Monday, January 29, 2018

Wedding Coverage

I've documented numerous weddings and would love to create a collection of images that tell the story of your day.


Packages are available and can be tailored to the amount of coverage that you need.






Engagement Session $450


Includes 1 8x10 print of your choice, high resolution edited images on USB drive with permission to make reprints.



Package 1. I do. Let's Celebrate $1700


Engagement Session, Wedding Day: Portraits, Ceremony, Reception and 1 Hour of the Dance.


Includes 4 8x10 prints of your choice, high resolution edited images on USB drive with permission to make reprints.





Package 2. Lipstick on to Garter Toss $1900


Same as package 1. Add coverage of pre-wedding preparation and an additional 11x14 print.




Package 3. To Have and to Hold $500


Ceremony and up to two hours of portraits.


OR


Up to two hours of portraits and coverage of your reception.


High resolution image files edited on USB drive with permission to make reprints. 3 8x10 prints of your choice.



All packages include an online gallery that you may share with friends and family. They may view your album and choose to order prints.

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Melissa Hamersma Sievers
sieversmaphotography@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Class of 2016: Sadie's Summer Session

Wow, the school year is set to begin in a matter of weeks. It's exciting for everyone, particular young adults who are preparing for their senior year of high school.

I always enjoy senior photos and strive to create images that reflect the individual portrayed.


I noticed that wild flowers were plentiful at Spirit Mound, a perfect picturesque backdrop with a feminine touch. Sadie enjoys the outdoors, so it suited her well.


An active member of her 4-H chapter, Sadie brought a project that she completed for the fair. I love when clients bring props that are meaningful for them.


Black Eyed Susans were prominent on the south side of Spirit Mound. I had noticed that purple flowers were abundant on the north side of the park. How appropriate for the purple and white Beresford Watchdogs!


From time to time a family suggests a location that has historical importance for them. Sadie's grandparents got their start at this farm place. Now abandoned, it is so full of character and is a perfect environment for a portrait.


The Bridges of Beresford is another location that Sadie is quite familiar with as a member of the golf team. I think it's a wonderful spot and have photographed a variety of portraits here.




To wrap up this session, we had a little fun. Friends, don't try this at home.


I have a lot of fun spending the evening with Sadie and her mom. I look forward to our fall session so that we can make use of the turning fall leaves!!


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Emily & Joey: I love U.(sd)


Emily and Joey are getting married on the other side of the state, but asked me to do their engagement session. I enjoyed spending a warm June morning with them!


Emily and Joey met as members of USD's marching band. They cherish each other, are fond of their time at the University of South Dakota and selected the campus as the location for their session.



USD is a gorgeous campus. Old Main provides a stunning backdrop.


Emily and Joey spent time studying music and performing in Slagle Hall. The building was not open, though the structure is a fine setting.




Danforth Chapel

Flower Fountain at the Shrine to Music Museum

We concluded our session at the United Church of Christ. I sit in church admiring the windows in the space. I've wanted to use them for a photo shoot and seized the opportunity. Thank you to the church for allowing me access.


I wish Emily and Joey a happy journey together.









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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Waiting Through All of Time & Space: Mason's Newborn Session

Every baby is eagerly awaited and Mason is certainly no different. Lots of people were anxious to meet this little man.





Mason's mom is a Doctor Who fan. Together, Sarah and Joe have their wedding vows tattooed in Gallifreyan. That's the language used by Time Lords. I was pretty certain that they'd be okay with a few Doctor Who inspired portraits.

I enjoyed David Tennant and Matt Smith. Matt Smith's interpretation of the doctor inspired me for Mason's shoot. I'm not sure which Doctor Sarah prefers.

So, with that in mind... What else would I do but celebrate the fact that Babies, Bow Ties and Fez Hats are cool. I made the hat, bow tie and sweater pants.





Mason's session was also done in his home. We were able to take breaks for food and change of clothes.

Max was a great subject too! He and Mason will be great friends.



A friend of the family made a diaper cover and handcuffs for Mason as a nod to dad's career as a police officer. It's wonderful to have a reminder of these special gifts.



Mason, welcome to the world! :-) I know that you'll have great adventures.




Welcome Trinity: Newborn Session

Trinity was such a good little lady during her newborn session!


Would you believe I was set up in her parents' dining room? When I say that I bring the studio to you, I'm not kidding.


Trinity's big brothers wanted to help me set up.


I was eager for this session, first to hang out with Trinity. Second, my husband and I made the bed that we used!! I wanted to make a wrought iron style infant bed. We used old wire hangers. My husband welded them together according to some doodles that I had made. Then we painted the frame black. It was a fun project, though my husband says that it'd be best to buy new wire the next time around. It would be easier, it's true. I also had a lot of fun sewing the bedding that went with the bed.



I arrived around 9 a.m. and began set up. I was done packing my car around 1pm. Now, some of that time was spent gabbing. LeAnn (Trinity's mom) has been one of my best friends since sometime in middle school.

It does take some time for a home session, though. I try to bring a few backdrops and work with what parents have on hand for their child as well.




Trinity, you are beautiful. Welcome to your family!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Welcome Trinity: Birth Day Session

LeAnn and I have been friends for a LONG time. We'd pass notes to each other in school, had many overnight stays and spent HOURS on the phone. I got to see her and her family regularly in their first four or so years. Her oldest children were the subjects of many photographs as I learned photography once upon a time. Then they moved across the state and I didn't get to see them as often, nor did I get a chance to photograph her boys very often. Aleesha and Jamie were the flower girls in my wedding.

Finally, a year ago, LeAnn and her family moved back to this side of the state, to Vermillion even!!! I was thrilled. Then, they learned that they were adding to the family!! I was excited for them. And, I was eager to offer my photography services. My skills have evolved since their oldest was little. To be honest, I'd never had the opportunity to try birth photography. If there was anyone I could ask to try this genre out, it was LeAnn.

I was out of town the day that she was scheduled to be induced. I thought that Trinity would have arrived by the time I got to town. But, I was able to join the family for awhile and await her arrival.
Communication is important with any client, best friend or otherwise. We agreed that if LeAnn and Chet wanted me out of the way, that's fine. I photographed a few waiting images. My plan was to be discreet and stay by momma's head. It worked out great. But, when a cesarean delivery was needed, I waited outside with the maternal grandma. It was still amazing to see Chet walk out with Trinity in his arms.


Trinity has a wonderful family surrounding her. She was the tie breaker with two older sisters and two brothers to show her the ropes.









Mom did wonderfully!!! She was a rockstar!

I'm so glad that we've been a part of each other's lives for better than 20 years. I'm thrilled that your kids like me. I think that they're a great bunch too.

Welcome to the family, Trinity. I look forward to watching you grow up too.