You know, when I became a portrait/commercial photographer in 1997 after 7 years as a photojournalist, I never foresaw that it would the be graphic-artists-turned photographers like Ben Shirk and Richard Sturdevant, who would be producing the national award-winning mind-blowing images. We have, on our staff, Ms. Rhonda Deschamp, one of the best graphic designers in Rapid City. She and I worked together at the Rapid City Journal way back in the 1990's, and she has worked for us for about 10 years. She continues to learn, create, and allow our studio to take my images to the next level. If you are wanting to be a professional photographer these days, perhaps the best background in training is a graphic arts degree.