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She’ll Create A Photographic Record Of Your Farm
Growing up on a South Dakota dairy farm, Denice Woller says she always found beauty in everday farm tasks and often documented those with pictures. After working as a journalist for 25 years, she decided to start a business called Leaving Your Legacy where she captures those kinds of everyday images of working farm families.
“My interest in capturing legacy pictures of farm families grew from the fact my father died when I was just out of high school and our family doesn’t have a visual documentation of him working on the farm,” says Woller. “I wish I had pictures of him to show my children, but I don’t. Now I’m documenting farm families so they don’t have to experience the void that I have.”
Woller’s legacy images capture the essence of farm work, which she knows is often dirty, hard, lonely, mundane yet also joyful and fun. “My photography captures people working in all their environments, whether it’s on foot, on the equipment, in a pickup, riding horses, or on ATVs.”
Woller says a typical visit to document a farm family produces 500 to 700 images which she meticulously sorts, culls and then assembles into a hard-bound 20 page 12 in. by 12 in. album. She also provides individual images that families can frame for their homes or use in their business.
“The album becomes a permanent record of who that family is and what they do, from grandpa and grandma on down through the kids and grandkids,” Woller says. Her closeup images reveal big smiles, tough grimaces, huge laughs and thoughtful pondering. They show ranchers and farmers working with animals, equipment, and contemplating a beautiful sunset or an approaching storm.
“I don’t pose people or have them change clothes and wash their hands, because my pictures are documenting their work and livelihood,” Woller says.
Woller maintains a photo studio in a large remodeled red barn on the acreage where she lives with her husband and 4 children.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Denice Woller Photography, Mankato, Minn. (denice@wollerphotography.com; www.wollerphotography.com).

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