Wednesday, December 15, 2010

First Permanent Photograph

In 1983 I graduated from a 2 year course in photography.  We learned everything, from beginning to end about photography, as well as its origin.  At the time, many of us students thought it was "dumb" to learn this...why did we need to know this?

A few years later, I was traveling Pennsylvania as a photographer at JCPenneys stores throughout the state.  To pass time I would go to antique stores and it was then that I started collecting old images and cameras.  I was fun to see the different clothing and styles from the early days.  I even purchased a book about the history of photography (not as dry reading as the text books.)

So why am I telling you this?  Because I thought that it would be interesting to share a little bit of history, so you can see how far photography has come.

Here is the very first permanent image taken:
The first permanent photograph (later accidentally destroyed) was an image produced in 1822 by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. His photographs were produced on a polished pewter plate covered with a petroleum derivative called bitumen of Judea. View from the Window at Le Gras (La cour du domaine du Gras) was the first successful permanent photograph, created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. Niépce captured the photo with a camera obscura focused onto a sheet of 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen. As a result of the 8-hour exposure, sunlight illuminates the buildings on both sides (information obtained from: )

What was your first camera?  Brownie?  Polaroid?  110?  126?  35mm/SLR?  Digital Camera?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I was interviewed last week by Forum reporter Marino Eccher about the photo booth.  Attached is the article that appeared in the paper today.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


We are booking for 2010 Holiday Parties & 2011 Weddings.
Why have a Photo booth?
Entertainment for everyone young & old
Photo strips make great paryty favors - Unlimited Prints, Your guests can go in as many times as they want.
Passes time
Keeps guests at your event
Draws a crowd
Booth is big enough that larger groups can go in. 
     Not limited to 2-4 at a time. 
We can customize the strip for your event.
Call and book the booth for your event today.  701-297-7594

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Welcome tab on Facebook Page

Check out the new "Welcome" Tab on my facebook page

After you like my page, you will see some coupon offers.  Check back periodically to see if there are new offers

My twitter page has also been updated.

Isn't is great that one can have a Page that looks like this?  I am really excited about it.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Are you or do you know anyone who is on the Post- Prom or Post-Graduation Parties for next Spring. I am already getting inquiries for these events for the Photo Booth. The HS students' will definately have fun with a Photo Booth at any of these events. Call 701-297-7594

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Business Portraits for Social Media Listings

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS - If you are using any of the Social Media's to promote your business or yourself, do you have a Professional Business Portrait on it?  Many individuals don't have an image on their LinkeIn or Twitter Accounts, so when people go looking for you, they may recognize the name, but may not be sure if it is the person they know, unless they see your picture.

Memories Forever offers a Professional Business Portrait session for $59 that includes a digital file to be used for business needs, including posting it on the Social Media's.  We can also design and print business cards for you. Call today to schedule your session 701-297-7594

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I was over at Gooseberry Park today to photograph a senior with his card.  It is a beautiful park and the fall colors are perfect for outdoor portraits.  This could easily be the last weekend to take advantage of the fall colors and the great weather we are suppose to have.

If you are interested in having your family portrait done outdoors this weekend, please call the studio to schedule an appointment. 701-297-7594

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


What: Family Portraits at Island Park
When: Saturday, Sept 25th and Sunday, Sept 26th
Price: $55 prepaid sitting fee for location session for groups of 6 or smaller.  Additional fee for larger groups and pets. (this is non-refundable)

The weather this weekend is going give us the perfect time for outdoor Family Portraits.  I have openings for approximately 6-7 sessions between Saturday & Sunday.  I am waiving the fee I would normally charge for a Sunday session.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the studio at 701-297-7594

Monday, September 20, 2010


FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECIAL - October thru December is my holiday special. Family sitting plus 30 custom greeting cards for only $65 ($104 value). Appointments Tues - Fri 10-5. Limited evening and Saturday's available. Call and schedule your appointment today 701-297-7594.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

545 PEOPLE -- By Charlie Reese (Something to think about)

Read this slowly, let it sink in, then VOTE in November

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be please read the entire article.

The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat.
Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.
It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000


Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

545 PEOPLE -- By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits... The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace

545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red ..
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power..
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it... Is up to you.
Sales Tax
School Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Excise Taxes
Property Tax
Cigarette Tax
Medicare Tax
Inventory Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Inheritance Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians? ' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!

YOU can help it get there!!!


(This is an email I received today and my 14 year old son was reading with me. He gets it and he is not one to follow politics)

Monday, August 9, 2010


Memories Forever Photography still has some openings in August for your Senior Session before school starts. Sessions are Tue - Fri.   First session is 10:15 and depending on the session selected, the last session is 3pm. Call to schedule. See website for current pricelist.

