Stockholm, Paris, Copenhagen, and Food

Paris Day 1 Eiffel Tower Long Exposure

Though the weather might have been all over the place and we may or may not have lost our house on the outskirts of Copenhagen at 3am (long story), it was nice to have a trip just be a trip without the work prefix. Food was the deciding factor for most of the daily plans, and I'd go back to Copenhagen 5 minutes ago if I could. 

Sweden, France, and Denmark are below in no particular order.

Paris Day 4
Copenhagen Day 2
Paris Day 2 Eiffel Tower from Paris Street
Paris Day 4
Paris Day 1
Copenhagen Day 2 Louisiana Museum
Paris Day 3
Paris Day 1
Paris Day 1 Jonathan Grado Portrait
Sweden Day 2
Copenhagen Day 2
Sweden Day 2
Paris Day 2 Little Red Door Long Exposure
Paris Day 1 Eiffel Tower Long Exposure
Copenhagen Day 2
Paris Day 2 Eiffel Tower from Paris Street
Sweden Day 2 Kyra Johnson Portrait
Paris Day 4
Sweden Day 2
Copenhagen Day 2
Copenhagen Day 2 Superkilen Park
Paris Day 4 Merci Storefront
Copenhagen Day 1
Paris Day 2
Paris Day 2
Sweden Day 2
Paris Day 2
Paris Day 1
Copenhagen Day 1
Copenhagen Day 1
Sweden Day 2
Copenhagen Day 1
Copenhagen Day 2 Louisiana Museum
Copenhagen Day 3
Paris Day 2 Mitch Phun Portrait
Paris Day 2
Paris Day 2
Paris Day 1 Eiffel Tower Long Exposure
Paris Day 3
Paris Day 1
Copenhagen Day 2 Superkilen Park
Copenhagen Day 1
Sweden Day 1
Paris Day 2
Copenhagen Day 2
Paris Day 2
Sweden Day 1
Sweden Day 1
Paris Day 3
Copenhagen Day 2
Copenhagen Day 1
Paris Day 2
Paris Day 1
Copenhagen Day 2 Superkilen Park
Paris Day 3

Any photos of me are by Mitch Phun and Kyra Johnson.

Mentioned in Chicago Tribune Story

...Jonathan is quite an accomplished photographer. He uses an X-T2 and you can see some of his images at jonathangrado.com. As you will see, in the hands of a skilled photographer the X-T2 can create exquisite images.
— Chicago Tribune

I was just emailed a heads-up that I was included in this Chicago Tribune story on Fuji cameras and photography. I've been using a Fuji X-T1/X-T2 for the past few years for everything. While seeing some friends 50 megapixel photos blown up makes me a little envious, I've been addicted to to the nimbleness and color reproduction of my X-T2.

Update: Seems like the Tribune link has been changed a few times but this one hasn't so I'll just leave it here.

Minneapolis: General Mills and a Lobby

Skyline View from Stone Arch Bridge

In part of Grado working with General Mills on a project, they were nice enough to fly me out to visit their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've never been and expected a ton of snow with -5 degree weather. I went on a good week though and the temperature was a scorching 20 degrees. I probably took too many photos of the Hewing Hotel lobby (where I stayed), the food and cocktail bars were pretty great, and it was a great experience to visit Faribault Wool, a company with a heritage similar to ours.

Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Konica Film Camera and Marcus Lloyd Spyhouse Coffee
Spyhouse Coffee Minneapolis
Marcus Lloyd at Stone Arch Bridge
Penny's Coffee Barista
Penny's Coffee Shop
Tia Meyers Portrait in Hewing Hotel Lobby
Marcus Lloyd at Stone Arch Bridge
Penny's Coffee Barista
Jonathan Grado Portrait in Hewing Hotel Lobby
Minneapolis View from Stone Arch Bridge
Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Tia Meyers Portrait in Hewing Hotel Lobby
Konica Film Camera and Marcus Lloyd Spyhouse Coffee
Grado RS2e Headphones Spyhouse Coffee Minneapolis
Northwestern National Life Insurance Building Minneapolis
Jonathan Grado Portrait in Hewing Hotel Lobby
Minneapolis View from Stone Arch Bridge
Skyline View from Stone Arch Bridge
Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Mill City Museum
Hewing Hotel Lobby Minneapolis
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour
Faribault Woolen Mill Tour

Featured in American Express Commercial

A few months ago I was asked if I wanted to be in a video for American Express that focused on small businesses, so I said of course. Little did I know was that what they were planning was a bit more intricate than that. I'm used to filming at Grado at this point, but for this I had to meet them at a studio in the city (NY). After the initial interview I was told to walk through to the next room thinking that was it. Nope. They had recorded video chats with close friends and family for the purpose of projecting them on the walls in front of me and messing with my emotions. It worked. Thanks Amex, I really do appreciate this. 

Also thank you to John Grado, Richard Grado, Tia Meyers, Tara Feener, Dana Shaps, Eric Nielsen, Mike Macadaan, Andrew Kalicki, Eric Jones, Jordan Zimmerman, and Grace Clarke for willing to be projected on a wall in front of me and saying some of the nicest words strung together that I've ever heard.

NBC Features Grado

Ashley Roberts, formally of the Pussycat Dolls and an all around kind person, visited us here in Brooklyn for NBCs 1st Look. They wanted to focus on American companies and found us sitting in the same spot for the last 99 years. Happy to have had the whole 1st Look team over. You can watch the episode above.