Ali is one of my dear friends, and we’ve known each other since we were 6 and 7 respectively. It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to make photos of her (she was a muse of mine back when I was in college shooting film and developing images in the darkroom – she and I attended different colleges across a river from one another!). And, I think, for going on 10 or 11 years now, she’s made a trek out to visit me in Montana every summer. This summer she got married in the midwest, but I wasn’t able to go to her wedding since I was already slated to shoot one here in Missoula. BUT…ButButBut…I told her to bring her dress out here during her visit this summer so I could make some fun Missoula Montana rock the dress photos for her as a wedding gift – and the day before my birthday we did just that.
It was a quick session (just about 15 minutes – believe me when I say it that light disappears rapidly!) because we got started later than was perfectly ideal since Ali was driving in to Missoula from spending time down the Bitterroot, and we were seriously losing our light. But we made the most of it after hurriedly dashing up a mountainside (Ali in her dress and me laden down with my gear like a pack animal – let’s just say it’s a good thing we did *not* document this part of our wee adventure – ha!), shot as quickly as we could before it was pitch black (I literally could barely see her it was so dark out), and we combatted some seriously insane wind (it was a devilish little bugger knocking over my gear! wah wahhhh!) but we had a BLAST! (Which is really no surprise since Ali and I always have a great time when we’re making images together.) To anyone who may have happened upon us, you would have heard a heckuva lot of laughter and crazy exclamatory yelps!
Anyway, thanks again Ali for racing back to Missoula and catching the last of the light in the smoky skies with me, for being my photographic muse over the years, for not laughing *too* hard when I get overly excited and tumble over into the dirt and grass, for trying your best to save my wind-catapulted gear from totally committing harikari, and for understanding my utter excitement over a fantastic image. Here’s to many more Montana sessions in the future (though let’s give ourselves more time and less impish-wind next go around! ;) ) Love you, girl, and congrats again to you and Garner!
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