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JDM Photography - Western South Dakota Photographer

My name is Jessica Miller, and I own JDM Photography. I started in photography during senior year of high school. I did not have any interest in the arts, but I need another class to fill my schedule so I chose a photography class. Originally, I started shooting photographs with a simple point and shoot camera. That photography class started me on a path that I would not change. After I graduated high school I did not do much with photography until I got my first Canon DSLR camera. I started taking landscape photos whenever I went on trips. Eventually I decided that I wanted to branch out and start taking photographs of people. That is when I started JDM Photography. I still take quite a bit of landscape photographs, but I decided I love capturing people moments just as well.

Throughout owning my business, JDM Photography, I have learned many new ways of photographing people. I have found that I enjoy photographing family groups because I enjoy watching and experiencing the love they have for each other.  For this specific photography shoot, the location was Chapel of the Hills in Rapid City South Dakota. This location was especially nice because there is multiple locations and backgrounds to choose from. Completing this project here with this family was definitely a wonderful choice.

Working with younger children is always something I look forward too. Sometimes it takes a little bit to work with the younger children but with this specific photography shoot it was a blast working with them. The older of the two children was really chatty and would say we should take photos here or there. Children are easy to photography especially if they are happy, and when they are happy it really shows in the photographs.

With all my photography shoots I will use mostly color in my editing. I choose to keep most if not all the photographs colored because I believe that black and white hides emotions. With colored photographs you are able to tell the mood of the photography shoot. I believe the colored photographs make the viewer want to see more.

Showcasing my photographs, I generally showcase them on my Facebook page,, there after all my photography sessions I will post a few photos from the session to showcase. I also have a website, , where more photographs get added. On both my Facebook Page and my website I add my landscape photographs that I have taken. Along with family photography I do weddings, engagements, newborn, and maternity photographs.

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