Photography Archives - Chad Phillips Photography


More Than Just a Pretty Picture…

  |   Corporate, Photography, Sioux Falls   |   No comment

We quite often receive inquiries from commercial clients that say something like “We are looking for marketing photos” or “Our company needs a video”. Then… (key the sound of chirping crickets). They know they need new photos or maybe a video, but they are not sure why. Once the product is delivered they may not know what to do with it. Worst case they receive the product and never implement it.

(Sheila Anderson – Image Power Play)

That is where we pick up the conversation. Sure we produce the photographs or video project that really showcases their businesses service and/or product. However it doesn’t end there. I like to tell our clients that “We invest in your business”. We are not a one off photography studio. In our initial conversations it is important to us to find out what our clients end goals are? Why do you need new photos or video? Where will you use them? In the past that is where we as an industry have failed to fill in the gaps. Maybe I should say we didn’t need to, nor were expected to.

Today’s marketing world has changed that. No longer is print or television the primary outlet for marketing. Social Media is the new platform. That platform is changing daily. Because of that, a couple years ago we noticed that we need to change…

Today our photography has grown beyond a pretty picture. Gone are the days that we just snap the photos and hand them off. More and more we are getting involved with our clients marketing projects. Offering input, creative production and distribution.

Photography and video are the tools with which we work with. The real addiction is helping our clients and watching their business grow. No longer do we run our own business as a “photographer”. We run it as an entrepreneur, as a business. Passing that passion on to our own clients. It’s more than and well beyond a pretty picture…


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Im Engaged, Now what?

  |   Photography, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, weddings   |   No comment

Christmas is over and 2017 is just hours away and you are engaged! Congratulations! The excitement and all of the details about your Wedding Day starts now. Experts in the wedding industry say the first two things to check off your list are your wedding venue and your photographer. There are a number of great churches and other venues in South Dakota to host your wedding. All depends on what you want your wedding day story to be! Do you want a more traditional church wedding? How about a more intimate ceremony in a beautiful secluded outdoor location. It is your wedding day, design it the way you dreamed it.

Hiring a photographer is an important part to make sure your wedding day is captured as the story unfolds. We don’t take weddings lightly. We believe a wedding ceremony is sacred and should be respected. Make sure your photographer is capable to photograph all of the family and wedding party group photos as well as paying attention to everything going on around them.

The family and wedding party photos are really important for your family history. Well composed photos of your ceremony will tell a story for a lifetime. Your photographer should be able to get the job done without you knowing he was even there. (Oh we have heard the horror stories). It is all of the little moments in between that help to fill in your wedding day story. People signing the guest book, Grandma wiping tear, Dad looking on so proudly.

I enjoy photographing weddings. Each couple, their engagement session and wedding day photography are all uniquely different. We are not only their to photograph your day, we are in a sense investing ourselves into your whole wedding experience. I personally promise we make every effort to make your overall experience a great one. That is why we only photograph six weddings a year. My commitment is photograph each wedding day uniquely creative and give it 110%.

Want to talk about your Wedding Photography and your big day? We invite you to come into our studio and let us hear your ideas.

Take a look at our Wedding Photography Packages, Take a look at some of our past work. Then call us at 605-336-0777.

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South Dakota Photography Workshops

  |   Landscape Photography, Photography, Platte, South Dakota, Workshops   |   No comment

We are excited to announce our next Photography Workshop at River Hills Lodge in Platte, SD. Sponsored by Stagecoach Gallery. This will be our third year of photography workshops in central South Dakota. Beginners Workshop is September 10 and includes lunch.  The Advanced Workshop is September 17 – 18 and includes Supper, Breakfast and Lunch.

The Beginners workshop will focus on getting to know your camera, how it works and how to control it to make the photographs you want. We will then show you how to use Adobe Lightroom to work your images and create spectacular images. In Chad’s workshops there are no boring slideshow presentations or sitting in the back of a classroom. He prefers to teach in a more conversational round table atmosphere. For that reason class sizes are limited to 10-12 people.

Here is What You Will Learn…

  • The basics of your camera and how it works
  • How to manually control your camera for the best images
  • Learn what all those numbers mean like f/stop, shutter speeds and iso
  • Looking for images that move you
  • How to compose images for the best presentation
  • Focus on the subject of your photograph
  • Use Adobe Lightroom to adjust your photos and create beautiful images
  • How to safely backup and store your photos
  • Why you should be printing your photographs and where to print them

The Advanced workshop will focus more on shooting in Manual setting, the importance of using the correct lighting, and there will also be a few photo safaris including one at night.  We will then dive even deeper into Adobe Lightroom.

So Where are the Workshops?

The workshops will be held at the River Hills Lodge East, just south of Platte South Dakota. The lodge has great accomodations as well as local hotels nearby. More information will be coming soon

So How Do I Register or Find Out More?

If you want to know more about the workshop, costs and local information contact Mary Hunt at the Stagecoach Gallery via facebook or call the Gallery at 605-680-0565

Why Platte?

Get away from it all! Platte is located two hours west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and lays just minutes from the Missouri River. The wide open prairies of South Dakota offers beautiful sunsets and the feeling of solitude. Getting away from home, work or whatever is a great way to free your mind and learn. With our Artist Retreats at the Stagecoach Gallery, we have had people as far away from Houston, Texas and Virginia attend our workshops.

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