Alex grew up in a dive bar in Minnetonka, MN, owned by his father and a partner. In the beginning, his mom worked there as a bouncer and Alex had a bunch of jobs including janitor, dishwasher, busboy, host and a short-lived stint waiting tables. The bar was sold and demolished when he was 18, but in its brief, glorious existence, it was both a magical and challenging place.
He began with photography as an assistant in Minneapolis, MN before starting a 16-year journey as a photojournalist, digging into the world around him while working for news organizations in Iowa, Florida and North Carolina. He now creates portraiture and lifestyle photography for a variety of editorial and commercial clients while paying special attention to people and their spirit.
He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Kallyn (a former photojournalist turned doula and documentary family photographer), their dog Caya, twelve chickens and a bunch of outdoor neighborhood cats that he tries to make friends with.
He was an attendee of the Eddie Adams Workshop and his work has been recognized by American Photography, PDN Faces, POYi and other organizations.
AARP, Boston University, College Foundation of North Carolina, Drexel University, Duke University, Education Week, Garden & Gun, The Guardian, Hewlett Packard, The Local Palate, Longfellow Real Estate Partners, Luxe, Merge Records, Montessori School of Raleigh, The New York Times, Our State Magazine, Pacific Standard Magazine, Raleigh Reclaimed, Smithsonian Magazine, St. Mary’s School, Tufts University, University of Michigan, USA Today, Vice, The Wall Street Journal, Walter Magazine, Wells Fargo.
LinkedIn: Alex Boerner