Oh, Montana. You really do know how to spice things up, especially in Spring when you make us guess if it’ll be 70 and sunny or 25 and snowing because, let’s be real, the weather report is never really accurate.
Melissa and Sean were the sweetest, most down to earth couple that did not mind that Montana was throwing every sort of weather at them during their session, which is saying a lot because these two are from sunny California. Luckily, cuddling up with your S/O and lots of laughter makes a little bit of wind and rain seem pretty insignificant.
These two were an absolute joy to photograph and were such naturals in front of the camera. We shot at Melissa’s grandparent’s cabin nestled in the foothills of Ennis, Montana which had sweeping views of the Madison Range, Gravelly Range, and Tobacco Roots. I could have spent an entire afternoon there exploring the hills and fields and capturing their love for each other.
So grateful for clients like these who allow me in during some of the most special times in their lives.
Spring has arrived in Bozeman, Montana and with that means more time spent outdoors! Whether that may be exploring your favorite trail, prepping your garden, or getting family photos done in between snow squalls (yes, Spring in Montana doesn’t exactly equal sunshine and pretty flowers all the time) you’re just thankful for some warm-ish temps and the snow line retreating up into the mountains.
The Thorns booked my Mother’s Day Mini sessions a few weekends back and I am so glad they did! They are the cutest family and their momma did so great at coordinating their outfits. Luckily the temperamental spring weather held off for us and we ended up with 60 degree temps and a beautiful sunset on the Bridgers!
These guys were super fun to photograph and their dad kept everyone laughing with his antics. Scroll through to see some of my favorites!
Thank goodness I am a morning person and absolutely do not mind 5am wake up calls, even when they’re on Saturday mornings. It definitely makes it a little better when it’s for something fun and not just for getting to the gym before work.
Ashley and I lucked out with this oddly warm morning we had in Hyalite (thanks inversions) which allowed us to shoot through the entire sunrise and then some without totally freezing. The snow on the other hand was a totally different story. There were some tracks across the reservoir so we stuck to those but once we got out to our spot and went off the trail we were both sinking up to our hips. This resulted in moments of hilarity, and some pretty good outtakes, as either Ashley or I would try and move and end up half buried in snow. She is much more graceful at falling than I am. Note to self, always bring snowshoes.
I am seriously so lucky to work with such amazing people who aren’t scared of early wake up calls or snow up to your eyeballs. Thanks for sharing this snowy sunrise with me!
What happens when you have a small wedding at a mountain bike retreat in the woods? A whole lot of fun. Ari and Nic’s whole weekend was a blast as Whitefish, Montana offers so many outdoor recreation opportunities. It was the perfect place for their guests to get out for a hike or bike ride as trails ran directly from the Whitefish Bike Retreat and connected to the larger trail systems. The morning of the wedding we actually ran into the groom and his dog while we were out mountain biking!
Erin and Maddie held their wedding at the beautiful Hart Ranch in Bozeman, Montana surrounded by friends and family who care so deeply for them. These two put so much thought and little details into their day and it represented who they are as a couple so well.
In typical Montana fashion, the weather that looked beautiful earlier in the week turned to forecast rain and wind and for once the forecast was right. The skies turned grey right before their first look and then the rain started. Thankfully we had an abundance of umbrellas and the girls didn’t mind getting a little wet.
As guests began arriving for the ceremony the skies started to clear and beautiful, soft golden light lit up the ranch. The chose to do a ring warming, where the ring is passed along the guests for them to silently say their good thoughts and prayers for the couple. This was when it became so evident how much love was there for Erin and Maddie. It took so much longer than anticipated for the rings to pass through the guests because of each person’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Luckily, the officiant was a dear friend and also pretty funny so he kept everyone entertained with funny stories of the brides and thoughts on marriage.
When the ceremony finished everyone was off to congratulate the newlyweds and play yard games before dinner. The first dance and father/daughter dances were so emotional and happy tears were seen everywhere.
They ended the night with rainy sunset photos with the mountains of Hyalite and Gallatin Canyons in the background and s’mores by the fire.
