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Hello! I’m Deniane (pronounced “Denny Ann”) Kartchner,  the great-great-great-granddaughter of English and Scandinavian pioneers who settled northern Arizona and all around Utah – where I’ve lived my whole life. With ties to four generations of railroad workers, my favorite photos capture the romanticism of the railroad along with pioneer, farm, and family life. In 2019 I was awarded Best in Show at the Eccles Art Center photography competition “Driving the Spike: Past to Present 1869 to 2019” which paid tribute to Ogden’s railroad legacy and history.

I started professional photography in earnest in 2005 when I wrote a children’s book focusing on the history of my hometown of Blanding, Utah, and needed specific photos to accompany it. Since then I’ve taken thousands of photos all across the United States. I love “time travel” adventures including visits to museums and living history reenactments, as well as participating in events which focus on making memories with my family. In my spare time, my husband and I are members of the Utah Old Time Fiddlers Association – where he plays the banjo and I rock the washtub bass! 

In all of my work I aim for soft, natural light and a modern vibe with elements of times gone by. I love bringing history to life or turning back time on modern events, all with the intent to get lost in a moment and preserve it for generations to come.

– deniane


i’m SO happy you’re here!

ky & kannah


Ky & Hannah, our son and daughter-in-law. I remember when they were first dating, they jokingly said their “couple name” was Kyannah. Would they, will they, name a little girl this name? I guess we won’t know for awhile, since they are having a boy, and his name is … Ryker.