Recently I was speaking with an old friend that I have photographed with over the years and the subject of maternity photos came up. She was all about it! So we put our heads together and agreed to plan something SOON. Well you know how that goes! We all three are busy people, and the ‘soon’ kept creeping away from us. Finally, we stopped our busy lives and made it happen. Sean and Brett met me at my studio for a jam packed hour of photography, and then we switched gears and headed to the river to catch the late evening light on the Yellowstone. Walking out over the rocky shore line, into the water on slippery rocks, with camera in hand was a bit tricky. I know the same was true for my young pregnant friend. Sean was a huge help in the studio and in the water! The experience inspired the desire for more shoots like this, and the images are breath taking! Thank you Brett and Sean… and ‘happy baby’! Enjoy the view.
Studio Portraits and beauty
I had the pleasure of shooting for a beautiful friend and client of 13 years. Brett called a few weeks back and was looking to freshen up her modeling portfolio photos. After many emails back and forth, and a couple of phone calls we put the project into motion. She and her husband Sean came over to the studio on a Saturday and we had a great time burning up 4 solid hours of work. It was the best studio workout I’ve had recently and I loved every minute of it!
After many months of outdoor weddings, engagement photos and surprise proposals in Yellowstone and around Montana it was great to get back into the studio and tap into my years of studio work.
Next please! smiles… Larry
Yellowstone Proposal in fall colors
This adventure all started with an inquisitive email about 4 weeks ago. Dustin was exploring the possibilities of proposing to his girl friend in Yellowstone Park in October. This time of year housing and other businesses in the park begin to shut down their services. Dustin and Sarah are in residency in the process of becoming Physician Assistants and spending a period of time in Montana studying and practicing in a nearby clinic. Dustin thought it to be the perfect time to surprise Sarah in our country’s first and most magnificent national park. And… that’s exactly what he did.
Dustin had many insightful questions about how this works and what his options were. Then there came the issue of fitting their schedule into mine and also with respect to the quickly changing weather!
Finally last Thursday we nailed down all the details and the plan was put into action. On Saturday I positioned myself unbeknownst to the bride to be, at one of my favorite and spectacular locations and awaited their arrival at the planned time. The viewing platform had a dozen or so people who had made the trek down the steep trail to see the falls up close and personal! When Dustin and Sarah arrived there were 15 or so people milling around and taking pictures of each other in front of the falls. When Dustin saw his chance he coaxed Sarah toward the rail. When he start talking to her closely, everyone on the platform went quiet and watched intently, and when he proposed folks cheered and clapped shouted encouragements with joy! It was crazy good!!!
So the rest of the story and a witness to their love for each other is right here, captured in these photos.
Dustin, thanks for finding me! It was a pleasure to shoot for you two!
Paradise Valley spring engagement
Spring weather has been trying to overcome the grip of Montana’s long winter. Some evening are in the 30’s and days have varied from 52 to 85 degrees F. On this day the temps were very comfortable and the breezes ruled every moment of this engagement shoot with this handsome couple. I’ve been working with Mike and Anna to find a good mutual time that worked for us and … the weather. We started talking about a year ago and finally the timing was right for this photo shoot. It wasn’t just ‘right’ it was ‘perfect’ and the photos tell the story of a relationship that has been abiding and growing for 12 years. NOW… the wedding is in the works!!!
Congratulations to Mike and Anna. Enjoy the view of the amazing Paradise Valley on this gorgeous breezy spring day in June.
Oh, and the day would not have been complete without the presence of their wonderful canine companion BO! My new doggie buddy. What a ham!
Couples portraits, Valentine’s day
Valentine’s day portraits are great fun, especially when it’s totally spontaneous! I was hired to shoot for a corporate annual report and I needed a good assistant that was good with people and lighting. So, I called my friend Camden Miller a few days in advance and he was happy to jump in. Camden is a fine young videographer and image maker that I had met a wedding over a year ago. I knew his skills would be a perfect fit and he could add some video content if my client so desired. His only condition was that he could be free at 4 pm to meet his sweetheart for a Valentine’s day date and evening dinner. I said, ‘fine, no problem’, knowing that we would most likely be done by then. If not, I would just be left with the lighting take down and toting the gear to the car. As it turned out that was not the case.
The shoot came off without a hitch and when we were all loaded up, Camden asked if I would stick around a bit and make some images for he and Jessie. So… sure thing! Hence the impromptu mini session in Bozeman, the results of which I absolutely adore. It was 20 minutes exactly and Jesse and Camden were amazing to shoot with. Then when we were done, Jesse asked to take a picture of Camden and I. Nice shot Jessie!
‘bada bing bada boom’ Enjoy the view!
Portraits in Paradise
I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Just down the road from my home is the breathtaking Paradise Valley. I call it my studio… where miles and miles of the mighty Yellowstone River careens through the valley, surrounded by mountains and capped with the ever changing big Montana Sky. Add a sundown like none other and you get perhaps as close to heaven as you can without actually leaving this temporal place on earth.
Last summer I spent a couple of hours with a returning client that wanted to take advantage of a summer day making photos in a couple of locations including an sundown dip in the Yellowstone, a baptism of sorts.
It was breathtaking!
So, whether you are planning a wedding, a surprise proposal, an elopement or simply portraits in a place you will never forget, give me a call or contact me via this site. I’ve lived here over 30 years and I have access to many amazing vistas and ‘secret spots’ both public and private in which to photograph. Enjoy the view!