I live in beautiful Bozeman, Montana and I am happy to travel anywhere in Montana and beyond to photograph your wedding events!
    I love what I do.
    I travel to new places, see rad things and photograph them.
    Its truly a privilege to photograph some of the most personal and amazing moments of your wedding.

    Vital info:
    Married: to an awesome guy who tolerates my crazy ideas (I have a lot of them).
    Love: rafting Montana rivers, playing roller derby and spending time with my pup; Max.
    Number of years shooting weddings: 6 years and loving it.
    School: B.A. in Photography from Montana State University
    Coffee: It better be good.
    Dreaming big: always.
    Adventure and fun: required.

    Read what clients have said about my services! Reviews

Summer Solstice Wedding Bozeman Montana

I just love this couple.

They are awesome fun and so are their friends. They planned their Montana wedding for the summer solstice at Springhill Pavillion just outside Bozeman, Montana. Springhill Pavilion is a rustic barn pavilion on a mountain meadow with with open fields and mountain views. It is one of my favorite wedding venues in the area. The property also offers beautiful cabins and a bridal suite for the couple and their maids and groomsmen to get ready in. Its a beautiful setting for documenting the preparation before the big event. The couple and their closest family and friends stayed there for several days spending time together and relaxing. The owners, Chum + Sally are such wonderful hosts, they really make you feel at home. Seriously, some of the nicest venue owners I have ever met.

Amy and Christian have excellent taste. I LOVE her dress, so perfect for her figure. From the flower choices to the couple taking dance lessons, you could really tell this girl put some thought into the planning and really made it their own. Elles Belles provided the lovely dessert table with smores cupcakes. Yes, I had one, are you kidding me?! It was awesome, probably my favorite thing I have ever had from Elle. The other wonderful vendors? Flowers- Stems, Hair/Makeup by Jade Morris, Catering- Food For Thought, Dress- Eskay Bridal and rad beats from Joe’s DJ.

So, if there is one thing I can tell you bout your wedding- taking dancing lessons is totally worth it! The first dance was unforgettable and super fun for the guests and for me to photograph. you guys rocked it!

I wish them many years of happiness!


Montana Ranch Wedding

Destinations weddings in Montana are so popular! When I first heard from Amy + Kyler they were living in South Korea as Amy was working as a teacher. The couple and their family and friends traveled from all over the U.S. to have a Montana ranch wedding. At least half of the weddings I have shot over the years have been folks from out of state that want to tie the knot in Montana. Some are returning to where they went to school, where they took a favorite vacation and some have never visited but knew this Montana had the experience they were looking for.

The Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park, Montana has a lot of fun things to do including a golf green, trout fishing pond, horse shoes and the Shields River runs through the property. The beautiful 2 story barn inspired building also has a full sized billiards table upstairs. While I only live an hour or so away from the ranch, I want to plan a family trip there!

Amy + Kyler planned a small wedding with just their close friends and family. They also wanted to keep the wedding simple- no fancy flowers, cake and such. For the ceremony they had their guests gather on picnic blankets with selections of cheese, local beers and champagne. It was a simply beautiful June day with blue skies and white clouds. The stuff wedding photographers dream of. I loved the beautiful location and really enjoyed meeting the couple and their lovely guests. Congrats Amy + Kyler!

Do you dream of getting married in Montana?

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August 8, 2014 - 2:52 pm

EM - Such beautiful picture of my friends’ beautiful wedding. Memories they will be able to cherish. You captured it so well. Thank you.

August 8, 2014 - 6:01 pm

debbie - what a beautiful group of wedding pictures! awesome!

Montana Folk Festival 2014

What is the Montana Folk Festival?

Most people who haven’t experienced the festival think it is “folk” music. Images of hippies playing guitars come to mind. Well, it’s not to say that there wont be any of that, its just that there is more to “folk” music than that. Really, the Folk Festival celebrates all folk traditions. The traditional music of all countries and regions are welcome. Each year you never know what you will get from Zydeco, Native American drumming, Reggae, American bluegrass or southern gospel. I was thrilled to photograph this awesome 3 day event that happens in Uptown Butte, Montana again! I photographed the first 3 years of the festival when it was the traveling, national Folk Festival and really loved it. The goal of the National Folk Festival is to have the structure in place for that town to create a local version of the festival when the national festival moves on to another state. I can say with certainty that the Montana Folk Festival is just as large and perhaps even better since the last time I attended several years ago!

Some of my favorite performances were: Don Carlos (reggae), Mariachi Reynas de Los Angeles (the worlds only all women Mariachi band!) The Traveling McCoureys (bluegrass) and Ali Akbar Moradi (Kurdish). Those Mariachi girls were amazing. Beautiful harmonies, powerful voices and so talented. Don Carlos was a joy to watch and photograph. Dancing around the stage with a big grin, he stole my heart. From Kingston, Jamaica this reggae legend has been performing since 1973. I liked their vibe and he caught my gaze and smiled as if saying “it’s all good mon”. Some people really give you a gift when you photograph them, posing a little, giving a little to you. I wish I could have chatted with him, I imagine he has some stories to tell. Until next time, thanks to all the people who make the Folk Festival possible. SO many volunteers, musicians, techs, it is really impressive the army it takes to put on this free festival!

