Beautiful mama to be- Katrina & family

This beautiful mama to be was so strong as we had all the elements of weather for her session. Wind, cold, sun, clouds & even snow. But she smiled throughout and glowed in her beauty.  So excited for you and Blaine and the pups to welcome a sweet lady into your lives. She will be smothered with love (and maybe a little drool), lucky lady. ♡

XOXO


The Birth of Miss Holland Morrow

This was one of the most amazing experiences (besides my own children's births). We had talked about me shooting the entrance of Marya & Ben's daughter before hand. We decided to just stay in touch and sure enough, I forgot to say the ONE day that may not work for me... would be March 24, as it was my sons 7th birthday. That evening I got a call from Ben around 1:30 a.m. I was devastated because I wanted to make sure I was home for my son when he woke up on his big day.

So I texted Ben to see how close she was (because as many of you may know, babies don't always come when you want them to!) He said she was 8 cm and the Doctor thought she'd be making an entrance in the next couple hours. So I sprung out of bed, threw some clothes on, texted my husband not to worry if he woke up and I was not there. I drove to Kalispell and on the drive there I saw THE BIGGEST shooting star. I made a wish.

I got to the hospital and they were just about to have her start pushing. Marya (mama) was beyond strong, calm and funny! So sweet. She kept apologizing for this and that, which made us giggle as she had nothing to apologize for. Ben (daddy) was so supportive, sweet and attentive. The nurse and doctor were brilliant as well. Mama pushed through the contractions and about an hour and 1/2 after I arrived, out came Miss Holland! Face up! Tough mama! It was incredible.

The photos tell the story better than I can, so take a look. And my wish came true. I wished for Marya and Ben that baby and mama would be healthy and ok. ♡ So much love.  And I made it home to see my excited 7-year-old on his birthday! I will never forget E's 7th birthday! Love you guys so much and THANK YOU for having me capture such a special moment in your life. I'm a lucky lady. First, your wedding day then portraits... then the birth of your blessed, beautiful daughter. 

xoxo


Stunning Julia {2018 WHS Senior}

Oh, my was this shoot FUN!!! I just LOVE these ladies. I did big sis Danielle's Senior photos a few years ago, and this time I got to capture her beautiful sister. She wanted snow, so we went and found some before spring shows it's lovely face. Such classic beauty with style on point! Thank you so much, you gorgeous, gorgeous girl! 

XOXO

{2018 seniors, it's not too early to get schedule your senior pics!} 


Stunning and Steamy♡Jacob & Marcela's engagement

THESE TWO... wow. They are so stunning, and steamy. I got this idea to shoot in this first location after visiting with my family. There was more snow on the rocks and it was so pretty. We came back a few weeks later and the snow had melted a bit, but still stunning. Marcela's style is natural and on point. It reminded us all of "A River Runs Through It". So romantic and real. 

I couldn't be more happy for this beautiful couple and their two adorable boys. They are some of the nicest, most genuine people with SO much love for their family and one another. Your future together is so bright and beautiful, just like your souls. 

XOXO


The more than adorable Wilson Family

There are a lot of photos here... but I just couldn't edit out this cuteness. O was the star... and the love of him and one another in this family shines SO brightly. I was touched to shoot this love. And what JOY was found jumping around in the puddles at the end... not even one whimper of coldness or fuss. My heart burst with happiness to capture this amazing family.  

XOXO


Miss Amy Lynn

I don't do a lot of head shots, but when I do them, I LOVE them. I had so much fun shooting Amy Lynn, even though it was rainy and yucky outside. She brought a beautiful Pendleton coat that was given to her by a relative who had recently passed, and we did some "for her" shots in that. I wish you so much in the medical field, beautiful lady! 

XOXO


Hawaii, you have 1/2 my heart /// Montana the other 1/2

I'm coming down from the biggest HIGH from my HI on Life Conference in Hawaii last week. It really was just what I needed. Inspiration, knowledge, down-time, sun & sun... did I say SUN?! Three other local photographers and I went and soon became known as the "Montana Girls". We took a few days before to sight-see, relax and play in the sun and sand. It was perfect. I learned so much from the talented photographers who spoke and learned a lot about me and my own photography and style. I also was turned onto SO much talent (a lot of our neighbor to the North's work) that I adore. 

I did a sunrise and sunset styled shoot and learned that it's not really my thing. I got my degree in photojournalism and worked at a newspaper for years, so waiting for the moment and not "making" the moment is so more my speed. Plus, when you have 20+ photographers around you, it can be a bit daunting and uncomfortable to get that "natural" shot. I did get a few images that I will share that I'm happy with. I try to immerse myself in whatever situation I'm in... whether I'm down with it or not. Regardless, it was a STUNNING location with the amazing styling of STACY CHILDERS & floral by the talented JEFF ALENCASTRA at Eternity Beach. Also, thanks to all the models who have also been put in not so comfortable places (as most were photographers), but isn't it SO good to see how our clients feel! 