Breezy and Austan had the most relaxed wedding at The Original Mine in Butte, Montana despite their large wedding parties and almost the whole town turning out to celebrate in their big day! They are so loved by their friends and families. Smiles, laughter, and happy tears surrounded them all day.
Their ceremony overlooked the historic town of Butte and The Highland Mountains beyond. The wedding party and immediate families then went on a trolley tour of the town which was so fun and they had the absolute best tour guide, a high school teacher who teaches about Butte history and had most of the party in his class at one time or another!
Austan and Breezy, you two were an absolute blast all day. Thank you for letting me join in on capturing the love you share for each other and your friends and families.
You know those couples that you could just ramble on and on about their love for each other, their families, and their friends? That’s Kait and Ty. These two are one of the sweetest couples I know and have the absolute biggest hearts. They go above and beyond for each other and for those around them and it showed so clearly on their wedding day. Each part was laid back and relaxed, taking it in with those they love and who love them.
They chose to have the ceremony at Kait’s parent’s home in Bozeman and it was the perfect setting. Kait’s family made everyone feel right at home! The reception was held at The Baxter Hotel where everyone ate delicious food, laughed and cried during toasts, and danced the night away.
Oh my, where do I even start with this wedding? To say that it was beautiful is an understatement and to say that I teared up only once or twice is a complete lie. Kathryn and Kris are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met and went above and beyond to accommodate all of their family and friends who had traveled to Montana to be with them on their day. They were surrounded by a multitude of people who love and care for them so deeply and it was so apparent how much they appreciated each person who made the not so easy trip to Big Sky. Kathryn and Kris were all smiles all day, not even the impending rain could stop them from laughing and enjoying their day.
The amount of detail and thought that Kathryn put into the day was absolutely exquisite. This girl has such good taste! It made my photographer self very, very happy. From her gorgeous shoes (ceremony heels and reception sneakers) to the jewelry to the table settings, everything was well thought out and cohesive.
Ceremony Venue: Soldier’s Chapel
Reception Venue: Lone Mountain Ranch
Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Belief
Loved shooting with these two dear friends while back East the other week and beyond excited for them on this new adventure! They chose the Howard County Conservancy to have their session at which was absolutely breathtaking in the golden light. Also perfect because it is the site of their wedding reception two and a half years ago! Seems like yesterday that we were celebrating their love and dancing the night away and now they’ve got this sweet babe on the way.
Loved getting to do this session last week with my youngest sister while visiting family back East. We decided to do her photos at sunrise in downtown Lancaster. In part because Lancaster is beautiful and I’ve missed East Coast cities but also because we could get yummy pastries from Central Market. It was great to spend this time together because she is such a joy to be around. Although I was super tired from traveling and flight delays she made our time together so fun with her witty and sarcastic humor. This girl is so special to me and I know she will do great things in her life. I can’t wait to see where she decides to go to college and all of the opportunities that await her!
Breezy and Austan were such a joy to shoot in Butte! They are Butte natives and have known each other since high school- so cute! We shot at Mountain Con, one of the old mines, which had the most beautiful view overlooking Butte and the surrounding mountains. Can't wait to shoot their wedding and celebrate with them this summer!
It was so much fun spending an afternoon at Bear Canyon with these two and their sweet pups, Kaia and Owen. Speaking of which, I might start requiring that all my couples have dogs (that's okay to put in a contract right?) because I've wanted a dog for the longest time and still haven't taken the plunge. Anyways, Erin and Maddie are such a great couple and were laughing almost their whole session. They came prepared with blankets to snuggle in, a Hydroflask full of local beer, cute props, and a handmade sign with their wedding date on it. I can't wait to capture their wedding in August!
I love hanging out with couples who have been in Bozeman longer than I have because I get to learn about all of the beautiful locations from them! But all of Bozeman is pretty picturesque so it's hard not to find great spots. Ashlyn and Chad wanted to do a session in Hyalite because they spent a lot of time there during college. They brought so much energy to their shoot and all the laughter kept us plenty warm in the cold temps. The hot cocoa and hot toddies didn't hurt either.
