Lake Life

July 11, 2019

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Courage

July 11, 2019

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Puppy’s first time jumping into the lake at Madison, South Dakota, and it was epic.

Divided We Fall

July 8, 2019

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Can you see this morning what we saw last night, That ragged old flag in the last of the light?  Those Stars and Stripes waving on in the breeze Like nothing could ever bring her down to her knees.  With every bright flash, through each streaming flare  We would look to the sky, she would […]

Puppies!

January 31, 2019

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Yesterday we were scheduled to have an in-home session (our favorite), but it was -25 below and everything else in Sioux Falls and Brandon was shutting down. Ahhh…South Dakota. Kari was naturally questioning the soundness of my judgment. I even invited our daughter because for this session it was all-hands-on-deck. Why? 12 puppies. That’s why. […]

When to Photograph in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

January 13, 2019

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When….ahhh when.  When is the best time to get your pictures taken up here in the rolling prairies of Sioux Falls, South Dakota? Well, to put it bluntly, Winter up on the plains is brutal and long.  It’s the kind of cold that you feel to the very marrow of your bones, and after those […]

Winter Wonderland…Or Not

December 29, 2018

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    We’ve been trying to time it right for Melanie’s family for a perfect wintery session, but we were right on the line with this last storm. First rain, then snow, then rain again and back to snow. We finally set the time for the session, then that old familiar voice of Brian Karstens […]

South Dakota Blizzard

December 29, 2018

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  We tried our hardest to beat the weather for our session today, but there’s just no getting around a South Dakota blizzard. I know it wasn’t ideal, but when this little girl was cold her Mom and Dad both wrapped their coats around her, and I love this shot. I messaged her Mom when […]

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2018

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  “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?  No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against […]

Where to Photograph a Great Session in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area

December 17, 2018

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Answering this question could be trivial and personal, emotional, controversial, and even extremely opinionated. It’s all bottled up into one, but you know…it’s still worthy of an honest answer, isn’t it? Assuming you’ve already asked the important questions and you know what kind of session you’re about to photograph as mentioned in my earlier post, […]

How to Photograph a Great Session in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area

December 15, 2018

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  After 20 years of shooting in and around the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area, I certainly have my go-to spots for photography.  There are places that are niche to a specific style or look, and places that depend largely on the personality and type of client we’re shooting.  Then there’s the event itself.  Are […]