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Client connection is priority for their home business

Steven and Kareen (nee Dodge) Buri have set up a photography studio in the lower level of their rural River Falls home. They call their new venture Lifetree Studio Photography. Vera Roy-Stoeberl photo

"Storytelling becomes so much richer," says River Falls resident and photographer Steven Buri, when there's a closeness and connection with clients.

That's part of the more modern and fresh approach Buri and his wife Kareen want to use as they introduce their new rural home business, Lifetree Studio, to the public.

"We want to be friends with our clients and establish a relationship with them," said Steven. "We invite them to share a cup of coffee or espresso while we display our artistic style of photography."

Steven also refers to his and Kareen's artistic photographic style as "fun and modern."

Though he's only been a resident in the United States for about five years, Steven, a Swiss native, has an extensive background and degree in interior design. He worked at designing for several years prior to giving in to the equally creative lure of photography.

Since they married, Steven has enhanced Kareen's photographic knowledge and skills. As a result, the couple occasionally works in tandem.

One example of that partnership is how they've been able to successfully capture two perspectives of special wedding moments by positioning themselves in two different locations.

With that eye for creativity and ingenuity, Steven, along with Kareen, who was born and raised in River Falls and graduated from the high school in 1991, have established a warm and inviting studio in the home's lower level.

Along with backdrops, cameras, lighting and other equipment, they've also included a play area for children to occupy themselves while adults talk and have comfortable seating for clients to relax as they watch a photo presentation on a large-screen television.

The couple has also associated themselves by joining national and international photographic groups, meeting explicit criteria. Those groups include: Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, the Professional Photographers of America, and the Wedding Photo Journalists Association.

The Buris invite persons to call or e-mail them to set up an appointment to learn about their high school senior portraits, wedding photos, baby photos, "Sweet 16" photos, plans for their "portrait park" and more.

Area residents can meet them when they take and give away free photos at the Abundant Life Church's Harvest Party on Halloween, Oct. 31. And in their attempt to help those less fortunate, they'll soon begin their "Shine A Light" program for families in need.

The couple will also travel to accommodate clients who plan "destination weddings."

Call Steven and Kareen to set up an appointment at 651-247-4004 or send an e-mail to More information is available at