A few days ago, North Dakota Tourism was in town to do a photo shoot to produce photos for state publications. Maybe you’ve seen them before — the Visitor’s Guide, the social media campaigns, etc. You often see the Badlands, or bison, or the Bison. Actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel has been a fixture in the campaigns for a few years now. Sorry folks, Josh was not in Wahpeton this week.

I was able to watch part of the process and I can tell you, it was more detail-oriented and labor-intensive than I expected. I knew there would be a professional photographer, but truly I was expecting someone with a camera and an assistant to help. Maybe a light or two.

Chris DeVries is Wahpeton’s Community Development Director.