Sweet Parker Mae

I have gotten to know and love this little family so much! And Parker just keeps getting cuter by the minute and looks like a little commercial model in these Fall colors. She wasn't her smiley, normal self for our shoot, but I love that sullen, reflective look. It reminds me of one of my friends who posts the most endearing photos of his daughter crying and has captions like this... (this is one I would caption of Parker) - "Mom & Dad, I told you I don't like to wear white after Labor day!" --- Parker Mae--- 6 months. 

Love you guys! XOXO


Puppy LOVE

So, I pretty much fell in {puppy} love with both the North families pup, Kobe & the four of them. SUCH nice, kind, genuine people! (Even the teenager! ;) We had so much fun tromping through the woods near their cabin/retreat away from their home in Canada. If I didn't have a toddler at home, I would have tried to adopt Kobe, but I don't think they would or could EVER give him up. One day we will welcome a sweet doodle mix into our home, as RJ would LOVE one. It was more than lovely to meet your photogenic crew! Thanks for the fun session and the complete kindness.  

XOXO


The Amazing Adorable Hoff Family

Oh these boys, they MELTED my heart! So dang cute! What a good looking family! So glad grandma got to join us too! We had rain in the morning that made us have to reschedule, but when we finally got to do the session, it was just perfect on the lake! Thanks so much for being patient. What fun and sweet boys you have! 

XOXO


Falling for this Family!

This family mixed with the Fall colors was just brilliant! I completely enjoyed every second of this sweet shoot. Just try not to smile at this little loves JOY. So much beauty. 

Thank you for letting me capture her joy and your sweet, adorable family! 

XOXO


A beautiful growing family

β€œTo be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”

– Anne Christian Buchanan

This lovely lady is 38 weeks today! She's stunningly beautiful and so is her growing family. Thanks so much for having me capture this beautiful time in your life. He or she is a lucky one. Enjoy these last few days of being a family of 3.

XOXO


The most LOVE-ly wedding

This wedding defined the bond between friends and family. There was SO much love. Lauren and I instantly felt like family... and we could tell that all their friends ARE their family. The smoke cleared a bit from the night before's square dance, just so they could celebrate the love of one another. Susan and Ed have been dating for 25+ years. They made it official and it was the sweetest. As always, I'm better with showing their story through photos, so have a look and enjoy their love filled day. 

Susan and Ed- I'm SO glad to have met you and witnessed your love and devotion to one another. To see your families combine so beautifully was inspiring. Hope you smile reliving your lovely day, because Susan, your smile could light a fire! I just adore it. 

XOXO


The LOVE-ly Vendors

Second photographer: Lauren L Photography

The Venue: The Barn at Finley Point

Planners: Be Out Guest- Wedding & Event Planning

Officiant: Crystal Bourne

Flowers: Conrad Floral

DJ: RMF DJ Services

Food: Finley Point Grill (both nights)

Bar: Costco Wines

Rentals: Celebrate Party Rentals

Bride, Groom and Bridal Party attire: Nordstrom

Jewelry: Schmitt Jewelry

Rehearsal Dinner Vendors

Pies: Loula's Cafe

Skipper and Guide for rehearsal day boat rides: Dalon Pobran

Square Dance Leader: David Hines

Rehearsal Dinner Flowers: Rochelle, Jodie, Lorna, Alexa and Costco

Decorating: Kathy Cerreta

And Susan and Ed would like to thank ALL their wonderful friends who pitched in! 

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Pre-wed Square-dance

Susan and Ed were such a special couple. I just knew I would LOVE this wedding. When she first found me, she told me how she was going to do a square-dance after their rehearsal, and I thought... RIGHT ON! Such a fun thing to do. My sister did one at her rehearsal and it was such a great way to get to know everyone and just had a great time. The professionals came from Great Falls and couldn't have been any cuter! It was a very smoky day, but with all the love and laughter, no one seemed to mind a bit. And best of all, smoke cleared the next day for their gorgeous wedding... {up next on blog}.

So, HOWDY! Grab a Bandana and P-A-R-T-Y!!! 

Thanks to Joyce from Be Our Guest Weddings for an giddy-up good time & for Lauren L. Photo for helping me capture the night!

xoxo


Abbey Nelson {Class of 2018- Glacier High}

I really can't believe I'm doing this blog... Abbey is my niece and I've known and loved her since the day she was born. It's wild how fast time goes. She shares a love of vintage cameras, photography and VW's with me... and I've always ADORED her dimples. What fun it was for me to capture her in her senior photos and watch her grow into the beauty she is! Love you, Abbey M Nelson! {We even got to include her dad, my brother, in some. So much fun!} 

XOXO


Love on Bull Lake {Darcy&Paul Wedding}

As we were headed into Libby, getting closer to Bull Lake, we saw a huge fire on a nearby mountain. Tis' this fire season... But on Bull Lake, the smoke was not too bad and we were about to join the BEST celebration of love! This crew was amazing. Darcy's style was on point and her ladies were so colorful fun & beautiful. Paul and his lively, fly-tie wearing boys... and their "kid" Buster. Buster was the ring bearer, they had the SWEETEST little flower girl who did a beautiful job. It was a HOT one so after all the festivities were done, I heard a few whispers from some of the bridesmaids about a lake jump... HECK YES! 

