October 15, 2021

West Glacier Family Photographer, The Highleys

Often times as photographers we talk about capturing memories and moments for you and your family to look back on for years to come. Most of the time those memories are pretty straightforward and along the lines of "So happy we're spending time together in such a beautiful place like Glacier National Park!" However, sometimes they end up "Remember that time you took a rock to the back of the head?" While we took a short break to skip rocks allowing the kids a respite from posing and smiling, that is unfortunately what happened to the youngest male of the Highley family. Of course, I wouldn't be sharing this if he wasn't ultimately fine, but there was blood involved which was a first for me during a family portrait session. But now they have photos to commemorate the occasion, and all-in-all we had a really great time together!

October 6, 2021

West Glacier Family Photographer, The Blanks

The Blank family was traveling the country in their fifth wheel camper and hoping to grab some family portraits along with "school portraits" for their kids and I was of course more than happy to oblige. And while I don't think I'll ever get jaded about visiting Glacier all the time, It's really great to be able to visit the national park with "fresh eyes" each time I get to meet a family or couple there for portraits.

September 22, 2021

Lakeside Family Photographer, The Schneiders

I know I must sound like a broken record with these blog posts, especially for family portraits, but I try to speak only the truth! I may be an introvert at heart, but I truly enjoy getting to meet families from other parts of the country, particularly when it is multiple generations of said families. Being able to see them all together and documenting their time here in Montana through photography really is lots of fun and I am fortunate to be able to do so. The Schneiders were no different, and they were all spending time together at a lovely rental in Lakeside. Smoke unfortunately mostly obscured any views of Flathead Lake we may have had otherwise, but we made do with the surrounding area and I'd say the results speak for themselves. Also, puppies! I will never discourage anyone from bringing their dogs with them for family portraits because after all, they are part of the family. As long as it is legal to do so of course, there are places inside National Parks you are not allowed to bring your four-legged friends.

September 18, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Oaks

I've had the pleasure of working with Nikki in the past through her son's involvement with Alpine Theater Project, and through school district fundraisers so it was an honor to be asked to do a family portrait session with them this summer. We made a quick trip to Whitefish City Beach on a beautiful summer day here in Northwest Montana for a mini-session and it couldn't have been more pleasant.

September 15, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, the Mckissacks

I somehow seem to end up working with lots of families and couples from Texas. I've never felt that I'm particularly Texan, and I didn't even start saying "y'all" until we moved to Montana (I'm still trying to figure that out.) But it's always nice to talk to folks from the areas I frequented throughout my youth and where my wife still has extended family. Anna contacted me because her family, along with her brother and his spouse would be in Whitefish visiting their dad, and it was the first time they'd all been together in a while. The session and photos also served as a bit of a birthday present for her dad which is such a great gift.

September 13, 2021

West Glacier Family Maternity Photographer, the Flemmings

I met the Flemmings thanks to my involvement with Alpine Theatre Project and I couldn't be more thankful for that fact. They were in town performing and teaching as part of ATP's Broadway Summer Camp and seeing as how Jennie was expecting, they thought they should get some family maternity photos taken in and around Glacier National Park before returning home. I was fully supportive of this plan and had such an amazing evening with them. The weather cooperated and the smoke cleared out just enough for the day and it was just the perfect conditions.

September 10, 2021

West Glacier Family Photographer, The Ritters

My evening with the Ritters was—as you'll see in the photos—very much maligned with August's signature wildfire smoke. What I think you'll also see is that West Glacier and Glacier National Park are still beautiful, and it did nothing to detract from the fun had. It's funny that parents of really young children often apologize if a toddler has a meltdown, won't focus, or is just hyper and crazy. But I'll be honest I think hyper toddlers are usually easier to deal with—and frankly more fun to photograph on the photographer's end even if the parents don't think so—than moody teenagers. All of that said, these older children were great sports and obviously found that there can be fun in family photos, and it was fantastic.

September 4, 2021

Kalispell Engagement Photographer, Sarah & Dom

This was a really special engagement session for me. While they wanted to naturally get photos of just the two of them for their engagement, it was also important to Sarah and Dom to include Sarah's son in the portrait session as well, and he made it so fun. It was an unseasonably hot day here in Northwest Montana, even for July, but he was a real trooper, and was super happy to cooperate, especially after he got to play art director for some of the photos. We met up at Lone Pine State Park and then headed over to Woodland Park closer to downtown Kalispell.

August 26, 2021

Whitefish Family Photographer, The Feinbergs

Like the majority of my family portrait clients, each summer the Feinbergs were visiting our amazing corner of the country and wanted to be sure to sneak in some family photos in order to document the occasion. We actually split their portrait session into basically two portrait sessions, with the first being focused just on the children in and around downtown Whitefish, and then family photos—sneaking grandma into some—at Whitefish City Beach at sunset. As you can tell, Montana was showing off on this amazing mid-summer evening.

August 24, 2021

Glacier National Park Family Photographer, The Zeliskos

What do you do with pre-teen boys for family portraits? Promise them the opportunity to splash around and get dirty in their nice clothes at the end of the session! I enjoyed spending time with this family from Texas, discussing their large road trip that mirrored to some degree my own family's road trip that ended up with ultimately moving here to Montana. I can't say that the Zelisko family will do the same, but I do think they enjoyed their time spent here, and it was such a pleasure to document a tiny slice of that.

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