Oskar’s big day

I have had this photo session on the books for a few weeks now and each time we tried, the weather just didn’t cooperate.  Yesterday was different. All systems were go!  We shot for about 35 minutes and at towards the end something very special happened.

Oskar has been pulling himself up lately and had found some poles in the ground to hold on to.  He was looking pretty determined and focused, so I sat down in the grass to grab some images of him at his own level… then he proceeded to take his first steps!  It was amazing.  He let go of the pole, he bobbed, he weaved, he looked like a surfer without a board and then took some steps.  He repeated this several times to the cheers and joyous shouts of his parental units.  It was awesome!

Oskar ‘the great’,  it was a big day!

Oskar is our next door neighbor… along with his parents Chuck and Emily Raymond.  We love Oskie!   Enjoy!

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By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Children, portraits|0 Comments

Yogatography = Yoga + Photography

Last year, in September,we commenced Yogatography 2015 at the Double T River Ranch on the banks of the Shields River in Clyde Park, Montana. Margaret Burns Vap and I shared the joy of co-teaching this fun and creative retreat for women.

Big Sky Yoga Retreats puts on retreats all year long and this year we are offering the 2016 annual Yogatography retreat.

So check out the images the students captured during this retreat last year and book a place at our upcoming Yogatography experience.

VISIT Big Sky Yoga Retreats for all the details.

Enjoy the fun we had! Yogatography = Yoga + Photography


By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

moments are everything

In photography and in life itself, moments are everything.  Meaningful moments stacked like dominoes one after another, all somehow connected in the greater scheme of things. Real life, real people… real images. This is what I capture.

Saturday I photographed for Lindsay and Michael at the Springhill Pavilion.  I witnessed a grand succession of moments, some joyous, some sad, some poignant and some downright breath taking!  So this blog post is about the unique and authentic moments of this very special occasion.

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Sometimes during a wedding day there are moments that are very personal to the bride and groom.  I always approach these carefully with respect, as I did this time and I felt welcomed to capture these.  Michael’s mother is fighting breast cancer and could not be at the wedding.  Right before the ceremony Mike and Lindsay called his mother to share their wedding day.  It was a beautiful thing!

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It was a stellar day with this lovely couple and their families.   And then there was the sunset!!!

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By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Paradise Valley gorgeous and windy

Last weekend it was rain, rain, rain.  Yesterday it was wind, wind, wind!  But that doesn’t deter couples that LOVE Montana from running around for some very special images.

Lindsay and Mike are marrying this weekend at the historic Springhill Pavilion.  As for the weather, the weather will be what it is! And it will be dramatic and beautiful come rain or shine!

Cheers to Lindsay and Michael!

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By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Engagements, Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

Classic Chico Hot Springs

It was a Classic Chico Hot Springs wedding. The first images I took had this historic feeling to them. A nostalgic feeling was in the air, perhaps the many memories of the thousands of couples and families that have celebrated a wedding at this century old resort.  Chico is a fabulous place with amazing service and outstanding views!

The feeling of the day was immeasurably authentic and kind. In a word ‘SWEET’ just like Laura and Jake!

Look at the images that Jennie Lynn and I captured and you’ll get the feeling.

Happy Trails to Laura and Jake!

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By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

rainy day love

Rainy Day Love, sometimes you can’t fight it.  This was the second day that I had scheduled portraits with this wonderful couple. The first day was so rained out and cold that even I didn’t what to go out. So we called it off and rescheduled.  Yesterday was set and we stuck to it.  The umbrella’s came out of the trunk, pulled the rain cover over the top of my camera bag and off we went.  There was no staying dry so we lost the umbrellas and just went with it… and I am so glad we did.

Kate and Mike are marrying this September at the Wildflower Gardens in Red Lodge.   I am fairly sure it will be a sunny wedding day!!!

At the end of the session we were all wet and cold, but the photos were quite WARM and filled with ‘rainy day love’  Enjoy!

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By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Engagements, portraits|1 Comment

Churchill Montana Wedding

Abby and Kyle were married on May 30th this year in the beautiful and quiet Montana town of Churchill. On this rare occasion, I had the pleasure of shooting second camera with my young employee Becca Boylan. And… I had a blast!

5 years ago Becca and her dad showed up at my studio inquiring if I ever took on interns… Becca was 16! Ever since then she has been involved with my studio shooting second camera for Jennie Lynn along with months of post production and shooting many weddings on her own. At the age of 21 she has a tremendous amount of experience both in the studio and on location. This year Becca has a number of weddings on her own and I’m happy to see her spreading her wings.

See for yourself. Here are a few highlights from this wedding, only 3 of these images are mine. It’s doubtful if you can tell who captured what.

Happy summer days!

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By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cowgirl Yoga Luxe in Montana

Amidst all the wonderful weddings that I photograph during the summer months, I have the pleasure of photographing for the ladies at Cowgirl Yoga retreats put on my Margaret Burns Vap and Big Sky Yoga Retreats.  This particular retreat is called Luxe for obvious reasons. Cowgirl Yoga Luxe in Montana is something quite unique.  Women from all over the US and abroad come to practice yoga, take a retreat from their busy lives and enjoy Montana at it’s best!

In September I co-teach Cowgirl Yogatography with Margaret on the beautiful Double T River Ranch.  It is a grand combination of  yoga, photography classes, time with horses, fine food and golden days by the Shields River in Clyde Park.  Sound interesting?  See what it’s all about!  Yogatography  We still have some spots open so check it out.  You won’t regret it. It’s quite divine!

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By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |1 Comment

A father’s love

Ok, so… for all you father’s out there that have daughters, this is for you, a subject very close to my heart.  It was a quiet and personal backyard wedding in Livingston. Alternating bright piercing sun with dark, quickly moving clouds releasing random showers and the occasional bluster of wind. A cycle that spring time seems to deliver time and time again. I love it!

I was hired by a family member in Oregon to capture this special day.  It was a gift.  A very special gift for their family but most specifically for this Father and his daughter Mia.  The rest is a very personal story of love and life and loving families … all of which is much too short and very impermanent.  A story that we all know too well that deserves honoring and capturing and never forgetting.

I chose just a small handful of beautiful and poignant images.  I call this post… A father’s love.

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By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Telling moments|0 Comments

Laura and Jake

Laura and Jake drove in from Minnesota yesterday and met me at 6 pm for a few pictures before their Saturday wedding at Chico Hot Springs in the gorgeous Paradise Valley.  I’m not quite sure how you can drive for 14 hours, clean up a bit and run out the door for pictures… but that’s the way they roll.  This is one great couple and I’m tickled to get to photograph for them.  Thanks to the Yellowstone Valley Lodge for letting us on their piece of heaven along the banks of the Yellowstone River.

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By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Engagements, Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments