Cozy Christmas Holiday Sessions!

I am super excited to announce that I will be hosting Christmas Mini Sessions in Sioux Falls this year!  This year I will have an amazing holiday theme set up! Our COZY CHRISTMAS is perfect for pajamas, snuggling and sweet warmth of this holiday season! Perfect for the little ones, these sessions are perfect for kids, but if mom and dad want to dress up in their Christmas pajamas and join in the snuggling, the more the merrier!

Collections begin at $199 and we will have special limited holiday products available just for these sessions, including:

Rustic and Metal Christmas Ornaments
Specially priced albums
Mini-Accordian books
And Special Holiday Card designs!

Ready to get a spot? CLICK HERE TO BOOK!


2016 Fall Mini Session Dates!


These will be our only available mini sessions and they will book up fast!
These are quick take sessions great to update yearly photos and holiday cards!
Easy, simply sessions designed to keep family happy! 

Sunday, Sept 25 and October 9th

Book a family mini session with Shalista!
20 minutes up to 5 people (please book 2 spots if there are more!)
10 Digital files with release via download
Private Image Gallery
20% off Canvas and Holiday Cards

Saturdays, Sept 24, October 1, October 8

Book a kids or family session with our associate photographer Briana!
20 minutes up to 5 people (please book 2 spots if there are more!)
10 Digital files with release via download
Private Image Gallery
20% off Canvas and Holiday Cards



(Jessica) - Celebrate Mothers

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Military night with the Sioux Falls Skyforce


One of the most amazing parts of my job is the people I get to meet.  I do some work for the Skyforce, and when they asked me to photograph their military night I didn't hesitate. My husband was Airborne in the Army, my brother in law is getting ready to serve his second tour in Afganistan, and countless friends and family are military. Of course I would photograph their military night. When I got there, it was explained to me that a special ceremony would be happening at half time. I asked a few questions and just went on with the night. I did not realize that I would be photographing one of only two living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed in the military. The Congressional Medal of honor is given to those who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." It's a very, very big deal.

Governor Dennis Dugaard would be presenting Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry an award. Also, dozens of brand new recruits would be sworn into duty.

Sgt. Petry was injured in Afganistan in 2008. This is the story he told on David Letterman. Watch this and meet a true hero.


This link will take you to the Army website that shows diagrams and a great explanation of the events.  Sgt. Petry

There really are not words to describe the awesomeness of this event.  Thank you to the men and women of our military.


My poor neglected blog.

I'm not sure what to do with this thing much anymore. Facebook seems to have taken over the world and there I am, posting on FB and neglecting my old friend here. I've been writing on this blog since 2005. Unfortunately, my archives do not go back so far due to a server crash, but I have been faithfully updating this blog with photos for almost seven years. Ahh... well, new posts are coming. :) Stay tuned!


Most Amazing Couples Contest!

Are you an amazing couple with an amazing story! I want to hear about it! Share a photo and your story and you could win a prize worth $1595! The CONTEST is not live on Facebook. And it's super easy to take part in the fun. All you have to do is upload a snapshot of you, tell a bit about yourselves and then share, share, share! The couple with the most votes at the end of the contest will win a prize package that includes...

A two hour photo shoot with me.  -   A High resolution disc of all images.  - A 16x20 Gallery Wrap Canvas

This is a package worth $1595!

Everyone is eligible too. If you are married, single, in love, whatever... I want you all to enter!

So here's how...

1. Go to Facebook and submit your entry by uploading your photo and telling your story.

2. Share your entry with your friends and family and have them Vote on your photo! You can vote once per day, so they can come back daily to vote!

Voting is live the minute you submit your entry, so the quicker you enter, the more time you have to get votes! The contest is going to run until Midnight on February 14th, 2012. I will send lots of reminders, but get your entry in as soon as possible to maximize your voting time!

Have fun! Be creative! and Good luck!!





Brand New Outlook on Life...

John and Laura (Klemann) Hunt Benefit

Semi vs. Pickup and a brand new outlook on life...

On March 2, 2010 the day started out early in the ER in Eagle Butte with John and Laura's daughter Jessa. Her 2nd bout of pnemonia this year and her Daddy's history of respiratory issues landed her in an ambulance ride with Mommy to the ER in Pierre to be admitted. John's job - of course - check on son Collin at school, coordinate taking care of him, and rounding up needed items at the ranch for an extended stay in Pierre. A passionate, dedicated father trying to make it to Pierre...

John was trapped in his pickup for an hour after a collision with a semi at 55 mph. The paramedic on scene immediately called for the flight team and rescuers worked to get him out. John was airlifted to Sioux Falls and then from there transported to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. John has had numerous surgeries on his arm, shoulder, elbow, hip and jaw. After 30 days at Rochester, John was able to make it back to Eagle Butte to recover. John has many hours and days of recovery ahead of him, including additional surgeries to repair the damage to his arm, shoulder and elbow.

Please help support John and his family on his road to recovery.

Moose Lodge 1813, Fort Pierre, SD

Saturday, June 12, 2010

4:00 to 12:00 pm

Join us for a night of Food, Music, Baked Goods and Amazing Auction items! (including a gift certificate from me!)


Mother's Day 2010


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Dancing Grace!


Dance Recital Time

I love dance recital time. I hope you plan on coming. It's a great time and so much fun to see what these kids can do. Another big shout out to Sarah for all her hardwork. Congratulations to my seniors too.. Jesse, Jenah, Sarah, Shelby, Katie and Shelby!


New Location! New look! Loving life!

We have been working our butts off that last couple weeks getting our new place ready. We have been squished into our old spot for a year, and though we hated to go through another move, it had to be done. We just needed the space! Check out our awesome special below and get your buns in to check it out! We will give you a personal tour and show you all the new space. A very, very special thank you to my husband Dwayne who did all the painting and spent several nights and days moving stuff over for me and helping to get it all in order so quickly. I love you!


Valentine's Day Portraits with McClelland's Restaurant


Winter Wonderland this Saturday



Sioux Falls Sessions :: Urban Kids



Missouri Shores



Beauty and the Beast :: Pierre Players

I had the pleasure of photographing the cast and crew for the Pierre Players production of Beauty and the Beast. Last night me and my family went to the production. I was really excited to attend, and was not disappointed. I feel so proud of my little hometown theatre and I didn't have anything to do with the production, just took some headshots. The cast did a really good job, and if you have the opportunity to go see it DO! Here are a few of my favorites from last night...





Happy Mother's Day



Now Showing: Twelve Angry Men

I had the pleasure of photographing the cast of crew of Pierre Players next production Twelve Angry Men  this past week.  If you haven't been to a show recently, I highly recommend it! 12angrymen2


Spring Portraits - Children and Family Portrait Photography