Friday, April 18, 2014

Ignite The Fight~2014 Avera Race Against Breast Cancer

Evans is so proud to again be a sponsor of the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. We know firsthand how important this wonderful event is for our community. Join all of us at Evans in the fight against breast cancer! Sign up today for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer 5.10.14

Friday, March 21, 2014

Avera Foundation Photos

Some of the sweet, brave kids and inspiring, inspirational ladies we've been privileged to photograph in the latest Avera Foundation Newsletter~Love them all!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Links To Literacy

We had a wonderful time at the Links to Literacy Premier Wine Event at Callaways. Links to Literacy is a great scholarship to support kids and reading.  We are so honored to help support this terrific program benefiting at-risk youth.  Excel Achievement Center is such a fantastic resource for our community.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Class of 2015 Elite Senior Model Search

You've always dreamed about how amazing you want your senior portraits to be. Well, now is the time to make that dream a reality. Evans is super excited to be accepting Elite Senior Model applications for the Class of 2015. Positive people, achievers, and beautiful spirits are encouraged to apply. Test shoots are already underway. Have the experience of a lifetime getting stunning, world-class images that tell the story of you! Plus enjoy the fame and many extra, fun benefits exclusive to Evans Elite Models! Get in on this great opportunity to represent Evans now because space is limited! Apply online here 2015 Elite Model Application

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thank You Veterans!

Here's a look back at one of the South Dakota Honor Flights I was privileged to photograph. It begins with the actual music performed by the El Riad Shrine Chanters who graciously sang for the veterans' send off. God Bless America and all of our troops!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Avera Pink Ladies Fighting Strong!

We always love meeting and photographing the courageous and inspirational Avera Think Pink Ladies! According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Like so many, we at Evans have been personally touched by this disease and want to help raise awareness and fight for a cure!

Pearls Of Wisdom

Had the extreme pleasure of photographing the dynamic and inspirational corporate trainer Lisa Gunderson/Pearls of Wisdom. After 14 years in banking she found her niche as a phenomenal corporate trainer, speaker, and coach.  Her passion, enthusiasm, and vast knowledge have made her a sought-after speaker for top businesses.  Putting clients first and exceeding their expectations, that's what it's all about!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Family Special

Fall is the perfect time for beautiful family portraits.
Now it's even better with our awesome Fall Family Portrait Special. Times are limited so call or book online today!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to School Special

Exceptional photos and an exceptional deal---you gotta get in on this!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Eryka ~ Fearless

A miracle baby twice-young Eryka spent most of her early life battling health-related issues.  After a rough start as a premature twin, she managed to lead an active life with her siblings on their farm.  A tractor accident the day after Mother's Day of 2012 landed young Eryka back in the hospital with life-threatening head and arm injuries.  But her strong will came through once again.  Today she undergoes regular physical therapy and follow-up appointments at Avera Children's Hospital...Already on her way to a full recovery young Eryka isn't letting her medical issues get in the way of her adventurous spirit.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Natallie ~ Giving Hope

After a typical pregnancy, young Natallie was welcomed into the world on August 1, 2012.  Within the first five weeks, her parents began to notice their infant develop twitching movements.  After watching with a close eye, they decided to make a doctor's appointment.  What they found out changed their lives forever.  After much testing and observation, the caregivers at Avera Children's Hospital informed the new parents that their infant was having seizures.  The cause was unknown.  After further testing, Natallie was eventually diagnosed with malignant migrating partial seizure disorder.  Currently, Natallie has proven to be a fighter, despite frequent hospital stays and emergency visits.  Her family remains optimistic for her future and credits the expertise of Avera Children's Hospital for the quality care they've received.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lucy ~ American Girl

Strength and resilience, that's what got Lucy her American Girl doll.  After coming down with a typical case of strep throat while on the family's annual snowmobiling trip, Lucy's condition deteriorated to the point where she needed to be admitted to the hospital when they returned home.  Lucy spent 11 days in the hospital, and while there, had a dangerous allergic reaction to dye.  Diagnosed with asthma, the caregivers at Avera Children's Hospital got her on the right course of treatment.  During her hospital stay, Lucy received an American Girl doll as a testament to her bravery and determination to overcome obstacles.  Today, Lucy's made a full recovery and recounts the fun times she had doing crafts with the child life specialists.  Her parents are grateful for the loving care they received and have even returned to the hospital to visit the staff.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thane ~ Unstoppable

I'd love you to meet some more of the amazing, brave kiddos that I've been honored to photograph for Avera Children's. They are each so special and they truly touch my heart. I am so blessed to photograph these inspirational children and their families to help tell their brave stories.
While rooting for his favorite football team, Thane thought he was getting a simple sore throat.  His condition quickly went from bad to worse.  He was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Avera Children's Hospital due to his reaction to an antibiotic.  He would later be diagnosed with pneumonia.  After touch-and-go treatments, his health slowly began to return to normal.  Today, Thane is back to playing despite being diagnosed with Steven Johnson Syndrome.  But he doesn't let his health get in the way of living life to the fullest.  Although his parents still recount the fear they experienced during his health scare, they are confident in his care plan and are appreciative of the support they received during their stay.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Honor and Respect For Our Past

