Shelly and Tom

Montana Engagement Photos

My friends Shelly and Tom are getting married this summer!!!  Springtime in the Rockies brings unique color into the sky, into the water and into our souls!  AND, when a sun halo appears overhead, before you even start shooting… THAT’S  DOWNRIGHT AUSPICIOUS!!! So happy to get to capture their engagement photos right here in Livingston, Montana.

Oh man I can’t wait to see what arises on the wedding day…  Congratulations Shelly and Tom!

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By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Engagements|0 Comments

photos for a Friday

Today is somewhat of a reflective day.  I have had an idea brewing in my mind lately that I should share some images that are meaningful to me as a photographer and a human being.  ‘Moments Found’ which touched me, each it’s own uniquely beautiful and poignant way.  So here goes.  I hope you enjoy these.

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And lastly, a picture of me with my VERY VERY BIG friend that I look forward to seeing again this September. I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!
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By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Telling moments|0 Comments

fashion and weddings

I have occasionally dabbled in fashion photography and certainly as a wedding photographer, shooting fashion is an important part the varied skill set that you have to have.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to help out a friend of mine Brittany Smith on a photo project she was shooting, along with the demonstrably amazing photographer Dennis Rodgers. The ‘talent’ was a stunning young lady, Michala Zambon who is represented by Major Models NYC.  Now you may think this is just a bunch of fluff about my friends, but I am serious.  Check out Brittany’s work… see for yourself.

I was excited to help with the duties of holding reflectors, lights, camera’s and stands against the winds of the Paradise Valley and shoot when time allowed. Paradise Valley is holy ground and it never disappoints with dramatically beautiful skies.  I can’t wait to see the images that Brittany produced for her project!

Eventually, we all ended up at the Rib and Chop House in Livingston for a great dinner and some special spirits that Dennis produced from his camera bag!   Here are some production stills and a few images of Michala that I grabbed during the shoot.

Brittany, thanks so much for allowing me to shoot alongside you and for giving your permission to share them here.

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Checking out the angles

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Dennis and Brittany

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Chimping and smiling! Like kids in a candy shop.

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Serious Brittany, bearing down on making the magic!

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This is Dennis ‘standing in’ for Michala while we were scouting for perfect little locations. Look’n good D man!

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And this is an image I made of Michala in the same place a bit later.

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I had been hearing the Heron talking in the valley and sure enough a couple of them appeared over head. I was holding a reflector at the time, but my camera on my wrist strap!!! I LOVE MOMENTS!

Here’s an image that Dennis captured during some real weather drama!   Wow!

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By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Fashion|0 Comments

Portrait and Engagement sessions

Making portraits is fast and fun… in my book. It’s all about helping my subjects to relax and have some fun and at least momentarily forgetting that they are being photographed. Then the real person is seen. Engagement portrait sessions are complimentary with my wedding packages and highly encouraged for my clients. It’s a ‘getting to know you’ time for all of us, and this makes the photos on the wedding day a breeze.  Besides, it’s a hoot and it get’s me out of the studio, camera in hand!

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Engagements, Montana Weddings|0 Comments

Wildflower wedding in Red Lodge

Kate and Michael’s Wildflower wedding in Red Lodge was the last wedding of my summer season.  It was stellar.  They have waited patiently for me to plow through weeks of backlogged wedding post production and even a well needed vacation to finally share the story of their wedding with my pictures.  So here it is.

I would be remiss if I did not give proper credit to my daughter Jennie Lynn for her artistic contribution to this event.  When we get the opportunity to shoot together I am always amazed how our work compliments each other.  This mix of images is about 50/50 between her images and mine.  Thanks Jen!!!

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My name is Larry Stanley and I approve this Blog Post! Keep Smiling!

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Yellowstone National Park Wedding

There is nothing like photographing a Yellowstone National Park Wedding during the celebration of the National Park Service Centennial! The traffic was wild! The sky was painted with plumes of smoke from a few nearby fires and Emily, Sean, their immediate family and a few close friends were wonderful!

We drove around for a few hours making images in just a few of the scenic wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Everywhere we went hundreds of people form all over the world were stopping to take a picture of the couple and conveying their congratulations and well wishes.  It was very cool!

The Ceremony took place at one of the colorful pools for an intimate and moving ceremony officiated by the brides father. And then after Old Faithful performed on time, Emily and Sean slipped into their sleek Tesla Model S for some photos!
Enjoy the view!

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Oh, by the way, I had some unexpected competition, this is the officiant and Father of the Bride putting his camera to work.

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By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings, Scenic Montana, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Katie’s story

Life authentic – facing diagnosis

February, 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!

Yesterday, I visited Katie, Tom, their two daughters and Katie’s ‘sister’ Jes.

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.

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After seeing Katie go through so much over this last year, I look forward to seeing them all again and continuing this project.

‘PROJECT’ sounds so disassociated with reality. The reality is Katie is a dear friend and this is more about friendship and support than it is about being a ‘project’! I just want to make that clear. I just happen to be a friend with a camera.

Here is a selection of just a few of the many moments that I have been honored to capture in Katie’s life. Hopefully I can add to this story in the near future. Larry

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By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: portraits|0 Comments

Yogatography Retreat

I just finished this year’s video slideshow for Big Sky Yoga Retreat’s,  Yogatography Retreat.  This includes images by myself and students of Yogatography from the last 4 years.  This September will be our 5th annual retreat and I am honored to be a co-creator with Margaret Burns Vap and teach the creative photography portion of this amazing retreat.  Enjoy the view!

 

 
By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|0 Comments

Scenic Montana

I took a break from website building this weekend to see what I could see.  It was a brisk and beautiful evening in Paradise Valley and I didn’t come back empty handed.

Check out some of my scenic Montana images at   A PIECE OF MONTANA

Enjoy the view!  Larry

 

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: Scenic Montana|0 Comments

Audrey and Micah Paradise Valley wedding

The beauty of the our home in Montana has to be experienced to fathom.  The wedding of Audrey and Micah in Paradise valley was SUBLIME!  The sun at 5o00 feet above sea level was strong and relentless. Families converged from near and far, but most notably was the 97 year old Grandmother of the Groom, mother to one of my best friends of over 30 years. What evolved was moving and wonderfully authentic to all present. My images can say more than I can speak tonight, so here is a brief look at a few highlights of this grand day.  More soon…

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By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |3 Comments