Hi, I’m Deniane Kartchner (pronounced Denny-Ann), a family and portrait photographer based out of historic Ogden, Utah. With ties to four generations of railroad workers, many of my favorite works capture the romanticism of the railroad along with pioneer, farm, and family life. I guess you could say I’m a “time-travel photographer” – I love to bring history to life in beautiful color, or turn back time through classic black-and-whites. I’m part-daydreamer, part documentarian, and my photography style reflects a combination of the real and ideal.
In my former work life I’ve been the layout editor for a history magazine, the photographer for a local centennial history, a newspaper photo editor and photographer, and the photo restoration specialist for a multimedia company. Along with the technical aspects of photography, I bring my knowledge of editing and design to every session – along with my love of people! My degree is in elementary education, and I especially love working with children! I started 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 (which now includes four grown kids, their spouses, and our first grand baby!) In my spare time, my husband Lorin 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 elements of times gone by, with the intent to get lost in a moment and preserve it for generations to come. Welcome! I’m so happy you’re here!