Friday, June 29, 2012

Hot Springs, SD Senior Photographer

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of photographing Jordan at her family's beautiful ranch in southwestern South Dakota. Jordan is such a nice, beautiful girl who I know will be such a success in whatever she chooses to do. Jordan is an athletic senior who participates in traditional athletics as well as High School Rodeo. I was excited to work with Jordan and her horses to get some shots that capture Jordan's country girl personality. We were careful the photos weren't too "ranchy" or "over the top"  (inside joke)!

Good luck your senior year Jordan! I can't wait to see your future accomplishments.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hot Springs, SD Senior Photographer

I had such a fun time yesterday shooting a gorgeous 2013 Senior Rep! Angela was a blast to work with and a complete natural! Couldn't of asked for better weather or sunlight to work with. Here are a few shots from yesterday's session.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Searching for 2013 Senior Representatives!

Western Lifestyles Photography is beginning the search for 2013 Senior Representatives! Do you love to be in front of the camera? Need some extra cash for the upcoming school year? Are you outgoing and motivated? Become a WLP Senior rep this year to earn special incentives for referring friends! Here's how:

1. Contact me today about how to apply to become a senior rep. I will accept two senior representatives from each local high school (Chadron, Nebraska; Hot Springs, South Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; Custer, South Dakota; Hill City, South Dakota; Edgemont, South Dakota and more! Contact me today at:

2. Once accepted you will earn a free session (to be completed before April 15th, 2012) and half price off of a session from May-November 2012. You can expect 20-30 finished images from the first session to be seen online and purchased for high resolution prints.

3. You will then recieve 10 low resolution, watermarked images for your facebook page for free along with 50 senior representative cards with your images on them to pass out to friends.

4. For each friend you refer to WLP who books and pays for a senior session you will recieve $25 cash or $25 print credits. If you refer 7 friends or more you will recieve an Ipod Touch of your choice!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Why I love this season


1. The cold weather seems to turn me into a cooking fool! I can’t think of a thing that makes me want to make some cookies, pies, cakes, soups and freshly baked bread more than snowflakes flying.

2. Cold weather = shorter days for the cowboy unless something goes wrong (which invariably does) with the cows, horses, calves or equipment. Okay, scratch that thought after all.

3. Playing in the snow with the kids. Need I say more? We haven’t gotten enough snow to really speak of this year but I’m crossing my fingers that (after the 14th when we sell calves) we get a decent snowstorm to go take the kids sledding. I just hope the wind stays away!

4. The Holidays! I love Thanksgiving which was Little Man’s 4th Birthday this year, Little Sister’s birthday shortly after that, and there’s nothing as magical as Christmastime! New Year’s isn’t so popular in my book, I’m usually sick! :)




5. The NFR is on the t.v. I’m talking every night in our house involves huddling around the t.v and watching each round in anticipation. We’ve got two neighbors competing this year and so far they’re doing great! Good luck you guys!

6. Family time usually increases during this time of year for us. What are your favorite aspects of Winter?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Where did the summer go???

As I sit here listening to the raindrops (the first i've heard in about a month by the way) I think of the fun things we've done this summer as a family and the wonderful steps i've made to become a photographer. I feel horrible for not keeping up with this blog because it serves as a great outlet and a great way to "journal" our family life on the ranch. I hope to be able to look back on all the entries one day with fond memories of our daily lives.

Today is one of those days I hope to remember. It didn't start out wonderful with a trip to the doctor with not so great news, but it ended fabulously with fun times spent together. It hit 104 degrees here today, and Little Man was beggin to go outside. Shawn was inside this afternoon to get out of the heat so he decided to build a homemade slip'n'slide. Little Man had a great time and I enjoyed standing back (out of the freezing well water) and watching! Here are some pics from today's adventures. (Little Sister didn't enjoy the festivities quite as much as everyone else by the way).

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fun in the Sun

Good morning everyone! I'm currently consuming my daily limit of caffeine trying to get motivated for the day. Shawn is already out fixing fence so he could get it done before the heat of the day. I worked the past three days at the hospital and I'm a little worn out but I *think* I'll make it through the day and hopefully get a lot accomplished. Is it just me or does everyone else's house seem to look as though it's never seen a mop or a dust rag after just 3 days away from house work? Well, my house is a disaster zone so I'm hoping to get caught up on the housework so I can get going on some other projects on my list. I thought I'd share a few of the new things going on around the ranch lately.

1. A new pony for Little Man and Lil Sister (I'm sure a post on "Oreo" is in my near future)!
2. A new indoor/outdoor cat that is actually tame and won't scratch out the kiddos eyeballs if they try to pick him up. So far, so good!
3. There is actually sunshine in SD now! The high is 88 today, and I'm sure Little Man will have me talked into letting him run through the sprinkler's today! Something about running through the sprinkler's brings out the kid in everyone. We might have to get Dad in on the action too!
4. We picked up a trampoline for little man at a yard sale a week or so ago. It has been a ton of fun for everyone and so far has only caused one doctor's appointment. Oh the joys of having a rambunctious boy around the ranch! I hope everyone has a great day!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Good Morning! We once again had a busy week on the ranch. Imagine that! We branded on Thursday of last week and again yesterday. We lucked out and had good weather both days and had great help to get the job done. Big thanks to all our wonderful friends and neighbors! I was able to get a few pictures in each day when I wasn't busy running cookies out and making salads. I had a good friend come out from work yesterday for her first branding and it was a lot of fun showing her the ropes. Yesterday was a pretty small crew and she didn't stay long because of previous plans but I think she got the idea! The kiddos each had a great time, too. Lil Sister was extremely intrigued by all the bawling babies and mamas. Little Man was not so keen on the whole situation. He would rather run around and play and didn't really want to help this year. Hopefully next year he'll be ready to jump into the mix! Here are a few pics of my favorite time of year! Some are of the actual branding and some are of the great family times had after the work is done. I love summer time!

Hope you all have a great week! The weather is looking to be a bit better up here finally (but I'm NOT complaining about the moisture)! Now that branding is done we're now busy getting the bulls checked out and getting them turned out with the heifers. The cycle begins again!