i built my business on two principles:

That’s where the Melvin comes in; my love for my grandfather and all he taught me. I am who I am today thanks in a large part to him.

When my Grandpa Melvin came to visit, I knew we would be going to find ice cream if at all possible and I was going to hear a joke ripped out from the newspaper and saved in his pocketbook. He loved to make people laugh and make every one of his grandchildren feel like the favorite. He was always ready to listen to young me ramble on about what I learned that week in school.

My grandpa was incredibly giving; from delivering copies of the service to those who couldn't make it to church that week, visiting the nursing home, and meeting friends daily for a coffee shop. Every one knew Melvin's name.

When I told my grandpa I named my business after him, and even had my logo designed around one of his bolo tie colors, he asked me "why would you do a silly thing like that?". He took one of my business cards and wiped away a tear as he tucked it away in his pocketbook alongside the newspaper jokes. 

I'm honored to be able to treasure the memory of my grandpa every time I pick up my camera and touch the lives of those I get to create memories for.

Grace and a kind heart.

meet bethany

• Dr. Phil & Chef competition shows

i love...

• STRIPES and all things that are gold and teal

• Searching antique shops for knick-knacks

• Bowls of ice cream that never end

• Giraffes

I was born and raised in Marshall, MN and currently reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with my husband Christopher and our furry sidekicks Riley & Murphy.

a bit more about me...

(You'll see them make special guest appearances occasionally on my Instagram feed!)

I have always been a lover of all things creative and have degrees in graphic design and English from a small midwestern college, where my love of photography was born and flourished.

I work full-time at a non-profit with animals so love when they get brought along to sessions! I also donate photography services to help foster children find their forever families. 

Your photos will be a unique reflection of your relationship. There will be a great mix of photos that will stop your friends mid-scroll, memorable candid moments and sentimental details. Rest assured I will capture only the best for you.

How would you describe your style?

Every session is different and it depends on a few factors including the moods and participation of everyone involved. An average full family sessions get a minimum of 10-15 photos. Weddings depend on the hours of coverage and the amount of details, bridal party members, family members etc. At minimum you can expect 80-100 photos for each hour I am shooting at a wedding. I won’t ever set a limit on the amount of photos from a full session or wedding; it’s hard to limit the mini sessions even!

How many photos will I receive from my session or wedding?

I picked up a camera in college, with the guidance of my graphic design professor. I started shooting landscapes and taking pictures of friends as much as I could. Then a girl begged me to do her wedding and I told her no about 5 times before I finally agreed and boom, I fell in love. The ebb and flow of a wedding day made me dazzled by what could be created and all the potential wrapped up in each day. Naturally family photography followed, and I’ve gotten to see many of my wedding clients go from newly engaged to new parents times 3. It’s been a beautiful 8 years and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

How long have you been a photographer?

Click here to to be my contact page! We will chat about dates, details and what you envision.

How do I book with you?

I'm a Sioux Falls, South Dakota wedding and family photographer, but often travel to the Twin Cities, Fargo, Omaha, Kansas City and beyond! I've done destination weddings in Jamaica and Germany! Where ever you want to go, we can make it happen!

Where are you based? Do you travel?

Frequently asked questions

“Bethany was an absolute joy on our wedding day! I did not have to worry about making sure we got all of the desired photos, because she was already on top of it! She’s so creative and always has new ideas that turn out to be jaw-dropping photos.”

- Katie & Cody, Fargo, ND

Your wedding is going to be fun, relaxed and unique to your relationship!

Serving South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Also available for destination weddings.