winter walk along the Yellowstone

Winter is an amazing time along the Yellowstone River. I took my camera for a walk today that recently froze up, pushing the river out of it’s normal boundaries. The visual result is stunning.

In February I’ll be teaching Yogatography again with Margaret Burns Vap. This time it will be at the Winter Wonderland Retreat in Clyde Park at the  Double T River Ranch . Our subject will be the ‘nature of winter’. We’ll be taking to the fields and the river bed around the ranch and learning more about seeing and capturing images of winter with our cameras.

Enjoy my black and white view of a winter walk along the Yellowstone river this morning. Larry

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Yeshe always joins me! She often points me towards new things.

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By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

Julie and Tyler – Big Yellow Barn June 2015

It was one of the last warm days on the Yellowstone River for awhile! Julie and Tyler had a gorgeous fall afternoon for their engagement photo session… just before winter set in.   A few days later the temperature plummeted and the snow began to fall.  Next June they will be married at the Big Yellow Barn in Springhill. Yes, I am already looking forward to spring time! Enjoy the photos!
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By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Engagements|Tags: |0 Comments

Engagement Session with Larry Stanley

What’s it like to be photographed by me?

A lot of couples show up to an engagement session not knowing what to expect and feeling like they have to somehow know how to model in front of the camera.  I tell them don’t worry, if you like to hold on to each other (and most couples like that A LOT!) then it’s a breeze.  I decided to make a few simple videos of this and upcoming engagement sessions to see exactly what it’s like to shoot with me.  This session was about an hour, give or take a few minutes.  I work quick, I have a lot of good camera licks, and I don’t belabor the process unnecessarily.  Basically… I just have fun making images.

Soooo…..  I thought I would put my brand new little GoPro to work at a recent engagement shoot.  It was November 8th… one of the last warm days of fall on the Yellowstone River.  A few days later we had a daytime high of 10 degrees!  Ouch, what a shocking experience that was.  Thanks to Julie’s sister for grabbing video snippets while I was shooting.

By |November 12th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Engagements|Tags: |0 Comments

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

Yogatography Students find the sweet spot

Cowgirl Yogatography 2014

Ok, so here is the student’s photography work from our 2104 Cowgirl Yogatography Retreat in Clyde Park, Montana.  A “sweet spot” it is… and the yoga and photography students found it in their images.  This is the second consecutive year that Big Sky Yoga Retreats and Larry Stanley Photography have collaborated in producing this wildly creative and fun retreat.

Margaret Burns Vap of  Big Sky Yoga Retreats just recently posted the retreat schedule for next year and we’ve already booked half of the open spots for Cowgirl Yogatography September 17-20, 2015.  So if you like to practice yoga and you’ve always wanted to learn about using your camera and make great images like these ladies,  don’t hesitate to check it out Yogatography!

Good work ladies!  Enjoy.

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By |October 16th, 2014|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Photography Workshops|Tags: |0 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