Huge thanks to JENNA LEIGH for putting the entire conference together. Talk about a labor of love. I was moved to tears at least 4-5 times a day. That is what I would define as a successful learning experience. Now to get busy with all my new found knowledge! ♡♡♡


Beautiful Goddesses

Oh, mama's to be are the most beautiful! Courtney was glowing and Lady Fenway is so excited to meet her new baby pal. Mama wasn't sure she wanted to have her glowing beauty bump captured, but then a friend talked her into it. I'm sure glad she did. The countdown is on! Can't wait to meet this little lady!

XOXO


J&T engagement

Oh, these two are too cute together! So glad they are getting married this summer. Can't wait to capture their beautiful day in GNP! They braved the snow/rain for this shoot, so we deserve a nice sunny day for their wedding day. 

XOXO


A Valentine's Day Surprise Proposal

Oh man, alive... Ryan set the bar HIGH. He had been planning this proposal to Emily for months from Canada. And he pulled it off flawlessly. Here's the story:

They officially started dating on February 14, 2014, while on a surprise trip to Whitefish and they stayed at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. The two of them have been returning every year since. 14 is now considered their lucky number, so he planned on proposing to her at the lodge on February 14, at 14:00hrs (2pm). He contacted hotel staff and arranged with them and me to arrange where I could be hiding. I scouted out the location a few days before and we lucked out and had a sunny, warm Winter day! The only thing we didn't plan out is what I would say if I was, which was more than likely, the only person standing behind the boat house armed with cameras... hee hee. But it worked out perfectly. They walked up and looked over at me and said, "oh, excuse us", and I quickly replied, "no worries, I'm just taking photos of the lake". Ryan played cool, gave her a hug and then got down on his knee and pulled out the ring. He said some words, and I believe she forgot all about me. So I just kept shooting photos. After it sank in a little, she looked RIGHT at me and said to Ryan, "she's taking photos of us!" and he laughed and said, "I hired her". SO perfect! SO romantic. 

It took them a few to wipe their tears of joy and then we did some photos of the two of them, newly engaged. For Valentine's day, she had gifted him the wall hanging picture below... saying "Where it all began" with a map of Whitefish. Oh, how perfect! But really, she had NO IDEA. What a Valentines day! For them and for me! I loved being able to capture this moment for them and feel like I was just as nervous as Ryan must have been. Kudos to you Ryan, it was just fabulous! I wish you two endless love and happiness, and many more fun surprises in your lifetime as man and wife! 

XOXO


The ADORABLE Caplan Crew

This family just LIT UP my studio on a rainy, gray day. We had so much fun capturing ALL their cuteness, especially that sweet baby girl! What an absolute FUN family. This session makes my heart SWELL. 

XOXO


My Funny Valentine's Day Shoot!

In the past, I have done a trade with a photographer friend to do Valentine's pictures of mama and kiddos. It has always been a favorite for me to have these precious pics of me with my kids. This year I decided to just try it out on my own since I am a photographer and all. Man alive was it a challenge! Ha! RJ was not feeling it, I had to bribe E to do it, and keep reminding him throughout to smile his real smile, etc., I didn't like my outfit choice. Basically, I realized it's hard to model and photograph. So I pulled husband K in to help! Here is how it went down...

These first two are awkward because I have the remote for the shutter release so my arm is at a weird angle...

These first two are awkward because I have the remote for the shutter release so my arm is at a weird angle...

HELLO KEITH! I asked him to take control of the remote to see if we could make it work a bit better...

HELLO KEITH! I asked him to take control of the remote to see if we could make it work a bit better...

These are cute and kinda work, but after reviewing them I decided I HATED what I was wearing as it didn't look flattering in the least... I know, vain me! And as a trained professional ;), I have mastered the balance of composition, entertainment, camera settings, focus, getting everyone to look in the same place, etc... to get a majority of gems. (DISCLAIMER- I'm SO not ripping on my amazing husband, he came in and helped out and is an amazing artist himself. He just is not as trained in the photo taking business as me and I've realized this is an EXTREMELY important thing!)

These are cute and kinda work, but after reviewing them I decided I HATED what I was wearing as it didn't look flattering in the least... I know, vain me! And as a trained professional ;), I have mastered the balance of composition, entertainment, camera settings, focus, getting everyone to look in the same place, etc... to get a majority of gems. (DISCLAIMER- I'm SO not ripping on my amazing husband, he came in and helped out and is an amazing artist himself. He just is not as trained in the photo taking business as me and I've realized this is an EXTREMELY important thing!)

Trying to make RJ happy again...

Trying to make RJ happy again...

I took over the camera for a few and got these pretty precious ones of E&RJ... even though she was a mess

I took over the camera for a few and got these pretty precious ones of E&RJ... even though she was a mess

Gave control to Keith (ha, can be hard to give up...) And in the long run, he got some gems. And then this one below... gush. I guess all you need is ONE, and my lovely husband captured it ♡♡♡

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you all!!! If you are always the one taking the pictures, please, recruit a friend or a professional and get some done with your kids. They will be so happy you did. ♡♡♡

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you all!!!

