North Dakota Fall Engagement Photography

With the wedding just a few short months away, fall was the perfect time to spend some time with this beautiful young couple creating their engagement photos! And to make it even that much more special, all our gorgeous country locations were right there on Jason’s family farm. Each spot has a history and a story and makes each image unique and memorable. I love that!
I knew Hannah would be beautiful and photograph perfectly, because she has spent some time in front of my camera before. But this was my first time meeting up with Jason. And he was such a nice guy and so obviously loved Hannah and was already sharing his home and his family with her. You just can’t find a better guy and it shows in these pictures.
I think engagement photos are quickly becoming some of my favorite types of sessions…and this couple exemplifies why!
I can’t wait until its wedding time!
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Medora ND Engagement Photos

Surprisingly, after one summer of being in Medora countless times, I hadn’t been there in ages.  Meeting Redlin and Ryan there for their engagement photo session was absolutely wonderful and brought back a flood of memories.  We arrived in Medora a little early so I could spend some time wandering around looking for some great locations that had the right light and the look and feel of Medora.  That was an easy task!  Everywhere I turned, there were special little places.  We started our session with some pretty areas that showcased the beauty of the badlands.  We didn’t have time to get into the National Park, but someday, I hope to do that with a couple and really display the rugged beauty of this unique area.  Then we found a neat little stone wall on the way to the Chateau D’ Mores.  We finally ended up back in town for some cute photos of the fun downtown areas and all the little shops that are always so popular.   It was a fun morning with a great couple before they joined their friends and family for a brunch celebrating their engagement.  AimeeG and I, of course, had pizza for lunch, wandered in and out of the shops, got some ice cream and a bag of taffy to chew on the drive home.Medora North Dakota photographer

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Engagement sessions are part of the All Inclusive Wedding Package and a great time for us to get to know one another before the big day.  Weddings are already booking for the summer of 2017, so call soon to book your date.

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Hazen Engagement Photographer

The wedding is coming up in just a few days, so its about time I celebrate the photos of this wonderful young couple!  They chose to brave the cold to do a lovely winter engagement photo session and we were lucky enough to have just a light snow fall as we began our time together.  I’ve known Brady and his family for quite some years now and even did both his and his brother’s senior pictures.  And now I have had the opportunity to meet his sweet bride to be and really, they couldn’t be a better pair! hazen engagement photographybismarck engagement photosbismarck winter engagement picturesbismarck snow engagement picturesCouples are usually a little nervous at first as they have never done something like this before.  But Brady and Brittany soon learned they had hidden posing skills and we got some absolutely gorgeous engagement photos of them on this snowy day last winter.  And now, in just a few days, we will get to put those skill to use again…in a new and warmer season!

Engagement sessions are included in the all inclusive Wedding Package.  Dates for 2017 are already filling up, so be sure to get your special date on my calendar!



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Small Town Businesses are Special

I have loved building my business…I love the actual work and I love the people.  I have become friends with so many, many of whom I would have never crossed paths with had I not the opportunity to work with them and their families.  It hasn’t been easy, the business building.  Its long hours of work, constant learning the technical aspects of my craft, keeping up with trends, and just the daily grind of “business stuff”, like paying taxes, maintaining an old building, and boring administrative work.

But we had some hard times this summer.  That wind storm was a doozy, and though you may not have seen the damage so much from the outside, the inside of our Main Street business was destroyed.  The roof was left with multiple holes, one as large as 5′ in diameter and showing sky.  The water damage was massive.  The entire ceiling and all the insulation came down.  The electrical system was fried, the air conditioners were ripped from the rooftop.  Everything was soaked, the gym equipment rusted immediately and the cardio equipment was ruined.

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It took 6 weeks to reopen the gym doors and it still is not quite finished.

I am thankful that the only damage done to the studio side was water across the ceiling and some coming through the dividing wall between the gym and studio.  But fear of the ceiling coming down in studio, prompted me to move everything from the camera room into the entry and office area.  Along with gym equipment, it all made for a lovely window display out onto Main Street.  Many people thought I was closed down as well and that hurt.

But here’s the thing….there are so many great people here!  So many that jumped up and said, “how can I help”!  And I don’t know why this surprised me, but it did just a little.  This wasn’t a personal tragedy as if our home had been destroyed.  It was a business…not so personal to most.

