Gary + Katie | Formal Rustic Glam Downtown Wedding | Old Courthouse Museum and Hilton Garden Inn | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Katie and Gary's wedding was held in the most amazing downtown Sioux Falls location, the Old Courthouse Museum. It features gorgeous high ceilings, unbelievable staircases, and radiates an old world formality that is hard to find anywhere. 

Their beautifully formal wedding was planned and styled by the one and only Loghin Welch with Serendipitous Events. With fabulous florals and the perfect mix of rustic and glam, their ceremony to their reception was perfect. 

Congratulations, Katie and Gary! I can't wait to see where life takes the both of you together!

Ethan + Erin | Fall Engagement Session | Big Sioux Recreation Area | Sioux Falls, SD

Ethan and Erin had the most amazing fall engagement session last year I just have to share! They are the most perfect couple and had the greatest ideas for their session. We decided on Big Sioux Recreation Area just outside of Sioux Falls because of the park's miles of trails, vibrantly colored trees, and expansive views.. it did NOT disappoint. 

As a military man, Ethan brought his A game with his uniform and his bride didn't fall short either. They rocked their session.. and stay tuned for their wedding that brings in their love of military and the United States of America!

Baby Boy Hamanaka | Wall Lake Maternity Session | Wall Lake South Dakota

You may remember Kenji and Jackie's gorgeous Sylvan Lake wedding on a sunny 4th of July weekend.. well, they're back and they brought something with them -- some very precious cargo! These two are expecting a baby boy in August and I couldn't be more thrilled for them.

As you may remember from their wedding, Kenji LOVES to fish, so naturally, we would opt to have their maternity session at Wall Lake just outside Sioux Falls and is a popular fishing destination for locals. Most of the session was on dry land, but on a whim, Jackie decided to get into the water and it made for some gorgeous maternity images!

I love watching my brides and grooms as they grow their families and become parents. These two are sure to be some of the best!

Lillian Colleen | 12 Days Old | Downtown Chicago, IL Newborn Session

One of my all time favorite maternity sessions was this little beauty's momma! I photographed her momma and her beautiful baby bump in the heart of Chicago, in the parks and on the shores of that amazing city. Lillian made her way into the world a little earlier than planned, but she is absolutely perfect. At just 12 days old, I made the trip back to the windy city and photographed this girl in her home. I couldn't have asked for better light, nor a better baby!

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I have been so blessed to photograph this sweet girl as she starts her journey. I can't wait to see her grow!

Kenji + Jackie | Sylvan Lake Wedding | Custer State Park | Custer, South Dakota

Kenji and Jackie got married on a gorgeous July day at Sylvan Lake in Custer, South Dakota. This lake is an amazing location in Western South Dakota, surrounded by the Black Hills. There are so many things I could say to describe Sylvan Lake, but the fact that it is known as the "Crown Jewel" of Custer State Park definitely speaks for itself! This wedding was absolutely stunning and the details were above and beyond. With perfect weather and a perfect location, how could it not be stunning?

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The Birth of Nixon | Sioux Falls South Dakota Birth Stories | Sanford Health

You may remember Momma Megan from her stunning late spring maternity session at Beaver Creek. She welcomed Mr. Nixon John into the world on June 15 and her natural water birth was simply miraculous.

It was so early in the morning when I got the call that Momma Megan was in labor. Knowing she was already dilated and had her membranes swept that day, I was ready to go, ready to capture her bringing her boy into the world.

This little boy was so anticipated, prayed and wished for, that the mood in the room was palpable. Megan and Harley had longed for another child to welcome into their family for some time following Harley's cancer diagnosis and subsequent remission. I'm honored to be able to share their birth story.

Megan had opted for a natural water birth at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her midwife was absolutely amazing, talking Megan through each contraction, reminding her that her body was made to bring life into the world. Megan is honestly one of the strongest women I know.

After a short but intense labor, Nixon was born at 2:55am. Welcome to the world, sweet boy.

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Hospital: Sanford Health

Baby Samolczyk | Windy City Maternity | Downtown Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL is and always has been one of my favorite cities. I love the lake, I love the city, I love the people.. and in May I went to Chicago to photograph one of my dear friends and her husband as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their first child! They live in an amazing high rise in downtown Chicago and they showed us around to some of the spots that are special to them! It was so fun to shoot both in the city and around the parks they go to daily. Milton Lee Olive Park is very special to David and Julia! They walk their Chihuahua, Coco, to this park every day and Julia, a landscape photographer, has taken some of her most amazing images from this very spot.

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On our walk around downtown, we walked through Jane Addams Memorial Park. It had the most amazing structures! Julia looked like a goddess and we only got in the way of a few bikers and pedestrians along the way.

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When in downtown Chicago, it is a must to stop to see the luxury boats out on the water. When you're there for any weekend in the summer, you'll see several yachts together throwing massive parties. Maybe I'll get an invite someday..

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Spring in the city is GORGEOUS. The flowers were still in bloom during my trip and the gardens at Maggie Daley Park were no exception. Julia was absolutely glowing!

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Not only did I get to photograph my friend during this amazing time in her life, but I got to spend my 30th birthday in one of my favorite cities! (Yes, I know I look young, but I really am 30!) It was a phenomenal trip and just wait until you see the images I got when Julia and David welcomed Miss Lillian Colleen into the world just a couple short weeks later..

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Bohemian Inspired Styled Bridal Session | Big Sioux Recreation Area | Sioux Falls, SD

This styled shoot was more than just a fun collaboration of wedding professionals -- it was a dream and vision I've had for years come to life. As a wedding photographer, I get the honor of photographing each one of my bride and groom's dreams made into reality. I love to see what each couple has designed, what classic and trendy components they bring into their wedding day, but every once in a while, it's so much fun for me to bring my own ideas into reality. As I planned this shoot, I was inspired by jewel toned florals in deconstructed bouquets, full of life and personality. I love the richness of yellow gold and the decadence of lace. I wanted the session to feel sensual, organic, and real.

I am so excited to share this labor of love with you, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Event Planning and Coordination: Kate, Kate Jones Studios

Vintage Furniture and Flatware Rental: Nicole, Prairie Lane Vintage Rentals

Floral Design: Miranda, Brickhouse Flowers

Cake: Cheryl, The Cake Lady - Wagner, SD

Invitation Suite: Kate, Kate Jones Studios

Hair: Kara, Kara Pederson Hair & Makeup

Makeup: Jodi, Bombshell Beauty Makeup Studio

Dresses: Sandra RoseBohme

Groom's Attire: Express

Baby Boy Zacher | Beaver Creek Maternity Session | Sioux Falls, SD

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Big News at KJS!

Today, I did something I have been working toward for an entire decade. I walked into my very own studio! As many of you know, I've been working out of a small in-home studio for quite some time and had grown out of the space. For so long, I've wanted a solo studio outside my home and I am finally there! I found the most darling space in a perfect area of Sioux Falls, in the old South Dakota School for the Deaf. The space has had some updating and personalizing done in the last month and today, I moved in!

Before:

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With some brand new flooring, a little paint and stain, and demo of an old work bench, it is perfect for me!

After:

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Mid-move:

KJS | Studio Transformation | Sioux Falls SD

I spent the day today cleaning out my old space (soon to be our new family room!), moving some items into the new space, and planning my trip to Ikea next week for the furniture I need. I still have SO much work to do until it is finished, but I can't wait to have the new studio up and running!

Keep an eye out for a full blog post full of images of the finished studio and fun promotions in celebration of this major milestone at Kate Jones Studios!

 

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