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Dean Riggott with Dean Riggott Photography

Published on 24 May 2019
Dean Riggott

How did you get started in photography?

RIGGOTT: My father was a professional photographer, so I learned from him at a very young age.

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I got my first camera for my 14th birthday then, exactly 10 years later, I was hired by the Rochester Post-Bulletin newspaper to work as a photojournalist. I started there on my 24th birthday.

What is your favorite type of photo to shoot?

RIGGOTT: I love photographing people in their environment. Preferably candid shots, just doing what they do.

Cows

Describe your most memorable photo shoot.

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RIGGOTT: The farm shoots I do are all fun. It would be difficult to select a favorite.

kid bottle

I guess the most memorable would be the farmer I photographed a few years back who broke his front tooth the day before, and then I found his dog dead in the garage while I was there and had to tell him about it.

hearding cows

So not exactly memorable because of the shoot itself. But photographing him and his family working all day was awesome.

Why do you enjoy farm-related photography?

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tractor

RIGGOTT: There’s just something about documenting the faces and lives of such hard-working, down-to-earth, good-hearted people that really intrigues me.

planting

What are one or two tips you would give to an amateur photographer who wants to take a great picture of people and/or animals?

RIGGOTT: Make sure you’re photographing them in nice light, which typically means shooting during the first hour of sunlight and the last hour.

calf carry

Then, spend some time with them, try to put them at ease, pay attention to your background and keep a shallow depth of field (wide aperture) so your subject stands out. end mark

PHOTOS: Photos by Dean Riggott

Dean RiggottDean Riggott with Dean Riggott Photography
Rochester, Minnesota
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