About Larry

With over 25 years of diverse professional photographic experience Larry brings depth and insight to his work. His style is described as a unique mix of wedding photojournalism and scenic portraiture, capturing "beauty... as it occurs naturally". Larry attended the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California and is an International Award winning member of the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association and an active member of FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHERS.

Big Sky Resort wedding

Big Sky Resort wedding

Chelsie and Vinny got married under Lone Peak and in spite of the weather forecasts in the days leading up to the wedding, it was an amazing day!   The mountains at the Big Sky Resort are immense, powerful and demand attention when photographing in the area.  What better background could you imagine for your wedding?  For my ‘second camera’, I had the rare pleasure of teaming up with a great friend and very talented photographer Dennis Rodgers for this event and we had a blast. Thanks Dennis!
Here is a sampling of the beauty of this special day full of meaningful moments.

Cheers to Chelsie and Vinny!!!





















By | 2017-11-25T17:07:58+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|0 Comments

Chico Winter Wedding

Peter and Ashley came all the way from Scotland last Christmas for this Chico Winter Wedding… and splendid it was!  From the warmth of the ceremony, to the receiving line in the Saloon, to the sub freezing temperatures in the mountains above, this wedding was SPLENDID indeed.

If you are planning a winter wedding in Montana, think of Chico Hot Springs and contact me about your photography!

A personal note to Peter and Ashley.  It was such a pleasure to be a part of your wonderful wedding day and welcomed so graciously by all of your family.  Cheers and Merry Christmas!  Larry Stanley

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By | 2017-10-21T19:08:45+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Destination Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Stephanie and Michael – a family wedding

Truly a family wedding.  I love to see two people unite and bring together every part of their lives. In this case they became a family of 6!  So much love, devotion and conviction about their marriage. Stephanie and Michael’s vows were made to each other and to their children directly.  There was not a dry eye in the barn and family photos went on forever because, for Steph and Michael family is extremely meaningful! 

In the end, the fields of Spinghill became splendidly delicious with evening light! It was the perfect wedding to end the summer with.

Enjoy the view.


















 

By | 2017-10-13T16:34:53+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Yogatography take away

Every year I take delight in teaching creative photography with Margaret Burns Vap at Cowgirl Yogatography.  The Double T River Ranch rests on acres of fall beauty with the Shields river winding it’s way slowly through the land.  Peaceful and sublime.  Early morning walks are a must.  Yoga, photography, excellent food and company.

Here a small collection of take away images from the retreat. I did more talking and teaching than I did shooting!  Thanks Margaret and thanks to all the fine ladies of Cowgirl Yogatography 2017!














By | 2017-10-13T19:37:07+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Fashion|0 Comments

Kate and Paul – beautiful is beautiful

Ok, so… this is a post that has been on my mind for sometime now. It is a meaningful story that needs to be told but I have never quite put it all together. After 17 years of wedding photography in Montana and 2 years of weddings in Los Angeles earlier in my career, the pieces have come together. Here goes.

Kate and Paul contacted me about their wedding at Chico Hot Springs in 2016. After some communications back and forth they hired me for their very intimate wedding. They had planned to come to Livingston so we could meet and shoot together before the wedding, but life got busier than usual and it never happened. So the first time we met in person was a couple hours before the wedding. I walked in to say hello and I was impressed by the joy and beauty of this woman. Kate is a professional counselor who helps so many people, full of compassion and understanding. Kate is a big bodied woman. I sensed a little shyness in our meeting but as always I try to take my clients out of their self conscious tendency of presenting something to the camera, and encourage them to be right there in that moment of preparing to marry, allowing me to capture reality. I went right to work and it was amazing. Later I met Paul. He towered over me and was equally as wonderful as his wife to be.

The day progressed and I shot away finding my emotions welling up in me as I listened and watched… shooting like crazy. As agreed in advance we would run up to a hill top to catch the sunset. It turned out to be one of the most splendid I have seen this year.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later, I presented highlight images to them via email. And our conversations began. This is where it gets interesting. I have asked Kate and Paul if could share some our letters with others. They agreed.

