How we are unique?

At Dale Studios we understand that the process of getting a picture taken is a big deal, and sometimes a little scary. Unlike other photographers in the Twin Cities area, we sit down with you before you get your portraits are taken and explain everything to you. Are you afraid that your pictures won't convey the best parts of yourself and your family? Well, you are not alone. Most people feel like that. At Dale Studios, we use our special talents in the area of black and white photography to make sure that you look your best. Whether you're a senior looking for your last school picture, a dancer wanting to show off your technique or a parent excited about sharing the beauty of your family with the world, we can help. Minnesota families do not just know us for our portraits; they come to us for weddings, for senior photos, dance stills and moments of contentment with pets. An area of expertise and joy for us is photographing special needs children. [more...]

Begin Your Portrait

Minnesota Photographer Bob Dale Has Been In Photography For Over 20 Years And Can Help You Look Great! But, the whole process begins with one little phone call to our studios in Eden Prairie. [more...]

Our Portrait Gallery

We have a wide array of portrait services for babies, children, families, dance, wedding and more! [more...]


Read the testimonials given by our previous clients so that you will have an overview on how good we are in rendering our masterpieces. [more...]

How We “Guarantee” You’ll Love Your Family Portrait

#1 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception: “There’s No Way To GUARANTEE I Will Love My Family Portraits.”

WRONG! Depending on who creates your family portrait, that is. Just suppose you had a family portrait created, and your son or daughter didn’t look natural in it. The photograph was “ok,” but it didn’t turn out spectacular. Should you have to pay for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I believe strongly that no one should ever have to pay for a photograph that isn’t PERFECT. That’s why I am one of the only photographers in Twin Cities area to offer the following guarantee:

If Your Family Doesn’t Look The Happiest & Best They’ve Ever Looked Together In These Photographs - You Don’t Pay Me For Them.

That’s my guarantee and personal promise to you. As far as I know, there’s no other photographer around that will make you this super guarantee. These photographs will be completely meaningless to you unless they convey the real emotions and relationships between you and your loved ones. That’s the only real reason to have a family portrait created.

So, if FOR ANY REASON you feel that the photographs I create for you are anything less than perfect - if you don’t actually cry when I show them to you for the first time, you don’t pay me for them. It’s that simple.

Obviously, I’m totally confident that the portraits I create of you and your family will be well beyond anything you imagine. I believe completely that these photographs will become your most prized possessions - that, if your house were on fire, you would grab them on the way out of your burning home. This is not arrogance. I can’t stand arrogance. No, this is a complete belief in my abilities to capture natural, real emotions and family relationships on film unlike anyone else. That’s what I’ve devoted my life to, and that’s why I can’t wait to photograph your family for you.

So, To Restate, Here’s My Fantastic DOUBLE GUARANTEE:

If you are not THRILLED with your photographs - if you are dissatisfied for ANY reason at all, I will do two things for you:

1st - At NO CHARGE, I will photograph your family again, and make sure that anything that wasn’t perfect is fixed, without you paying another cent.

2nd - If I am absolutely unable to thrill you - if I’m unable to create a photograph that you feel you will cherish forever, I will refund EVERY PENNY you invested in them. You don’t pay for your photographs unless you love them beyond expression!

If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer offers this strong of a guarantee. If they are good, they should back up their work by taking all the risk off of you.

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#2 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception: “All Family Portraits Are Created Equal.”

INCORRECT. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re at all like most people, you’ve probably had this question going through your mind: “How do I choose the right photographer?” In fact, you may even have thought of someone in your family - an uncle, a grandparent, even a friend - who is a bit of an amateur photographer. Why not just have that person create the photograph of your family?

Question: “Just Suppose Someone Were To Create The Perfect Family Portrait - One Where You And Your Loved Ones Looked Better Than Ever, Happier Than Ever - A Portrait That Meant The World To You - What Would That Be Worth?”

No price tag can be put on your family’s memories. They are and always will be priceless. So, why would you ever want to gamble with those memories? It’s just a question of whether you believe a portrait of your family could really mean that much to you.

