We'd created a light painting at every wedding for nearly two years, including weddings with blizzards and sub-zero weather! We weren't going to not light paint at a wedding if I could help it!
It's a good thing that we own a lot of powerful strobes!
A pretty light painted wedding photograph of the bride and groom in a cedar grove at the White Bear Yacht Club in White Bear Lake, MN.

A pretty light painted wedding photograph, created in the daytime, of James and Erin in a cedar grove at the White Bear Yacht Club in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Light Painting at the Solar Arts Building
Casey and Cassie's light painted wedding photograph was a just bit on the busy side.
I say that because the cool location that we found was in a high-traffic area at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis, MN.
Joannie and I did a lot of waiting for this spot to be "people-free" in between exposures, but it was worth all of the waiting!
This cool, rustic spot, was just made to be light painted!
An unusual light painted wedding photograph of the bride and groom at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis, MN.

Casey and Casie's cool light painted wedding photograph at their reception at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis, MN.

Dyke Delta N71AW Light Painting
Time to break away from weddings for a moment. This unique home-built aircraft was my very first light painting project of an airplane!  
The story behind this one is epic! It took Alan, the plane's builder, over 34 years to complete the build!
Alan and I have become friends since this project and he's been instrumental in getting my feet wet at the EAA Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
As with all of the other light paintings on this page, the fun story behind this image's creation can be found by clicking on the button below. This one is extra special!
A cool light painted photograph of Dyke Delta N71AW at the Richard I Bong Airport in Superior, WI.

Here's Alan, and his wonderful home-build Dyke Delta airplane. We created this together on a chilly night at the Richard I Bong Airport in Superior, Wisconsin.

Light Painted Photograph of Gregg's Vintage Gas Station and a 67 Ford Mustang
This light painting is one of the crowd favorites that I display at car shows, and it's no wonder why. 
The Mustang is certainly very cool, but Gregg's Vintage Gas Station is freakin amazing! I wish that there were more of these restored buildings around. They are simply fantastic for light painting!
You're going to be seeing much more from this fabulous location because I've been back several times!
A stunning light painted photograph of a red 67 Ford Mustang at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, MN.

A stunning light painted photograph of a red 67 Ford Mustang light painted, along with Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, Minnesota

Light Painting at Vadnais Heights Commons
Why so many wedding light paintings you ask? Well, everything you've seen so far was all pre-COVID. The wedding scene would change a lot in just a few months.
We were still getting the word out about our vehicle light painting and things were beginning to take off. 
Mark and Jenna's cool light painted photograph was created at Vadnais Heights Commons in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. Such a pretty light painting of a fantastic couple!
A pretty light painted wedding photo of the bride and groom at Vadnais Heights Commons, in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.

Mark and Jenna's pretty light painted wedding photo at Vadnais Heights Commons, in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.

The Light Painting of "World-Famous" Betty's Pies!
This one is just too cool!
Joannie and I light painted "World-Famous" Betty's Pies on one of our annual "North Shore Weekends." These special weekends are when we meet our clients up on Lake Superior to create their portraits. We've been doing this for nearly 30 years!
We stopped by Betty's earlier in the day to see if they would let us try it. They gave us the thumbs up!
Betty's Pies is an institution on the North Shore of Lake Superior! If you're ever there for food and pie, you can purchase a postcard of this very image!
A stunning light painting of the "World-Famous" Betty's Pies in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The Aurora Borealis is in view.

Light painting of "World-Famous" Betty's Pies, under the Aurora Borealis, in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Keller Golf Course Light Painting
Michael and Julie's wedding day began at the incredibly beautiful Assumption Catholic Church in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. It is one of the prettiest churches you'll find anywhere!
Their awesome wedding reception was held at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minnesota. It was there that we came up with this pretty light painting for our newlyweds!
A pretty light painted wedding photo of the bride and groom at sunset at their Keller Golf Course wedding reception in Maplewood, MN.

A pretty light painted wedding photo of Michael and Juile, created at sunset during their Keller Golf Course wedding reception in Maplewood, Minnesota.

