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THE URBAN SIDE OF BOZEMAN SENIOR PHOTOS FOR WITH GUYS

May 02, 2018 - Shooting senior photos based out of Bozeman, Montana, I get to shoot wide variety of themes for boys. We've got so many...
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ELEMENTS OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY - Boudoir Sessions in Bozeman

January 31, 2018 - So, let’s talk some more about Boudoir Photography. If you missed my introduction to this subject a couple weeks back, g...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Let's talk photographing tattoo dreams!

January 26, 2018 - So, next week my son turns 18, and getting a tattoo is high on his priority list. He's got a design all picked out that...
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BOZEMAN PHOTOGRAPHER: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CYNTHIA OUT WEST SILVERSMITH

January 25, 2018 - It started with a conversation sitting in her converted shipping container studio. And it ended in shear beauty - the ea...
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ELEMENTS OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY -- Couples and Clothes

January 17, 2018 - I can hardly stand it! One dress from a great thrift store + a fiery redhead with an amazing smile + her handsome, sweet...
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SOMETHING NEW FOR ELEMENTS OF LIGHT - A Life Adventure and a Why

January 16, 2018 - As I was perched one leg over the threshold of the chicken coop, the other firmly planted on the bale of straw that serv...
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EXCITEMENT EVERYWHERE!

December 18, 2017 - So much excitement here at Elements of Light Photography! Working hard on some re-branding and adding some fun new photo...
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SHE WANTED SIMPLE - SHE GOT SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!

October 20, 2017 - I go to coffee with most of my senior portrait clients before we hit the field to do their photos. Its a time to get on...
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PHOTO WARDROBE TIP: Go with the flow!

October 13, 2017 - I'm interrupting an editing session to bring you this section of photos from the very gallery I was editing! As I was lo...
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A WALK IN THE RAIN - A Fun Couple's Session

March 29, 2017 - This is my favorite kind of couple’s photo session – a walk around a beautiful place, stopping here and there to take ad...
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DEAR BRIDE - Make up for your big day

March 27, 2017 - Dear Bride, Here comes the biggest day of your life! You’ve waited a long time for your wedding day, and now, it is t...
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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY PHOTOS - Yeah, it is me asking that question.

March 14, 2017 - I 'm getting my portrait taken one week from today! Really, it is long over due, and I'm kind of excited about it. Yes,...
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A RETURN TO BLOGGING

December 20, 2016 - I love blogging. Really, I do! It is so exciting to share with others, and blogging is a way I can do it. An online conn...
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WEDDING COLOR PALETTE - A PLACE TO START

November 30, 2016 - We all know planning a wedding is a big project - and one of the most important ones of your life. So many moving parts,...
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EMILY AND ZEKE - at Missouri River Headwaters State Park

September 29, 2016 - Emily, texted me and asked for a photo session. She's my dear friend and a great international adventurer. She is in the...
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LOVE THESE RINGS! - Rock Creek Cattle Co. Wedding

September 28, 2016 - Wedding rings are so important - they symbolize a commitment, a love, a connection. Usually they are made of the very be...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - The Beauty of Getting Ready

September 16, 2016 - There are so many things I love about photographing weddings - ring shots, the excitement of a bride walking down the ai...
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HELLO SEPTEMBER! ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT MONTH!

September 01, 2016 - I know I'm not the only one for whom fall starts on the first day of September - and yes, I know that officially it star...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Jin-Ju and John Rocked It!

August 19, 2016 - A playful opportunity in your wedding clothes? Yes Please! Loved having these two in my backyard for a day after the...
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PICKING A PLACE TO HAVE YOUR SENIOR PHOTO TAKEN

July 20, 2016 - Choosing a location to have your Senior Portrait taken is a bit of a team effort most of the time. Who is on the team? W...
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HOME AGAIN AND INSPIRED!

