I so rarely have/take the time to sit down and write. On this first day of fall, today seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a look around and really say, “Thank you, God!” for the goodness that surrounds me every day. The wind blowing the dry crackling leaves off the newly transplanted tree in our front yard, the entertainment of the garbage and recycling trucks as Veda watches with excitement out the window, the leftover breakfast plate with a few scraps of over-easy eggs still sitting on the table. It’s all a gift. Speaking of gifts, take a look at the four people in these photos. Adam, Shannon, Will, & Evie. This is the third time (in the three years we’ve lived here) that they’ve popped up in front of my camera, and the relationship we’ve built over the last three sessions is really evident here in these images for me. No I am not afraid to say, I am darn proud of the moments captured for this family who I really love, respect, and look forward to each and every year.

“Do you do mini-sessions?” If I had a quarter for every time someone asked me that. LOL! My response, “I used to.” Why don’t I? The truth is, so much of what I do while looking through my viewfinder is attempting to tell the story of the deep love of a family, the beauty or strength of a senior, the giddy joy and silliness of a one year old, the emotion of a vow. Something that is nearly impossible for me to do in a 15 minute mini-session. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand some people just really want “one photo to use for a Christmas card.” Yes, I totally get that. But if I am being really honest with myself, what fuels my creativity, what sets me apart, is my deep longing to show every little emotion, to have consistent images, and to connect. That’s what you are about to see with the LeFebvre Family. A beautiful Mom who proudly tells me how much her children love each other, and that they are best friends. A kind Dad who looks sweetly at his wife, and who takes one for the team by laying flat on his back in the grass. A wiggly little Boy who looks lovingly at his sister, and appreciates any excuse to tickle his Dad. And a gorgeous little Girl with a heart warming giggle and puckered little lips aimed right at her Mama. All styling credit goes to Shannon, who year after year floors me with her awesome ability to coordinate her family of four!

Please note: with the exception of adding a matte filter on these images, they have not been altered in any way. No touch ups, no photoshopped sunset, nothing. You get to see these four for who they are, and me in a sense for who I really am. A storyteller.

With joy,


Shannon LeFebvre - September 22, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Wow!! You have me in tears with your kind words and beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for capturing our family. These are photos we will cherish forever. I am so happy that you share your talent with us. I know it isn’t easy being a mom yourself to sweet Veda to be away from her on these beautiful fall nights. Please know we appreciate you and your time!

Doreen - September 22, 2015 - 1:50 pm

You have done an amazing job every year of capturing this family and this grandma thanks you! It is so fun to look back at how the kids have grown and changed. We appreciate your talents!


Friends forever. A beautiful, warm, and pattern filled collection you are sure to love! Hailey & Emily have been dancing in the same studio together for years and were the inspiration behind this “Friends Forever” stylized shoot. With the help of my Matilda Jane clothing rack, two pairs of pointe shoes, and two lovely high school seniors, this bright and early session became just as I envisioned. I’ve fallen in love with the modest cuts, tiniest details, and beautiful colors of Matilda Jane, and I’d love to show it to you. Stop by to see the collection for yourself or browse online. I have all the pieces in hand and will be happy to offer sizing suggestions and pairing options.

Build and submit your wishlist to: amberbergeson@matildajaneclothing.com (TK#1022)
I’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your list has arrived, and to collect payment info.
It’s that easy!

Live joyfully,

MJ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amberbergesonTK1022


Allison & Tyler are married!! We dusted off the camera gear after a long winter, and were excited to document their big day as the first one of the season! AHH! Such a joyful day, loving and kind parents/attendants, darling children, and a blushing bride/handsome groom to boot! These two gave such creative freedom to me as I moved them around town photographing both urban and greenery looks. Seriously, the best gift a bride and groom can give a photographer.:) Thank you so much for asking ASP to be part of it! An honor. Our pleasure!

Gown & Dresses: Brides ‘N’ Belles | Florals: Country Classics, Redfield, SD | Videography: MKB Event Productions | Venue: Ramkota Convention Center


I recently had the chance to sit down and be interviewed by a college student (who is pursuing a career in photography/journalism). She showed up with a hearty list of questions, her laptop ready to take notes, and a bright smile on her face. It was fun! Some of her questions have really had me reflecting since our visit, and for whatever reason, I feel compelled to sit down and jot down a few of my reflections since our conversation.

At one point she asked: “How has your artistry and business changed since you started?” 

For one, I can see it it. Take a look at these images below. The top image was taken three years ago when I was charging $40 for a newborn session. In those days (because I was just starting newborn photography and really had no idea what I was doing), I’d often spend up to 5 hours in a newborn session. The  money I made in a session went straight back into headbands, hats, and other props.

The bottom image was taken a month ago. Because I’ve been in business for 9 years, and have gotten better at my craft, I charge $100 for a newborn session. Now that I have improved my newborn techniques, I spend no more than 3 hours with a newborn and know every fine detail of the tiny human will be documented. The money I make now goes less into props and more into equipment and Veda’s college fund.:)

Can you see the difference?

Another question, “What do you enjoy photographing most?”

In two words: Senior girls. Sorry guys. But for real, I never get tired of the endless outfits, accessories, fun hair, high energy high school senior gals. They are the bomb! Senior boys, I’m glad to take pictures of you as well, and honestly love the simplicity you bring to a session with your four shirts and one pair of jeans. But, being the wanna be fashion photographer I am, I just have to love on the girls. Case and point, these five:

“Goals for the year?” Great question. Ultimately, to continue to push myself to better my craft. Each day, each session is a new opportunity to take my new ‘favorite photo.’ So I’m always shooting in the anticipation of capturing something great. Today I was inspired by a pair of shoes I found in Veda’s closet. Some dear friends of ours gave us these custom “blinged” shoes as a baby gift when Veda was born, and she’s just now grown into them. So it was into the closet I went searching for the perfect little outfit to compliment them. Truth: Veda does NOT like standing on boxes unless she has climbed on them herself, so this image was literally taken sandwiched between a huge pouty lip and a complete meltdown. And a miracle photo. If you look closely in her right eye, a slight bit of tears. Bad mom, but dang, LOVE that baby! So I guess my biggest goal: to keep pouring love into my family, and into the lives of the clients who I have the invitation to work with. Grateful for each and every inquiry!

Here ends the hodge podge post! Thanks for reading!


Here in the Aberdeen area there is an abundance of photographers with different skills, areas of expertise, and at varying price points. Find the perfect photographer for you.

Abby Nelson Photography
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Website: under construction until march so facebook for time being
Email: abbynelsonphotography@nvc.net
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/abbynelsonPhotography/106974808343
Years in Business: 7 years
Session Fee: $45-$100
Weddings: Email for pricing
Products offered: Digital images & prints
Prices: Please contact me
Best at: Families
Locations: On location sessions or in studio

Amber Sue Photography
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Website: www.ambersuephotography.com
Email: amber@ambersuephotography.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-Sue-Photography/25965615168
Years in Business: 9 years
Session Fee: $60-$140
Senior Session Fee: $60-$200
Weddings: Packages begin at $2,800 and include digital images
Products offered: Digital images, prints, and print products (cards, canvases, books)
Prices: http://ambersuephotography.com/?page_id=2
Best at: Newborns
Locations: On location sessions or indoor studio (suitable for newborns and small children)

Katie Lynne Photography
Location: 2 miles north of Aberdeen
Website: www.katielynnephotography.com
E-mail: katielynne_photography@hotmail.com
Years in Business: 4 years
Session Fee: $160
Products offered: digital images/USB
Best at: Children/Toddlers
Locations: Indoors & outside


JACEEJ Photography
Location: near Fredrick, SD
Website: jaceejphotography.blogspot.com
Email: jaceejphotography@gmail.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jaceejphotography
Years in Business: 2 Years
Weddings Begin at: $1,000-$1,500
Senior Sessions at: $375
Products offered: digital images
Prices: Please contact me
Best at: Seniors
Locations: On location sessions, Will travel

Jenna Hollinger Photography
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Email: jenna@jennahollingerphotography.com
Years in Business: 10 years
Session Fee: $125 (for familys, children, seniors, engagement)
Weddings: begin at $1500-$2500
Products offered: Mainly print products however digital files are offered when print package ordered.
Prices: Please contact me
Best at:
Locations: On location sessions, or indoor home portraits.
JL Photography
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Website: www.jlphotographysd.com
Email: joni@jlphotographysd.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jlphotographysd
Years in Business: Established June 2014
Session Fee: $44.99 and up
Products offered: Digital images & prints
Prices: Please contact me (Discs start at 174.99 and up)
Best at: Children
Locations: on site (indoor/outdoor), in home
Paisley Tree Photography
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Website: in progress
Email: Christina.Lloyd@k12.sd.us
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PaisleyTreePhotography
Years in Business: 1.5 years
Session Fee: $45-$225 digital images included
Products offered: Digital images
Prices: Please contact me
Best at: Children
Locations: On location sessions, or set up in client’s home
Shelby Leigh Photography
Location: Redfield, SD
Email: shelbystoner@me.com
Years in Business: 3 years
Session Fee: $125-$250
Products offered: 10-25 digital files (depending on session) included in session price. Prints and products also available for purchase.
Prices: Please contact for prices
Best at: Baby’s first year
Locations: Both studio and outdoor
Sandra Beyers Photography
Location: Roscoe, SD
Website: www.sandrabeyersphotography.com
Studio’s Email: amykappenman@me.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-Beyers-Photography/106838131947?ref=hl
Years in Business: 9 years
Session Fee: $45 (mini sessions) and go up to $145.
Senior Session Fee: $65 up to $395
Weddings: begin at $700 with offers up to $3800 (option to purchase a disc)
Products offered: We are a full-service print studio and offer MANY wonderful items for your home.
*We do not offer an option to purchase discs on newborns, children, families, or senior sessions.
Prices: Please contact the studio.
Best at: Seniors
Locations: In-studio and surrounding area. Will travel upon request.


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