May 14, 2022

Intimate Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Chelsea & Corey at Star Meadows Ranch

I was so thankful that Whitefish-based wedding officiant Sarah Harding brought me into the fold for this wonderful intimate wedding at Star Meadows Ranch between Chelsea and Corey. Because they were simply having a short ceremony followed by a group dinner they initially planned on simply relying on friends with cell phones and cameras to document the day. Thankfully Sarah convinced them to book even just an hour of my time so that everyone could really soak in the moment as they tied the know and it was my absolute pleasure to document everything.

May 11, 2022

Glacier National Park Portrait Photographer, The Rhodes

As you might imagine people arrive in Northwestern Montana from all over the place. Tina and her husband were visiting from the Southeastern United States where the mountains look quite a bit different and the spring climate is dramatically different. No matter, they simply embraced the chilly weather, admired the snow on the mountains across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, and we had a wonderful morning.

May 6, 2022

Montana Elopement Photographer, Jennifer & Vincent on the North Fork

Teaming up with officiant extraordinaire Sarah Harding is always such a pleasure, and doing so with Jennifer and Vincent on the North Fork was no exception. Though I suppose it didn't start out that way for the couple. What with getting married at the forefront of their mind, the marriage license was left at home and they had to turn around to go get it and Jennifer forgot Vincent's ring.

Now normally, this could really sour the mood of a couple on such a special occasion, but love and positivity won out, as everyone involved simply laughed it off, a 'ring' was fashioned out of some grass, and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Well, I suppose it went off with one hitch, that of Jennifer and Vincent 'getting hitched.' but that is all semantics.

April 29, 2022

Whitefish Wedding Photographer, Janay & Ryan at Grouse Mountain Lodge

While the calendar says "April," spring is still largely "indoor wedding season" in the Flathead Valley, as you may guess from the snow-covered mountains in the background of the outdoor portraits. Thankfully we've got a number of venues like Grouse Mountain Lodge that provide outdoor views and indoor party space. Janay & Ryan took full advantage of Grouse's property and had a ceremony and party for the history books.

As is, fortunately, the case more often than not with the amazing couples I get to work with, I was treated like one of the guests as soon as I arrived and it continued throughout the evening. All the way to a parting tequila shot with the wedding party before I left at their insistence.

Venue, Catering, and Lodging: Grouse Mountain Lodge / DJ & Photobooth: Destination DJ / Flowers: Mum's Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Majestic Mountain Beauty / Couture: BHLDN & Mimi's Bridal / Jeweler: Whitefish Goldsmith / Rentals: The Party Store

February 17, 2022

Glacier National Park Maternity Portraits, Cristine & Josh

Cristine and Josh seem to have developed a habit of finding themselves in front of my camera, and I do not mind one bit. We've met in Fall, Summer, and now winter. We need to get together in the Spring to complete the seasonal collection.

This session may have actually been my favorite as it's such an honor to continue documenting someone's life together as they move from a couple to a family.

January 13, 2022

Whitefish Portrait Photographer, Ed & Suzette’s 20th Anniversary

This portrait session with Ed and Suzette was perfect for so many different reasons. Not the least of which was they were just a joy to spend a couple of hours with while we all lost feeling in our hands. For one thing, it was a great reminder you don't need to be recently engaged or recently married to have portraits taken. It can be any milestone, such as a 20th anniversary which is very much worth celebrating. It can also be an opportunity to document your vacation to an area that has a dramatically different climate than the one you're used to, and they were certainly not used to a massive powder day in Whitefish. It snowed all day, which was a dream come true for me, because I finally had the opportunity for a portrait session with it actively snowing, which had eluded me up to this point.

Ed's suit was rented from Mimi's Bridal in Kalispell.

December 10, 2021

Kalispell Wedding Photographer, Sarah & Dominic at Best Western Plus Flathead Lake

It was so great to see Sarah and Dominic again during the winter holiday season after their engagement session this past summer and get to meet their friends and family. They really wanted to make it a welcoming affair and had tons of great Christmas touches like a hot cocoa bar, Christmas trees, mil and cookies for dessert, and as you'll see in the image above a first kiss under the mistletoe.

Venue: Best Western Plus Flathead Lake / Catering: Vista Linda / DJ: V-Team DJs

December 9, 2021

Whitefish Theatre Co.’s “Elf: The Musical”

It's been so great being involved with both theatre non-profits in Whitefish. I've been able to meet so many creative-minded individuals as well as give back to the community at the same time. And let's be frank when your "work" involves photographing a musical based on the Will Farrel movie "Elf," that can hardly be considered work at all. Whitefish Theatre Co. put on such a joyful show it was the perfect entré into the holiday season.

December 1, 2021

Glacier National Park Winter Engagement Photographer, Xaviera & Adam

Xaviera & Adam contacted me sort of last minute as they were visiting Whitefish for a quick vacation and visiting wedding venues for a wedding the following year. It'd been a while since I'd had the opportunity to photograph a winter engagement portrait session so I was thrilled that I was available and we made plans to freeze our collective rear-ends off and pay Glacier National Park a visit. In these scenarios, I always feel a little bit bad for the couple who is trying to be cute and handsome in below-freezing temperatures while I get to bundle up as much as possible. And of course, as is often the case in life, the women suffer more than anyone else, as cute women's clothing is typically offers less coverage, and is just generally not as warm, to begin with.

Xaviera and Adam were troopers about it though, and braving the frigid temperatures was totally worth it.

October 27, 2021

Bozeman Wedding Photographer, Alison & Airam at Firelight Farms

When I spoke with Alison and Airam early in their booking process we were discussing the pros and cons of the varying amounts of coverage offered in my photography packages. They had been leaning toward the longest coverage I offer by default because—and I quote—"We don't want you to leave if the party is just really starting to get going!" It was at this point I knew this wedding was going to be lots and lots of fun. When it came time for their wedding day, all my assumptions were proven correct.

From early on and the "getting ready" photos, to everyone chipping in and helping get everything set up, through a beautiful ceremony and just a tremendous party, it was a stellar end to my primary wedding season, and one I'll remember for years to come.

Venue: Firelight Farms / Catering: Just a Taste Catering / Rentals: Montana Party Rentals / Bakery: Granny's Donuts / Hair & Makeup: Madi

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