This time of year the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre fills with the smell of pine and spruce and the sparkle of Christmas décor lining the hallways. For photographers there is something fun to play with around every corner.
I have been the Senior Photographer for the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development since 1993. That means I travel the entire state making South Dakota pictures of festivals, historic sites, landscapes, wildlife, visitor attractions, etc. My photographs have appeared in many publications including National Geographic Traveler, books on the rock band KISS, and exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. I also love movies and their history, especially those filmed in South Dakota.
Unless otherwise noted, the photography you see here is by me and most comes from the files of my employer, the South Dakota Department of Tourism. This blog is in no way affiliated with or supported by South Dakota Tourism or the State of South Dakota. Opinions and observations presented here are strictly the work of the blog's author.
Many of these photos are available for promoting South Dakota or travel here. You may contact South Dakota Tourism to find out how. Do not use without permission.
"Many thanks for this info... hopefully our paths will cross in the future...I've always wanted to shoot in S. Dakota!" - Bob Krist National Geographic shooter and Outdoor Photographer columnist
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"Even if your photography experience begins and ends with the “press here to shoot” button, it’s worth checking out." - Dustin Floyd Black Hills Travel Blog
"One of the state's most capable and widely traveled shutterbugs." - Bernie Hunhoff South Dakota Magazine
Summer 2015 issue National Geographic Traveller Australia/New Zealand cover
2013 A.H. Pankow Award for promotion of South Dakota tourism in media