USA forward T.J. Oshie reacts after scoring the winning goal against Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovski in a shootout during overtime of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 15, in Sochi, Russia. (Associated Press)

T.J. Oshie, right, and his fiancee, Lauren Cosgrove, are seen during their engagement photography session with Melanie Sioux Kuntz.

Who would have thought a photographer from Bismarck would have the opportunity to photograph an Olympian? Not me. I had the opportunity to photograph Team USA Olympic hockey forward T.J. Oshie and his fiancee, Lauren Cosgrove.

I was somewhat nervous; this was the first time I had photographed a professional athlete in a session rather than a sporting event. The session was great, their chemistry was impeccable and I managed to hold myself together and stay focused.

Following our session we went out on the town; it was obvious T.J. was a local celebrity as he was a stand out hockey player at University of North Dakota and is now known for his position with the NHL team St. Louis Blues.

Everywhere we went people wanted autographs and pictures, but as soon as he was done smiling for his fans it was right back to Lauren. No matter how many people were staring at him in shock of his presence, he made it very clear he only cared about one thing, and that was Lauren.

Melanie Sioux Kuntz is a local photographer. More information can be found at