Big day in Paradise Valley

It was a Big day in Paradise Valley, when Megan and John merged their lives and their families.  Lot’s of joy and lot’s of emotion in these loving and authentic souls.  Thanks to Becca Boylan for shooting with me on this wedding. She brought her love of people and her uncanny ability to find the magical moments both serious and hilarious, of adults and children alike.  I will let the images tell the story.  In a word  “SWEET”

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And in the end I joined my young friends in celebrating this most wonderful marriage.  Cheers to Megan and John, Cash and Cruz!

I was parched.

I asked for water.

They gave me beer… and it was really really good!

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By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Yellowstone National Park Wedding

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!

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Oh, by the way, I had some unexpected competition, this is the officiant and Father of the Bride putting his camera to work.

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By | August 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

telling moments

I love to contemplate the moments that make up life. One after another always turning the page of mind. There are special moments that are spacious and moments that stop me and demand that I take notice. I like to think of them as Telling Moments.

During a wedding ceremony when two souls exchange vows of connection, vows of lifelong support and bonds… it always stops me in my tracks. It’s like everything is suspended. All the hustle and bustle leading up to the wedding day, all the planning, hard work and celebration stops. I always like to watch for the moments like these. And when everything stops, something special rushes in!

This is one of my recent favorites! smiles

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Telling moments|Tags: |0 Comments

Chelsie and Vincent on the Yellowstone

There is something very unique about the Yellowstone River valley.  I think it’s all about the history that has transpired in this ever wild and powerful land.  I always feel it when I walk into this river. It’s liberating. So when I walked into the river to shoot a few images from that vantage point, I see things a little differently.

Last night I spent an hour or so with Chelsie and Vincent who are planning their wedding in June of 2017. They chose the Paradise Valley for their photos and I know they love this place as much as I do.  As we photographed I admired how authentic they are in the way they touch and hold onto each other.  It didn’t take much prompting to get them feeling free and comfortable in front of the lens.  Actually, at times I think they sort of forgot about the photography.  And THAT is good!

Happy days ahead for this handsome couple!

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By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Weddings|0 Comments

Life and Love

‘Life and Love’ seemed to be a fitting title for this post about the wedding of Sierra and Tyler at the Woodlands a few weeks ago.  I don’t really have the words to explain it right now… perhaps later. However, if you take a few minutes to walk through some of the fun, loving, serious, playful, thoughtful and dear moments of this wedding… you’ll get it!

The sumptuous flowers were the creation of  Julio Freitas ‘The Flower Hat’ guy. The culinary deliciousness was provided by Chef Liz Kilby of Just A Taste Catering.  And the beautiful gown and men’s attire… by  Megan Jacks of  After 5 and Weddings.

Images by your’s truly Larry Stanley and my most excellent second photographer and loving daughter Jennie Lynn Stanley.  Enjoy the view!

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By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

B-Luxe experience

Driving to the B Bar Ranch this evening, thinking on what might arise in this photo session with these women that have come from all over the US to attend the B-Luxe of Big Sky Yoga Retreats.

I always trust that life will offer up the perfect moments for all involved.  And… indeed that is exactly what happened.  As I drove up the road I was met with a blustery mountain squall.  I thought, “cool!” how energetic that Mother Nature was kicking up her heels in this mountain valley! I jumped out of my car to capture the moment before the down pour made it to my position. Jumping back into my car before being drenched by the rain.

Then the storm passed and I headed toward the barn to photograph in a dry place.  Shortly the inevitable rainbow appeared and stretched across the entire valley.  Then all plans were surrendered and we moved with Mother Nature as she danced in the mountain valley of the B Bar Ranch.  Enjoy the photos. Many more to come.

If  you are considering attending Yogatography, this is a great example of what can happen when you move forward with faith.  Never doubt.  Build faith in your practice and  never give up!  Life provides for those that seek. Enjoy the view!

Trina drove the group down the road to watch a mother grizzly and her two offspring play in the field.  Awesome

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By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |0 Comments

Sabrina and John

Sabrina and John were married on a wonderful spring like ‘moist’ day at the Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon.  The dampness enhanced the beautiful feeling of the day.  Jennie Lynn photographed the event along with her trusty second shooter Becca Boylan.  Beautiful, sensitive, meaningful images!  See for yourself.  Enjoy!

Portraits of the couple were taken Friday evening at Sabrina’s family home outside of Bozeman before the wedding day on Saturday.

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By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Jennie Lynn Photography, Montana Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

A big time in Big Sky

Ok, so… ever think life is boring, bland, simple and uninteresting???  I beg to differ.

Here are some images of an amazing wedding that I shot last Saturday… and it reminded me of how wonderful and diverse and beautiful our lives truly are.  This was a big wedding, a big time in Big Sky.  They packed the Big Sky Chapel with wonderful folks from all over Montana and beyond.  The full Catholic Mass was beautiful in every detail. The priest opened his heart to all those present and when the vows were made and the rings exchanged, thank God for the amazing light he shown into the chapel, it was quite auspicious!

Of course where there are families, there are children and they were very much a part of this event as you will see in the photos. Thanks to the 320 Guest Ranch for their impeccable hospitality, to Joe’s DJ for great coordination and music, to my friend Merissa Lambert for her excellent second shooting and moral support.  I wish I knew who did the beautiful flowers… I would love to tell you.

Enjoy the view!  Congratulations and ‘happy trails’ to Katria and Tanner

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By | July 15th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Weddings, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Life is just too short!

A year ago I met and photographed with some very special women. It was the Cowgirl versus Cancer Retreat put on by Big Sky Yoga Retreats every summer.  It was there that I met Mary Ann Wasil and captured some of her inspiring moments in Montana.  I’m proud to be a part of this project and the big hearted work that Margaret does.

Life is too short! Mary Ann Wasil passed on after a valiant fight against breast cancer. Mary was the Founder and CEO of Get in Touch Foundation.  Now her daughter Betsy Nilan has taken over her mother’s position.

Mary Ann so loved her experience here in Montana that she took it back to her family in Connecticut. This week her three children Mary, Betsy and Eddy visited Montana to walk in the foot steps of their Mother. I met up with them at Montana Horse Sense ranch in Bozeman. Janice and Ron hosted them for a very special evening with the horse that their Mother loved. With loving reflection upon their Mother the three spread Mary Ann’s ashes under a dramatic sky and toasted her with Pink Champagne!

The valley was graced with a beautiful double rainbow. Tibetans view this as a sign of a soul liberating this mortal realm and the finish of the cycle of karmic rebirth.

Here’s to Mary Ann! May your eternal soul be liberated and free.

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By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Big Sky Yoga Retreats|Tags: |6 Comments

Lindsey and Ara

First of all, what a sweet couple this is.  I have not met them in person but just from the photos that Becca captured last week, I am impressed with their kind essence.  Lindsey and Ara are marrying this September and Becca Boylan is shooting for them.  It was a ‘meet and greet’ photo session on the hill in Bozeman, a chance for Becca to get know this couple a bit and make meaningful images.  And, a chance for Lindsey and Ara to meet Becca, get over the nerves of being photographed,  and see  what a talent Becca really is! 

Yes Becca, I said that!  Regardless of how tough critique has been at times over the years, now you can see the results of your hard work.

Enjoy the images. They are breath taking.  Becca Boylan has interned with Jennie Lynn and me since she was 16 years old. Now she’s 21 and more highly trained for this than most young shooters her age! I am proud to represent Becca Boylan this year and on into 2017.

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By | July 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments