Allison and Peter, Bozeman Wedding

Allison and Peter married early in October.  It was a sublime day under the ever changing magic of Montana skies.   Cloudy one moment, glowing the next and then out comes the most delicious sunshine on the golden trimmed stream next to their place of matrimony.   A very intimate and beautiful occasion!

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By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|Tags: |2 Comments

Carlie and Dan, Bozeman Wedding

Bozeman Wedding

One of my favorite things to do is shoot for my family and friends.  It’s such a treat to do what I do for those that are nearest to me.   Of course in my business that is rarely the case.  Last Friday evening was such an event!

Carlie and Dan are marrying next August in Bozeman and I had the pleasure of making some engagement images that they will not forget.  It was a stellar October evening in the mountains and we ran around the river and then into the foothills for some timeless sunset images.

Oh… and then there was Henry.  Henry is the third wheel of this couple and he was not going to miss a single moment.  We had to keep him in the car during the river images, otherwise his ‘hair do’ would have been kaputs!

Enjoy!

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By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |4 Comments

Cowgirl Yogatography

Cowgirl Yogatography 2014 was an amazing experience. This thoughtful mix of photography lessons and yoga instruction was attended by 8 women from all over the US. Created and produced by Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Margaret Burns Vap and I held our 2nd Annual Yogatrography Retreat at the Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park. It was crazy splendid.

Here are a few of my images of the Ranch, the people, some portraits that I did for the ladies and most importantly a visual taste of the the experience. Soon, I will be posting some of the amazing photos that were captured by the attendees during their time on the Ranch.

Many thanks to Kate’s Catering, Montana Horse Sense, F-11 Camera, Lisa Laird and Jennie Lynn Stanley for all their efforts and support. Especially a note of gratitude to my great friend and ‘most authentic’ yoga instructor Margaret.

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photos with our equine models

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Steph, Margaret and I taking a moment

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Cowgirl Yoginis and me

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Dude boy, the handsome senior horse in the herd

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sublime light over the land

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Allison and Michelle

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Jana with Picaso, a serene and lovely moment

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Kaci and baby!

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Lisa and Jennie Lynn

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with my sweet and talented daughter JL

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Charlie play’n with Nicole

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It’s a love affair between these two

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Nicole and Lori give Charlie some affection

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Susan enjoying a bare back moment

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A portrait of Margaret captured by Lori

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A fitting sunset on the Ranch

By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

film for Montana weddings

While I was shooting a family wedding in Grahamsville, NY I revisited my favorite film camera that doesn’t get a lot of use these days. I pulled out one of my cherished rolls of aged b&w film. Tmax 100 from 2005. Shooting film for Montana weddings is like tasting and enjoying a fine bottle of aged wine. Truthfully, this wedding was in upstate New York. I have a dozen or so rolls of this vintage film in my stash and I’m looking for the right clients to share it with! Today, not many people appreciate film, actually … not everyone even knows it exists today!!!! I get queries in the vein of “oh… do they still make film ?? # I thought they quit doing that!”  I usually respond with, “no, film is alive and well… it just costs more and takes more skill to use properly.”  At that point the conversation usually goes towards the wonders of digital capture and social media.

So here are the four outstanding images from the roll of 36 frames. Over half were keepers but I edited down to my favorite four. Sip slowly and enjoy the subtle and sublime nature of film.
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By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Destination Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Bethany and Eric, Flathead Lake Wedding

Flathead Lake Wedding

Bethany and Eric married in the last week of September in Lakeside, Montana on the shore of the Flathead Lake, the largest natural fresh water lake in the US, west of the Mississippi river.  It was an overcast day with a few sprinkles but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

The wedding was held at the Glacier Camp which has a spectacular lodge with 15 residence rooms, full commercial kitchen, grand ball room and a massive lawn overlooking the lake.  Family and friends poured in from all over and the were married at Vesper Point outdoor chapel.  Very cool.  See for yourself!

What a great couple and a great wedding!

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The ceremony was beautifully signed for those without hearing. Even I got every word!

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By |September 30th, 2014|Categories: Destination Weddings, Montana Weddings, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Big Sky Yoga Retreats – Cowgirl Yoga

Cowgirl Yoga at the Double T River Ranch

Just over a week ago I photographed another Cowgirl Yoga Retreat at the Double T River Ranch.  It was a fun group of women and we shot on into the evening which ended with a wonderful sunset and yummy dinner.  Then Kate rolled out the original Cowgirl Yogatini! This is something that I dreamed up and Kate put it together for Yoga Retreats!  Soooo… good.

Enjoy the photos.

On Thursday we will convene the second annual Yogatography Retreat.  I’ve been brushing up on my material and being inspired by some new ideas and fun assignments.  Can’t wait to teach this with Margaret Burns Vap and Lisa Laird. It will be and exciting photo weekend on the Ranch with food by Kate!  Also joining me is Jennie Lynn Stanley and Marsha Phillips, owner of f-11 Camera in Bozeman.  Everyone is going to walk away from this retreat with new skills and excitement about photography, yoga and our horsey friends.

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By |September 26th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

Human nature of weddings

Today, I’ve been working on a wedding that I photographed a few weeks back. Several images surfaced as I was editing and they reminded me of the beautiful nature of weddings; the human nature of weddings, full of all the funny, beautiful, serious and sublime moments that we share.

I’m off to Flathead Lake in the morning to witness this meaningful tradition once again. And, once again I can’t wait to see what beautiful moments arise!

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By |September 26th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Living in Montana|Tags: |0 Comments

Big Sky Yoga Retreats – Cowgirl Yoga

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Throughout the summer I photograph for Big Sky Yoga Retreats. Women come from all over the US and Canada to attend Margaret Burns Vap Yoga retreats. This one was a Luxe Retreat at the Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park which is GOLDEN. Right now all the trees are turning and we’re having excellent late summer weather. We’ll be there again this Friday and this next group of ladies are in for something special… 80’s and sunshine for our photo shoot evening.

On October 9th, Margaret and I will convene our second annual Cowgirl Yogatography Retreat at the Ranch. It’s a combo of photography and yoga classes on a lovely guest ranch with fine food! Our subjects will be horses. Last year this was the highlight of the summer retreats and I anticipate this one to be even better.

Enjoy the photos.

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By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

Bridger Bowl wedding, Stephanie and Bill

Bridger Bowl Wedding

Stephanie and Bill marry in the Bridgers

First of all, my hat is off to Bill and his compatriots that fly Black Hawk choppers to medevac our injured troops at home and abroad, as well as all the amazing pilots that protect our land and our interests.   It was an honor to photograph the wedding of Stephanie and Captain William.  The day was gorgeous in the beloved environment of our statuesque Bridger Mountains, home to some of the best powder skiing in the US, and it’s right in our own back yard.

Skiing aside, this late summer wedding was splendid.  Enjoy the photos and be grateful for what we have here in the US thanks to our fine military.

And respects to my fine assistant and second shooter Becca Boylan.  A couple of these lovely images are hers!  Go Becca.

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By |September 19th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Living in Montana|Tags: |0 Comments

Butte Montana wedding in the hills

Butte Montana wedding

Ashley and Jim marry in fine family fashion in the mountains above Butte, Montana. And, a wonderful family event it was. I ventured my way through town on my way up to the private ranch through throngs of celebrants of Evel Knievel days in Butte. Quite a colorful event, but the real color was to be seen in the mountains.

View the moments of this meaningful and happy occasion.  ( click the photo to view the album)

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By |September 16th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments