Vendor Spotlight: Studio Blu

Some business owners go above and beyond to make their customers feel like they are the top priority. Eleven years ago, Walter Portz and Holly Hendriks decided to start a business that mixed their passion for art and design with making others happy. What better combination is there?

The dynamic couple say that they consider their clients friends. They put their clients first in all matters; they are everything.

Walter Blu was able to tell Empire Productions a little bit more about what he and Holly do for their clients, and how much of an impact their clients have on them in return.


"we create out of necessity. it is our compulsion. we are inspired by art and design, music and culture. it is the blood in our veins. we are aspiring to perfection." -walter + holly

1. How long have you been in business?

11 years

2. How many people are part of your team?

We have 5 different people involved in varied amounts.

3. *Optional* What is the average price range of your products/services?

Our photography services range from $2500-5000

Our short films are $2500

Our photobooth Linus is $800

4. Can you tell us a little about Studio Blu’sbackground?

Holly and I have BFA's in photography from the University of Minnesota. Holly focused on large format fine art photography. I got my start making skate videos and pop art. We started Studio Blu shortly after moving back to Sioux Falls. We photograph weddings, commercial photography and fine art. We're always interested in the creative process, from street art to interiors and furniture design.

5. What sets you apart from other photographers in your industry?

The experience you have with us is unique, the photos are great. The way we approach weddings is not traditional. We focus on an overall experience, doing more than just waiting around for events to unfold. We become an integral part of planning and executing your day.

6. What is your primary goal when serving your clients?

Give them all of us. Being completely invested in them.

7. What is your favorite thing about your work?

Honestly, just spending the best day of people's lives with them.

Excerpt from Studio Blu's website:

who are our clients?

our clients are creative people with vision. our clients are cool. beyond the traditional definitions. our clients are bankers and concrete layers, nurses and design professionals, chefs and teachers, computer programmers and professional athletes. our clients become our friends. they are everything.

Related sites


Facebook: @funfreshphotos

Instagram: @walterportz or @funfreshphotos

Contact information:



Downtown Sioux Falls




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