Love, Laughter, Smiles, Friendships, Family, Tears of Joy and Jumping in the Bull Lake with their clothes on {and off}... what a love fest! {Paul jumped in in his "all you need is love" wedding day boxers & Darcy DID NOT jump in that gorgeous gown, just FYI!} We were so happy to have been there to capture it and felt the love. 

I wish you two so much love and spontaneous jumps in lakes all over the world! 

xoxo


Wonderful Vendors

2nd photographer: Dolli Photography

Venue: The house on Bull Lake, Troy, Montana

Dress: The Dress Theory Seattle, Designer: Sarah Seven

Groom: Macy's

Caterer: Jackie Drake

Cake: Rosauers in Libby

Cupcakes: Joani Peterson (Mother of the bride)

Wedding Favor Treats: Emily Terrell

Table & Chair rentals: Libby Public Schools

Officiant: Michael McNiven

Floral Arrangements: Bridesmaids

Boutonnieres: Matt O'Toole @slaybrigade 

DJ: Dave Hall

True Spirits

The P family wanted a shoot showing their true spirits. Kids being kids. After the littlest  warmed up... I think we captured that. It's my favorite thing to do and oh baby, these kiddos are spirited and CUTE. 

XOXO


The sweetest/heartfelt renewal

I had the pleasure to 2nd shoot Matt and Shareen's wedding - 8 years ago. I did not know them at the time. Since I was 2nd shooting, I was with Matt and the boys and I remember falling smitten with the two of them, their friends and family. After that day, we got to know one another better, hang out more (kidless) and then (with kids). We formed an amazing friendship with our families and others, went camping with these families, had fun family dinners with these families. Made really awesome memories with family. Shareen and I also grew so close. I hold her as one my my dearest friends and appreciate her genuine spirit, love and kindness. She is one of the most beautiful lights and my most favorite person. 

Shareen and Matt decided that most of their friends that attended their wedding were Oregon friends... so they wanted to renew with their Whitefish friends/family as witnesses. They had seven "themes" to their renewal and asked seven friends to speak on them. Courage, Family, Community, Play, Joy, Adventure and Communication. Everyone spoke with such eloquence and love {not saying the same for me... but still enJOYed it... see what I did there? I spoke on JOY :) }. It was the most heart warming/tear generating ceremony. It was exceptionally emotional as the four of them recently sold their home in Whitefish are off to find new adventures... in our beloved Bambi that we sold them. I wouldn't/couldn't pass on Bambi to a better family than them. 

John (Shareen's Father) made everyone weep when at the end he hung feathers around their necks, attached with turquoise, and said, "the turquoise represents the sky, these two are going to fly". 

... they indeed are. The community is going to miss them so, but they are about to brighten up another community and will always live strong in our hearts and minds. Excited for fun visits to see the sweetest Springer crew and their now Bambi babe! 

XOXO


An Elopement in Heaven {aka. Many Glacier}

I've always said elopements, {in Many Glacier especially}, are one of my most favorite things! This time it was even more special because I had friends to make the jaw dropping drive with and share with me witnessing the beautiful Katlin wed her love Devin. We crossed Swiftcurrent Lake on the Chief Two Guns boat and hiked up to Lake Josephine. Kaitlin and Devin wed on the shores of the lake with the most beautiful ceremony done by Amy Nadeau. It was so intimate and beautiful. We then hiked back to Many Glacier Hotel to take some more photos and be awed by the scenery. Amy also made them a huckleberry/poppyseed cake which they cut and fed to one another and signed their marriage certificate. Pure beauty. And love. With one more exciting element... K&D are expecting!!! She barely showed!!! Come January, they will be welcoming a new love into their lives. What a thing to witness in such a stunning location. I loved being able to capture this day for you both! Can't wait for you to share this with your little BOY or GIRL! All the love!

