I built my business on 2 principles: grace and a kind heart.
Those are the two most important things my grandfather taught me about life.
That’s where the Melvin comes in; my love for my grandfather and all he taught me.
I am who I am today thanks in a large part to him.
I love photography, things that are gold and teal,
searching antique shops for knick-knacks,
bowls of ice cream that never end, and giraffes.
I was born and raised in Marshall, MN and currently reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
with my husband Christopher and our furry sidekicks Riley & Murphy.
You'll see them make special guest appearances occasionally on my Instagram feed!
I have always been a lover of all things creative,
and have degrees in graphic design and English
from a small midwestern college, where my love of photography was born and flourished.
My clients become my friends, and I can’t wait to get to know you!
Let me hear all about your love story.
F E A T U R E D O N
Questions? I have the answer for you!
How would you describe your style?
I am all about real moments and capturing those little moments in-between the poses. I will guide you into those little moments and let you take it from there with what feels natural! No worries, I have no problems telling you what to do with your hands and helping you feel comfortable and your best. The phrase I will say all day long in every session is “Feels awkward, don’t look awkward”. Rest assured I will capture only the best.
How many photos will I receive from my session or wedding?
Every session is different and it depends on a few factors including the moods and participation of everyone involved. An average full family sessions get a minimum of 10-15 photos. Weddings depend on the hours of coverage and the amount of details, bridal party members, family members etc. At minimum you can expect 80-100 photos for each hour I am shooting at a wedding. I won’t ever set a limit on the amount of photos from a full session or wedding; it’s hard to limit the mini sessions even!
How long have you been a photographer?
I picked up a camera in college, with the guidance of my graphic design professor. I started shooting landscapes and taking pictures of friends as much as I could. Then a girl begged me to do her wedding and I told her no about 5 times before I finally agreed and boom, I fell in love. The ebb and flow of a wedding day made me dazzled by what could be created and all the potential wrapped up in each day. Naturally family photography followed, and I’ve gotten to see many of my wedding clients go from newly engaged to new parents times 3. It’s been a beautiful 7 years and I’m enjoying every minute of it!
How do I book with you?
Send me an email via my contact page! We will chat about dates, details and what you envision. To reserve your session or wedding date, a non-refundable deposit is due at the time of your contract signing. For sessions, the deposit is 50% of the session fee. For weddings, the deposit is $500. After the legal stuff is out of the way, it’s time to start planning!
What happens if you get sick and can’t shoot my wedding?
Have no fear, my friends are here! Because Sioux Falls has such a unique and amazing community of photographers, I have an abundance of contacts at the ready should anything occur that keeps me from your wedding. I will hire these photographer(s) to cover your wedding and then I will edit and deliver the photos as normal.
Do you offer prints, albums and other photo printed stuff?
You bet! I have many different sizes of prints, canvases, products and various levels of albums available. You can purchase these right from your online gallery once you receive your photos. Albums are personally customized and designed by me and all prints and products are processed and produced by a professional print lab.
What should I wear for my engagement or family session?
Wear what are comfortable and confident in. You know that one shirt, that makes you feel like Beyonce? Work it. There are no rules when it comes to wardrobe; well maybe a few. Try to avoid clothes that are baggy, being too matchy-matchy, and fluorescent colors that make you stand out and not blend in with your partner or group.