February 04, 2023

Osceola Sentinel-Tribune welcomes photographer

With a one-person editorial staff at the newspaper, getting to every event is a calculated feat. When Ronnie Wittenauer reached out in late October to offer her photography services, it turned out to be just the thing that was needed.

Wittenauer has been photographing events in the Des Moines area for some time, but wanted to do something locally, too.

“[My] hometown pride runs deep, so I wanted to bring some eyes [to] local events,” said Wittenauer, who has jumped right in taking pictures of games, open houses, and other local events.

Wittenauer, a lifelong Osceola resident and 2003 graduate of Clarke Community High School, first took a photography class in high school.

“I fell in love with it,” said Wittenauer.

She joined the Student Chief (the school’s student newspaper), and worked on the yearbook.

Photography stayed with Wittenauer as a hobby, and seven years ago she began to do freelance photography.

Wittenauer specializes in weddings, portraits, and events, but says her passion is that of fine art photography. She has had many pieces that have been selected for exhibitions both in the United States and internationally, and has been showcased in multiple publications.

When she’s not behind her camera, Wittenauer works as a Relationship Manager for tech company LenderClose. Wittenauer is married, has two children, five dogs, three cats, two horses, and one rabbit.

Candra Brooks

A native of rural Union County, Candra holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Simpson College and an Associate's Degree in Accounting from SWCC. She has been at the Osceola newspaper since October 2013, working as office manager before transitioning to the newsroom in spring 2022.