NTB Minneapolis

A few behind the scenes photos from the NEEDTOBREATHE show in Minneapolis

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Cold Water

You know it’s laughably cold when Lake Michigan, which had ice in it a few days ago, is now steaming at sunrise. The air temp is 1 degree F, with a wind chill of -17. Time to have some coffee and find something to edit here at home. ColdWater-1

Portugal & Morocco

Stefani and I ventured over the pond to Europe and North Africa for our honeymoon. It was 2 weeks of adventure and relaxation that will be engrained in our lives forever. We shared indulgent food, amazing vista’s and a few days of just sleeping and chilling out.

Here are a few of the views we witnessed in beautiful Morocco and Portugal.

Gear wise, I limited myself to the Canon 5Dmk3 and 3 lens’:  35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2 and 14mm 2.8

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Deep Morocco

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High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Berber

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Dades Valley, Morocco

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Afternoon Prayer

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Hillside Village

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Far Eastern Morocco

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Gateway to the Sahara

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Sunrise Trek

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Full Moon Dune Climb, Sahara Desert

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Our Hosts

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High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Roadside Vender

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Marrakech Souk

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Oh yeah, we went to Portugal too… Lisbon sunset above.

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Lisbon is a very cool little city…

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And Lagos, Southern tip of Portugal

My conclusion: the 35mm and 85mm I always said you could cover a wedding and most editorial shoots with alone, and apparently honeymoon’s too. The 14mm was nice to pull out in ideal locations. Portugal is a cool little gem of a country… highly recommend if you’re in Europe. Morocco, I’ve been wanting to see this side of Africa (World) for a while, and I was right, I loved it. It s a nice intro to a region that generally harbors skepticism, and yet the culture and people are extremely friendly and welcoming. We loved them both.

And we got some beautiful Moroccan rugs after an incredible negotiation with a masterful carpet salesman…. we walked away with 3.

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Stef and the Dealer