If you are always the one taking the pictures, please, recruit a friend or a professional and get some done with your kids. They will be so happy you did. ♡♡♡

A Cautionry Cabaret

They're at it again. Creative geniuses, the whole lot of them! SO happy to have had the opportunity to capture them again. Absolutely love this shoot. GO SEE "A CAUTIONARY CABARET!!!! " 

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XOXO


Their awesome poster you will see around town!!! Did not do the photoshop... but love this creativity! 

Love in GNP {Maggie & Alex Engagement}

These high school sweethearts are the CUTEST!!! I cannot wait to capture their wedding in Fall in Gorgeous Glacier National Park. We had so much fun tromping through the deep snow and onto frozen Lake McDonald Lake and then checking out the Rainbow Ice outside of Hungry Horse. How beautiful is their LOVE!!!???

XOXO


The sweetest Marchetti Family

I adore this mama and her beautiful & sweet family. Every time I am around her, I just want to sit and talk for hours. One of these days, let's make it happen! It was COLD when we shot... but you can only see that in one photo. Their cuddles and infectious smiles kept me & them warm. 

XOXO


My last baby turns 1!!!

For Ruby Janes big brother E's first birthday, we threw a similar bash at our home but were fortunate enough to have E's great grandmother, Keith's mom, and my mom attend, along with a few friends. This time around, no family, but a lot of friends. At E's party I had time to take portraits of everyone there, details of party, etc. Not so much this time.  But that too, is okay. A lot of friends with KIDS. Funny how things change! We had more kiddos than adults, but it was so much fun. A chocolate frosting everywhere kind of fun!

I made the traditional Lamb cake my mom used to make for us. (After 3 tries, I got it just right!) RJ didn't go right for it so I broke off an ear and she instantly gobbled that ear down, then the chocolate cupcake came her way... and she found LOVE. It was serious cute & serious mess, but so worth it. Thanks to all of those who helped out and loved on this sweet baby and us this last year. It means the world to us. It wasn't always easy (my emergency gallbladder surgery 3 months into her life through a few hard punches at us), but like I said, if not for an amazing friend and family support, it would have been a lot harder. A HUGE shout out to G for the milk supply while I was down and out! HUGE! 

We are so blessed to have this little cherub in our lives. I look forward to all the fun, laughter, tears, milestones, moments & love to come! 

XOXO


After she got cleaned up and put in a new dress, her sugar crash kicked in. Turn out the lights, the parties over! 

space PILATES

I'm so so so proud of my friend and fellow Harlot for following through with her dream and opening up her own Pilates studio in Kalispell. I love seeing my friends do what makes them truly happy since I get to do what makes me happy. It's such a gorgeous space, and Perrey is an amazing instructor. Can't wait to get my Pilates on and leave this baby bod behind me. The website drops today. So happy to help out by doing the photos for her brand. Check it out! 

SPACE PILATES

XOXO


Owner and operator Perrey snuggling our cute model! ♡♡♡

The Birth of Iris Kai

This was such a magical, amazing miracle to capture. The birth of Iris Kai. Mama and I have been friends since our college days, so it made it even more special to know mama and family. I got to be in the same OR room (but in a VERY different position), almost a year to date of my Ruby Jane. Mama was calm, brave, beautiful and so laid back. Daddy was mellow, even had some time to read up on some light hospital reading before we were sent down. He got to cut hold mama's hand while they cleaned up Iris and checked her out and then he cut the cord. Mama held sweet Iris for the first time while the docs patched her up, then daddy got to carry baby back to the recovery room to wait the arrival of her big brother, Ollie. The hospital staff, all amazing, caring and knowledgeable. This all happened within a few hours, while the snow came dumping down! (SO much snow came down the day you were born, Iris Kai! Yet, things went smoothly and right on time.)

Enjoy this gorgeous girl entering life in these pictures. Iris Kai, you have so much love in your life, and I'm so honored I got to witness you enter the world. (And I wasn't sure I could handle a birth, emotionally and physically, but after this, I'm ready for more!) 

XOXO


The Best Gift Ever

All this snow is reminding me I still have some catching up to do from the end of the year. I got hired for this shoot as a present for their mother's 60th birthday, which was on New Years. At first, they were just going to have my do the children and grandchild and surprise mama with it, but then they decided to include her, and I'm so glad they did. It was such a beautiful, SNOWY shoot. And the eyes in this family... wowzers. So lovely. Such a perfect present.

Happy (snowy) New Year to you all!!! 

XOXO


and... we're done!

The Most Beautiful Family

I shot Mady and her sister before modeling for The Montana Scene photos. They are SUCH a joy to shoot and I adored being able to capture their sweet family. SO MUCH BEAUTY. I love love love this shoot! And their Grandma and Grandpa are beyond adorable... makes me miss mine even more than I already do. 

XOXO