If you were sick, and had to go to a doctor, would you want the “cheapest” doctor, or the best one? Well, there’s really no question. It’s the same thing with your family’s memories. You can certainly find a cheaper photographer in town. But there are other things to consider than just price...

The Photographer You Choose Should Care About YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR MEMORIES, Not Just About “Making A Buck” Off You.

I CHOSE to become a professional family photographer. Why did I make that career choice? Because I finally realized that all the money in the world meant nothing to me if I didn’t feel like I was making a difference.

I Realized That Memories Were Priceless - That There Was No More Noble Or Wonderful Profession Than To Become A “Memory Giver.”

One of the reasons I love making portraits for people is that I know you will be looking at these thirty years from now…wondering where the time went…just as you do now. As a child, my mother and father didn’t have many family portraits taken.

My entire time growing up, we had only one family portrait taken of my sister and I with my parents.. I wish there would have been more. But I can’t go back in time; neither can you.

When I was 34, my Mom passed away from Leukemia. Before she lost her hair from the chemo treatment, we had a family portrait done at my portrait studio. It was the wrong time to do a family portrait, but it was the only time we had. It was foolish that we didn’t have an updated family portrait and I wish I could go back and do it all over again. Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a “do over”? That incident with my Mom is the main reason why I tell people to have an updated family portrait done while everyone is still in good health and in the “happy times”.

I cherished the memory of the moment that photograph was created even more. Now that my mother and father have both passed away, that photograph is priceless. I can’t even imagine what it would be like not to have that photograph sitting on the desk in my office.

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I Only Wish I Had Many Portraits Over The Years Of All Four Of Us Together. That Would Be One Of The Most Priceless Things I Own.

Time is the one thing that none of us have enough of. It’s the one thing that money can’t buy. It’s the one thing that we all would give just about anything for. Through photography, we can hold on to the moments in our lives that we wish could last forever. And, if it’s done correctly, these same photographs can become almost like works of art that we display in our homes for everyone to see and share.

Don’t Make The Decision As To Who Will Photograph Your Family Until You Chat With Me. There Are Things You’ll Want To Ask The Photographers...

There’s no cost, and no obligation to just chat with me, and it will make the whole difference as to how great your portraits will look. My studio number is: (952) 400-1020.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to try to “sell you” on working with me. I’m already very busy, and I don’t need to pressure anyone to work with me as a photographer. I’ll just talk to you about your portraits, and help you discover what your photographs could be like.

If you decide to have me create your portraits - great. If not, no problem.

#3 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception: “Family Portraits Have To Be Created With Boring Poses.”

Do you know ANYONE who feels totally comfortable in front of a camera? I’ll bet you don’t. I don’t. Nearly everyone I’ve ever met tells me the same thing: “I never look natural in pictures.” The last thing you want is a photograph where you or your family members have that fake “posed” look on your face.

Plus, I understand the “psychology” of photography. Learning the technical aspects - which lenses to use, which lighting looks best, how clothing adds and subtracts weight - all of those things were only the tip of the iceberg. Without being able to make each and every one of your family members look and feel comfortable (and natural) in a family portrait, all those technical things would amount to nothing.

You’ll NEVER hear me utter the words “say cheese.”

That’s a surefire way of getting expressions that look totally fake and unnatural. No - a great photographer knows that, in order to get a great expression from a subject, you need to get to know that subject a bit - to know what will make them smile naturally. That’s what I do, and I love it! I will get to know your whole family so well, and they will feel so comfortable with me, that their expressions will be perfect every time.

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#4 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception: “There’s No One To Help Me Make Choices About Clothing, Hair, Makeup, Location, etc...”

Okay, normally you would be right thinking that. However, I pride myself in being different. I’m going to help you with all of those things; I want you to look great!

My Years Of Experience Photographing Families - Yours FREE - Without Any Obligation.

Okay, by now you are probably considering having a family portrait created. You may even be considering choosing me as your photographer - but I don’t want you to make that decision just yet.