Quote of the Week

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vacation to Arches National Park - God's Country

We have been on the road for about 12 hours on our way to Moab UT and Arches National Park. We will stop tonight in Rock Springs WY and spend time tomorrow at Dinosaur Monument national park and the flaming gorge. I am looking forward to seeing this part of the country and taking lots of pictures. I am always amazed at how the landscape changes from one part of the country to the next. How one cannot be in awe of the beauty I cannot understand.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Digital Files now available from Senior Sessions!

NEW for 2011 H.S. Senior's, digital files can now be purchased with or without a print order. See my website for prices.  Click here:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What am I doing here?

My goal with this blog and the other Social Medias' that I am with, is to reach individual's who are looking for a photographer.  Not necessarily to sell to you, but to let you know who I am, what I do and maybe with some tips that I will post from time to time, enlighten you about professional portraits.

Professional portraits is not about having a "good" camera & I "love" taking pictures.  It is about understanding how to use your camera to get proper exposure, color & depth of field.  It is about using light (light is what makes a portrait, without light, you have a black image.) to create a pleasing image without shadows under the eyes, or overexposed, blown out skin tones and more.

It is also about understanding what you should wear, best time of day for children's sessions , why to have a business portrait and how often you should update it and so much more.

If you have a related question, I will try to answer them the best I can.

I will be posting here and on Facebook images from my sessions.  I try to do some from every session, some get posted right away and others may take awhile.  Depending on the activities in the studio.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Celebrate your child's milestone with a
COMPLIMENTARY Birthday Portrait.

Available for children's up to the age of 6
Appointment is to be scheduled for the week before or after
their birthday.
Affordable packages available.

Call today to schedule your appointment 701-297-7594

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boys' and their toys.....Girls' toys too!

Are you the owner of a Classic or Antique Vehicle? Or maybe it's a newer vehicle that is your "Dream" car or truck. For many, these vehicles get stored most of the year, so you aren't able to go out in the garage and admire it and show it to your friends.  Or for that matter, drive it.

Wouldn't it be nice to have quality images of your car to show your friends?

Memories Forever Photography has the answer for you. We will take quality images and offer you a variety of ways to display them.

Some of the items we have to offer:
*Wall Portraits *Individual Prints
* Slideshow of the car for your ipod® or cell phone.
*Wallpaper image for computer /cell phone
*Mousepad *Coffee Mugs *Can Coolers
*Wallet *Computer Case *Keychain *Clipboard *Business Cards *Waterbottles
*Low Res Images for Facebook® or your website

For the serious collector, have us photograph all your vehicles and have them presented in a beautiful hard cover book.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ducks, Ducks & More Ducks Video

I was out doing a site check for a family portrait session I have on Saturday.  I went to Concordia College, by the pond and found all these ducks and ducklings there.  Fortunately I had my camera in the car and was able to get several images. 

It was also entertaining watching the very protective mom of the youngest ducklings.  She would chase after any duck that she felt was too close.

Some of the ducks came within 2 feet of me while I was sitting on the ground taking pictures. Decided it was time to move when I saw that there were 3 very close to me. The last thing I wanted was to be attacked by their mother.

Hope you don't mind me sharing this, as it isn't often that one is able to capture the beauty of these birds so close.

Quote of the Week

Friday, July 2, 2010

Have a Great 4th of July!

May everyone have a safe and joyous 4th of July

Great Night for Cruisin' Broadway!

Another great night last night for Cruisin' Broadway.  Lots of really nice cars shown last night.  You can see this is quiet the social event, with people bringing their lawn chairs and just enjoying the company of their friends.

Next Cruisin' Broadway is August 5th.  However, there are alot of other car shows in July to get out and see some really amazing cars.

What is the "Perfect Wedding"?

I was thinking about this and decided to put my thoughts in this blog.  Just something to think about.

Every bride has a different idea of what will make their wedding perfect.  It is usually a combination of things: their dress, hair, make up, pictures, the church of their choice, the DJ, the dinner, the weather.  The list can go on and on.

Sometimes though, things don't go as planned.  But one should not let that wreck their day.  18+ years ago when I got married, there was a blizzard/ice storm the night before my wedding.  My future husband, Ed,  was staying at his mom's place about 40 miles away and we were expecting 150 people on Saturday night for a sit down meal. Many coming from over 100 miles away.

When I watched the weather Friday night with my mom, all I could do was laugh.  I laughed because Ed had 2 brothers who had also chosen Thanksgiving weekend in previous years to get married and they all had snow storms on the day of their wedding as well.  So what could I really do but laugh....we kept the family tradition.

To me the most important thing to happen that day was that I was getting married.  Yes, Ed made it to town in time for the wedding.  Most of guests we were expecting for a small family wedding were there, with the exception of my godparents and grandmother.

