Okay, so this girl is seriously amazing and I was so happy to have the opportunity to shoot with her the other week! Kaitlyn owns Sweet and Tarte and makes some of the best desserts and treats in Bozeman. If you are in need of wedding cakes or just everyday treats (like the best macaroons!) Kaitlyn is your girl!
Florals: Rowan and Larch
Styling: Elements of Light
We left Bozeman for Melissa and Jack’s adventure session in the Bridger Mountains with blue skies and the weather saying less than a ten percent chance of rain. After living in Bozeman for two years I should really learn to never, ever, ever believe the weather report. When we got close to our location for the evening the skies turned gloomy and there were rain showers and lightening in the distance moving towards us. Our plans for climbing up to the saddle of Sacajawea Peak were slipping away.
With not wanting to get soaked first thing into the shoot and holding out hope that the storms would pass I had Melissa and Jack climb into the back seat of my car to cuddle up and wait out some of the heavier rain. They looked at me like I was a little weird and to be honest, I felt a little weird, but that quickly disappeared once these two got comfortable. So glad that I asked them to do this even though it was a little out of both of our comfort zones because I adore that set of photos! It was a good reminder to always be creative with what you have available to you.
Once the storms settled down a bit we got out of the car to see how the weather looked. With lightening still happening around us we decided not to hike up above the treeline. We instead opted for some small hills with great views of the Bridgers and meadows filled with wildflowers.
Melissa and Jack were such a blast to shoot and didn’t mind getting a little wet and muddy. We laughed a lot and they were so amazing at moving within poses and cuddling up with each other. Seriously, they were soooo affectionate towards each other and I was soaking it up!
Towards the end of the shoot we were gifted a beautiful rainbow and the most gorgeous pink and purple sunset as we were driving back to town. I quickly pulled over and had these two get back in the mud. Again, so worth it!
Lorina and I met last summer while I was doing some part-time work at a nursery in Big Sky, Montana. Although our time together was brief it was so easy to see how bright and sweet of a personality she had! She spoke often of her boyfriend, Nick, and how they both had a strong desire to become parents. In this day when couples are waiting longer to become parents in order to achieve their own goals, whatever they may be, I was always so impressed with her knowledge of herself and what she wanted in life. When Lorina reached out to set up a maternity session I was beyond thrilled to get to spend some time with her and Nick! Due to lots of storms sweeping through the valley we headed North in order to get more time before the storms from the South got to us. This meant a change of location but Lorina and Nick were up for the change and totally trusted me with the location! It ended up being perfect and we got sweeping views of the Gallatin Valley and the storms South of us coupled with a beautiful sunset. Lorina and Nick are going to be wonderful parents and I can’t wait to see where this new adventure takes them!
Ashley and Scott’s wedding was the quintessential backyard wedding, except for the fact that their backyard has world class views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. They bought this property in Whitefish, Montana in February and it was the perfect setting for their wedding surrounded by friends and family. These two are so loved and it showed with how much work everyone contributed to their day. Ashley had friends help with hair and makeup for her and her sweet bridesmaids. Her mom and cousins arranged flowers for bouquets and boutonnieres. Coworkers made individual pies that Ashley and Scott hand served to each of their guests at the end of the evening. To see this many people come together to help Ashley and Scott have their dream wedding was truly incredible to see and was so heartwarming.
Their whole day was so laid back which was good because in typical Montana fashion there were thunderstorms that rolled in and out throughout the evening. Luckily, they held off for the ceremony but the skies broke not ten minutes after! A lot of family and friends being from out of state loved seeing the storms move across the valley and it was so cool to see their awe of how intense nature is out here.
Ashley and Scott had such a special and intimate wedding day and I was so lucky to be a part of it. To witness the heartfelt love that poured out from friend’s and family as well as each other was inspiring. Congrats you two!
Summertime in the mountains is already great but throw a little boudoir into the mix and you’ve got yourself one amazing evening.
Kait and I met two years ago, just after I moved to Bozeman, and on a raft on the middle of the Jefferson no less. We bonded that day over our love of the outdoors, good snacks, and figuring out that we were from the same hometown. How crazy is that! Sometimes this world just feels so small. A small grace in times where it can feel so big.
Kait is one of the strongest, most badass ladies I know and she has heart that is made of gold. She gives the best advice and is always there to listen. She also has some of the best dance moves that I have ever seen. Seriously. Kait pushes herself outside of what feels comfortable in order to see herself grow and I feel lucky to have been able to bear witness to that over the past two years. Whether it be saying yes to a 26 mile mountain run or taking steps towards a new career, she enters these vulnerable spaces with grace and grit.
Kait, thank you for being open and vulnerable with me on this evening as we captured your beautiful spirit.
Wow, wow, wow. The Canadian Rockies have absolutely blown my mind. They are so vast and massive and unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced before. You can be standing on top of a mountain that you just hiked two hours to summit and then once you get there you see so many more summits that you want to get to! Honestly, you could spend your whole life in these mountains and never see everything.
I am so happy and grateful that I had the chance to explore here over the past two weeks and had the opportunity to meet so many people including Brittany and Nate! They are the sweetest couple and we clicked instantly. Brittany is from Alabama while Nate hails from Seattle but they are currently living in Alabama with their two year old daughter, Denver. They came to Banff for their five year wedding anniversary so it was perfect that we were able to do this shoot at Lake Minnewanka!
Special thanks to those that contributed to this shoot:
Styling: Cedar Lane Weddings
Flowers: Dutchess Flower Company
Macrame: Free Spirit Designs
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 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!
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.