July 19, 2016 - I love to travel and am so thankful for the opportunities! This past almost a week in Pittsburgh was wonderful! And next...
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Karate National Tournament in Pittsburgh

July 18, 2016 - Almost a week in Pittsburgh and we are getting ready to leave. Went by fast! Thought I would share a bit of what we saw...
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DETAILS COUNT - The Value of a Good Boot in Your Photo Wardrobe

July 14, 2016 - When a client first books a photo shoot with me, regardless of whether it is a family session, an engagement session or...
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QUOTE OF THE DAY - July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 - See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
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SNEAK PEEK - LISA AND RICH'S WEDDING WAS WONDERFUL!

July 12, 2016 - Let me start right up front with this: I have never been to a wedding as a guest or as a photographer that was so full o...
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FILE THIS UNDER PERSONAL - Hobby Farm Update

July 11, 2016 - We are having a great and peaceful time here at the Breuner Farm south of Bozeman. Seems that everybody loves each other...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Miss Ellie and Her Beautiful Horse

July 08, 2016 - So you may remember on Tuesday I blogged about Miss Ellie and her horse promising black and whites for today's post - I...
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FUN FAMILY SESSION - Downtown Bozeman

July 07, 2016 - This fun little family lives over seas but were home for a period last month. Pete had arranged way back at Mother's Day...
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A GIRL AND HER HORSE - Super Sweet!

July 05, 2016 - When her mom asked if I would come out to the arena to document Ellie's first ever riding show I was so sad that I could...
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I'M IN LOVE - Ava's Headwaters State Park Session

July 01, 2016 - This was such a sweet session mid-last month, and I can't get over how beautiful this young lady is. Yes, this is anoth...
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SNEAK PEEK - HANDSOME YOUNG TWEEN PHOTO SHOOT!

June 29, 2016 - This handsome young man and I went for a little adventure at the Cameron Bridge fishing access earlier this month and ha...
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COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION - Rising Tide Society Photo Shoot

June 27, 2016 - Earlier this month a group of Bozeman area creatives got together and collaborated on a photo shoot for a challenge by t...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - A Beautiful Family Wedding Celebration

June 24, 2016 - Ashley and Jake were married in a small private ceremony in June of 2015, but last Saturday they had a big bash on their...
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LOOK OUT HIGH SCHOOL, HERE HE COMES - Downtown Bozeman Photoshoot

June 23, 2016 - This handsome young man came to sit in front of my camera because his mom answered my call for models - I was looking fo...
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HAPPY SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION! - Brittney and Justin in the Bridgers

June 22, 2016 - These two - so fun and so quick to laugh! It made this engagement photo session so much fun! Their life together is goin...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Fun at Missouri River Headwaters, Montana

June 17, 2016 - Driving from Bozeman to Three Forks yesterday evening I just wasn't sure if we were going to get the light we wanted for...
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RAINY DAY WEDNESDAY - LOOKING BACK AT A FUN BIG SKY MT SHOOT

June 15, 2016 - As the rain comes down here in the middle of June it is fun to look back on a shoot from last June on a sunnier and warm...
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TRANSITION PHOTO SHOOTS - Lynsie Rocks the Concept!

June 13, 2016 - Being beautiful comes naturally to Lynsie and that made it all the more fun to work with her as I'm introducing this new...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Emma In Classic Black and White Photos

June 10, 2016 - When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when yo photograph people in Black and White yo...
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SNEAK PEEK - Emma After a Storm

June 09, 2016 - We were scheduled to start shooting at 7:30, but the 7:15 storm put a delay on it all - wind just wasn't compatible with...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Focus on Romance!

June 03, 2016 - Romance comes in the form of a feeling - an ambiance or feeling to a place or setting. It doesn't require two people in...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Around My Yard

May 27, 2016 - Black and white Fridays celebrate the beauty and simplicity of black and white photography - and important part of my st...
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SNEAK PEEK - First of the 2017 Seniors!

May 26, 2016 - Headed out of town earlier this week to capture some spring photos of a Hannah, a Class of 2017 Senior - she wanted gree...
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WHOLE 30 FOR 90! -- File this under Personal

May 21, 2016 - I'm celebrating a full 90 days of eating Whole 30. And it really is a celebration. I'm sure some imagine that what I get...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - What You Do All Day Is Beautiful!

May 20, 2016 - This week I had the privilege of photographing a day in the life session at Stephen Boone Classical Guitars - a one man...
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK - The world listens!

May 18, 2016 - No matter how quietly she spoke the world would spin a little slower just to hear what she had to say. - - Ariana Dan...
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PORTRAITS OF TRANSITION - Middle school to high school photography

May 17, 2016 - Photographers inspire each other all the time! We stalk each other's blogs and Facebook posts looking for that next grea...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Relationship between horse and rider

May 13, 2016 - Earlier this week I put out a model call for a horse photo shoot in what I hoped was going to be a fog event - the weath...
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SHHHHHHH! BABY SLEEPING - New Born Shoot

May 11, 2016 - There is something very special about being trusted to shoot a newborn baby. I was honored with this privilege over this...
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A SPRING WALK IN THE WOODS - Bozeman, Montana Photographer

May 09, 2016 - It was a beautiful spring afternoon/evening to walk through a local wood. Michaella and Colten took a rare opportunity t...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Congratulations to My 2016 Seniors

May 06, 2016 - I love black and white Fridays because I love black and white photography! For proof of that, see my instagram last week...
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TELLING A STORY - Photographing the Details

May 05, 2016 - I love a good story, especially when it is well told. And yes, the telling really does make a difference! Being a great...
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SWEET YOUNG LADY READY FOR A JOYFUL LIFE! - Bozeman Photographer

May 04, 2016 - She brought her personality! In full force! Elem She's an independent young woman with a whole lifetime ahead of her!...
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BALANCE, BEAUTY AND PERSPECTIVE - A time for everything

May 03, 2016 - If you know me personally you know I get overwhelmed by... well, if I'm honest, pretty much anything can overwhelm me if...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Worship with a Symphony

April 29, 2016 - A couple months ago my church had a special event - members of two local symphony organizations came together with the r...
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BEAUTY QUOTE OF THE WEEK - April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016 - "Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy!" Can't wait for the warm weather to return so we can dip...
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Emma in Portland - Traveling Photographer

April 26, 2016 - Let me introduce you to Emma - a sweet girl I know! Emma and I spent the better part of an afternoon in downtown Po...
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TRYING SOMETHING NEW - Growth and change!

April 21, 2016 - As a photographer there always has to be growth and change - really that goes with any artistic expression I think. I st...
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ITS SNEAK PEEK DAY AT ELEMENTS OF LIGHT!

April 19, 2016 - It was a busy weekend - this from photo shoot number two! Beautiful young lady! And yes, that is a Tulle skirt made by y...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - The Flower Girl Shines

April 14, 2016 - Amanda and William invited Ellie to be the flower girl for their beautiful fresh wedding and it was an amazing choice! T...
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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME - Darcy's Wedding dress!

April 14, 2016 - Have you ever read The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean? The premise is that dresses have a story to tell. I find...
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TEDX BOZEMAN - A Confluence of Ideas

April 12, 2016 - Through a fun series of events, I ended up being part of a two person photographic team covering Tedx Bozeman this past...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY

April 08, 2016 - Little bit of a "drive by" Black and White Friday post this week! Loved this shoot - she was so expressive and a natu...
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BEAUTY ON WEDNESDAYS: Portrait Photography Reveals

April 06, 2016 - If I were blind, within my heart I could still see that beauty that is you!
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BOZEMAN MONTANA - Matt and MeeHee Rock the Romantic Photo Session

April 05, 2016 - Matt and Mee Hee absolutely rocked this romantic photo shoot! They left their three beautiful daughters at home with a s...
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ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE - Sunday April 3

April 03, 2016 - Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 So many people put in big e...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Happy April!

April 01, 2016 - April Fools has never been a day I take much notice of - sorry, don't mean to disappoint. Pranks are just not the way my...
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FOG EVENT - We live in a beautiful place!