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Bozeman wedding photography- The Woodlands

Here is another beautiful Bozeman wedding, and it reminds me why I love photography so much!
The Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon just outside Bozeman, Montana is a beautiful place for weddings! I am happy to have photographed a handful of weddings there and just love the place! Emily and Austin planned their big day to include their little man; Jack. Such a cutie, he was part of their ceremony and the reception until the little guy fell asleep that is! Emily and Austin have excellent taste and the event was just stunning. From the cake to her dress, I really enjoyed capturing the details and special moments. Great people, a fun party, and a little photography bling for me and I am a happy girl.

I am pretty sure Emily could be a model. No really. And she selected the most elegant dress from Plume Bridal in Bozeman, Montana. The sash was the perfect touch. With gorgeous flowers and event design from Allison Brook Design including a white orchid bouquet it was quite a civilized event! Oh yeah, and one of my favorite caterers too: Just a Taste and a unique and creative cake from Elle’s Belles Bakery. I have to admit I get excited when certain vendors are involved in a wedding and I know I am gonna love the food. When we are busy photographing a long wedding day we photographers look forward to dinner!

They are young, happy and I was thrilled to photograph their big day and meet their lovely family. Cheers guys!

P.S. I also have been known to nibble on dessert too!

Want to view some more Bozeman wedding photography? Here is another one you might like: Aly + Isaac’s Wedding at the Woodlands

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WPPI review + experience

My very first trip to the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference in Las Vegas!

WPPI is the worlds largest convention for professional photographers, think 13,000 camera toting freaks. It is a great time, with industry parties, days full of amazing classes from some of your favorite photographers and it’s VEGAS of course! This is my WPPI review and I like to travel well so I have some travel tips and advice for saving some money too. The event is held at the MGM Grand with 5 days of classes and a HUGE expo for 3 of the days. We are talking 2 full ballrooms of stuff you want to touch, try and compare. It’s almost overwhelming.

Where to stay?
You can stay at the MGM Grand but it still means walking a mile or so to your classes. That is just an estimate, but you know how these casinos are, they make you walk through everything to get you to spend more money (basically a large maze of artificial, indulgent and sparkling things). Based on advice from photogs I know who had attended in the past, I chose the MGM Signature. The Signature is right next door and attached with enclosed hallways with those land escalator thingies so it is basically as close as staying at the Grand.
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Photos: One of the Signature’s lovely pools, Me catching a ride in a stretch hummer with Kiss Albums, one of my lovely room mates : )

Why the Signature?
I love that it is non smoking, and no gaming. I don’t care for either so this really attracted me. Also, it is super nice, has it’s own pools that are not as crowded as the Grand and the rooms have kitchens. Having your own fridge for drinks and being able to cook food can save you a ton of money! A bottle of water is like $5 around the strip!
I shared a 1 bedroom hotel room with 2 other girls from Montana. It had a bedroom with a master bath and a pull out bed in the living room, a second bathroom and a small kitchen. It was very nicely appointed, comfortable for 3-4 girls and had a balcony. I could live in that hotel pretty easily : )
We took a taxi to a grocery store once and stocked up on some food, snacks and drinks, especially water! I didn’t cook much but having cereal in the morning and sandwiches or whatever for lunch saved money to go out for dinner! It is expensive eating and drinking in Vegas. A beer is $8 and I prefer cocktails which were about $18 a piece! OUCH. The industry parties are great for providing h’orderves and drinks. WPPI also has parties every night sponsored by Nikon, Canon and such. Many of these have some food but no free drinks that I remember? I only went to a few of these as I was there for only 4 days, the pool party at the MGM Grand was fun and had great food to snack on!

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How are the classes?
Enough about pools, parties and rad hotels already. We are here for the classes right? You can reserve your seat in 5 classes in advance. You can go to more, these are just one’s you absolutely have a seat for. I went to at about 2 classes a day. If you aren’t going to make it to an early class don’t try. It takes 15-20 minutes just to get to the classes and they sometimes fill up if the speaker if very popular. I went to Sal Cincotta, Brett Florens, Jerry Ghionis, and Lawrence Chan (AKA Tofurious) to name a few. All the classes were pretty awesome, although sometimes I felt a little too advanced for what they were explaining as I have a bachelors degree in photography and have worked professionally for over 5 years. I would recommend researching the person teaching and the class before deciding. I really enjoyed Brett Florens- his story was fascinating and his tips were honest and helpful. He really tried to demystify the high fashion wedding photography he does and I won a book from him! Woohoo!

Is it worth going to WPPI?
Yes! Maybe not every year, I am not going in 2014. Even if you go just for the expo and a few parties it’s a a great experience and you meet wonderful people. Keeping up on new technology, techniques and learning new things is important in any field.

Final tips:

Don’t try to do everything. Make time for what you really want to do while there. I scheduled some serious time at the pool and soaking up the sun because it was still winter in Montana! We made time for some fun industry parties and yummy food. I spread the expo over 2 days so it wasn’t madness taking it all in.
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