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!
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!!!
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!
Life authentic – facing diagnosis
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.
A year of treatment
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
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!
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…
What a sweet smile. What a sweet woman! Kate found Michael, the love of her life, and they married at Montana Wildflower Weddings last September. It was the last wedding of my 2016 summer season. It was SWEET! I just finished putting the finishing touches on this beautiful album.
Click on the cake and see the album.
Last Saturday I visited a young friend of mine. His name is Jude. I photographed his mom and dad’s wedding in 2014. Then in January of 2015 I photographed Jude while he was in his mommy’s tummy. Last year I met Jude for the first time outside the womb and we had lot’s of fun making photos together. This year I got the call from Antonia and Rance once again with an invitation to make historic family photos. I got to know little Jude a bit better this year and you can see in the photos that he is a happy, intelligent and loving little guy.
When shooting with an almost 2 year old boy, things can be really wild. It takes just about every trick that I have… and other’s I sort of have to make up, to capture and keep the attention of a busy young boy. Then, add to that two dogs (brother and sister) and, well, they gave me a run for my money!
Here’s some of my faves. smiles!
Winters in Montana are stunning and beautiful, albeit at times pretty cold. So, I decided to take a winter walk yesterday afternoon to spend a little time with my dog Yeshe and my camera. Unfortunately I could not photograph the sunset because after a bit my camera battery got too cold and… good night camera! Enjoy the view.