{HUGE thanks to the lovely Danielle of Exposures By Danielle for second shooting with me! and Katlin's beautiful hair done by the fabulous Stephanie of Foxtrot Salon!}

xoxo


Max- Glacier High School Senior

Max is such a cool guy! He is a Senior at Glacier High School this year, playing football for the Wolf Pack. His siblings and parents live in Helena, so he is spending his Senior year in Whitefish living with his grandparents. This kid COULD model! He just lit up my lenses. Have so much fun living here this school year and the best of luck to you in your future of FOOTBALL! 

XOXO


Devin- 2018 Senior Session

Devin came all the way out from Minnesota to have his photos done with me. Just kidding, he was on a trip with his mom for and they decided to get them done in the magical setting of Whitefish. We had so much fun on a bit of a smokey day. I wanted to continue the touring him and his mother were going to do as it sounded like SUCH a fun trip. I hope you so much luck in your last year of High School and your future, Devin. It was great to meet you both! 

XOXO


Surprise Proposal- Cafe' Kandahar

I can't tell you how giddy (&nervous) I get when I get request for surprise proposals... I mean, come on... maybe the most romantic thing (&toughest) thing in the world to shoot. Toreyan emailed me about a month before to arrange me to capture him proposing to Robyn while on a family trip with her family celebrating her parents 35 anniversary. They had what they she thought was just a "family dinner" night on the mountain at Cafe' Kandahar. Little did she know that with her chocolate dessert, she was going to be getting a ring... and a proposal to wed. 

The Ring--- the ring was her WON by her great grandfather  in a poker game and gave it to her grandfather so he could propose to her grandmother. AMAZING. 

Toreyan then got this ring from her parents and proposed after the "family dinner". "It was definitely a surprise for Robyn. Her face lit up when our waiter brought out a jewelry box on her desert plate which gave me all the reassurance I could ask for. Next thing you knew, I was down on one knee and asking my college sweetheart to marry me. So lucky she said yes!" Toreyan said. 

As soon as she said yes, and he said his witty, sweet and kind words, I swept them away to get some engagement photos with the most beautiful sunset. What a night it was! 

I loved capturing the excitement, nerves, love and joy of this proposal. I wish you two all the LOVE and chocolate desserts in your lifetime together! 

XOXO


Garlands and Glaciers

Garlands and Glaciers... Joanna and Tim's hashtag to a beautiful day in Glacier National Park. Their wedding was so stunning. Even though there was a bit of smoke from the nearby fires, it didn't damper the spirits of so many kind hearts from all around the country coming together to witness their love. Jojo and Tim LOVE to travel, they got engaged in the rain forests of Costa Rica and wanted to have their wedding in Glacier National Park, where Joanna has family and were they love to come visit. It was seriously such a beautiful day with some much love, laughter and tears of happiness all around. I LOVED how the honorable Tim Walberg did the ceremony. He had them face their friends, family (& us, the photographers) which I don't see often, but LOVE because it's much easier to get THEIR faces and expressions. Also, Tim being the engineer, made the most lovely cutting board that they connected to symbolize their love and union during the ceremony. 

Thank you so much for having Lauren and I capture your big hearts. We loved every second of your beautiful day. So much happiness to you both in your future as man and wife. 

XOXO


Wonderful Vendors

2nd photographer: Lauren L Photography

Dress: TLC Bridal

Florist: Rose Mountain Floral

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Glacier Outdoor Weddings

DJ: Side Car Audio

Cake: Diana Brown (younger sister!)

Catering: The Simple Chef

Officiant: The Honorable Tim Walberg Member of Congress

Hairstylist: CS Styling

Makeup Artist: La Vita Bella MT

An OK Family

I had the pleasure of meeting and capturing this family FIVE years ago in the same spot. Now they have ONE more beautiful girl, a new dog, and a non aging mom, dad and grandma and grandpa!

What fun to see the girls age, their love for one another and their dollies. And what really made my heart SWELL, was their love for photography. As I was getting ready to leave and chatting with their mom and dad, they were doing a FULL ON photo session with their dolls. Oh my, so adorable! 

Thank you guys for having Lindsey Jane capture your AMAZING OK family! 

XOXO


Family is LOVE

Oh man... I know I say this a lot, but it's true. I'm SO thankful for meeting folks like this. We had so much fun with this shoot, and then me and mama chatted for some time. Wished I could have chilled all evening with her. I did their family photos years ago, and it was so great to meet their newest and sweet addition. Lots of LOVE in and for this Texan family! 

XOXO


FEEL the wedding of Lindsey & Jesse

Lindsey & Jesse's wedding was an absolute fairytale wedding. The beautiful couple, the amazing setting and SO much emotion! I LOVE EMOTION!!! So many tender moments and memories made. I FEEL the wedding all over again looking back at this day, hope you do too! Lindsey and Jesse, thank you for letting Diane and I capture your beautiful love. I wish you all the love & happiness in the world! 

xoxo