Foto Friday

I am asked photography questions often. And while I wish I knew how to share the secrets of composition, it sort of just comes out of me. I’m constantly framing the world through the eyes of a lens, whether looking through one or not. Sure, there’s things like the rule of thirds, and color composition, and all sort of other things to keep in mind — but I’m a rule-breaker and I pretty much throw those out and just see the scene as it unfolds. That works for me, most of the time.

So, instead of trying to help my budding photography friends with that part of things (though I did write this tutorial), I thought I might focus more attention on camera settings. After all — it’s not the camera that takes the photo (though it helps), it’s what I’ve taught my camera to do!  I’m hoping to do a Friday series, showcasing a photo or (five), and share the camera settings so you can see what I’m doing and maybe that will help you in your photographic endeavors. 

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1/2500, f/4, 0EV, ISO 100, Flash Did Not Fire, 200MM, Center Weighted Average (metering).

Please feel free to ask questions!

Happy Trails!

Senior Portraits

It’s time again — time to start planning your last minute sessions, or book a Summer Session for your 2016 senior.

Here are some photos from a session I did earlier in the year. Is this girl gorgeous or what?

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senior photos, south dakota cowgirl photography

senior photos, south dakota cowgirl photography

senior photos, south dakota cowgirl photography

senior photos, south dakota cowgirl photography

Isn’t this collage just cool?

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Please call or email to book your session: jennifer@thesouthdakotacowgirl

Happy Trails!

The Colt Cam Chronicles

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (though the two aren’t playing nice, lately), you’ve probably missed out on the snippets of video I’m posting. I wish every video editor was as handy to use as Instagram’s. Suggestions anyone? I’ve got three or four on my phone and I kind of hate them […]

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Cock-a-doodle-Doo

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It’s been a while since I shared any photos of my pretty chickens, and this year, there were no shortages of adorable, peeping chicks!  One of them has grown into a gorgeous rooster and I think he’s prettier because he’s a cross between a Red Sexlink and a Giant Cochin — because the only rooster […]

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Crustless Quiche

Crustless Quiche

I’m not going to lie — eating breakfast is by far one of my favorite things to do. But I’ve done something I thought I’d never do — I am going gluten free (well as much as possible) because of my hypothyroidism.  You can’t buy instant anything in the grocery stores around here that are […]

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The Colt Cam Chronicles 2015

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“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” ~ Antoine de Pluvinel (1555-1620), the first of the French Riding Masters Many of you will […]

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UnBranded

I got an email from Cedar Creek Productions the other day, also known as the company that put out, Buck the Film, and in the footer I found a link to an upcoming documentary called UnBranded. I checked it out and it looks to be really good! Here’s the kickstarter video that helped them get […]

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The Official Family Photo

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I shared the unofficial one here, because it was the last photo ever taken with my beloved “Boo boo” or Higgins, the Papillon. But I realized I never shared the “real” one – the one that will soon be hanging on our wall. From L-R: Jake the Cow-Dog, Myself, The Cowboy (Zach), his son Ty, […]

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Friend Photos

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I am so lucky that I get to take beautiful photos of all the pretty horses, and this pretty country I live in, but even luckier, because friends pay me to take their photos. I took some photos of my good friends when I was in Texas at Christmas. Since I’m always a day late […]

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A Gordman’s Giveaway for a New Year!

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2015 is in full swing, like it or not, and while I may not be someone who makes resolutions, I do like to start fresh, and take time to “reset”. In 2015 — I will be getting to style and dress up some bunkhouses on the ranch that have been a long time coming.  I […]

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