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THE 3 CORD FAMILY


I am a Sioux Falls based photographer who has found what I love to do! I am so happy and thankful that I get to take pictures and document so many great moments in my client’s lives. I have been shooting weddings since 2011, and working with babies and children since 2012. I love a natural and timeless photography style, with my priority being to highlight my families and their relationships.


Erin Carsten

Photographer & Brains

Drysen Carsten

Erin's husband, 2nd shooter, and technical support :)

OUR SERVICE


3 Cord Photography specializes in wedding, newborn, and family photography. Bringing years of experience to each session, i’ve dedicated so much time and love into this passion of mine. Each family and client is special to me, whether a new face or a long time customer. I am so excited to see what the future brings!

I grew up in downtown Sioux Falls in a home that’s been in my family for a few generations. Growing up, my mom always put emphasis on pictures and photos albums because it was important to look at pictures to remember fun times like vacations, trips, holidays, etc. I always loved that. My mom even gave me my first camera – a film Barbie Camera! I took it everywhere and used tons of rolls of film, which I know was expensive. (Thank you again mom!)

In high school, I took a photography class. A friend of mine hated it and I thought I’d hate it too, but I ended up loving the class. It was exciting and challenging and I wanted to learn more about photography. That class inspired me to save up to buy my first “real” camera. (Sorry Barbie!) I thought I was quite the photographer when I first started, but I mostly just had fun with it.

I love each type of photo session that I get to do. Weddings have so much buzz and excitement, they are crazy busy, and surrounded by love at the same time. Newborn sessions are so quiet, calm, and creative. Parents may have been waiting for this experience for years, and I’m just so happy that I get to capture it for them. And there’s always something amazing about family shoots. Even if it’s crazy with 5 kids and 2 tired parents, I love that the whole family is together, dressed up and close to one another. Our lives get to be so busy, and that time together even when picture taking is something to cherish.

When I’m not taking pictures or editing, you can catch me binging a few seasons of “The Office”, playing a few N64 games, visiting the zoo, or challenging anyone to a go-kart race at Thunder Road in Sioux Falls.

I would definitely say that my weakness is chocolate milk or a treat from Oh My Cupcakes.

Check out some of our most recent awards!


Erin was awarded the “Top 20%” badge during Shoot & Share’s “The Photo Contest.” Over 150,000 people voted on over 330,000 images across 159 countries. With stats like these, we’re honored about the work Erin does!

During the Shoot & Share competition, people from all over the world blindly vote on their favorite images across 12 rounds of voting. This year, one of Erin’s Father/Daughter images made it to the final round of voting. Being a finalist amongst 330,000 images makes us feel proud and humbled!

Have you met Carl?

3 Cord Weddings Carl Image

Mascot & Ladies man

Meet Carl

See Our Featured Wedding!

Mr. and Mrs. Rolschau

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OUR INDIVIDUAL PASSIONS FOR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY HAS GIVEN US THE DRIVE TO CONSTANTLY IMPROVE OUR INDIVIDUAL CRAFTS TO BECOME THE BEST DJ & PHOTOGRAPHER WE CAN. OUR TRUE TALENT FOR TRANSFORMING WEDDING DAY JITTERS INTO FULL BLOWN CELEBRATIONS BEGINS WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AS A PROFESSIONAL DJ AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO BRING YOUR WEDDING DAY IDEAS TO LIFE.

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