Welcome to DarleneProis.com

As a kid, I was prone to staring at people and asking a zillion questions. I was thrilled to discover that I could get paid for that, and I’ve made a career of it.

I’ve been a journalist for more than 35 years, all of it spent at daily newspapers. My desire to write was altered by an art photography class, so I began my career as a photojournalist, detoured briefly into management, and now combine both photography and writing. I’ll soon mark three decades with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

I’m not a skater, but my husband Dave is. He and his daughter Heather have been skating together for more than a decade, and they’re darn good at it. When I met them almost five years ago, they tried to teach me to skate, too, but it was evident that I’d be happier doing something I was good at - observing.

As I watched them race, my journalistic instincts kicked in. Each race - and each racer - has their own story. My camera helps tell those stories.

These are what you’ll find here. Enjoy!


We loved working with Darlene. She captured every moment and we couldn’t be happier…
Inline Planet

Darlene’s photos are exciting and fun to look at. She makes it look easy, A1!
Fred Scheers - Lumberjack Show

Our offices actually look forward to “photo day” thanks to Darlene’s great attitude and even better pictures.
Jeff Hughes - Website

Contact Darlene: [email protected]