bioReally, this is more a why, than it is an about. When people ask me what I do for a living, and I say I’m a photographer, the next question is almost never about my qualifications and almost always some form of – “What do you like to photograph?” It’s a simple enough question.

For me, the what of photography is directly tied to the why. Like a spot-on shot is dependent on good light and composition, the two can’t be separated.

Beyond that, it’s about people. And rural place. More importantly, it’s about shedding light on the beauty, wonder, and complexity of a chosen way of life.

At the end of the day, I hope my photographs help show that rural American life is vibrant, diverse, and continuously evolving. Even better, that it’s relevant.


Select Clients

  • University of Minnesota
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund
  • Essentia Foundation
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Iron Range Resources
  • Itasca Economic Development Corporation
  • Renewing the Countryside
  • Minnesota Wood Campaign
  • Kootasca Community Action
  • Advocates for Family Peace
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • United Way of 1,000 Lakes
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Lake and Home Magazine
  • Minnesota Monthly
  • Business North
  • Lake Country Journal
  • Knight Ridder Newspapers
  • St. Luke’s
  • Virginia Regional Medical Center
  • Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital
  • Riverwood Healthcare Center
  • River Grand Senior Living
  • Minnesota Energy Resources
  • Minnesota Power
  • Great River Energy
  • UPM
  • Cleveland Cliffs
  • U.S. Steel
  • Initio Advertising
  • Geiger Bevelo
  • The JPG Group
  • White Ivy Design
  • Russell and Herder
  • Independent School District #318
  • Itasca Community College
  • Camp Mishawaka
  • Applebee’s
  • AmericInn
  • Timberlake Lodge
  • Grand Rapids State Bank
  • First National Bank of Coleraine
  • U.S. Bank



“John creates eye-catching and emotive editorial photography. He’s responsive and understands the visual and contextual aspects of storytelling.”

Jennifer Bevis
Communications Assistant
Blandin Foundation

“John is a gifted photographer and a strategic and conceptual thinker. He is also genuinely personable and goes to great lengths to produce results.”

Carrie Curtiss Wallin
Rainier Cancer Center

“It’s not often that we get to work with a level-headed and talented person who is fun to work with, but still conducts himself in a purely professional manner. We enjoyed the experience quite a bit.”

Glenn Chipman, Art Director, and Kelly Anderson, Account Services
Initio Advertising

“You don’t realize all the creative thinking and planning that is happening as John is casually chatting and making everyone feel comfortable. He comes out of the conversation with a plan and carries it through brilliantly.”

Krista Matison
Krista Matison Design

“UPM is a global company with very specific brand guidelines. John is consistently able to apply his own creative thinking within those guidelines to produce photography that strengthens and energizes our stories.”

Marsha Miller
Communications Consultant

“John has the unique ability to capture the essence of a place in a way that resonates and moves. His photographs are an important part of the story that we tell.”

Megan Christianson
Executive Director
Visit Grand Rapids