Steve Seifried is a portrait artist who has been capturing the true essence of his subjects since his high school days as the yearbook photographer in his hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. His inspiration came from his uncle Patrick who is a still a professional photographer today. Steve spent some time one summer at his uncle’s studio in Texas before going to college. It was after that trip that he realized his passion for photography. Upon the completion of his Associate of Applied Arts Degree, the love of his craft led him to Fairmont, Minnesota. He started his professional career in 1989 and by 2000 he was opening the doors to his own studio with the Seifried name on the sign out front.
Steve is very proud of his involvement with the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation otherwise known as N.O.W. N.O.W. is an incredible nonprofit organization, which has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits of their baby. Steve was the very first photographer to photograph outside of the foundations two founding members. The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation now has 7,000 affiliated photographers in 25 countries worldwide. Steve covers the Martin county area in southern Minnesota. It’s always a tough emotional session but Steve is glad there is something he can do to help the grieving families. He gives the gift of priceless images on CD as well as a music montage of the images on DVD to the family. The session is in most cases is all done at the hospital and is of no cost what so ever to the family. According to the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation website, the soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. See our section under Little Angels” to see this amazing work as well as a link to the N.O.W. organization.
In addition to photography Steve loves spending time with his two children and soon to be wife and her son. Together they enjoy boating, swimming and the simple pleasures of day to day life as a family.
Steve’s high energy along with his technical obsession for creating the perfect image pairs magically with today’s highly sought after, edgy high school senior shots as well as fun and innovative children, family and wedding portraits. Steve strives to create images that capture a feeling, not just an image.