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Katie Reineking with Dusty Boots Photography Featured farm photographer

Published on 24 November 2018
Katie Reineking

How did you get started in photography?

REINEKING:I took photography all throughout my years in 4-H and high school, where I learned the basics and things to look for when taking a picture.



When I came back to our family’s farm after college, I would capture all the beauty of everyday life on the farm in my “dusty boots.” I purchased my first DSLR camera and started shooting and studying how to use my camera to get the picture I wanted. My love for taking pictures around the farm was always just second nature and quickly turned into a business and passion of taking pictures for others.

Senior picture with her favorite cow.What is your favorite type of photo to shoot?

REINEKING: If I had to pick favorite photos to shoot, it would be engagements and weddings. I enjoy getting to spend time with couples and capture the love between them and learn about their love story. Add cows and farming in the mix, and it’s the icing on the cake.

Farm wedding on the bride’s fifth-generation family farm.Describe your most memorable photo shoot.

REINEKING: I have a lot of memorable sessions, but one of the most special ones was getting to take pictures of my best friend’s Red and White heifer that was the first-ever Supreme Champion Heifer of the Junior Show at the 2018 World Dairy Expo (see picture).


Ms Kress-Hil Saphire-Red, Supreme Champion Heifer of 2018 World Dairy Expo Junior Show.

We grew up neighbors and showed in the same 4-H club and still show together, so getting to see her succeed with her homebred heifer all year and get to celebrate with her is something I’ll never forget.

Night corn harvet

Why do you enjoy farm-related photography?

REINEKING: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” –Confucius I want to capture all the beauty dairy, farming and agriculture in general have to offer. My intent is to pause a moment in time so we as farmers can stop and remember why we do what we do for a living while also shedding a positive light on our industry to the public.

What are one or two tips you would give to an amateur photographer who wants to take a great picture of people and/or animals?


Afternoon snackREINEKING: The biggest tip I could give is to never stop learning and exploring – learning how your camera works, using different angles, different light, take multiple pictures, etc. Also, be patient when taking pictures; for every great picture, there are multiple duds.  end mark

PHOTO 1: Headshot of Katie Reineking

PHOTO 2: Senior picture with her favorite cow.

PHOTO 3: Farm wedding on the bride’s fifth-generation family farm.

PHOTO 4: Ms Kress-Hil Saphire-Red, Supreme Champion Heifer of 2018 World Dairy Expo Junior Show.

PHOTO 5: Night corn harvest.

PHOTO 6: Afternoon snack. Photos by Katie Reineking.

Katie Reineking with Dusty Boots Photography
Dusty Boots Photography
Plymouth, Wisconsin 
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