Melanie Sioux Kuntz

Sioux Photographer Snapped Oshie and Fiancée Before Olympic Debut

ICTMN Staff
2/24/14

Melanie Sioux Kuntz took an interest in photography at a young age.

“I always had a camera and was constantly taking pictures of everything,” Kuntz said to ICTMN in an email. “When I turned 18, I opened my first credit card and purchased a DSLR, which is just a fancy name for a large camera. I began photographing sports for the local paper and it grew from there.”

Now at the age of 24, Kuntz’s photography resume has expanded. The sports- photojournalist- turned- wedding- photographer’s web site MelanieSioux.com is an ode to her middle name and Native heritage. Kuntz, Sioux, is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. After taking individual photos of Lauren Cosgrove in North Dakota, Cosgrove brought in her fiancé St. Louis Blues hockey star TJ Oshie.

“At the time TJ was playing in the NHL and had not been selected for the Olympic team,” Kuntz said. “It was pretty exciting to meet a UND [University of North Dakota] hockey star and being able to say I photographed an NHL player.”

When Oshie, Ojibwe, made it to the Olympic games, Kuntz said that it was just the “icing to her cake.” But, she also said she didn’t want her experience to be overblown.

Melanie Sioux Kuntz photographed Oshie and Cosgrove just before he was named a member of Team USA.

“I didn’t want to be that sell out posting pictures and joining in the media frenzy,” she said. “But after finding a number of my pictures being posted to random sports pages…I thought it only fair to tell my side of the story and enlighten people on their amazing relationship.”

She said that taking the photos of the couple was like “watching a love movie.”

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