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About Own Your Portraits

First of all, a big, warm welcome! We’re a mother/son team of photographers with many years of experience in both photography and design. We love to photograph families, couples, high school seniors and pets. You’ll find that our friendly, casual style will put you right at ease, resulting in portraits that look natural and unposed. A little background info about us and our unique business model:

Toby Cummings

Toby graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of South Dakota with a bachelor of science degree in Contemporary Media & Journalism. He began working with design and Photoshop on a Mac at the tender age of 11 and built his first web site by age 12. With an expert skill level in all Adobe Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Dreamweaver, Toby brings considerable talent and creativity to our team. He’s a bold designer and award-winning photographer with a contemporay style and intuitive sense of marketing ensured to give our clientele that cutting-edge advantage. The Dahl Mountain Photo Contest selected one of Toby’s photos to be included in its 2007 contest and gallery exhibit. 29 photos were chosen from over 240 entries for inclusion in the exhibit. With a dedicated work ethic, creative 6th sense and friendly, polite nature, you’ll find Toby a joy to work with.

Lynn Cummings

Having been a web site developer since 1996, Lynn holds the distinction of being a widely respected pioneer in the industry. Eight years of prior experience in print advertising and over 20 years as a traditional artist equip her with skills and insights held valuable today in the field of web design & development. She is proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, XHTML, CSS, & SEO best practices, and is continually sharpening her skills in PHP, AJAX and Javascript. In addition to web design and development, Lynn also specializes in digital photography, a skill she uses to give her design projects a unique touch. She has been the recipient of numerous photography awards and dozens of advertising journalism awards from the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was honored when the 2005 Grammy Awards Ceremony featured one of her photographs as a backdrop during a production number performed by Queen Latifah. Her photography has also been featured in numerous books, magazines, brochures and web sites, including Oprah.com