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Moments matter

Ok, so… moments matter.  I’ve been in this mode lately of evaluating what is authentic to me and what is not.  And of course this rolls over into my everyday job of working with all kinds of images, the majority of which are of weddings.  Today I was going over a Big Sky wedding at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge from last spring preparing some images for publication.   Authentic moments have been jumping out at me.  Moments are fleeting and are existent only for a very brief period of time.

Years ago one of my great mentors told me this:  that albeit brief, each moment has a beginning, a middle and an end.  And also that in between the end of each moment and the beginning of the next there is this little tiny space.  This really set me to thinking. Wow!!! even a brief moment has a beginning, a middle and an end! As I contemplated this I found myself looking for those spaces between moments when I was photographing.  Little spaces when my subject was in-between moments and not presenting something to me.  Ah ha… maybe I could see and capture something of their real self, something that was more authentic than the human nature of presenting a ‘front’ like a protective shield identity.  Yeah, I know it’s pretty ‘out there’,  BUT… I think there is something to it.

Here are a collection of images from that wedding that tell me something about moments, and how MOMENTS MATTER.  Some are lighthearted, some are quiet, others emotional and some are just down right sweet.  Enjoy!

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By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Telling moments|0 Comments
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Authentic home wedding

Last week I traveled to my childhood home in Kansas City, Missouri for the wedding of my nephew Lucas Stanley to the love of his life Missy Johnson. The days were filled with spending time with two of my brothers and their families and a long stay at my Grandfather’s farm in Amsterdam Missouri.

The spring air that greeted my waking mind after sleep smelled just as sweet as it did 50 years ago. Memories emerged of happiness and many sublime years of a loving family.

Watching though my lens on the day of the wedding I found something of myself in the faces of those that gathered at this wonderfully authentic and simply beautiful ‘home wedding’ celebration.

Prior to my return flight, my youngest brother Jerry and his wife Karen brought out boxes of images from my Mother’s belongings. It was a treasure that I did not know existed. Century old photos of family, nearly a complete photo history of my family. Among them I found a beautiful wedding portrait of my Grandmother on my father’s side and one of my earliest photos taken with my simple camera and printed in my own little darkroom in the basement. I would have been 7 then. It is a photo of the farm that I stayed at during my visit!












Grandmother Bertha Stanley the youngest of 5 children (front row center)



Bertha Stanley’s wedding day portrait



One of my earliest photos I was able to find. Image of the farm of my beloved Grandpa Earl Locke

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Destination Weddings, Telling moments|0 Comments
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Meg and Ian’s Bozeman Wedding

Images by Jennie Lynn at the Roy’s Barn in Bozeman, Montana
August 8, 2015
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By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments
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Award winning Montana photo

Thanks to the Bozeman Downtown Association for putting on the 12th annual Downtown Bozeman Bridal Walk.  I was honored to be included in the Photography Contest and took home 1st Place in the Most Unique category.  It seems this is an award winning Montana photo!  Last year, this image won international acclaim placing 12th in the a contest put on by the WPJA. The Wedding Photojournalist Association is a worldwide association of professional wedding photojournalist.

Thanks to the Meridian Boutique for hosting my photo and allowing me to meet and greet over 200 future brides in their lovely shop.


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Below is the press release for those that like to read, but I am fine with just sharing my photo.

For Immediate Release

April 13th, 2016


Contact: Ellie Staley, Downtown Bozeman Association

406-586-4008, [email protected]


The Downtown Bozeman Association Presents the Winners of the 6th Annual Bridal Walk Photography Contest and the Bridal Walk $500 Shopping Spree. Downtown Bozeman Association and nearly 40 Downtown Retailers hosted the 12th Annual Downtown Bozeman Bridal Walk on Saturday, April 9th.

There were over 225 registered brides who strolled down Main Street with hundreds of friends to make their Montana wedding complete. Along the way, they were welcomed by nearly 40 businesses and partook in activities such as listening to classical music, wine and cake tastings, participated in the photography contest and registered for all kinds of wonderful prizes including the $500 downtown shopping spree.

During the 6th Annual Bridal Photography contest, an activity for brides and the general public to enjoy, there were a total of 8 amazing bridal photographs displayed in nearly all of the participating business locations and we received hundreds of votes! The Downtown Bozeman Association awarded winners for the amazing photographs for the following 3 categories; Most Unique, Most Scenic and Best Overall but all of the photos were enjoyed by all who attended and can be viewed on our Downtown Bozeman Facebook page.

Listed below are the winners of the $500 downtown shopping spree and the Photography Contest winners:

Most Scenic Photo – By A+P Photography, displayed at Heyday

Most Unique Photo – By Larry Stanley Photography, displayed at Meridian

Best Overall Photo – By Muhlbradt Photography, displayed at Montana Gift Corral

$500 Downtown Shopping Spree toward the participating businesses – Jess Koelzer who is getting married on July 16, 2016 in Bozeman.


For more information about the Downtown Bozeman Bridal Walk or the Photography Contest, please contact the Downtown Bozeman Association at 586-4008, www.downtownbozeman.org.

