DragonflyStudiosWI

About Me


In 1978, when I entered UW-La Crosse,  I signed up for 35mm photography courses under the direction of Mr. Ed Bardill and Mr. Roger Grant.   One of my instructors received his formal training under the direction of  Ansel Adams.   For most people,  that doesn’t mean anything, but for those who are fellow photographers, Mr. Adams was THE Pioneer of landscape photography during his time.

Back then, we had to look down through the top of the camera, see the subject (who was upside down!), line him or her up and then take the shot, recording it onto a 4X6” negative.   Some of my best college memories are doing work study in the college’s photo lab, where we used a professional grade dark room to develop, process and turn those photos right side up.   I graduated with minors in Speech, Mass Communications and Photography and worked a lengthy career in  education and public safety.   I also hold a Masters Degree in Adult Education and was previously a Master Instructor for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice.

   The first camera I owned was a lightly used Chinon, and I put over 10,000 photos through it before it finally died. Since that time, I have owned almost a dozen cameras and our team currently shoots Canon 5D Mark IV,  Canon 7D and Sony A7II along with numerous high quality lenses.   

In 2013, I took early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis and in 2017, our family opened our own studio specializing in photography and visual arts.    We love shooting outdoors and   with associate and family photographers across the globe, our motto is:  “Making the World Our Studio”.   We are based out of Eau Claire and Independence, Wisconsin, where our indoor studio is located.   Along with another member of our team, I’ve also completed extensive refresher training in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and Canada.  

Our prices are competitive and our quality is well above most of the “I’ve always really liked photography, so now I’m a photographer” set.   (Unlike many  of them, we are also licensed and insured.)  This job is difficult and challenging at times, but the clients we have developed continue to praise our work.    We  hope you will choose Dragonfly Art and Photography Studios and look forward to helping you capture your special moments. Thank you for stopping by and as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

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Services


Elopement Package

Congratulations! Let's face it... like a lot of people, you've dreamed about your wedding day for YEARS before you ever were engaged and then, the world turned all your dreams upside down! As the United States becomes the fourth highest country in the WORLD for Covid-19 deaths, it is clear that both bridal couples and photographers have to reevaluate how to handle weddings. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has ordered "Safer at Home" directives until the end of May. And with the Badger Bounces Back directives, it may be well into Fall before large weddings are again permitted! While safety is very important to our studio, we will provide service to you keeping in mind the following considerations: Did you know we not only have licensed and professionally trained photographers on staff, but also an ordained minister? When we make it to Phase One of the Governor's orders, Wisconsinites may gather in groups of "fewer than 10 people". That means the wedding couple, your minister and five of your closest friends or family members. (Don't forget that in Wisconsin, you need to have two witnesses to your marriage union.) So how can we help you? During the months of June and July we're offering an Elopement/Small Wedding Package Special. We can officiate your civil or religious wedding ceremony AND provide you with high quality "wedding day" photos of your event, all while managing safety risks. And if the minister and the photographer are one and the same (and let's face it, any missed camera shots CAN be recreated) that counts as one less person in your total. This package includes your custom wedding service (officiated by an ordained minister/church lector and director of Religious Education), an interview and pre-event consultation via Skype or Live Messenger, professionally shot pre and post-event photos, a photographer's print and social media release, and the filing of your signed marriage license in the county where you reside. You provide the dresses/suits (or not), the location/venue within 75 miles of Eau Claire/La Crosse, WI and any other details (flowers, cake, beverage for a toast) that you want. The price of this "complete" wedding service is $599, but because we are professionally trained and LEGAL Wisconsin business, we are required to collect sales tax. You'll have your wedding photos within 14 days and your certificate as soon as your county can process and mail it to you. If you are interested in viewing our contract or learning more about this package, please click the link here to send us a message or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dragonflystudioswi Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll let us help make your dreams come true!

