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