June 2017

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota!

A few weeks ago I was hired to do a big commercial hospitality photography shoot for Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. Along with the help of Minneapolis, Minnesota, producer, Bobbi Seaquist, we scheduled twelve models/talent from the Twin Cities area, as well as photography assistants, Joey Tichenor and Alex Butterfield, to work over three days at the casino. We shot in hotel rooms, coffee shops, gift shops, lobbies, restaurants, bars, the gaming floor, golf course and pro shop. We were on a very tight schedule, so timing and scheduling were of the utmost importance, but everything went as smooth as could be expected and it turned out to be a very successful and fun shoot! Below are some highlights!

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Dean Riggott is a photographer located in Rochester, Minnesota, who has specialized in commercial photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include products, agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

 

Ballerina Botanicals Natural & Organic Skincare!

I was recently hired to do some product photography for an upstart company here in Rochester, Minnesota, called Ballerina Botanicals. Michaelene Karlen and her mother, Michelle Karlen, started making natural and organic skincare products for their own personal use a few years back and eventually had so many people asking them for it that they decided to start this company, and bam, things just took off! Now Michaelene, who was pursueing a professional dance career after spending a few years at a prestigious dance school in New York City, works full-time researching, making, marketing and selling Ballerina Botanicals skincare products. Their products are made with 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Every single ingredient is listed, so you will never have to question what you are putting on your skin. All products are cruelty-free and toxic-free. So how awesome is that?!

“We have a holistic approach to life because we feel it is important to keep harmful toxins, preservatives, and words we cannot pronounce out of our body. The simple life is a better life…period. This goes for our products too, because sometimes less is really more.” — Michaelene & Michelle Karlen.

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Rochester, Minnesota-based commercial photographer, Dean Riggott, has specialized in product photography since 1991. Other areas of expertise include environmental portraiture, agriculture, food, hospitality, corporate, commercial, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

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Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

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Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Future farmer

A young boy plays on his father’s old John Deere tractor on the family farm near Red Wing, Minnesota. I shot this while on a commercial shoot for SEMA Equipment, which has been one of my agricultural clients for a few years now. I absolutely love doing farm life photography, so was thrilled to be shooting a series of portraits of farmers with their old, often restored, John Deere Tractors, for a calendar they are putting together.

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Rochester, Minnesota, professional photographer, Dean Riggott, has specializes in commercial, corporate, editorial and advertising photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

What a beautiful setting!

As an agricultural photographer I am frequently on the road cruising around southern Minnesota, and beyond, either looking for awesome things to photograph or going from one scheduled shoot to another. On this particular day I had already been on four farms and was heading to one more to shoot an environmental portrait of a farmer with his old, restored, John Deere tractor for one of my clients, SEMA Equipment, when I came upon this beautiful setting in Fremont, Minnesota. I would absolutely love to live on a setting like this. How incredibly beautiful and peaceful. And for someone who loves farm photography, this was definitely something I had to stop and shoot!

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Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.