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Minneapolis Music Photographer :: Ali Gray Live + Win a Starbucks Gift Card!

Hello folks! It’s amazing what a little sunlight will do for your mood. Sure, rain is in the forecast but that means the snow will melt faster. For this, I am thankful! I’m also thankful for one, Ali Gray.

I met Ali many moons ago when she joined the Martin Zellar Neil Diamond tribute show that my husband was a part of. Ali was the “new girl” that joined the band when the original back up singer moved to Los Angeles. We were skeptical. Ali was super cute (she still is of course!) and sang her heart out… but she was still the new girl… poor girl. Do you remember being the new kid on the block when you where a kid? Trying to make friends in an already established bunch of brats? But Ali is full of grace and has a big heart, something we all soon found out, and she blended in with the group and the wives like she had been there for years. As the years passed, I have become best of friends with Ali. We have seen each other through the good times and the bad times. Ali is a true gem. Last November Ali released her second solo album, Johnson Street. I was able to follow along with her in her journey as she recorded Johnson Street. Then I had the honor to photograph the CD release party at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. Words cannot express how proud I am of Ali and how blessed my family is to have her part of our lives. And I think that everyone should run over to CDBaby and buy her album!

I also want to do something new and fun with my blog. I want you to comment! So here is the deal. At the bottom of each blog post there is a place for you to leave a comment. Please do so! Every person who leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks. This is something I may turn into a weekly contest. So lets get started now. Leave a comment and your name will be entered. I will draw the winning name at random on Friday morning at 9am!

To find more information about Ali Gray and her music, please visit

Lisa FischerMarch 9, 2010 - 7:39 pm

These are gorgeous shots Michelle! Wow, she is SO PRETTY.

Cynthia RobbMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Simply outstanding! Talent is busting out all over!

Lisa AnguianoMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

You are such a great writer Michelle. That piece was beautiful, as is Ali and the photos!

Melissa HemmingsonMarch 9, 2010 - 8:52 pm

These are really beautiful, Michelle! Love the way the lights and the color pop out in the color shots.

Paula DurkinMarch 9, 2010 - 9:03 pm

You are a fantastically talented artist.

Jessi MeyerMarch 9, 2010 - 11:12 pm

Great shots! LOVE!

Jessica TuttleMarch 10, 2010 - 6:59 am

I don’t think that she could be more gorgeous if she tried! Great work Michelle!

BrandieMarch 10, 2010 - 9:55 am

Ali Gray is not only gorgeous, but uber talented as well! I love her voice and her songs are always so intelligent. She reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan, you really have to dig into the lyrics because there’s always a story. Love her!

Karen IffertMarch 10, 2010 - 10:15 am

I remember when Ali first started singing with Marin… could she replace the gal who left? Would she be right for the band? Not only did she prove very capable, she won everyone over… and was beautiful besides. The photos are wonderful. Congrats on the CD, Ali and kudos on the photos, Michelle:o)

carmenMarch 10, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Love those photos–I never get that close when I go to concerts 🙂

Nate KinseyMarch 11, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Wow, these photos are amazing. I was at this show and you have captured the evening perfectly! I feel like I am back at the Varsity again! Great work!!!!

MIke MinnemaMarch 14, 2010 - 8:41 pm

I am pround and happy that Ali has done so well, one of those people that I met long ago and new that she was going to go places, very nicely worded.

Stillwater Engagement Photographer :: Shooting in the Stillwater Caves

The snow is melting and birds are singing. Spring is in the air. Yet I still find myself daydreaming of Mexico with my little family. I’m abruptly transported back to reality when I step out of my car into a huge puddle of water. Can you even call it a puddle when it is so full that is soaks through to the top of a pair of Friar knee high boot? On the plus side, this white stuff is melting but I still tell myself that there is no way I can spend another winter in Minnesota. Something I have been telling myself for 12 years and I am still here.

Thank goodness I have amazing opportunities to photograph super cool people in super cool Minnesota locations. That does put a smile on my face even though I have wet feet. Check this session out. We shot in the caves in Stillwater. When I heard we were doing a shoot there I started to panic. I’m über (just for you Jes!) claustrophobic and was freaking myself out a bit during the shoot. But look at these beautiful people! I quickly did the math and realized I had enough time to take some super cool pictures and had enough oxygen until we went back outside.

Jessi MeyerMarch 9, 2010 - 11:14 pm

simply gorgeous!

Minneapolis Music Photographer :: Sound of Simon in Fairmont Published!

Last Saturday night I had the honor to visit the beautiful Fairmont Opera House in Fairmont, MN. Sound of Simon, a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band, was playing that evening. I was able to meet a lot of really cool people, indulged in some awesome music and captured some great pictures. I am honored to be featured on the KKOJ Radio website with one of my pictures of Eric Roberts. Please enjoy these other pictures and tune into Bob Rambo, “The Old Professor”, on Classic 105.7 (Jackson, MN – Spirit Lake, Iowa).