Katie and Ryan's wedding was absolutely beautiful! Their venue, The Big Yellow Barn, was perfect for their day. It looked out on the Bridgers and we were able to see them until the rain came in- right before the ceremony! Luckily, they had already moved the ceremony into the barn which was equally as beautiful. The high ceiling, subtle lighting, and greenery set the mood for a romantic and intimate ceremony. Katie and Ryan are so loved by the people that surrounded them and it showed throughout the day. Congrats you two!
It has been a tradition for 16 years for my family to go to the Outer Banks. We've rarely missed a year, even going when my youngest sister was only a few months old. Typically we would go with family friends and their kids. This year was a little different and we went with the entire family- grandparents, aunts, uncles, boyfriends, and friends. Similarly to when we were young there was never a dull moment. Castles were dug, bocce was played, and ice cream was eaten in mass quantities.
Mary and I were able to escape some of the chaos in order to take her senior portraits. It has been amazing to watch her grow from a young girl to who she is now! She is absolutely beautiful, on the inside and outside. I, and the rest of the family, can't wait to see what she does in the next few years. Have a fabulous senior year!
It doesn't get much better than having an awesome model in a beautiful location at golden hour. Ashley was so fun to work with (she even brought me tea and carried my step stool) and kept me inspired throughout our whole shoot! Here are some of my favorites!
It was such a pleasure to second shoot and assist at Laura and Tony’s wedding with the lovely Hayler Heser. She contacted me a few days prior to their wedding and our first time meeting was in the Target parking lot. It had snowed the past 24 hours and I needed snow boots! After finding a pair of rain boots a size too large we hopped into her car and off we went into the mountains. The skies lifted and showcased the beautiful peaks that were frosted with snow. As we got closer to the venue, Homestake Lodge, we saw just how much snow had fallen. It covered the pine trees and splintered some on the aspens. Luckily, Laura and Tony had their families to help dig out the lodge. By the time we got there everyone was in great spirits and the properties’ paths and driveways were cleared.
Laura and Tony were a dream to work with and even accommodated our photographer selves when there was beautiful sunset over the mountains and we pulled them away from dinner. Don’t worry, we only stole them for 10 minutes and I held Laura’s pulled pork sandwich and water for her so she could keep eating! Overall, their day was absolutely beautiful. The snow, their loving families and friends, and all of the little details made it so special and unique.
The first week in Bozeman was pretty amazing. We went on hikes and mountain biked and topped off most days with local food and beer. After a busy day of biking out to a trail head and then doing a longer hike than we intended and then biking back into town we were ready for something to eat. We ended up at a cool brew pub on the outskirts of town and stuffed ourselves with nachos. Tired from our day and in a bit of a food coma we were getting ready to ride home when we noticed groups of people heading through a hallway to the back of the building. We asked our waiter what was going on and they told us a band was coming to play. Being fans of live music we ditched our plans to leave and went out back to find a beautiful patio space with views of the Bridger's. There was a family sitting at a table across from us having so much fun dancing and singing along with the band. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful they were and how they interacted with each other. When the band took a break I went over to talk with them and ask if I could photograph them. Luckily, they were all in town for a family reunion and wanted to set a shoot up for later in the week. I was beyond excited when they called a few days later to schedule their session! We ended up shooting at this beautiful spot which they had suggested (I still need to learn all the good locations around here!) and had so much fun! They were all so energetic and I think that comes through in this set. Enjoy!
It was so much fun to finally take photos of Alison and Jake the other week. We've been friends for about six years yet I've never done formal photos of them. Of course, we've taken lots while hiking, traveling, or just goofing off but I'm glad I convinced them to let me do these. Maybe moving to Montana had something to do with it?
Anyways, the whole session was so fun. They kept me laughing practically the entire time with their goofy faces and poses. I'm not really sure how we ended getting some 'normal' pictures, especially since I was doubled over in giggle fits 99.9% of the time, but we did.
