portraits: a glimpse of the Soul

Portrait: A Glimpse of the Soul

Making portraits is very personal to me. There is no crowd of people, nor grand wedding event in the process. It is just me and the individual or family that I am capturing moments with. It is a completely different experience from photographing weddings. It’s much more intimate on a soul level. Today I sat down and reviewed a few years of portrait images and found this collection that is very moving and meaningful to me. I feel so grateful for my chosen profession, the path that I have both chose and was led to in this life!

I hope you enjoy this one minute collection.

By | 2018-03-14T18:24:48+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: portraits|4 Comments

the big spin

I had some fun with my Go Pro at a dress shoot I did for After 5 and Weddings.  I was plopping my little camera around the room and grabbing candid video clips while I was shooting some wedding dress fashion.  This was one of my favorites.  We were getting all set up for the stills of this beautiful gown modeled by the lovely Sarah Bates.

By | 2018-03-06T18:36:53+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Categories: Fashion, Montana Weddings, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A really Big Sky Wedding with a Texas twist

Stephanie and Jay

Today I am working on cleaning the cob webs out of this blog that I have kept rolling for many years now. I rediscovered this Rainbow Ranch wedding in 2009 and it grabbed me!!!  This wedding will pluck your heart strings. Both the Johnson’s and the Turner’s are big on FAMILY… and this big family style wedding packed into the Soldier’s Chapel and then spread out on the lawn at the Rainbow Ranch , one of favorite wedding venues for years!!!

So, cheers to Jay and Stephanie!

Me, I’m very grateful for crossing paths with so many wonderful couples over the past 15 years!  And… it ain’t over yet!

Here’s a link to the album. Enjoy!

Jay and Stephanie’s Big Sky wedding

By | 2018-03-07T18:51:03+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|0 Comments

Julia and Kevin – Bozeman wedding

Summer weddings are coming up quickly!  I still have one Saturday in July open and a couple in August.  I loved this wedding at the Woodlands in Bozeman last July. Jennie Lynn was primary shooter and held all the responsibilities of driving the boat… and I got to have some fun and shoot 2nd camera. Jen put the pressure on me when she told me to do my ‘creative thing’. That’s all I needed was a little nudge! This group was so full of joy and fun! We loved every minute of it. Now the pics!



By | 2018-02-13T00:07:53+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Big Sky winter elopement

Big Sky winter wedding… and they eloped! Yep, Shelley and Brian flew in from North Carolina and headed toward their mountain top destination wedding with two dear friends.  Big Sky greeted them in style with sunshine, lot’s snow and it’s amazing winter scenery!  I love the bright sun on snow, it does something really good for my brain!  It was a heart felt ceremony with time for laughs, tears and pause to look to our maker with reverence!  Afterward they enjoyed a delicious meal and headed to Yellowstone National Park for snowmobiling and the scenic wonder of Yellowstone in winter!

It was a great way to begin another year of Big Sky and Montana weddings.  After all, I incorporated Montana Wedding Photographer 15 years ago!  My how time flies.

Live with an open heart, an inquisitive mind and … enjoy the view!


By | 2018-01-20T01:56:11+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Destination Weddings|0 Comments

flip’n cold engagement session!

Breckyn and Thomas were up for a snowy and cold engagement session and of course… I was all in!  We headed down by the Yellowstone river and braved the storm that was blowing in.  This was definitely a mini session.  It was about 20 degrees with 20 mph gusts!  I shot until my fingers got numb and I noticed that the camera was actually starting to slow down a bit.  I think 10 minutes was plenty long before we hustled back to our cars! I am looking forward to their Rainbow Ranch Lodge wedding in July wedding in Big Sky, Montana

Enjoy the view!

By | 2017-12-29T21:17:32+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Engagements|Tags: |0 Comments

Big Sky Resort wedding

Big Sky Resort wedding

Chelsie and Vinny got married under Lone Peak and in spite of the weather forecasts in the days leading up to the wedding, it was an amazing day!   The mountains at the Big Sky Resort are immense, powerful and demand attention when photographing in the area.  What better background could you imagine for your wedding?  For my ‘second camera’, I had the rare pleasure of teaming up with a great friend and very talented photographer Dennis Rodgers for this event and we had a blast. Thanks Dennis!
Here is a sampling of the beauty of this special day full of meaningful moments.

Cheers to Chelsie and Vinny!!!

By | 2017-11-25T17:07:58+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|0 Comments

Chico Winter Wedding

Peter and Ashley came all the way from Scotland last Christmas for this Chico Winter Wedding… and splendid it was!  From the warmth of the ceremony, to the receiving line in the Saloon, to the sub freezing temperatures in the mountains above, this wedding was SPLENDID indeed.

If you are planning a winter wedding in Montana, think of Chico Hot Springs and contact me about your photography!

A personal note to Peter and Ashley.  It was such a pleasure to be a part of your wonderful wedding day and welcomed so graciously by all of your family.  Cheers and Merry Christmas!  Larry Stanley


By | 2017-10-21T19:08:45+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Destination Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Stephanie and Michael – a family wedding

Truly a family wedding.  I love to see two people unite and bring together every part of their lives. In this case they became a family of 6!  So much love, devotion and conviction about their marriage. Stephanie and Michael’s vows were made to each other and to their children directly.  There was not a dry eye in the barn and family photos went on forever because, for Steph and Michael family is extremely meaningful! 

In the end, the fields of Spinghill became splendidly delicious with evening light! It was the perfect wedding to end the summer with.

Enjoy the view.


By | 2017-10-13T16:34:53+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Yogatography take away

Every year I take delight in teaching creative photography with Margaret Burns Vap at Cowgirl Yogatography.  The Double T River Ranch rests on acres of fall beauty with the Shields river winding it’s way slowly through the land.  Peaceful and sublime.  Early morning walks are a must.  Yoga, photography, excellent food and company.

Here a small collection of take away images from the retreat. I did more talking and teaching than I did shooting!  Thanks Margaret and thanks to all the fine ladies of Cowgirl Yogatography 2017!

By | 2017-10-13T19:37:07+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Fashion|0 Comments