Prom Portraits

Sharon Academy held their annual prom over the weekend and I was asked back to portraits in a photo booth set-up for the fourth year. The event is open to every student in the school – it’s great being there as a volunteer to see my daughter, her friends and all of the others enjoying themselves! To see more and to order prints and downloads, follow this link (profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

Tall Tale

The other day, I said something to my wife that caught her attention as a writer. It doesn’t really matter what I said — the point is that it she wanted to use it as her own. “I might use that,” she said. “As long as I get credit,” I said. The conversation jogged my memory about a photo I made for the Valley News in May 1990, a Saturday Night Live skit I saw in Nov. 1991, and SNL comedian Dana Carvey.

At a meeting in Hanover, N.H., I photographed a man speaking about the history of a non-maintained town road a family wanted to use for their new home. I thought he looked like one of Dana Carvey’s character’s on SNL, and sent a print to Carvey saying so.

Over a year later, I happened to see a skit on the show with guest host Kiefer Sutherland. His character’s name? Geoffrey Hansen (or maybe it was Jeffrey Hanson). Could be a coincidence, but the name of the game show was Whose Ass Should I Kiss?

Rock of Ages

On Friday night our daughter and her Sharon Academy classmates put on a stellar performance of the musical Rock of Ages, a nostalgic celebration of 1980s music in Los Angeles. Once again, the all-school performance is impressive! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print and download profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

California Dreamin’

I just returned from a vacation with my wife, daughter and her friend in California, where we started in Los Angeles and ended up in San Francisco. It was a memorable trip and we had a great time! Here are a few of my favorite photos:

From top, a young visitor carries an umbrella for shade while walking on the main courtyard of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, a Los Angeles neighborhood. The museum opened in 1974 to house the art collection of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty; Friends pose for a portrait at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the $1.3 billion museum opened in Dec. 1997 and hosts an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually; Visitors look at a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey. Founded in 1984, the aquarium is on the site of a former sardine cannery and has an estimated two million visitors every year; A tourist looks out into San Francisco Bay during a boat tour in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is the second largest urban area in the American West with about 8 million residents; A visitor checks his cell phone under a room filled with projected video colors and music at the exhibit THE SUMMER OF LOVE EXPERIENCE: ART, FASHION AND ROCK & ROLL at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The show showcases the music, fashion and art of an era celebrating its 50th anniversary.


The other day, I received in the mail my signed copy of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis that features Daniel Corrigan’s excellent photography. While I love music and photographing musicians and performances, Dan’s vast archive puts mine to shame. He has photographed countless bands who either started in the city or were traveling through. I knew Dan when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, and wanted to do his portrait with other photographers for an arts class in 1988. Dan invited to a magazine shoot he was doing with the band Soul Asylum in a South Minneapolis apartment. He was kind and patient as I fumbled my way through the shoot — I was pleasantly surprised to see the photo included in his book!


While reading up on Dan’s book, I also found this interesting video Pitchfork did a year ago about him and his life.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.


Pirates of Penzance

On Friday night my wife and I had great seats to see our daughter and her Sharon Academy classmates’ opening night performance of The Pirates of Penzance. I brought my camera along and made photos of their impressive performance, a play they learned in only a few weeks! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print sales profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).






Family Memories

As time passes, moments in photography take on a new life. While visiting my family in South Dakota in 1991, I spent the day with my grandfather, taking pictures and cherishing my time with him. After he passed away eight years later, I gave everyone prints of him enjoying an ice cream with me in a small town diner. Mine is still on my desk at home, a memory of a wonderful day.