Jesse Flath and his dad Warren, Western Frontier Insurance, were the first.  They were there immediately, helping salvage what we could right away and even trying to patch the roof while the rain still came down.

James Sayler, West Dakota Lumber, came home from his vacation and got the ball roll rolling right away to get us the materials we needed to start repairs.

Speidell’s found us the some flooring once the water was finally gone.

Nick and Andrea Scharbach, D’Andrea’s Restaurant  lent us their storage space to keep the gym equipment while the interior was restored.

Westsern Steel Builders cleared the debris from the alley.

Mark Olson, Olson Electric, repaired the electrical system and got us back to code.

Keith and Crystal Kruckenberg (and their kids), Kruckenberg Construction, worked like banshees getting the ceiling put back up and the walls covered in fresh paint.

Specialized Cleaning and Restoration was fabulous and worked for days getting the mess out so that re-building could begin.

Our local businesses came out in force to help us get back on our feet as quickly as possible!

Add to that the great people that came by and lent their hands to all the messy work:  Laird and Jake Sheer, Thomas Leintz, Hunter Wood, Randy Geigle,  Nick and Ang Scharbach,  Jesse Flath, James Sayler, Tony Melberg,  Dave from Texas, Delanie Wiedrich, Aimee Grace Wiedrich.

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And then – AND THEN – the Hazen Chamber of Commerce and the Hazen Lion’s Club sponsored a Fleischkeuke Benefit for the businesses effected by the storm!  Something that had never done before.  And the turn out was more than incredible!  It was over whelming and left me feeling quite humbled.  I saw friends frying up the fleischkeule, running back and forth trying to keep up with the demand, some of our youth sitting in the rain taking the donations, and people arriving with armloads of baked goods to donate.  When the line became too long for the fry truck to keep up with, Krause’s Super Valu volunteered their kitchen to help!  I watched people standing in line in the rain to order up some fleischkeukle.  I know they are delicious and hard to make and these benefits are a great time to satisfy the craving for them, but still…all these people were spending their money knowing that it would help out some of their local businesses and friends!

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There have been countless examples through the years about what a special community we live in.  I myself have  participated in benefits and even organized one myself for a friend I love.  I suppose I just never thought we would be on the other side of the story and it was humbling to find ourselves there.  The urge to say, “Oh, thank you, but we can manage” is strong.  But we needed this…maybe spiritually most of all.

I’m not the biggest fan of that tired saying, “Its takes a village”….  so let’s say it takes a town…it took our town to come together and make us feel like our businesses mattered, that our Main Street is valuable, and they want to see us get back on our feet and succeed.   We really do have an awesome little down town.  Its busy and thriving and cute.  And as sad as it is to say, that’s a little unusual these days.  Small local businesses struggle to stay afloat and many small town Main Streets have empty holes where businesses used to be.  I am proud to say that Hazen is the home of our businesses because our town cares, shops and supports the businesses and families that run them.  It couldn’t be done without the whole town!

And thank you to those who waited patiently for the gym to reopen…who didn’t jump ship and find another place.  Really, that means more than we can say!

And thank you to those who called and asked for photo sessions, wondering if I was working or not, but still called!  I needed that!  I really did.

The gym is officially re-opened and the studio is (as always) booking photo sessions!  Please give us a call!  And Thank You!

Please continue to support our local businesses by shopping and using local services.  Its the only way to keep our Main Street alive and thriving.

Links to their businesses are above…like their pages and show your love!

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North Dakota Senior Pictures 2017

Its back to school time!  And while there are probably a lot of kids out their groaning about heading back, I actually really do enjoy this time of year  – Its Senior Picture time!

I love this time of year as a senior photographer!

Let’s start off with a glimpse of the lovely Laura!  I’m so glad her wish for the sunflowers worked out – you just never know where a good field will be and we had one right here in town!

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It’s the start of all things fresh and new: new seniors to photograph, new fashions, and new ideas!  Laura chose to go with a full session with both in studio and location shots so she has a great variety of photos to choose from.  Here’s just a few…

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New for me this year is my attempt at Snap Chat.  Look for sneak peeks of unedited session on Snap Chat. snapcodes

Of course, there are always glimpses of the new senior photos to be be found on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Here’s to another fun year…congrats to all of the incoming seniors, Class of 2017!

P.S.   Did you know you can choose to do a FREE family photo during your Senior Pictures Session?

Laura’s family in their own front yard – perfect timing for holiday cards!

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