Larry:
“I know you are a counselor, so I’ll be direct. I have noticed that rarely do I see images of plus sized figured brides in the advertising of wedding photography. I find this igorant, and I sense that larger people are being poorly served in this way.”

“I want to open the door in peoples minds that beautiful is beautiful, whether we are small, large, old, traditional, non-traditional, gay, trans or whatever sexual orientation people embrace. I have seen the growth in numbers of gay weddings over the last few years. Now, major wedding resources are pushing that forward in their imagery and advertising, which I think is just fine. So I want to put this issue of plus sized figured people ‘face forward’ to let future clients know they will be well accepted by me and I WILL make beautiful images for them that perhaps they would never have dreamed of.”

Kate:
“Dear Larry,

First, thank you so much for capturing our beautiful moments once again these photos blow me away! I am both honored and even a little shocked that you think (we are) and our images are as beautiful as I think they are. We think the highlights are just astonishing Paul and I couldn’t be more thrilled and can’t wait to see the rest!

I have to say knowing that I do not fit the stereotypical “beautiful bride” image gave me a lot of anxiety- especially with regard to even getting a professional photographer. It is not that I do not think I am beautiful or even that I worry my now husband/friends and family don’t think I am beautiful but there is this overarching fear or worry that because I am not stick thin somehow the rest of the world would not think I was a beautiful bride. Slight ego issue… Dangnabbit I wanted everyone to think I was a beautiful bride on that monumental day!!!

More than that I did have some trepidation that since we had not met before hand you would be disappointed to work with a bigger bride or that my images would leave me feeling saddened. It is hard to capture in words the battle that I and I imagine others go through when facing self-esteem issues related to size. We literally are battling our culture’s notion of beauty. I am a confident person but every once in a while negative thoughts and self-doubts creep up and our wedding was a huge hurdle regarding confidence for me. That is until I saw the images. Since seeing how amazingly you captured those special moments my internal voice has been silenced! I am proud to show my wedding photos to whomever because my size didn’t stop me from being gorgeous or stop Paul and I from having stunning images.

So, with all that said having you reach out in such a beautiful way was very touching. You are 100% correct that the world of “weddings” have not yet caught up with the idea that bigger does not mean less beautiful. I would be honored to be featured in your blog. Paul and I would love to be able to be showcased in such an inspiring way that beautiful is beautiful. You are an incredibly talented person and a beautiful soul any bride would be lucky to have you capture their moments.

One last thing, you are also correct I did not know you could capture on film what you did. I never dreamed it possible to look like that in those photos. Again, I am confident that I am attractive but it is just hard to imagine being beautiful in the “bridal sense” when you do not fit the stereotype, but man did you knock our photos out of the park!
Sincerely, Kate Brockman”

AND NOW THE IMAGES:

That’s me, self testing the lighting minutes before Kate and Paul joined me on the hill. It was a memorable and meaningful evening for this sun weathered dude! smiles

 

By | 2017-09-06T23:28:34+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings, Telling moments|Tags: |4 Comments

my outdoor studio – Montana

I have come to LOVE my outdoor studio here in Montana.  I spent the early years of my photography career in big, dark, well equipped studios with a team of pro’s that make food magic.  Any light that I used had to be set up and carefully modified and controlled. Often one set would involve 4 to 6 lights.  Yes, shooting food was meticulous and challenging. I liked it but I didn’t love it!

(FAST FORWARD to the present) For the last 15 years of wedding photography it’s been a very different experience.  Shooting on the run 95% of the time and learning to quickly and efficiently use some flash on or off camera to handle any and all lighting conditions.

Lately I have had a number of shoots at sunset and I find that I love it!  The light is continually changing until it is gone… and it all happens in about 15 to 20 minutes.  So  you have to get it right or go home without… or possibly to a crap load of post production and photoshop work.  Luckily my years of lighting experience pays off every time I walk out the door to shoot!

