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Butte Montana Wedding Day – Ashley and Jim

Ashley and Jim married in a big way last Saturday. Atop the ridge to the north of Butte on a private ranch. It was a Butte Montana Wedding Day, not to be forgotten. With a warm and brilliant day, loving families, a dancing baby and the Spirit Most Holy very present.!!! Jennie Lynn and I drove home sun burned, happy and tired. This is just a glimpse of the arisings of this memorable day. LIFE IS BIG, LIFE IS MOMENTARY… DON’T MISS IT.

Just ask dancing baby boy above… 18 months of

Joie de vivre….  love of living.

Thanks to my talented and loving daughter Jennie Lynn for KILLING the second camera position.  When we shoot together I can always rely on her to be where I am not, finding PRICELESS moments for the bride, the groom and their families.  Just say’n Jennie Lynn… you rock!  Thank you.. love dad.

 

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By |July 29th, 2014|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Butte Montana Weddings – Ashley and Jim

I was scheduled to shoot with Ashley and Jim last evening but the weather was looking quite ‘iffy!”  So we decided to meet this morning on the Yellowstone. Sunshine through my window this morning told me it was going to be a great day to photograph.  Ashley and Jim’s Montana Wedding will be this Saturday on a spacious family ranch near Butte.  The ranch has a fantastic lodge with an outdoor ceremony site overlooking the nearby mountains.  SHOULD BE VERY SCENIC!

The shoot went from high to low!  We started about 800 feet above the valley and ended up getting into the river.  Then the fun began.  Way to go Ashley and Jim… you’re willingness to get a little wet paid off!

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By |July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Rainbow Ranch Wedding : Toni and Rance

Toni and Rance were married recently at this Rainbow Ranch Wedding. It was a stellar experience. The high mountain valley of Big Sky provided the drama and beauty of a June day with all of the possible weather surprises. And then at the last minute the sun shown on this couple and their families with the most beautiful array of light, mist, puffy clouds, deep blue sky and sunshine. They got it all, everything, the whole show!!! And, I was honored to be the witness with camera in hand.

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Over the past 13 years I have enjoyed a very special place to work, usually once or twice a year. In the earlier years it was along side of one of the owners and my good friend Patrick Hurd. But as life evolves, Patrick moved on and sold his interest in this very special place. At that time I wondered what would become of this gem in the mountain valley of Big Sky, the Rainbow Ranch. If you have visited, stayed there or attended a wedding there… you know where of I speak. The Rainbow Ranch is today, and has always been a GEM in the heart of Big Sky, Montana. Life’s changes brought a wonderful woman into this place and she would shoulder the job of being the front person, the hostess of such a gracious and amazing place. A place that welcomes people from all over the world and envelopes them in the warmth of our Montana hospitality. Mollie Eckman is the fine hostess and General Manager of this magical place.

The images that I share here are witness to this place and the fine work that Mollie and her staff perform, week after week, selflessly helping all of their guests experience the magic that is in this place we call home… Montana. Cheers to the Rainbow Ranch, Mollie Eckman and the standard of excellence that they maintain.

btw… the boys dropped their drawers to get into the river! smiles. There was some moonlight in the middle of the day.

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By |July 21st, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Montana Weddings||0 Comments

Cowgirl Yoga Retreats – B Bar Ranch

Today I photographed for Cowgirl Yoga Retreats at the B Bar Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana.  OK, so… here is my tribute.

Deep respects to: Mothers, daughters, doctors, service staff, professionals, teachers, students, magazine editors, ranchers, bakers, managers and women from every walk of life…  all of these amazing and fine women.  In the future, this post will be over 30 images to do it justice.  But it’s late and I have a hand full of images that reflect the amazing experience that I had photographing with this fine group today.

Today, I was exactly where I was destined to be, doing what I love to do. Making images. Capturing moments of beauty. Honors and respects to my mother Barbara Lucille Stanley, mother of four sons, LPN, Executive Assistant to Superintendent of Schools in Kansas City for years. Yep, she was awesome!  May her strong spirit live on in women like these.   Amen.

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By |July 13th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, portraits||0 Comments

Make A Wish Foundation – A Montana Gift

I had the great joy of photographing Andrew today.  Andrew is an eight year old boy that is challenged with muscular distrophy.  I will spare you the details because this was a day of the JOY of LIFE TODAY!  Make A Wish Foundation gave this young man a Montana Gift of a lifetime.  His wish was to dig up dinosaur bones like Indiana Jones. So they contacted the Museum of the Rockies to make this wish a dream come true.  I got the call on Monday and I was ‘all in’.

I got to the dig site a bit early and I was inspired by the display that the God of Nature supplied for us, as the backdrop of this eventful day.  I was grateful and humbled in the majesty of this day.

