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Milestones makes a move

A local photography studio with deep West Fargo ties has hit the ground running, and is relocating to space in the community's long-time center for business.

Milestones Photography, owned and operated by West Fargo native David Arntson, has moved into the Westgo Square on Morrison Street. The longtime area photographer founded the business about a year ago in the basement of his West Fargo home.

"The new space is obviously much bigger," Arntson said. "We have more room for portrait work. We have additional workspace for employees. And we now have a nice area to meet with our clients or potential clients."

The space is just to the north of Jiggs' Restaurant, located through a corridor entered through Door No. 5. Inside, Arntson has added two full-time staff members and a part-time photographer. All three started with Milestones when it was operating out of the Arntson home.

The first new staff member is photographer Britta Trygstad. Like Arntson, she's a part-time photographer for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, and brings great credentials to the company. She's a member of the Wedding Photojournalists Association, which Arntson said is a club that's "not very easy to get into."

"Britta has a style that's very complementary to mine when it comes to capturing weddings," Arntson said. "So when we're capturing a wedding, it comes together very well."

Arntson has also added Morea Steinhauer as a part-time photographer. Arntson's wife, Sarah, has taken a position with the business full-time working in marketing and client relations.

"That is nice to have," Arntson said of the extra help. "Morea, too, has a very good eye. And Sarah's been great because she kind of frees us up to concentrate on our jobs as photographers."

Milestones focuses its collective lens on a style known as wedding photojournalism. That style means that, along with the traditional posed shots of the wedding party and families, Milestones photographers work on capturing the moments that happen during a wedding day, aside from the positioned shots

"It's been a very positive response," Arntson said. "I think people really like what we're doing. We work hard to meet the client's needs and requests. And I think people enjoy the fact that we're flexible. We'll meet their specifics and then use our style, as well."

To celebrate its move to Westgo Square, Milestones will be hosting a ribbon cutting and an open house from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. Arntson said it will be a great way for people in the community to find out more about the new business.

"We've really liked doing business here in West Fargo," he said. "I'm from here, and as much as it's grown, I still feel like I know a lot of people here in town. There's still a great sense of community here."

For more information, contact Dave at Milestones at (701) 371-7363.