MY OUTDOOR  STUDIO….  One main light source (THE SUN) that is on a big dimmer switch and it is slowing going, going, gone.  Other light sources are battery powered flash with some subtle color gels to help match the color of the sun at dusk.  These have to be continually adjusted, down, down, down in order to gently finesse the light.

LAST NIGHT…   Last night was different.  The sun was setting gently in and out of smoke from local forest fires and some low hanging clouds.  The smoke offered a big soft box effect that was surreal and soft.  There was no need to add any flash. We were in a cloud of sublime light!

YOGATOGRAPHY…  I was working with my friend Margaret Burns Vap, head yogini at Big Sky Yoga Retreats.  We were working on some creative ideas for the Yogatography (see the video) retreat at the end of the month. If this interests you we have two seats left in this creatively fun and challenging yoga and photography retreat for women.

For this photo shoot, our beautiful models were Morgane Vap, Emma Olsen, Margaret and our equine beauties Love and Skywalker.  What a work out!  And in the end I was very pleased with what came off the card this morning.

Tomorrow it’s weddings as usual, but last night was an exciting time in MY OUTDOOR STUDIO – Montana!







By | 2017-09-01T22:02:34+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Photography Workshops|0 Comments

Stephanie and Michael in Paradise Valley

It was such a pleasure to photograph with Steph and Michael last week. Their September wedding is coming right up and we made time to get together for a little meet and greet ‘photography style’! I always like to see my clients face to face ahead of the wedding day to make some fun images together. It makes the wedding day photography much more productive. So we did and it was an amazing evening. This time I chose from some of my secret and private locations! yep!

And by the way, I think there is going to be a lot of dancing involved at this wedding!

Feel the LOVE… and enjoy the view!















 

By | 2017-08-29T17:53:26+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Categories: Engagements, Scenic Montana|Tags: |1 Comment

‘waiting for the eclipse’

 

Truth is… I got bored on the day of the eclipse. Everyone in town was sitting around with silly glasses on staring at the sky, as though ‘looking through a glass darkly’!  hahaha….  So I raced down the river valley giving myself only 10 minutes to set up and solve whatever lighting challenge the circumstance might present.  I can only imagine what people around were thinking about the funny photog dude rushing around, back and forth from the camera to the lights and then standing in his chosen spot… doing ‘selfie’ lighting checks.  Then things settled down and I found the image I was looking for.  It was worth it.

I call it ‘waiting for the eclipse’

By | 2017-08-24T18:27:22+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Categories: Photography Workshops, Scenic Montana|Tags: |0 Comments

Raj and Gurleen – Yellowstone National Park proposal

Raj surprised Gurleen with his proposal in Yellow National Park. This couple is from Canada and were on the road to Chicago via Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Gurleen is pursuing her continued education towards her medical career in Chicago. Raj and I have been emailing, texting, plotting and planning for a bit now. Friday the big surprise became real.

Weather in the park went from warm with a slight overcast, to subtle rainbows in the sky, to double blazing rainbows and finally wildly stormy. Follow this couple through 3 hours of hiking, shooting, driving, a champagne toast and then the grand finale! In the end God shown his light upon this couple as they stood way above Yellowstone Lake on big rock, soaked with rain and love!!! Enjoy the view!

Raj and Gurleen, It was such a pleasure to share this time with you and “capture the rapture’… smiles Larry.

By | 2017-08-08T16:33:19+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Engagements|Tags: |2 Comments

Julia and Kevin – Bozeman wedding

Here’s a handful of highlights from last weekend’s wedding at the Woodlands in Bozeman. Jennie Lynn was primary shooter and held all the responsibilities of driving the boat… and I got to have some fun and shoot 2nd camera. Jen put the pressure on me when she told me to do my ‘creative thing’. That’s all I needed was a little nudge! This group was so full of joy and fun! We loved every minute of it. Now the pics!

 

 

By | 2017-07-26T00:11:51+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments