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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.



Congratulations to Kurt & Andrea: married earlier this month here in Aberdeen! With a little bit of rain to keep us on our toes, these two were total troopers and made the best of it! Details were out of this world, and honestly, one the of the most beautiful bouquets I’ve ever seen. Wishing A + K a lifetime of days as gorgeous as this one! 

Carol - June 29, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Love the lush greens accenting EVERYONE! Sorry it rained a little but the colors and smiles are awesome!

Joani - June 29, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

Terri Frederick - June 30, 2014 - 2:04 pm

These pictures are absolutely beautiful? Love them!


We were overwhelmed and thrilled to receive so many amazing applicants for our 2015 STREET TEAM! Wow, some super funny, thoughtful, and creative applications. With our new baby in the house, we made the decision to take only five models this year. Thank you to each person who took the time to apply. We are beyond excited to announce the models we’ve chosen this year. Congratulations to the following 2015 STREET TEAM MEMBERS:

Makenzie Falcon: Aberdeen Central High School
Alison Kuch: Aberdeen Central High School
Kaitlin O’Neill: Groton Area High School
Jocelyn Peterson: Groton Area High School
Brooke Ruhd: Deubrook High School

Be sure to talk to these STREET TEAM members to hear all about their upcoming spring mini-sessions! They’ll be able to tell you exactly what the ASP experience is like! Looking forward to working with all 5 of you!


Travel with me back in time. Yup, that’s the only thing I can think to say.

With the help of the fabulous Barb Andrews, editor of Aberdeen Magazine, together we dreamt up and pulled off this incredible stylized shoot of two love birds: Jake & Juli. Ah! Do these two look like they came directly out of The Notebook or what?

Many talented people played a part and to whom we owe a giant THANK YOU:

Location: Hangar 9, Located at the Aberdeen Regional Airport
Hair & Make Up: Gloria at Concepts Salon, Aberdeen
Custom Skirt and Top: Timeless Moxie
Floral Bouquet: Lily’s Floral Design & Gifts, Aberdeen
Suitcases: The Amber Sue Photography prop stash

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