So You Think You Can Dance.

My husband took me on a date morning instead of  the usual date night. We woke up early as our reservation was an hour before sunrise. With camera and our coffee thermos in hand we walked about half a mile headed to our destination. I was surprised to hear the sounds of Looove in the air well before sunup. It was a beautiful morning and there was no wind. No wind in South Dakota? Yes there is a God. We crawled into our little love shack, poured our first cup of coffee and things started to get interesting. Alright, this post is beginning to sound like “Fifty Shades of Creepy”  I will just get to it. My sweet husband set up reservations to watch the mating rituals of the South Dakota Prairie Chicken, hence, my “So You Think You Can Dance” post title. These little guys could bust some serious moves along with the ability to make the sound of a herd of buffalo coming over the horizon with the booming of their little feet. All of this reminded me of my daughters favorite show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Thanks honey for the perfect morning!

If you would like more information on the South Dakota Prairie Chicken click here and for a  short video of some of the action we observed from our viewing blind on the South Dakota  Fort Pierre National Grasslands.



April 20, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Nicole - National geographic needs your number!!!

Ranae|T.F. Riggs Highschool

We shot Ranae’s senior session on one of the hottest weekends of August. We started on Main street in Harrold, SD and then traveled out to the Tumbleweed Lodge and ended the evening on top of a huge round hay bale with a beautiful South Dakota sunset as our backdrop. Our second day of the session we shot at my sister and her finance’s  farm in Blunt,South Dakota. We got so into shooting we ended up racing the setting sun to Pierre to get our last photos of the day on the Missouri River as the sun was setting. We braved the mosquito’s who thought we were human blood banks so we shot fast and fled with sand in our shoes and welts all over our bodies.  The heat and skeeters didn’t bother Ranae one bit, she just toughed it out and kept on flashing that beautiful smile of hers. When you check out Ranae’s photos below you can’t help but notice what a natural she is in front of the camera.  Her fun personality really shines in her photos! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shoot your Senior session Ranae. I hope you love them as much as I do!

July 30, 2014 - 9:11 am

Danette Hoffman - I just wanted to thank you again, Nancy, for the awesome, fabulous job you did with Ranae’s senior pictures!!! I still look back at them and want to order more pictures yet today…nearly a year later!!:) They were all just so good… made the deciding which photos to purchase very difficult. And I just want to say how much fun it was to work with you…you have such creative ideas, and even though the mosquitoes were making a meal out of us, you just kept snapping away!! Parents of Seniors, or underclassman, this is the person you want to shoot your Seniors pictures….she does a spectacular job!!! Thanks again, Nancy!!

Sierra Rae| Class of 2014 HHS

From Barney to the Notebook, I have some great memories of Sierra growing up. Sierra has a great sense of humor. Her infectious laugh that reminds me of her mother.  Sierra also  has a great sense of style which you can see in her awesome senior portraits.  I was so excited to see what she was going to bring for her senior shoot.  She did not disappoint she looked fabulous! The hobby lobby queen (Amy= Mom)  came fully armed with all of her crafty goodness and always provides an element of adventure to our travels even if it is only 30 miles away! Wishing you the best in the upcoming years.  So proud of you. Love you SeSe!sierrablog1www.thealbumcafe.comwww.thealbumcafe.comwww.thealbumcafe.comwww.thealbumcafe.comsierrablog7sierra-blog9

Lizzy | HHS Class of 2014 ~ Highmore, South Dakota

We had a great time shooting Lizzy’s senior session.  She had some adorable outfits. Her Aunt Allison helped with her makeup and styling her hair and she looked beautiful. Mom, Tara  and sister Becca were great helpers as well. We had a beautiful South Dakota sunset to use as a backdrop for some of our portraits.  Lizzy is a natural in front of the camera! We got so many great images. Thank you for letting me shoot your special day.  Have a great Senior Year Lizzy!


November 21, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Crissa - Hoot! Hoot! Awesome photo shoot nancy!