Andrew was accompanied by his Mother Crystal, his Uncle  Willie who always shouldered Andrew here and there,  and his sweet Grandmother Cathy.  Everyone was a bit tired by their flight form Oahu.  Add to that the warm dry altitude of our summer Montana mountains and it resulted that Andrew got to the dig site and took a nap.  Sweet.  All of us had time to connect and talk, sharing a bit or our lives with them and got to know each other under this beautiful Dharma sky in Montana.

Andrew got a ride on a six wheeler to the dig site with our host Cary (sorry if I misspelled his name)… and the fun began.  From here out, I will leave it to my photos to tell the story.

It was a day that was meant to be.  Love and support to my new friend Andrew. And thanks to my other daughter of different parents… Blair Speed, for making this day very, very special for Andrew. Love you Blair!

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On Thursday the Museum Of The Rockies hosted Andrew at the dinosaur lab. Famous Paleontologist Jack Horner greeted Andrew and talked about these prehistoric creatures. The pictures tell the story of the joy in this boys heart!
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By |July 10th, 2014|Categories: Living in Montana||0 Comments

Montana Wedding – Flathead Lake

On Sunday, I did a photo shoot with one of my September couples that will be married along the shore of Flathead Lake. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE for a Montana Wedding!  Can’t wait.

Bethany and Eric met me in Bozeman and spiffed up a bit in my studio before we headed for the mountains.  All of the June rains have made the mountains abundant with wildflowers and the early evening light was spectacular.  What a warm and personable couple.  I am looking forward to shooting with them on the lake and taking a few days to soak my head, fish and drink in the vibes of the Flathead Valley.

Oh, and once again I was photo bombed by a doggie.  Jazzy was only semi interested in the photos until toward the end when she decided to take the stage!  Seems like a theme for this summers photo sessions.  Dog’s love to be included in the fun… often on their own terms!

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Austin Texas / Livingston Montana Talent Gabrielle Pitman

Livingston Montana is home to a lot of talented people.  One of our fine young talents returned hometown this week from her current residence in Austin Texas.  Gabrielle Pitman performed a number of her own songs to an excited and awe struck crowd at the weekly Farmers Market in the band shell on the banks of the Yellowstone River.  It was a stellar July evening.

I got to photograph with Gabrielle after her performance and create some images she can use in her promotions for her music.

Go Gabrielle!  You got a lot of love and support from your tribe in Livingston. See you in Austin!!!

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By |July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Living in Montana, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Toni and Rance – Big Sky Wedding

SUCH a dramatic evening on the Yellowstone River tonight. Toni and Rance came over to the Paradise Valley with their two dogs Louie and Sophie (brother and sister dogs… believe it or not!) for a short engagement session just days before their Big Sky Wedding on Saturday at the Rainbow Ranch. It could not have been more perfect! Dark clouds were gathering toward the west and I knew that we would get wet. Lightening was popping here and there and we had the best time making images.

My gut tells me that Saturday will be a remarkable wedding. “Life is big, life is real, life is really big. Don’t miss it!” I said that.

Oh yes, Louie and Sophie did their own canine ‘photobomb’ during our shoot. This image is killer!!!!

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By |June 25th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings||0 Comments

Jelena and Michael – lovely Bozeman Wedding

Such a lovely Bozeman Wedding at  Le Petit Chateau.  Jelena and Michael celebrated summer solstice dancing and celebrating with their families from around the world on their wedding day. We slipped away to a secret private property for portraits and the light was spectacularly refined and subtle… just like the nature of this devoted couple.  Jelena is a stellar delivery room nurse and Michael a chemical engineer.  Obviously a great mix.

Oh, and yes I ‘photo bombed’ my own photography.. thanks to multiple mirrors in the get ready room.  Ok, so it’s an elaborate selfie… snicker.

More to come for this wedding post!

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Gorgeous, lovely Jelena!

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Here is the beautiful bride Jelena with a look toward the source of all good things…

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By |June 24th, 2014|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Cowgirl Yoga Luxe Retreat- spring time in the Rockies

Last Friday, I ventured out to the Double T River Ranch to shoot for the most recent Cowgirl Yoga Luxe retreat.  I drove through showers across the pass and on through Livingston in hopes of a break in the sky in Clyde Park.  And… there it was, a small clearing in the clouds that began to glow at first and then open up for these cowgirl yoginis!

It’s always an adventure when I photograph with the horses.  Working with Janice from Montana Horse Sense makes it seem easier to photograph with horses than it actually is.  I’ve learned so much about horses from Janice.  And the ladies of Cowgirl Yoga are always delightful!  See for yourself.
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By |June 17th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats||2 Comments