No matter who creates your photographs for you, you will need to make some decisions. What clothing should your family wear? Where should this photograph be created? How heavy should the makeup be on the ladies in the photograph? There are a number of things to think about, and I will walk you through all of them personally.


Pick up the phone, and call my studio. The number is (952) 400-1020.

Even if it’s after business hours, still call right now. I’ve got an answering machine that is just waiting to cheerfully take your message, and I’ll personally call you back so we can chat. Just let me know when is a good time to call you back. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to “pressure” you at all into working with me. Plus, there’s no cost at all for us just to chat.

When you call, we’ll chat briefly about the things you need to know. I’ll tell you a bit about me. I’ll answer all your questions about how to prepare for a family portrait. It won’t be a long call, but it will be one of the most important calls you make.

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#5 Myth, Mistake Or Misconception: “There’s No Rush To Have A Family Portrait Created Right Now.”

You know how things are. If you don’t pick up the phone right now, and at least call me to chat about your family portrait, you will probably get swamped with other things, and forget all about it. Then, before you know it, a year - two years - five years have gone by. How different will your family be then?

You see, time is ticking.... and it’s never going to stop.

First, Your Child Takes His or Her First Step. Next, Learns To Ride A Bike. Later, Gets A Driver’s Licence. Graduates From High School. Gets Married. Starts A Family Of His or Her Own.

These are precious times, and although things will change, this moment never has to slip from your fingers.

Don’t put this off. You know how life is. We put things off, and before we know it, everything has changed. If your life is half as crazy as mine is, year after year you find yourself frustrated at the things you wanted to do, and never got done. A family portrait is something you deserve.

Plus, You Will Save 50% By Acting Right Now!

Just suppose you call my studio and chat with me. Just suppose you decide you would like me to be your photographer. As long as you call me (for your FREE chat) by the end of the business day tomorrow, I will deduct 50% off the creation of your family portrait - NO MATTER WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE THE PORTRAIT TAKEN WITH ME!

What does that mean? You don’t have to actually have the photograph created before the end of the day tomorrow - just call me to chat. If, after that call, you decide you want me to be your photographer, I’ll photograph your family for 50% off my regular fee.

Why Your Family Portrait Will Become More Valuable To You Than Anything Else In Your Home:

Do you have a photograph of your family that, if you were running from your burning home, would be the one thing you save (other than your family members, of course) on the way out?

Now, I’m not talking about a “snapshot” that was taken during a family outing on the Fourth Of July. I’m talking about a wonderful photograph, created by a professional photographer, that not only captures your family’s true bonds and relationships, but also does so in a way that you’d be proud to display openly in your home for the rest of your life.

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It’s Not Too Late. This Moment, Right Now, Can Be Held Onto For The Rest Of Your Life - For You To Share With Family And Friends.

You don’t have to make a big decision right now. You don’t have to choose your photographer - you don’t even have to decide that now is the time for your family portrait. Just take one small step toward holding onto your family’s happiest moments RIGHT NOW.

Just Call My Studio, And We’ll Chat. And, Remember, If You Decide You Want Me To Create Your Family Portrait, Save 50% Off It’s Creation. It’s All Up To You.

Once again, my studio number is (952) 400-1020, and you can call any time. If I don’t answer, just leave your name and number at the beep, and I’ll call you back. If you’re thinking of this family photograph as a GIFT FOR SOMEONE, let me know, so when I call back, I only ask for you, and don’t spoil the surprise!

The Perfect Family Portrait Is Only One Phone Call Away...

Make the call now. It will be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life. I look forward to hearing from you.

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We serve the following communities:Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Excelsior, Victoria, Waconia, Chanhassen, Chaska, Shakopee, Carver, Bloomington, Richfield, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, Hopkins, Glencoe, Edina, Golden Valley, Albertville, St. Michael, Inver Grove, South St. Paul, Woodbury, Hastings, Navare, Mound, Minnetonka Beach, Greenwood, St. Bonifacius, Savage, Minnesota


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