For our sit down dinner that night we served 99 plates.  Though a lot of Ed's & mine friends didn't make it, we still had a great time and it was a "Perfect Wedding" because we got to say our "I do's".

I tell my perspective bridal couples to not sweat the small stuff.  Although they may know something wasn't exactly how they wanted it, most guests won't know the difference.  They will see a beautiful bride in her gorgeous gown and the handsome groom in his tux get married and to the guests' it was a perfect wedding.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cruisin' Broadway - July 1st

Tomorrow night in the monthly Cruisin' Broadway.  If you are not familiar with it, this is when everyone can bring out their cars and park them along Broadway in downtown Fargo.

If you love old cars, this is the place to go tomorrow night.

Jim and Phil's Family Portrait

Jim & Phil just celebrated their anniversary and their children gave them a family portrait as a gifts.  What a wonderful gift it is when you can get your whole family together to mark a special occasion.
Happy Anniversary Jim and Phil

The whole family together

With their children.

With their grandchildren.


Memories Forever Photography provides quality Senior Portraits at affordable prices.  We offer 7 different portrait sessions....something for everyone.  We also have a lot of fun and unique in-studio background.

You can order a money saving package, ala carte or a combination so you get exactly what you want and need.  All images ordered are retouched, to provide you with the best looking portrait possible.

June - August is the best time to schedule your session.  Students typically have more time during the summer months and that way they won't have to miss any school once that starts.

Call and schedule your session today  701-297-7594

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Great day for a wedding!

I had a lot of fun photographing Samantha & Scott's wedding yesterday.  The weather and lighting was just perfect to spend the afternoon outdoors taking their portraits.

Be watching of images from their special day!

Friday, June 25, 2010


I have been busy every weekend since the 1st of May photographing weddings. I am off tomorrow to photograph Samantha & Scotts wedding. I am hoping for nice weather for some outdoor portraits. Be watching here for images from this wedding and the others that I have done. I will be posting this coming week. Check out Facebook albums for more in-depth images from these weddings.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Garrett, 6 months old

What a cutie....drools and all! This is the newest client for my Watch Me Grow Program.

I have worked in the past with his family...sister's portrait and Family/Maternity Portrait.  I look forward to continuing my relationship with them.

I am teething, so all I do is drool.

Bath time! Oh what fun!


Memories Forever has been providing quality wedding portraits since 1997.  We Combine Traditonal and Photojournalism. 

We have packages with as little as 1½ hours of coverage to over 8 hours.  It all depends on how much coverage you want.  Packages are ala decide what you want in your package, album, prints and/or digital files.

Booking Fall of 2010 and for 2011

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Anna - Babies First Year

Oh how fun it is to watch these little one's change over the year.  Anna just finished her 1st birthday session, which is the forth sitting in the Babies First Year Program.

Mom bought these matching tops for Anna and her big sister Mallory.  She wanted a back view of the girls in the shirts.  Goes to show that you don't always have to be looking at the camera for a great picture.

Angie - Smart Business Solutions

Angie was recently in for a new business portrait for her new business cards that I designed and also had a second pose done for her website.

If you are in need of a new business portrait, call me to schedule an appointment 701-297-7594

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Memories Forever Photography is currently booking outdoor sessions.  These sessions are available Tuesday - Friday.  Now is a great time to do outdoors with the mild weather we are having.  Evening appointments available.  Limited weekends available.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Quote of the Week

Children's Sessions

Memories Forever Photography offers both indoor and outdoor sessions.  Let me capture your child's personality through their activities.  If you have a child who won't sit still, then I capture them on the move.  Do you want to take them outdoors to the playground?  We can do that.

We also offer many specialty sessions: Free Newborn Session, Babies First Year Program & A Free Birthday Session.  Visit my website for my current prices.

Class of 2011 Senior Portrait Sessions

School is out and between now and school starting in the fall is the ideal time to schedule your portrait session.

Memories Forever Photography has several sessions to choose from and offers a relaxed environment. If you want to bring props, no problem. Just let us know so we can plan accordingly. We also only photograph only one individual at a time, unless you bring a friend.

As for packages, we allow you to decide the size of images you need, instead of telling you what you are going to get. This is one of the most cost effective ways to purchase your prints, because you order what you need and can use and not end up with a ton of prnts that were never used.

Print the coupon in this blog and receive 50% off any senior session fee.  You will also receive a Complimentary Family Studio Session any time during their senior year.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My new blog.....follow me!

Welcome to my blog! I will be adding post that showcase different sessions that I have recently done. I will also periodically share different services that I offer. I hope that you find it interesting and informative.

You can also follow me on Facebook. You will find that I feature a large amount of images from weddings that I have done there.