Light Painting a Zamboni!
Here's a vehicle you might not think of when talking about light painting photography, a Zamboni!
I created this fun and unique light painting as part of Lindsey's senior portraits. 
Joannie and I photographed her parent's wedding, Gail and Craig, back in 1993! And we have photographed Lindsey on many occasions since she was born. 
So, with that background, I wanted to create something unique as part of her senior portrait session, so a trip to the Lichtscheidl Arena was in order! 
After some fun hockey photos on the ice, we were fortunate enough to have the Zamboini at our disposal.
 I just had to light paint it!
A cool light painted senior photo with a Zamboni!  The image was created at Lichtscheidl Arena in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Lindsey's light painted senior photo with a Zamboni at Lichtscheidl Arena in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Engagement Light Painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village 
I created this image as part of April & Darrick's engagement photo session. The Country Grist Mill is right there on-site at Little Log House.
We would return for another amazing light painting at the same crazy location on their wedding day (if you've been there, you'll know what I mean)! 
And yes, that one does have a car in it, a vintage 50's Sherrif's Car!
A cool light painted engagement photo created at the Country Grist Mill located at Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, MN.

Darrick and April's cool light painted engagement photograph. This image was created at the Country Grist Mill located at Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

Light Painting a 1957 C1 Corvette
The very next night after creating Darrick and April's light painted engagement photograph, I was at it again.
On this night, I would be light painting a beautiful 1957 C1 Corvette, which, at the time, was only the second Vette that I'd ever light painted.
As you'll see in our future stories, it certainly wasn't the last time I'd be light painting a Corvette! I've light painted this particular Corvette several times since then, as well as its "cousin" a stunning 58!
I've now created enough light paintings of Corvettes that they have their very own page on this website!
This Corvette's owner, Jean, has become a good friend of ours! We've attended many local car shows with her, each time with one of her Corvettes there, along with my light painting of it, on display!
A beautiful light painted photo of a 1957 C1 Corvette Convertible by a pond.

Here's Jean's very first light painting of her 1957 C1 Corvette Convertible. This pretty image would be the start of a great friendship, and where my love for light painting Corvette's really started to blossom!

Light Painting the Pillsbury Building on the University of Minnesota Campus
Kevin & Carolina's light painting came about because we were unable to create a light painting on their wedding day.
Their wedding reception was held at a restaurant in a residential neighborhood, and there wasn't a place to create one. Since we knew this way ahead of their wedding day, we made alternate plans.
A couple of months after their wedding, we created this whopper of a light painting!
Both of our newlyweds had attended the U of M, and so we decided that it would be a great place to create something cool!
We certainly did so in a big way, with the massive Pillsbury Building on the University of Minnesota Campus!
This is still the largest "thing" that I've ever light painted.
An amazing light painted portrait of a cute couple and the Pillsbury Building on the University of Minnesota Campus.

An amazing light painted post-wedding portrait of Kevin and Carolina at the Pillsbury Building on the University of Minnesota Campus.

Light Painted Photograph of a 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe
By now, I was starting to get some real interest in having light paintings created by car owners, but the biggest problem was that another winter was right around the corner. Bummer.
However, before the cold weather returned, I had the opportunity to light paint this wonderful 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe at that amazing vintage gas station in Carver, Minnesota!
A stunning light painted photograph of a 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, MN.

A stunning light painted photograph of Steve and Sandra's wonderful 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday CoupeI We created this cool image at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, MN.

Wedding Day Light Painted Photographs
On Dan and Traci's wedding day, we would be treated to a pretty outdoor ceremony at Bohemian Flats Park in Minneapolis, followed immediately by a fantastic "floating" wedding reception on the Paradise Lady Yacht! 
Then, we were all treated to a wonderful evening cruise on the Mississippi River, with a delicious dinner, and a casino night to boot!
Since it would be very tight quarters on the boat, Joannie and I made it our mission to create multiple smaller light paintings earlier in the day for our newlyweds.
Historic Minneapolis Courthouse Light Painting
Just hours after Dan and Traci's wedding, we were back in downtown Minneapolis for Chris and Becky's sweet wedding at the Historic Minneapolis Courthouse!
This would be a wedding that was concluded fairly early in the day. So, since it would not be dark out during our photography coverage. So we went with the indoor light painting route.
This would also be the first time that we began a wedding day with a light painting. We created this before any of their family and friends had even arrived for the wedding!
And, it looks pretty darn cool!
A pretty light painted wedding photograph of the bride and groom at the Historic Minneapolis Courthouse in Minneapolis, MN.

