"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life"
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
John Pocklington is a talented event photographer from Minnesota who has been photographing life’s moments since 1991. Most of John’s current work is centered around nature and wildlife photography, but throughout his career John has photographed a wide variety of portraits, weddings, editorial and other life events.
Early in his career, and soon after graduating high school, John was hired as a staff photographer for his hometown newspaper the Monticello Times. He was assigned to photograph everything from community events to local sports and everything in between. When John graduated as one of the top students from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 1996, he worked for a handful of successful of portrait & wedding studios in the New England area as well as here in the Twin Cities metro area. John also worked for one of the largest and oldest camera retail stores in Minnesota. He was able to keep up on the latest photography trends and also assisted local photographers of all skill levels to pick out the right gear for their particular photography needs. With the experiences and knowledge John has accumulated over the years, he is humbled by the fact that he is part of the last generation of photographers to learn photography by shooting film, while also grateful for being at the forefront of digital photography and witnessing how far the image-making process has progressed.
Currently, John lives in Minneapolis where he and his wife Cheryl continue to work on commissioned projects. When not working on a project, you might find John hanging out with family and friends, try to befriend every dog and cat he meets, camping somewhere where there are trees and lake views, hiking on a new trail at one of the Minnesota State Parks, going on a long bike ride, sipping on morning coffee, watching a Star Wars movie, cheer on the Minnesota Vikings or trying to decide if he should go with the tater tot or waffle fry upgrade at one of the local restaurants.