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Site, YouTube and LinkedIn updates coming soon…

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Although you may see a hint here and there, we are busy working on updates to the website in the background. New photos being posted in the different galleries, and changing content to keep google happy. We are also creating an all new YouTube channel from the ground up. For the past few years I have been wanting to create a channel effectively with 0 subscribers and see how we can build it. Stay tuned my friends…

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Never Stop Learning…

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Over the past few years we have seen our photography business not only continue to grow but change directions as well. Our Sioux Falls studio works with many professionals, creating new headshot and personal branding marketing photographs. That is why it is so important for us to continue our education, keep a pulse on our market and just see what’s new in the photography world.

So last week we attended a couple different conferences. One of them being ImagingUSA. It is a large conference and expo put on by the Professional Photographers of America. One of the highlites for me was meeting Peter Hurley. Not only did I get to meet him but was able to actually sit down and visit with Peter. As our headshot business keeps growing, I want to find ways that I can continue to be the best at what I do. Peter has had such an influence in my headshot work to the point of some of the techniques he teaches are implemented in my day to day work. He is as genuine in person as he is on camera. I am so grateful for the time he spent with me and look forward to improving my craft.

With that said, we are busy working on Headshots 2.0 for our studio! New gear has been ordered. New techniques and posing are being tested this month and the education continues. We can’t wait to share with you Headshots 2.0 very soon!

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Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer Having Fun

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Yes that is me jumping into the pool with the wedding party! In an earlier post I mentioned how each couple, engagement and wedding are creatively unique. Cody and Tonee’s wedding was no exception. We they told me their wedding was at the Ramada Inn in Sioux Falls, I immediately got the idea of “Hey lets jump in the pool”. Of course most brides wouldn’t consider it, but Tonee is wasn’t your typical bride. I arranged it with the hotel, Cody checked with the Tux people and Tonee? “Im only planning on wearing the dress once, lets do it!” I geeked out over the whole thought and planted gopro cameras in the pool and ended up making a video of it all. It ended up being one of the highlites of their day. Something no one in the wedding party (or me!) will ever forget.

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Sioux Falls Family Portraits

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For us it is all about relationships. Getting to know your family a bit and it’s overall personality. Creating family portraits is something we don’t take lightly. Quiet often we hear “We haven’t had a family portrait in…(insert a number of years here)!” So when families come in for their portrait, we take the time to make sure we capture images that reflects the family and the personalities that make up your family.
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We believe Family Portraits are family heirlooms. In an age where digital images are kept on our phones, a framed Family Portrait is designed to last for generations. A reminder and reflection of everyone at this moment in time.
familes 3Sioux Falls has an abundance of great parks and locations for summer time Family Portraits. Want to talk about your ideas for doing Family Portraits? Call or stop by our studio. We would love to hear your thoughts.

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South Dakota Wedding Photography

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We are experienced Wedding Photographers that love to capture images from your special day. We look to photograph all the fun little moments as well as to create special, beautiful images of the two of you. We have the years of experience to know what needs to be done and look for those special spontaneous moments.
weddings 3It’s about looking outside the box and create something that maybe has not been done before and unique for your wedding day. It’s not uncommon for us to head off to do photos somewhere and to suddenly take a detour to a location that is different and inspiring…
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The wedding day photos we capture all depends on what you want out of your special day. For most they want a mix of traditional photos mixed with our creative stylized portraits. For others it’s something different. We would love to sit down with you and hear your ideas.
weddingsAll of our Wedding Day Photography Packages come with a complimentary engagement session. Photographing your engagement is a great way to get to know our couples. You learn how we work and get to know us before your big day. Take a look at our wedding photography gallery. Then jump over to our wedding packages page to see our different wedding day packages.

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Flushing The Brain {North Dakota Scenery}

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Whether you are a business owner or artist, every so often you need to take a break from the world, get out of your office and… flush the brain. Although I could jokingly say it’s just an excuse to take a trip, truth is everyone needs to take a break now and then. Last October my good friend Ron and I took off for a a three day trip to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
North Dakota BadlandsWe tent camped for a couple nights inside the park. Doing so allowed us to be up before sunrise and photograph late into the night. The North Dakota Badlands is a beautiful place to visit. The majority of the population thinks there is nothing too see in the upper midwest, but they are wrong. Maybe the benefit to being here is it is so far removed from the more populous cities that it just does not see the same traffic as more well known National Parks. The Badlands are full of wildlife, and majestic views. In fact one night after we were done photographing, we were driving with our hands out the windows shining our flashlites into the areas to the side of the road. I don’t know if you have ever seen a bison in real life, but they can be huge. And if you tangle with one, trust me you lose.
Camping in Theodore Roosevelt National ParkThe goal of our trip was to get away from our hectic schedules and spend some time creating for ourselves. As I mentioned earlier, you can never leave it behind. I have come to accept that as a curse but more as a blessing. There is no doubt I was put on this earth to create images that impact peoples lives. Over the past six years one of the things I have really enjoyed is photographing at night under the stars. The image above is an image was photographed with a fisheye lens pretty much looking straight up. I really enjoy this image. It reminds me of what most people don’t get to see or even take the time to look up. It is the challenge and thought of creating images like this that helps to fuel our passion for what we do. It allows us to think outside of the box and try something completely different.
This summer we will be spending a full week inside the South Dakota Badlands National Park. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to photograph the Badlands and create images that reflect the remoteness and spectacular views of rural South Dakota.
2016logotransThis year our National Park Service celebrates its 100 year anniversary. We look forward to celebrating the occasion and sharing our images with you… Now put down the phone and go enjoy the world…

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{Sioux Falls Commercial Photographer} Magazine Article

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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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Senior Photography Questions

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We get a lot of questions from parents about High School Senior Photos. So we wanted to take a few minutes and answer some of the more common questions we hear. If you have any questions not listed below, feel free to contact us!

