Dan Elliott

Dan ElliottI was born blind in one eye, but I wouldn’t trade that for the world. With the one good eye God gave me, I can see His beauty all around us and it’s far more than I could ever behold, even in pictures. A man once wrote that we are literally God’s poem, His masterpiece, and that we are created by Him to do good works that He prepared in advance for us to do. I found that claim to be so rich, not just because it sounded like a great purpose to stake a life to, but because I’ve written poems, and I know the worth and painstaking placement of each and every carefully crafted word. It gave me a beautiful sense of what each of us means to God and why we are all so uniquely placed, planted and rooted where we are. It also set the stage for my life’s work. Dan Elliott
Photographers paint with the light just as much as with the shadow. This world and the life it cradles are the living subjects, stories contrasting in and circling round a much bigger story, and my work is simply the reflection thereof. Photography becomes a mirror to see and step outside of time for just long enough to consider our place in it. If you think about it, every picture we take today is for tomorrow, so we can remember yesterday. Time is the variable, with the only constant being that we are ever reaching, moving forward through it. We can never go back, but because of the blessing of this work, this poem, we can at least remember.
We’ve been shooting in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area for 20 years, sitting with our clients while they view their pictures, finding out what they loved and what they didn’t, what took their breath away and what brought tears to their eyes, what left them speechless. We wrap all that up into every Dan Elliottmoment of your day, because we care about you, because our desire is for you to not just be pleased, but to be completely moved and surprised. We think of what that image will look like on the day you first set your eyes upon it, and we think of how that image will look 20 years from now, and whether or not it will still feel timeless. And we do it because we see greatness in you. You are, after all, a masterpiece.

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