Cassie and Cameron joined me Saturday at the Missoula’s farmer’s market, dressed for spring and ready to stroll around checking out the local goods. Lucky for us, the rain decided to hold off and we had a great time making fun, bright images of these two – you would never know how chilly it was from Cassie and Cameron’s warm smiles and the love in their eyes.
I’m so looking forward to your wedding this June! (And the bunnies!)
Daisy and Erik couldn’t have had better springtime weather for their simple and sweet outdoor wedding at Fort Missoula and their lively reception at both the Loft and Stensrud building in Missoula. Clouds threatened rain, but it held off, giving Daisy and Erik two perfect days to spend with family and friends. (And lots and lots of cake – I like the way they think!)
Cribbage made its way into their vows (remember their engagement session?), as did laughter and a few tears. But mostly there were smiles and excitement and of course, lots and lots of love.
Thanks so much, you two! You are going to have a beautiful life together – I wish you all the best in your move south and I’m serious about treating you to drinks the next time you’re in town. :)
On to the photos!
Getting Ready Location: The Wilma, Missoula, MT
Makeup Artist: Melissa Picoli
Bouquet: Created by Daisy
Ceremony Location: Fort Missoula, MT
First Night Reception Location: The Loft, Missoula, MT
First Night Caterer: Posh Chocolat, Missoula, MT
First Night Cake: Bernice’s Bakery, Missoula, MT
Second Night Reception Venue: The Stensrud Building, Missoula, MT
Second Night Music DJ: Eric Fulton
Second Night Cakes: Two by Jeanne’s Cakes & Sweet Creations, and one by a friend
Tabitha and Kyle braved a blustery day in Missoula to meet up with me for their engagement photos – all the way from Billings! The wind was definitely in their hair, but these two weren’t fazed by the weather and we had a great, relaxed engagement session in the warm sun. (Plus, the wind was working to our benefit – it’s always fun to have “model hair!”)
Thanks again you two! I’m looking forward to photographing your wedding in Billings this autumn!
On the docket: weddings and engagement sessions! And, just a reminder, if you’ve been thinking about getting portraits this summer, now’s the time to start talking to me about your ideas/questions/interests so we can start planning dates and ideas. :)
I met up with Erika the other day to make a few headshots for her new business cards (you might remember Erika from the session I did last autumn with her and her daughter). Luckily for us, the weather was perfect and we were able to create some shiny new portraits for Erika’s new job.
Thanks again Erika! It was so nice to chat with you and see you again! Can’t wait for some more family portraits this summer! :)
Getting back to my photojournalism roots a bit, last week I was hired by Cork Tree Creative to photograph a press conference with Governor Brian Schweitzer and Ray Stillwell at the old Smurfit-Stone mill site to announce Green Investment Group, Inc.’s (GIGI) acquisition of the site. This is the seventh Smurfit-Stone paper mill acquired since 2006 by GIGI, an Alton, Illinois-based company that acquires and redevelops Brownfield sites throughout North America. (A Brownfield site is an abandoned or underutilized industrial or commercial site that is well-positioned for redevelopment.)
Plans for the future use of the Missoula site are currently being formulated and will continue during the course of the coming months. As plans are finalized, work will focus on clean-up and reconfiguration of the site to analyze the potential use of the existing facilities and land.
Ray Stillwell, principal of Green Investment Group, Inc., stated, “The Missoula property offers many opportunities for continued progress in the region. As with all of our projects, our main goal is to work with the community and local officials to develop a site that complements the other industries in the area and meets the economic needs and interests of its people by creating jobs in sustainable growth industries.”
Gov. Brian Schweitzer commented, “Green Investment Group has a proven track record of investing the necessary funds to save the industrial infrastructure and create good-paying jobs. We welcome them to Montana.”
Thanks again to Cork Tree Creative and Ray Stillwell for contracting me for the shoot. It was nice to hang with the press folks again and make some images for you of this event. I look forward to working with you again in the future!
My folks were in town a week or so ago, so we spent as much time as we could getting out and about. I think they’re beautiful people, inside and out, so I always try to make a few portraits of them when they’re around.
Weekend traditions are always so nice – and Daisy and Erik’s tradition is to visit the farmer’s market in downtown Missoula, grab some coffee, check out what the market has to offer and then hop on over to Caffe Dolce to indulge in some breakfast, more coffee, conversation and cribbage.
I was fortunate enough to be able to join them this past Saturday for their engagement session incorporating their favorite Saturday morning things. Thanks for traipsing about with me, Daisy and Erik, and for a pleasant breakfast as well. :)
Can’t wait to photograph your wedding in just a couple weeks!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! I truly believe mother’s day should be every day since our mothers do so very much for all of us. I know my mom is certainly one of them that deserves recognition every day.
So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet and give a big shout out to my mom: I love you, Mom! Thanks for each and every thing you do, big and small. Thanks for helping me grow into the woman I am today. Thank you for your unconditional love and support. Thank you for always believing in me. Thank you for being one of the kindest, most caring people I know. Thank you for giving some of the best mom hugs around. Thank you for sharing your recipes with me. Thank you for being one of the most fun people to laugh with. Thank you for giving me the gift of not taking life too seriously and really, truly enjoying it. Thank you for always being there for all of us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart – I love you!
It’s not every day that you meet someone so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about raising pigs, since so many of us haven’t set foot on a farm in who-knows-how-long. But that I did when I joined Collin and his mom at the pig barn to greet his four favorite piglets that he’s raising as a part of FFA (Future Farmers of America).
Collin and his mom, Anna Marie, have a special bond with these piglets, as they both helped birth them and ensure safe passage into their new world. And they also have a fondness for the farm, too – as Collin told me, it’s one of his favorite places. Which is truly evident – he’s at home, relaxed and confident next to the hay bales and the little two-month-old piglets that root around in the straw at his feet, grunting softly and occasionally nibbling his pants legs.
So it was the perfect location to make some photos for his senior year at Big Sky High School that truly capture what Collin loves – from the wee little piggies cuddling under a heat lamp in the barn, to the two-month-old piglets he helped bring into the world. And we got a few fun shots of Collin and his mom, too, for good keepsake material. :) Thanks so much Collin and Anna Marie – I had a such a great time, and really learned a lot, too!