Leadercast Sioux Falls Event Photography

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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…

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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.

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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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Website Video – Madison South Dakota Video Production

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Few months ago we were hired by Greteman Group to create new video and photographs for the Global Polymer Company. The goal was to create different media pieces that not only represented their brand, but would show the world what they did and how they could help their clients. Global Polymer is a plastics company headquartered in a small South Dakota town of Madison. They are a great example of how a small rural town in the middle of the United States can have such an impact and service clients worldwide.

We are extremely pleased and impressed by the work of the Greteman Group and how they incorporated our photography and video to create a world class multimedia website. Working with companies like them is what helps to drive us and their expectations push us creatively.

Take a look at our work by visiting the Global Polymer website.

Global Polymer

Do you own a South Dakota manufacturing company? Looking to boost your company’s brand? Our video production and photography services are based in Sioux Falls, but we love to travel with our gear. More than just a pretty video or photo we work with our clients to create a new look that helps to elevate their brand identity in today’s social media and marketing world. We work directly with our clients, their marketing companies (Such as Greteman Group) or our social media partner, CyberClimb Online Marketing. When you are ready to make a move, let us know. More than anything we would like to hear your ideas and how our video and photography work may fit into your marketing plans.

 

Chad Phillips Photography is a commercial photography and video production company based in South Dakota. Chad is an award winning photographer with more than 15 years of experience. His photography and video services are available worldwide.

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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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2017 Sioux Falls Wedding Photography Packages

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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?

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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

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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.
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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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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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