Since 1985, South Dakota Magazine’s writers have traversed their home state to unearth unique stories about its past and present. From their Yankton offices, housed in three old brick buildings built in the 1870s by Territorial Governor John Pennington, staffers recall tales from their travels with entertaining articles paired with full-color photos. Recipes for prize-winning pies share space with accounts of outdoor excursions, previews of upcoming events, and historical articles documenting little-known pieces of South Dakota’s past. One issue is sent to subscribers every two months, giving them plenty of time to read every article and plan which outfit they will wear when reading the next.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
From their storefront offices in downtown Norfolk, the independent staffers at Nebraska Life Magazine compile bimonthly issues exploring the history and culture of the Cornhusker State. Penned entirely by in-state writers, articles run the gamut from wildlife and nature, to Nebraska entrepreneurs, most recently featuring Dick and Mary Cabela, the owners of the Cabela's chain. The issues also feature recipes, poetry, and photography, as well as the story of a Nebraska community. The magazine is a easy way to discover events going on throughout the state, and offers an insight in to "true Nebraska life." Writers also entice with coverage of sightseeing hot spots, exploring lush local wineries, Grand Island?s resident ghosts, and the quiet beauty of the Platte River and its whispering fish.
A bridal party in a sunlit field lofting matching parasols. A group of groomsmen mid-leap. A newlywed couple kissing in the street. These are just some of the sentiment-inducing scenes that photographer Shalista Anderson has choreographed and captured at her eponymous studio. From behind her lens, she artfully snaps an eclectic array of styles, with subject matter ranging from high-school seniors as they contemplate graduation to gals lounging in delicate lingerie for boudoir shoots. During family-portrait sessions, Anderson specializes in engaging newborns and kids with her sunny demeanor, rather than simply bribing them with Monopoly money, resulting in natural-looking photos that bring out their personalities.
The shutterbugs at Empire Productionss craft lasting memories with fun and innovative photographic forays. A helpful crew sets up and staffs photo booths to entertain guests at celebratory gatherings with interactive distractions. The expansive, curtain-free lounge stocks a variety of props so up to 18 friends or first-grade music teachers can comfortably mug for the camera at once. Stills then shoot out on the spot for subjects to collect or give away to potential suitors. Within a day of the convocation, Empire Productions uploads snapshots to a password-protected online gallery, and hosts receive a compact disc loaded with the same photos.
While teaching art in Kansas in 2008, Amber Lawson began to seriously pursue her passion for photography. After moving to Sioux Falls two years later, she continued to hone her skills behind the lens. Her on-location, primarily outdoor portraiture sessions capture the distinctive personalities of families, kids, high-school seniors, and pets in posed and candid moments. She also lends her photographic expertise to capturing special moments in customers’ lives, such as weddings, engagements, and sending the family dog off to college.