Montana Weddings – a small grab of images that I love.
Ok, so… I’ve been color correcting and ‘doing the do’ of post production for many weddings since early March. Some images rattle around in my brain for awhile. Yeah, I know it might seem sorta funny but it’s true.
So, I took a break today and pulled together a small collection of images that Jennie Lynn and I have captured recently that I love. Some cool, some quirky, some funny, some poignant and some just down right beautiful. Just because, because I love photographing.
New York Wedding
Next week, I’m off to upstate New York for a completely different wedding environment. I’m shooting a wedding on a private farm, in a field with a beautiful stream that run’s adjacent in the Catskill region. Should be gorgeous. Can’t wait!
Tatler Magazine in the UK just featured Cowgirl Yoga Retreats as one of 6 of the most unusual places to do yoga! One of the Trademark images that I created for Cowgirl Yoga Retreats was featured in their online magazine.
Here’s a clip from the feature:
2) With cowboys
Yeeee-ha! If you like horses and love yoga, boy have we found a treat for you. The Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park, Montana runs three-night retreats, covering everything from pre-ride yoga in the saddle (focusing on yogic breathing and poses to practise while riding), to yoga and meditation on riding trails. You’ll be surrounded by fresh mountain air and endless open space. A weekend of this and you’ll be ready to brave just about anything – if you can bear to leave, that is. Cowboy hat optional.
Three-night Cowgirl Yoga Retreats from £1,006 (or 1,695 US Dollars).
Read more online at Tatler
On October 9-12th I will co-teaching Yogatography with Margaret Burns Vap. This is a Cowgirl Yoga Retreat at the beautiful Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park, Montana. This retreat explores creative photography, seeing, yoga and horses. A fascinating mix!
ON OTHER FRONTS: HYALITE LAKE WAS OUR YOGA DESTINATION LAST WEEKEND
I just photographed with Margaret last weekend at Hyalite Lake. It was a wonderfully challenging weekend. Hiked 6 miles in, got rained on upon arrival, and cooked under some trees to keep ‘sort of’ dry while sharing the space with gnats, gnats, gnats. Then nature gave us a special treat! Here are a few images from our adventure.
The next morning we headed on up the trail another mile or two and witnessed Margaret summit her first 10300 foot peak. Yay girl! The upper meadows and view of the valley below reminded me so of my travels in Tibet. Sooo amazing.
The hike back down to camp and then back to the trail head was extremely LONG but we made it. Thanks Margaret, David, Morgane, Heather and my doggie Yeshe for such a wonderful time. Enjoy the view:
Helen and Matt are married!
Images by Jennie Lynn and Becca Boylan
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hey, check out the film that Scenic Route Films created for Toni and Rance.
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.
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!
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!
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!