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I Never Thought I'd Be Here


When I was 18 and off to my first day at college, I never imagine I'd end up where I am now. Four years later, I'm a 20-something post-grad, living on my own, paying my own bills, and spending the majority of my free time on my computer on the Adobe workshop. Most folks would say that i'm wasting my young years by spending so much time on little things, but I'd tell them that my life is much better because of photography.

About Me

Let's back up a second here. Hi, I'm Kendall Surratt, a photographer based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. You can often find me on the couch with my cat, a book, a comfy blanket (even in 90 degree weather!), and a cup of coffee!  My passions lie in photography (obviously), animals, children, and my Christian faith. I work mainly with a Nikon D3400 series camera with only a 55mm and a telephoto lens. Special thanks to my dad for the best birthday present! My long-term goal for my photography is to be a full-time photographer within the next five years so that I might be able to settle down with a family.

As a photographer, I've prefer to focus on the natural beauty of the subject. I think there can be a multitude of added edits to make photographs look so incredibly beautiful, but that's not quite my style. I'm a pretty simple person myself, low-maintenance if you will, so I like to reflect a simplicity in my photographs. There's nothing better than a shot of natural laughter that reflects the personality of the subject. I often just adjust the exposure and contrast on a shot.

The best advice I ever received regarding photography is that a editing only adds to the photograph - a good picture starts in the camera!

My Favorite Shoot

In my most recent shoot, I did some senior pictures for a very good family friend of mine. Our personalities are very similar in that we are both quiet, slightly reserved, and a little bit awkward. I've known this gal since she was 10 years old (and now she's graduating - I can't believe it!), and she's transformed into this beautiful young lady. I asked her to make a Pinterest board, which I do with all my clients, and we were set!

I can't stress enough how important it is to relate to, and create a sense of rapport with your clients because it makes the entire shoot go so smooth! We spent 7 hours snapping pictures and four different locations around Sioux Falls. At the end of the day, I was beyond exhausted, but I was proud of myself for getting so many shots! I've included one of my favorite shots of this gal and her coffee cup. I stood outside and joked, "Do you want pictures with coffee?" And I tell you what, she was so excited we just couldn't not go in and order a cup!

The majority of the shots here have a sense of laughter, which I believe makes the shot authentic. I try to make my subjects not feel like they're being posed to look unnatural. I'm even uncomfortable having to really pose my subjects, so if I can just get them to laugh, it usually turns out looking great!

Check out the photos from my latest shoot of Miss Lauren, a senior from Minnesota!

Keep snapping,


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