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Rethink Recycling!

Rethink Recycling logo

On this Earth Day at Lommel Photography we renew our pledge to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle by:

• Recycling all cardboard used to ship supplies and other items to our studio and home.

• Use clippings and organic waste from the yard, garden and kitchen to make compost that reinvigorates our soil or deliver to the Big Lake Compost Facility.

• Reuse or recycle plastic, glass, aluminum cans and other packaging materials.

Photography, fun and feathers

I had a great week at PPA's Imaging USA in San Antonio. The 2,500-mile bus ride with fellow photographers from MN, WI, IA and the Dakotas was a blast - and educational too! We snuck away from the convention for a few hours to visit the San Antonio Zoo. These Lorikeets didn't seem to mind my presence.

"Grease" was a hit on Becker HS stage

More than 100 cast and crew members performed "Grease" to sellout crowds last weekend at Becker High School. It's been a thrill to watch these young actors, musicians and techies bring entertaining musicals to the local stage! I had the privilage of photographing dress rehearsal last week. Check out the collection of 560+ photos at Go to "online orders." Great job everyone! -Chris

Friends and Photography

Just returned from a three-day professional photographers' convention in Watertown, South Dakota. Two of my prints were selected for the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association traveling loan collection. I learned a lot from excellent nationally-known speakers. Conventions are a great way to renew friendships and get pumped up with fresh ideas for high school seniors, children and families!

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Sydney's first session

Photographing newborns is such a joy. Looking through the viewfinder I can't help but wonder what they're thinking. At just four weeks old, little Sydney was quite curious about me and what was going on around her. Sydney's first portrait session was great fun. Her mother Amy, grandmother Rene and I shared many laughs as we watched the little baby in pink entertain us with cute expressions, quiet gestures and a few cries. I can't wait for the next session!

Noah and Hannah


Noah's growing up! During his third Baby Steps session, Noah and I had a great time playing on the white background. I can tell he wants to crawl, but seemed content staying put to enjoy the entertainment -- and flashing lights. Not to be outshined by her younger brother, Hannah joined the fun and shared some of her dance moves.

Dahlheimer Beverage shoot for CGI Communications

We have a part in the City of Monticello's upcoming launch of a new promotional video web page. Dahlheimer Beverage will be among the featured businesses and sponsors. Last week I photographed activity at the local distributor's warehouse and at Monticello's Hi-Way Liquors, one of Dahlheimer's many customers.

Elliott is one!

Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday when Elliott came to the studio for his first portrait session. But that was Jan. 13, 2009. Saturday we marked Elliott's first birthday as he and his parents, Stacey and Jamie, explored the new fallen snow. Elliott is one of the first babies to graduate from the Lommel Photography "Baby Steps" portrait program. Congratulations Elliott!

Big Lake Middle Schoolers share "Random Acts of Kindness"

Since raising teenagers of our own, I've had an appreciation for the work of middle school teachers and staff. Working with 6th, 7th and 8th graders trying to find their place in the world can be a challenge. But after spending all day Thursday photographing groups at the Big Lake Middle School, it's clear there are many young people who take a lot of pride in their accomplishments. They're also quick to offer "random acts of kindness." As I moved from one room to the next carrying camera equipment, a tripod and two light stands, students were always willing to lend a hand.