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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
— Ansel Adams

About Ann Cunningham

Green Owl Media


Storyteller • Dreamer • Dog Lover

I fell in love with photography the same way I fell in love with writing.

Obsessively.  Both are my favorite forms of storytelling.  Whether I'm putting words on the page or composing through my lens - I'm doing work I'm passionate about. 

For as long as I can remember, I've been creating. My first camera was a

hand me down Brownie, given to me by my dad. I spent a lot of allowance

money on film and developing. A lot has changed since digital became king! 


*My stories and essays have been featured in a variety of publications, including  magazines, newspapers and in 19 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Currently, I'm working on a memoir, middle-grade novel and a collection of humor essays. lf you're interested in learning more, visit my author page



I believe portrait sessions should do two things: capture/preserve 

memories  and provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

When you work with me, I want you to have fun, and feel comfortable about being yourself. My goal is to create casual shoot and capture your personality. 

I love "portrait season" in the Black Hills - that June - October time period when the weather is warm and beautiful and every location is lush and inviting.  Some of my favorite locations include Stockade Lake, Hill City Visitor Center, Sylvan Lake and my outdoor studio on the west end of Custer. (the old, red tractor is a favorite prop/background; especially for kids)


Whether you're looking for a portrait photographer to create lasting memories or a commercial photographer to provide you with quality images to promote your business or event, I'd love to work with you!

What I Shoot: 

• Portraits: Family, Seniors, Headshots

• Events

• Landscapes & Wildlife

• Commercial / Small Business

Located in Custer, SD.

Yes! I travel throughout the Black Hills for photo sessions. 

Distances over 20 miles are subject to mileage fees. 

capturing moments
creating memories

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