Me! - ChrisGerberPhotography

My Short Story

I Cannot Imagine Not Doing This!

Think Rolex and HulaHoop all together, like RolaHoop. If you like classic beauty spiced with your fun side, you have come to the right place. 

I am a Minneapolis based photographer who has a hard time not creating the next piece of art who has been shooting passionately for about twenty years. It started, way back.

At three years old, I could be impressed by most things. My grandfather would visit about once a week. He rarely failed to bring his brownie camera so my sister and I could pose with our toy guns, cowboy hats, dolls, bikes, or whatever we could in front of the two-toned, brown 1960 Ford Fairlane. We became pretty adept at begging to be photographed without really looking like we were begging. Grandpa always got it. Back then black and white pictures - all we could afford - usually took a week to get back. It was a longggg week wait.  When they arrived, I poured over the detail, expressions, background and whatever else I could see. I was totally hooked! It all fascinated me. Later, I learned much from stories of life around the world in Life, Look, and National Geographic magazines. Anything with pictures that told a story, especially historic stories, captivated me. The fascination has stayed a very long time.

When I grew up and could afford a camera, I met my future wife. She was the manager of the camera store and sold me my first camera. I took a while to ask her out, being the shy type I was. Happily, she said yes, we “clicked” and the relationship “developed”…sorry, I couldn't help it. We had two kids who grew up too fast. They learned to run the other way when dad had his camera. For good reason, too. They were very photogenic, so dad had his camera much of the time. Starting a few years ago as normally happens, they were old enough to not need dad around so much and my photography began to take off. I suppose it's one of the many circles of life. As they grew up, so did my passion.

I photograph mainly people (portraits) and weddings. I especially love and cherish the experience of weddings. Photos of families starting on their first day have special meaning to me. I have fun on the blog, too. I call it beyondthegiggle.com. It is named after that tickly, good feeling you get when you see your own portrait or wedding album and really, really like it. Tickles are happy. Check out the blog. It has some fun stories.

I live in Edina, MN with my wife, occasionally my two kids who are grown and way too busy to spend much time at home, our puppy Lucy, and Jasper the horse living somewhere outside the Twin Cities. We also spend quite a bit of time in Sarasota where the white stuff in the photo is not snow, but sand on the beach. 

I would love to get to know you. Feel free to contact me.

You can contact me at  chris@chrisgerberphotography.com

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