Wedding Portraits

Licensed and professionally trained, Dragonflystudioswi has been photographing weddings since dinosaur times... well, not really, but we HAVE since the mid 1980s, which for some couples IS prehistoric times! ;) We offer wedding packages and many ala carte items such as extra service hours, albums, wedding videos and more. And did we cay we also have a trained wedding officiant on staff? Whether you are hurrying off to the courthouse for a quick ceremony, or saying your vows in front of 500+ of your closest and dearest friends, Dragonflystudioswi is here to help. Send us a message for a custom quote. Congratulations and thank you for stopping by!

Wedding Officiant Services

On staff, we have an ordained minister who provides custom, personal Christian and secular services as well as Wedding Vow renewal ceremonies. Prices start at $149 and include a pre-event meeting, day of event services and filing of your marriage certificate. There are no mileage charges assessed for services taking place in Eau Claire, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson and La Crosse counties.

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Destination Weddings

Traveling to a specific location for your marriage or event? In accordance with our motto, "Making the World Our Studio", Dragonfly Studios WI provides services worldwide. Want those great sunset photos on the beach? Taking a cruise or travelling abroad? Provide us with a four or more day travel pass* and we'll be there on your big day to photograph your event for FREE! Ask us about packages that include our travel and we'll be sure to not only send you home with beautiful photographic memories of your adventure, but as an Officiant, will make sure your documents are filed legally and promptly upon your return. * Includes airfare, lodging and $85 per day meal and expenses stipend per contracted photographer.

Portrait Photography

As West Central Wisconsin's premiere Photography studio, we provide portrait photography services including Families, Children, High School Seniors, Maternity sessions, Styled photo shoots, Weddings, Quinceaños and other special events. We are professionally trained, licensed and insured. We feature an in-home studio, as well as several other unique outdoors' locations in and around western Wisconsin and across the world.

Senior Portrait Packages

You've finally made it! Your Senior year of high school or college is about to begin, and what better way is there to document this milestone than with professional portraits? DragonflystudiosWI offers a variety of Senior Portrait options ranging from the "I just need a yearbook shot" package ($129-) to the "My friends will be so envious of my upscale portraits" and everything in between. Important Note: Because the State of Wisconsin is currently under Safer at Home orders, Senior Portrait sessions are NOT beginning as they usually do, but book your appointment now so that you won't miss out and will get a date and time that fits you best. The governor's plan has a three step process called "Badger Bounce Back", and we're not there yet, but as soon as Stay at Home orders are lifted, we'll be happy to meet you and capture your spirit in photos. In the meantime, book with us and we'll send you our Senior Style Guide to help you prepare for your upcoming session. Stay safe and thank you for stopping by!

Styled Maternity Shoots

Did you know that we have an enormous collection of maternity gowns to fit all sizes and shapes of mamas-to-be? Dragonflystudioswi offered styled maternity shoots begging at $179 for a 30 minute session and five digital downloads. You'll choose up to two gowns from our cedar dress closet and we'll provide hair pieces and props upon request. Don't see a dress that is "you" in our collection? Ask about our "Sponsor a Dress" program, where we pair with a well known designer to create the dress of your dreams. With this program, you receive a steeply discounted portrait session by paying for the dress (usually $125-200) and then donating it to our studio when you are done. No cleaning fees, no storing hassle and no catches, this is the easiest and best way to get a unique and special dress just for your pics! Please send us a message if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you and your growing bump soon!

Rainbow Baby Sessions

Our rainbow baby sessions are custom designed for parents who have lost a child, whether in utero or otherwise. Because several women in our family have gone through this heartache, we start with you, the mama and work to make sure that your session is relaxed, loving and professional as we help capture your journey, all while remembering your angel baby(ies). Have you seen our collection of Rainbow mama gowns? These are once size fits most and some are over skirts that can be paired with a variety of under dresses. If you haven't done so already, you can view an album on our Facebook page or in the folder here with some examples. Because we want to share your rainbow joy "after the storm", we offer a 30 minute session with three Rainbow dress images for the discounted price of $99 including the use of one of our gowns. (Because we are a licensed WI business, we are required to collect sales tax.) Congratulations and we hope to see you and your baby soon!

Contact


  • Independence, Wisconsin, United States
  • 35789 5th Street