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 […]

Hanging an Original

December 12, 2018

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It’s such an amazing feeling to hang a piece of your own art on the wall. I travel all around South Dakota and I’m constantly on the road to Sioux Falls. Photography isn’t something I take along with me, it’s something alive that takes me along with it.  I pass this particular tree every other […]

Evelyn

October 11, 2018

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We just finished with her sister’s newborn pictures a couple of weeks ago, and now it’s Abby’s turn! Just think, grandma gets TWO new additions to the family this year for Christmas. 
We’ve shot for the family over many years, but Abby and her husband Josh don’t live here so we thought we might not […]

The Greater Work

March 24, 2018

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It’s not easy for a Dad to take his little girl to a Purity Ball, and it’s not easy for a daughter either. It’s a date to a ball, and it’s not like those come around very often. Then there’s that level of awkward in the idea of talking about sex and waiting.Some Dad’s in […]

Why Worship?

January 12, 2018

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Why must we worship when life is crashing down? Why must we raise our gaze when there are a world of things that just need to be set straight? Is that an excuse to be irresponsible, to avoid or ignore the issue? Hands and feet, right? God gave us a brain, yes? I think it’s […]