Hard to believe it's already been six months since Ana and Paul were married in downtown Frederick! They've since moved in together and have begun their life as a married couple. Their first apartment together is on a beautiful side street downtown close to my favorite coffee shop that also serves the best mint hot chocolate. For their anniversary session we thought it would be best to take photos in places that they know, love, and now live in.
I've always been scared of shooting indoors. Like deathly afraid. I always thought I was more of an outdoorsy portrait photographer that played with scenery and shadows. So when Emily reached out to do an intimate indoor shoot I was nervous but super excited as well! I've been following a lot of photographers lately that are doing more and more indoor sessions and I was secretly wishing to have a couple contact me to do one. We had so much fun during this cozy morning indoors and I can't wait until the next intimate session!
Sunrise sessions just might have my heart. I mean, I love golden hour but sunrise sessions have their own beauty. I met Natalie and David at Patapsco State Park near Baltimore where we planned to hike to the waterfalls. The hike was a tad longer than expected (thanks to a closed gate at the main parking area) but it was a perfect way to warm up a little on a crisp morning. We got shooting right away at the falls and they were both troopers when I asked them to rock hop their way down stream. We then hiked around the park in search of a beautiful field they knew of. Long story short, we got lost. However, we found an enormous fallen tree that worked out instead. Shout out to David for his Ninja Warrior skills getting both he and Natalie on top of the tree! Note to self: start bringing a small step ladder to sessions.
You know those people that just compliment each other? That's Paul and Ana. They met during college and shortly after, Ana left for Semester at Sea; a program that allows students to travel to 13 different countries all while on a ship. When she returned, their relationship was even stronger despite having no wifi or cell service for much of the time. Fast forward a few years and they have grown together even more. It is so apparent when you are with them how much in love with each other they are. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to capture these beautiful people and the love that they share. Volim te.
It was so fun running around downtown Lancaster with Julianna and her family! I've been photographing the family for several years now and it's always a joy to see them. They are incredibly photogenic and just lovely people to be around.
When our individual plans didn't work out for the evening Marko and I decided to do an impromptu photo shoot. I received my new camera the night before and was BEYOND excited to try it out and so far I love it! These are a few shots from our shoot around Downtown Frederick.
Side note: Marko models and has a super cool instagram and website. Check it out here www.markopetric.com
Donald and Kristen are one of the sweetest couples I know and I was so excited when I heard that they were engaged! Kristen reached out and asked if I would do their photos and of course I said yes! We were both nervous about the weather because it had been raining for three days before their shoot but we lucked out and the rain cleared off a few hours before we got together. The sun even ended up showing it's beautiful face towards the end of the shoot.
Logan and Kenny were so fun to shoot last weekend at the Frederick Watershed. We were all laughing from the moment we started taking the photos. And I mean ALL by Logan, Kenny, and at least four other family members who decided to come watch the shoot! It was great having other people in the background to make them laugh. I love to adventure when I'm shooting and these two were down for anything that I wanted them to do, including climbing a steep and slippery hill up to a beautiful rock overlook. Oh, and did I mention that Logan had on heeled booties? Totally worth it. Looking forward to capturing their wedding in 2017!
Lauren, Tim, and I met up in Georgetown on the day when it finally started feeling like winter! It was my first 'real' time in Georgetown (besides driving through) and it is the cutest area! Lots of pretty stores, cobblestone streets, and coffee shops. We got coffee at Lauren's favorite spot to warm up and then set out to find some places to shoot. Tim has lived in Georgetown for about a year and new some great areas to shoot. Definitely a place to go back and explore in spring!
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
― Paulo Coelho
Ana and Paul celebrated their love with an intimate court house ceremony and dinner party. It was different than any other wedding I had been to and that is what made their day so special. A gathering of close family and friends surrounded them with laughter and love throughout the day. It was a joy to be around a group of people who love Ana and Paul with all of their hearts. They are so loved by everyone they meet and it was so apparent this day. I was honored to be a part of this day and witness their love for each other and for their family and friends.