Niche Biz: Oil Field Photography

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The Dickinson Press:

North Dakota’s oil boom is allowing a Fargo woman to make a living doing what she loves.

Renae Mitchell always had a passion for photography and decided to make it her profession in 2010.

Initially, the single mother of two had a tough time making ends meet with a photography business.

Then she decided to showcase some of her work in her hometown of Williston, one of her favorite areas to photograph. One of the images she took for fun that she later added to her portfolio is a silhouette of a drilling rig north of Williston against a sunset.

“The sunsets out here are to die for,” said Mitchell, 41.

She caught the attention of some oil company representatives who were looking for wall decor for their new North Dakota offices.

“That’s when I discovered there was a niche to be had,” Mitchell said.

You can view more of Renae Mitchell’s work on her website.

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