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Kissing in the Trees

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1-16-07kissing_treesThe slow season for photographers starts in January and goes through March. This is when we recharge the batteries, attend conventions and take a little time off. We are still photographing seniors, weddings, families and engagements, but just at a little slower pace.

We are going to put up some of our favorite wedding pictures from the last year or so and give a few details about why they are special to us.

This image is called “Kissing in the Trees”. It was entered in PPA affiliated print judging at the Northern Light PPA Convention in Fargo last Spring. It received an 85 from the judges and was top wedding print in the non-masters division of the SDPPA. Wedding images traditionally do not score very high in print competition. Anything over an 80 is considered worthy of a merit. The image also received a Kodak Gallery Award.

“Kissing in the Trees” was photographed about half a mile from the Terry Peak Lodge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The bride and groom were about 20 feet from the edge of a gravel road. We had stopped a couple of times to take pictures on our way from their Black Hills Vacation Home where they were staying to the Terry Peak Lodge. It was a Tuesday afternoon right after the Sturgis Rally. The groom’s family was from Wyoming and the bride’s family was from Montana. It seemed that all the families and guests were ranchers. It was a very relaxed day. ElizaBeth, Dacey and I came out on Monday and we did a quick engagement session in a small clearing of wild flowers near the lodge. On Tuesday, we photographed the wedding with Dacey doing video. On Wednesday, we played tourist on our way home.