CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS


You should exist in pictures. Yes, YOU.

It's time to create your legacy.

CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS


You should exist in pictures. Yes, YOU.

It's time to create your legacy.

Empowering People and Celebrating Milestones Through Portrait Photography


BASED IN BROOKINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA - SERVING THE ENTIRE SIOUX EMPIRE REGION AND BEYOND.


Hello, I'm Tammie.

I want to photograph any person who has ever felt not good enough.

The people you see in my portfolio are not professional models – they are everyday people just like you and me, who chose to create a legacy with beautiful portraits. Many of them struggled with insecurities – probably even some of the same insecurities you feel: “not the right age, not the right weight, I can’t pose, bad hair day, once I feel better, I don’t want to be vain, I’m not photogenic, I feel awkward, I don’t like pictures of me…”

My mom felt that way too.

I have hundreds of photos of me; celebrating at birthday parties, dressed in my Christmas best, even just sitting at the breakfast table adamantly assuring my parents that cake IS a breakfast food (it totally IS).

My mom died when I was 11 years old. I've lived over twice as long now without my mother than I did with her, so it would be no wonder that I don't have a lot of photos of her and me...but the reality is that I don’t have even one photo of just her and me. And what I wouldn't give for just one.

So what I’m offering you is the chance to give your loved ones the gift I never got; to finally exist in beautiful portraits that will outlive you and me.


And the good news is – you don’t have to listen to ANY of those fears that may be holding you back right now. Because it’s not your job to be “photogenic” or “good in front of the camera”. It’s my job as a true professional photographer to listen to your needs, help you plan, allow you to connect and relax, guide you into flattering poses, and show you how much you can enjoy a portrait session of yourself – regardless of age or weight or status. Because you are more than good enough to have beautiful portraits that capture your spirit and personality – portraits that you’ll cherish and maybe one day pass on to future generations.


I’m going to show you how to be wonderfully, madly, in love with the phenomenal human being that you are – even if you think you can’t remember who that is right now. I believe that you will greet yourself in the mirror like an old friend; laughing as you reconnect and reminisce, and that you will re-discover that you’re not just good enough, you are truly worthy.


The name Choke Cherry is used in memory of my parents; they were vintners of a variety of wines, with the most popular being chokecherry. Back in the days of citizen's band radio my father went by the handle "Bootlegger" and my mother was known as "Chokecherry".


portrait Sessions are custom-tailored to your needs and All sessions include:

  • Pre-Session Style & Concept Consultation
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • "What to Wear" Guide
  • In-Studio Hair Styling & Makeup (or grooming) for One Person
  • Complimentary Access to the Studio Style Closet
  • Expertly Guided Posing
  • Professional Retouching
  • Reveal & Ordering Appointment
  • Complimentary Art Installation
  • Interest-Free Payment Plans Available

All products, including digital files, are purchased separately from your session to allow you to choose exactly what you love. Most clients purchase around $1500 on products from their session but how much you spend is up to you; there is no minimum order requirement.


Love Notes From Past Clients:

The Bieser Family

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"The results are BEAUTIFUL! We are so happy with how the photos turned out! Thank you for capturing these beautiful memories!"

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Email: contact@ChokeCherryPhoto.com

Text Message/SMS: (605) 610-9889