Chris and Becky's cool light painted wedding photograph. We created this image at the very beginning of their wedding day at the Historic Minneapolis Courthouse in Minneapolis, MN.

Light Painting a Pair of Ford Mustangs
Just three days after Chris and Becky's wedding, I was light painting once again! And, once again, I was back at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station for the second time in less than a week!
This time, I would be light painting a pair of Ford Mustangs! This stunning light painting, with owners Scott and Deb, included both a 1968 and a 2014. 
This one took a long time to photograph as we hit the dew point that night and the 68 didn't like it very much. We had to wipe it down about a zillion times. 
Lesson learned. Do the older cars first when the temperatures are falling!
An awesome light painted photograph of a pair of Ford Mustangs, a 68 and a 2014, along with their owners. This amazing image was dated at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, MN.

An awesome light painted photograph of a pair of Ford Mustangs, a 1968 and 2014, along with their owners. This amazing image was dated at Gregg's Vintage Gas Station in Carver, MN.

Light Painting Wedding Photography at the "The Port" in the St. James Hotel
Michael and Anne's fun wedding day was just three days after Scott & Deb's Mustang light painting.
This would officially be the third time that we light painted at a bar while it was open! Not only was this one open, but it was open to the public!
And, just to make sure that everything could be as crazy as can be, there were guests from another wedding in there too!
We had some extremely understanding patrons and bartenders behind the making of this image! The fact that we had a bride and groom with us and that everyone was drinking, might have played into Joannie and I "getting the shot"!
This was one crazy stretch! In 18 days, we photographed 3 weddings, with at least one light painting created at each one, one engagement session that also had a full scene light painting, another portrait light painting at the U of M, and 4 light painted cars! Whew!
A pretty light painted wedding photograph created at "The Port, a cute bar located in St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN.

A pretty light painted wedding photograph in "The Port, a cute bar located on the lower level of the famous St. James Hotel in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Wes and Lindsey's Light Painted Wedding Photograph at Grandview Lodge
Joannie and I had the honor of photographing Wes and Lindsey's October destination wedding at Grandview Lodge. 
They couldn't have had a more interesting day, weather-wise!
It snowed (snowglobe style), off and on throughout the day. But, combined with the peaking fall colors, it was just stunning (but kind of chilly)!
We created this really "cool" (pun intended) wedding light painting during their reception at The Gull Lake Center.
A beautiful light painted fall wedding photograph of the bride and groom at The Gull Lake Center at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, MN.

A beautiful light painted fall wedding photograph of Wes and Lindsey during their wedding reception at The Gull Lake Center at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, MN.

Light Painting Our "Storytime with Santa" Set
We closed out our light painting photography for 2019 in a big way with who else? Yes, it's Santa Claus!
The Best Santa Experience was in full swing once again, helping us to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis!
You can have your amazing encounter with Mr. Kringle!
Visit our dedicated Santa Experience website at: www.TheBestSantaExperience.com and book your private time with the man in red for this year!
Santa Claus reads "The Night Before Christmas" to a cute little boy. This light painted photograph was created at The Best Santa Experience on their "Storytime with Santa" set.

Santa Claus reads "The Night Before Christmas" to a cute little boy. This Christmas photo with Santa was created during The Best Santa Experience on our light painted "Storytime with Santa" set. 

Well, this completes the collection of our 2019 light painted photographs, and their linked backstories. We'll be starting a new collection of our 2020 light paintings, and beyond, on a brand new page, that will be coming soon! Thank you for taking the time to check out some of the history of our light painting magic. - Mike & Joannie
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