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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Moments matter – family wedding

On Saturday I photographed with one my wedding couples and ‘THE BOYS’.  Oh man this was a roll! When I am shooting with boys ‘moments matter’. I loved every minute of it! It was a beautiful blustery afternoon on the Yellowstone.  Megan and John will be married in a big way this August 20th.  The boys Cash and Cruz will have their own vows to give in this authentic celebration of marriage as they form a new family together.  It’s going to be a family wedding for sure.  Enjoy the images!

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By |April 5th, 2016|Categories: Montana Weddings, portraits|0 Comments
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Life Authentic – being present

Images keep appearing from the gallery of my latest photo session with Katie. Just to recap for those that are seeing this for the first time.

POSTED February 15th, 2016

“For some time now, I have been contemplating the value of authenticity in my life and in my passion of image making. Living this great gift of life with cognizance, and the motivation to sort out what is real, what is meaningful; and on the other hand, what is unreal, not authentic and can be dispensed with. Seeking Life Authentic.

Well… I got a message from a client of mine from 2007, asking me if I was interested in a project and she said that “time was of the essence”. The next day we were able to connect. I asked what was going on that was so timely and what is this project. Katie was reaching out for some imaging of her and her sweet family as she is facing the life shaking diagnosis of breast cancer. Katie is 34, married to a fine man and they have two beautiful young daughters.

It’s then, it’s what she told me next that totally turned me on a dime.

She said that this shocking reality of going headlong into treatment and surgery had changed her life and that all of a sudden everything in her life that was not authentic was falling away! I knew from her words that I had found a very important and meaningful task. Time to give!

Here in lies the beginning of a journey in life. A journey that many women face these days and one that I am honored to capture and share, for Katie and her family as well as others that might find beauty, strength and inspiration. Here’s to the VICTORY of Katie over this disease.”

Spending time photographing with Katie last week was full of telling moments, moments of conversation and moments of just seeing and capturing. Katie told me candidly and with her ‘matter of fact’ attitude, “I have never felt so alive!”.  It shocked me initially but as I look over these images I get it.  Facing such a life threatening experience forces you to live in the present.  The present is alive.  Not the past, not the future… but NOW.

Here are a few more images, images of Life Authentic – being present!

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By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: portraits, Telling moments|0 Comments
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Holland Lake Lodge wedding

On August 11th of 2007 I photographed Evan and Kristin’s Holland Lake Lodge wedding.  Last weekend, 8 years later and on the same kind of  ‘smokey’ weekend in August they returned to Holland Lake Lodge for a week of fun.  This time they were joined by their sweet daughter Helen.  At first she was a bit camera shy, but then a new and unexpected side of Helen appeared.  Helen is a STAR!  She danced and ran and giggled and played while taking full advantage of 3 or 4 of her favorite dresses.  And when I asked if she would spin…  wow!

What a treat to photograph with this couple and their lovely, inspiring daughter!














By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Destination Weddings, portraits|0 Comments
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Life Authentic – portraits of the soul

Life Authentic –  ‘ portraits of the soul ‘ seemed to be a fitting title for this blog.  Katie and I shot in the studio for about 3 hours today.  This is the fourth in a series of images of Katie’s days, weeks and months of her fight again breast cancer.  What I see emerging are images which are more and more portraits of her soul.   I am proud to know this amazing woman.

I don’t need to use many words here.  Maybe one more word…. ‘soulful’!


By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: portraits, Telling moments|3 Comments
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Le Petit Chateau, Bozeman wedding

Ok, so one week following our West Yellowstone visit, Jennie Lynn and I changed roles and she joined me for a wedding with Amanda and Kelsey at the Le Petit Chateau for a beautiful Bozeman wedding.  It was a warm fall evening.  After the wedding ceremony we headed for the hills south of Bozeman to photograph on a friend’s beautiful spread.  We got what we were looking for… a scenic view above the valley.  Thanks to Julio Freitas for his unusually beautiful floral art!!!

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By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments
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Life Authentic – loosing the hair

I got a note from my friend Katie saying that it was time to loose the hair.   I was out the door Monday afternoon to pay a visit and photograph with Tom and Katie once again.  Katie is in chemo therapy at the Bozeman Cancer Center and is quickly loosing her hair.  Katie’s Mom was there as well as Katie’s dear friend from high school that is visiting and sharing her support.

I have gotten to understand that there are two priorities when I enter the home.  #1. is the protective greeting that I get from their dedicated Labrador ‘Walter’ who shows me all his ferocity,  then shortly thereafter warms up for some petting.  Good Dog!   #2. eldest daughter Elle always wants to show me her most favorite things and tell me what she has been up to… this time is was about her dolls ! it’s very sweet.


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So, as for the hair cutting, I will let my photos tell you more than I could possibly throw down in words.  Katie get’s her buzz from Tom and her Mother, then Tom takes the seat and get’s the BUZZ!
This the third installment in this on going project of capturing Katie’s valiant walk down this road of beating breast cancer.


Check out the Cancer Kick’n boots from Old Gringo Boot Company. They gifted her the boots. Cool!



Tom took the camera and captured a few for me. I wanted a picture with my hero. She is one courageous woman!!! In support I am keeping my head buzzed through her treatment. I know, I know, I didn’t have much hair anyway, but it’s the thought that counts! smiles!



By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: portraits, Telling moments|3 Comments