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Leadercast Sioux Falls Event Photography

  |   Corporate, Sioux Falls   |   No comment

Last year I was hired to cover the Leadercast Live event in Sioux Falls. Leadercast is an event that is designed to help reignite a persons fire for business, people, leadership and entrepreneurship. The event is held live at a larger venue in the US and broadcast to satellite locations throughout the country and the world. It really is pretty inspiring and great way to interface with other business leaders in the community. A lot is going on. You have speakers nationally being piped in and coordinated with local speakers and emcees. There are business owners, managers, sales people and entrepreneur minded folks interacting and exchanging ideas. What people don’t see is what happens in the back ground. All the technology that has to be up 100% of the time. There is a crew that in most events like this go unnoticed by the those attending. They are the experts who really make the event happen.

 When I get to spend time back stage I am amazed at the web of cables, multiple screens and and cases of gear stacked to put on a show. Andrew Simmons and crew are behind the curtain making sure the live streams stay up, mics are working and the everyone is happy. We were happy to see AV Technology magazine pickup the story of Andrew Simmons and our photographs. It never gets old seeing our images in use, wherever it may be.

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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…

Chad

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I Hate To Lose – How to make your business succeed.

  |   Branding, Corporate, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Hockey   |   No comment

When my oldest son as 12 years old, I coached his soccer team. I had never played soccer growing up. In fact I really didn’t understand the sport of soccer till our boys started playing.

When I volunteered to take over the coaching role, I had to quickly learn the sport and rules of soccer. Then the first day of practice came. All of the boys started to trickle on to the field. Looking around I thought “oh boy, what a motley crew”. The first thought in my mind was how are we going to win a game? We had boys who were un-athletic, timid, overweight and a few who had some skills.

Yet as we continued our weekly practices I could see where the team was gelling together. Each kid was able to overcome their obstacle and contribute to the team. As the season started we won our first game, then second, then third and all of a sudden we had won every regular season game.

During our last game of the season we were hammering on the other team. I had to pull my key players either off the field or tell them NOT to score. Then I told the team NOT to cross the center line! We even pulled kids off the field to try and let the other team catch up a bit. Sadly after that game the other coach came over and said “I have never seen a coach run up the score as bad as you just did today. You humiliated my kids”. We won 8-0 that day. Unfortunately I will never forget his comments. They hurt.

However the truth is I hate to lose. With the skill set we had, we should not have won a game. Yet working with the skills and kids we had, we found a way to not only win but build a team spirit centered around a bunch of misfits. We built a team of kids who now knew no matter what, they could win and do things they didn’t think possible. I constantly preached to my team “We are WINNERS, no losers here”.

(Stefanos Lekkas – Sioux Falls Stampede Goalie)

That same mentality passes over into our business… I hate losing. Losing bids, losing clients, losing relationships. In business there are no participation trophies. There is no second place. You play to win… or you lose. When we lose a project proposal, we look at why. Why did the client choose someone else? Was it the presentation? Cost? We analyze that and make changes to win the next project.

That attitude has helped to fuel our business and our clients success. The most important thing is our clients success. We design projects to help our clients get the attention and leads they want and need. The next time you want to promote your company. Have a game plan. Recruit the most effective players. Play to win…

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2017 Sioux Falls Wedding Photography Packages

  |   Sioux Falls, South Dakota, weddings   |   No comment

It is hard to believe that 2017 is just now 12 hours away! How are your plans for your wedding day coming along? I thought I would take a moment to share with you our updated wedding day packages. One of the cool features is we have brought back our Four Hour Wedding package for 2017. All of our wedding packages are the same in that you get will get the most creative photographs, best service and experience. All you have to do is choose how many hours you would like photography coverage on your wedding day. Before you make that decision I would suggest that you call us. We invite you to come into our Sioux Falls studio. Let us hear your ideas for your wedding day.

Our Wedding Day packages now start at only $1,890. Browse over to our Wedding Photography page and check out all of our options.

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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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{Sioux Falls Commercial Photographer} Magazine Article

  |   Corporate, Portraits, Sioux Falls, Uncategorized   |   No comment

Recently we were contracted by Greenspring Media to photograph a portrait for the Bush Foundation “B Magazine”. They were writing an article on local Sioux Falls Attorney, Taneeza Islam and were looking for an environmental portrait. It took some work but we were able to get permission to photograph in the Federal Courthouse in Sioux Falls. Not only in the building, but we were given access to a courtroom for a 20 minute window. All the paperwork and phone calls paid off. We were let into the courtroom, quickly setup and in 15 minutes we were back out. I personally love challenges like this to photograph in locations that are typically hard to accomplish. You can read the online version of the article here.
Sioux Falls Lawyer

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Sioux Falls Senior Photography

  |   Seniors, Sioux Falls   |   No comment

Our Senior Photo Sessions for this year are pretty simple.

For 2017 High School Seniors, we are once again offering our ‘Inclusive” photo packages. We offer three different packages. With each package it includes your Senior Session fee and a studio credit that can be used to purchase anything from our studio for your Senior Session. It is that simple. There are no hidden costs. No minimum purchases. No required packages. You purchase what you want. Simple huh?

Kind of cracks me up but we always receive calls every year from a parent that has that tone in their voice. Looking for the added costs they just know gotta be there. Our philosophy is we want your business and your friendship. We want our clients to know and feel that when they come to our studio they will be taken care of time and time again.

To see our session in more detail, click here.

We are the most creative when it comes to senior photos.

Where Can I Have My Photos Taken?
Depending on which package you choose, we will normally start in our studio and then take off to a location of your choice. Honestly the choice is yours. we have so many backgrounds in our studio to work with as well as many great locations located within a short driving distance. Want to do all of your photos outside? No problem, we can do that!

What type of photos do you take?
The number one comment we hear from our clients is they want photos that look like themselves and not someone they are not. Although we keep up with latest trends in photography and do try different looks, we like to create images that are timeless with an artistic twist. The last thing you want to do is come home five years later to see a photo that is out of style displayed on Moms wall. Above all else, we respect who you are. Your photos will reflect the real you, not someone made up ; )

High School Senior PicturesJust How Expensive Are Your Prints?
Honestly all of the prints and products we sell through our studio are very reasonable compared to others. We guarantee the quality of your purchase through our studio.

Can I get the digital files?
Yes you can! They are available for purchase with your Senior Photo Package.

Want To Know More?
Feel free to contact our studio any time. If you would like to stop by and take a tour, just give us a call ahead of time. We would be happy to welcome you.

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