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  1. Do You Have a Studio?
    Our commercial studio is located at 1908 W. 42nd Street in Sioux Falls. Just one block east of 42nd and Western Avenue. Our studio is a spacious 1600+ square feet with a large camera room and dressing room. We have a nice selection of backdrops to fit pretty much any personality.
  2. Can We Do Photos Outdoors?
    Of course we can! Our studio is just minutes from great parks, outdoor areas and downtown. We can do part or all of your senior photos outdoors. You decide.
  3. How much does it cost?
    Our Senior Sessions are priced pretty simply. Take a look at our sessions and fees here…
  4. How Many Outifts Can I Bring?
    As many as you want. We suggest about two to three outifts per hour of photography. Our dressing room is quite large and can most likely fit your closet.
  5. Can I Bring My Parents or a Friend?
    Of course parents are always welcomed and encouraged to come along. Because time is important, a friend that comes along will be able to watch from the dressing room. Although we suggest leaving friends at home…
  6. How Long Before I Can See My Photos?
    The proofs from your session will be ready in about one week after your session. In fact when you call to reserve your photo session, we will setup your viewing session at the same time
  7. Can I Purchase a Disc of the Images?
    Yes you can. A disc with your images is available for purchase!

We have been doing senior photography for 15 years and have heard every question in the book. If you have a question or just want more information, feel free to contact us any time at 605-336-0777

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Our Senior Photo Packages Explained…

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Over the past 15 years with our business in Sioux Falls, one of the things we have learned is our clients like it when you are up front with them. That is why we have developed our Senior Photo sessions to be pretty straight forward, yet giving you the flexibility to purchase what you want. So let me take a moment to explain our senior photo sessions…

Senior Photo Magazine Shoot

The Nuts and Bolts of it all…

  • There are no minimum purchases.
  • No hidden Fees.
  • No limit on the number of outfits.
  • Photos available in studio AND outdoors.
  • Digital Images are available
  • Studio credit can be used to purchase any prints or products from our studio.

Our Senior Photo Packages…

The 180 $550
$450 Studio Credit
Up to 3 hours.
In studio and multiple locations in Sioux Falls.
Unlimited outfits

The 120 $450
$400 Studio Credit
Up to 2 hours.
In studio and 1 location
Unlimited outfits

The 60 $350
$300 Studio Credit
1 hour .
In studio and 1 location

 

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How Not To Be a Wedding DJ (Or Photographer)

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Not too long ago I was photographing a wedding. When I arrived at the reception venue I  made my way to the DJ booth to introduce myself and find out his evening dance schedule. Great guy, but a comment he made to me took me by surprise.

As a wedding photographer, I also have the responsibility of wedding coordinator, flower pinner, security and some times marriage counselor. Seriously it has happened. So typically when I arrive at the wedding reception there is a hand off of sorts. A hand off of duties and working with the bride and groom. The last thing a couple wants is to be nagged all the time with questions and be bothered.

A couple of weeks before the wedding date, we will meet with our bride. Go over a list of questions we have and then walk through what their day will be like with regards to photographs. By the time a bride has reserved their date with us, they already know about and like our photography look and feel. Going through their wedding day we lay down the plans of who needs to be where and when. What photos we are going to take in the church and outside. By the time a bride leaves our meeting, she knows we have a game plan. Doing so makes our brides (and Moms!) feel more comfortable about their wedding day schedule. They know we are in control and will get the job done.

So when the couple’s big day arrives, they know when we are going to start photos and be done well in advance of their ceremony. They also know that when we arrive at the reception is when we start to back off and shoot from the shadows. The wedding is over, they have been bombarded by so many people they really just want to relax and enjoy the nights festivities. We will continue our reception photos with minimal interruption.

Back to the DJ. Again great guy, did a nice job of keeping activities going. However what he told the bride and groom really caught me off guard and made my think about our approach to wedding photography. He told the couple that “I am going to be on your butts on all night”. Going on to say that he will be by their sides all night. The last part of his comment was “By the end of the night, you are going to be sick of seeing my face”.  It doesn’t matter if your are the DJ or photographer. You don’t want to ever tell your clients that! The couple should never feel that way.

When you are working with a wedding couple, you most likely are providing a service. With that service should come a good experience, not one that will be annoying. Be in control. Make sure that the couple feels you know what you are doing and that you are going to take care of them. Create a great experience, go beyond their expectations. Don’t ever go in with the attitude or worse yet tell your client that they will be sick of you. Tell them that and they are certain to think it.

What he said made a lasting impression on me and something I take to heart now. The past couple of weddings I think back to that DJ moment and remind myself to make the wedding day as pleasant as I can for my couples.

Just as you should choose your wedding photographer that is a good fit, so should you choose your DJ. Have your photographer booked already? Ask who they would recommend. We do.

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