We absolutely love the history, and breathtaking aesthetics of our gorgeous, historic quartzite building in downtown Sioux Falls built by artistic visionary architect, Wallace Dow. It was such a thrill meeting and photographing the extremely talented Jennifer Dumke, one of the creators of the documentary and author of a book about this premier architect and his transformational building masterpieces.  Jennifer says, "After nine years working on W.L. Dow, Architect: Documentary, it's been an amazing opportunity and experience writing the companion book. Dow is responsible for so many buildings downtown Sioux Falls, it's always an honor to go inside a Dow building or even walk past. I personally love the courthouse and the Law Exchange Block because they were built during a time of exuberance. Nothing held them back and it's obvious. I'm grateful for business owners like Rod who not only understands history, but appreciates it to the point he has taken it. This stands true for everyone. Honor and respect the past - it will help you out in the future." 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Miss South Dakota ~ Tessa Dee

Such a fun photoshoot with the newly crowned Miss South Dakota 2013 Tessa Dee. She'll do an amazing job representing South Dakota in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September. Congratulations Tessa and Good Luck!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Evans At The Empire

Come check out some of the swag images from Evans at the Empire Mall!  So excited for all the  rockin' comments our awesome clients are getting---they totally deserve it!   Have your photos taken at Evans and who knows----maybe you'll be the next to get famous and featured at the Mall!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Warden Weber

Evans was honored to be asked to create the official portrait of retiring South Dakota Penitentiary Warden Doug Weber by the State.  He has been highly praised for many things including his inspirational leadership and compassion.  Congratulations Doug on your well-deserved retirement, and thank you for the nearly 32 of dedicated service to South Dakota!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Evans Big Summer Deal!

We're in full throttle mode, creating pure awesomeness for all our amazing seniors! Call or book online today. Times are filling fast and you don't want to miss out on this sizzling hot deal.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Sense of Touch

Congratulations to the incredible Ron Parsons on the publication of his book, "The Sense of Touch".  His book has received much deserved high praise.  Awesome meeting and photographing this dynamic and extremely talented guy!  Get your copy of his captivating read today at 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

25th Avera Race Against Breast Cancer

Evans is proud to be a sponsor of the 25th Avera Race Against Breast Cancer May 11, 2013.  It's a cause that is so near and dear to our hearts.  All of the proceeds stay local to help people get the treatment and support they need. Join us in supporting this wonderful event that brings together so many families, friends, neighbors, and cancer survivors to enhance cancer care right here in our community. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Palm Springs XXV

I had an epic time with some of the World's leading photographers in Palm Springs last month.  The Society of XXV is a select group of 25 top photographers from around the world who gather together to share the latest, cutting edge ideas to raise the level of our craft.   Each member of this phenomenal group brings their own, unique style and ridiculously amazing talent and expertise.  What a mind-blowing explosion of creativity jam packed with the some of the most insanely brilliant speakers--all teaching and sharing freely, elevating each of us. So humbling to be part of this.  Bringing it all back for you!  More AWESOME coming your way!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Get Ready for The Big Grape: Next Generation

Evans is so happy to continue our sponsorship of Avera Children's Big Grape. What a great way to give back to our amazing community.  We've been so blessed to photograph more inspirational "little grapes" for Avera Children's Hospital.  Get your tickets now for this year's Big Grape: Next Generation which benefits pediatric needs in our area. There will be fine wines poured by some of the nation's top wine suppliers, delicious gourmet food, fabulous music, and fantastic silent auction items. Join us in supporting this great cause for these courageous children.  Stay tuned for more of these sweet little blessings that capture our hearts!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hot Custom Smart Phone App!

Everyone is going crazy for Evans' hot custom apps created exclusively for you!!! What a fun, rad way to share your amazing pics!!! Get your IPHONE or Android APP when you are a 2014 REP at Evans. Get in on awesome and sign up HERE.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Evans Corporate/Business Photography Featured on KELO TV

From the perfect clothing selection, to professional analysis of face and body type, Evans has the best tools and techniques to impress your target audience. When it truly matters, trust Rod's expertise to create the perfect corporate headshots for your business. Nothing but the best for our clients!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rockin' SYNC Seniors

Wow, I just had the honor of speaking on the main stage at the 2013 Senior and Youth National Conference in beautiful St. Pete Beach Florida.  Hundreds packed the spectacular TradeWinds Resort for this incredible, high energy event!  What an awesome weekend featuring industry leaders and forward thinkers from across the nation sharing cutting edge ideas for professional photographers.  It was amazing sharing with so many old and new friends.  So many fun, new, exciting things in store for our fabulous clients!