March 29, 2016 - As many of you know, myu propety makes a fantastic outdoor studio. I'm not limited to shooting here, but for clients who...
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TOUCHING THE HEART - The Miracle of Love

March 28, 2016 - “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ― E...
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THE NEW INSTAGRAM CHANGES - How to navigate with success

March 28, 2016 - So, as many of you know, Instagram is a fantastic way to see photos that inspire, inform, and just plain old feed your h...
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BEAUTY QUOTE OF THE WEEK - Let Yourself Shine Through

March 22, 2016 - Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through! Janelle Monae
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PORTLAND MINI SESSION - Four generations

March 22, 2016 - When my family travels for my son's karate tournaments I love seeing if I can't arrange a couple of mini sessions in a f...
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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER - Something exciting in my life

March 17, 2016 - Let me introduce you to my son - for those of you who haven't already met him that is. He is 16, and provides a great de...
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK - There is beauty in simplicity!

March 16, 2016 - Beauty is confidence applied directly to your face!
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GRATITUDE - A peek into the great things happening in my life!

March 13, 2016 - I've practiced the keeping of a gratitude journal for four or five years now. I find reviewing some of the past entries...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Bohemian Tween photos

March 11, 2016 - Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few perma...
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Beautiful eyes!

March 09, 2016 - The most beautiful eyes are those that seek beauty in others.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - Celebrating Women!

March 08, 2016 - This is a day to highlight the achievements of women across the world. Since I'm not very international in lifest...
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Black and White Friday - Life Events

February 26, 2016 - I love doing Senior Portraits - and it isn't lost on me that the time to start the 2017 Seniors is quickly approaching....
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OH TO BE SO BEAUTIFUL - Bozeman Portrait Photographer

February 24, 2016 - Spent an hour or so with this beautiful lady on Sunday. All I can say: "Those Eyes! Amazing!" Many more to...
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WINTER BEAUTY - Photo Session in the Snow

February 23, 2016 - Its the theme this week (see yesterday's post here) - Winter photo sessions are hot! Sit back and enjoy how perfectly be...
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PORTRAITS IN WINTER - Fun Photos

February 22, 2016 - Here we are in the middle of February, and I'm seeing so many beautiful and inspiring photos across the internet of Spri...
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SNEAK PEEK - SEATTLE PORTRAIT SESSION

February 15, 2016 - t This beautiful girl met me at a Seattle park for a quick photo session. Love her soft gentle countenance and quick sm...
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JUXTAPOSED STYLED SHOOT - The Concept Boards

January 25, 2016 - Sneak Peek at the concept boards for our styled Montana Boho wedding later this week. Four vignettes by Montana Nomad....
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RELATIONSHIP PHOTOGRAPHY

January 07, 2016 - The best thing about my job is the ability to document relationships. I love it! Whether it is a couple in love and rea...
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DO YOU HAVE GOALS?

January 04, 2016 - It is time. The holidays have come to an end for this time around. We leave behind the warmth of seeing friends and fami...
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SNEAK PEEK FOR BRITTANY AND DUSTAN!

January 02, 2016 - They met at work - she's a manager at Target and he a salesman for a national cereal company. The caught each other's ey...
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A Beautiful Collaboration - Winter Wedding Inspiration

December 22, 2015 - Sunday morning we in Bozeman area woke up to a beautiful soft fog - not unheard of, but not a common event here except r...
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MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CHOIRS

December 17, 2015 - Tuesday night was the Christmas music concert at Manhattan Christian school - as a parent with a student in the High Sch...
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SNEAK PEEK - Barbara and Frank's Wedding Celebration

December 07, 2015 - These two lovebirds got married the day after Thanksgiving in a private ceremony at the LDS temple in Billings - so no p...
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Sneak Peek - Luke's Senior Session

December 06, 2015 - It was a cold (-8 when we started) morning the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Axtel Anceny Bridge in Gallatin Gatewa...
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DRIVE - BY SNEAK PEEK! Chilly Thanksgiving Morning

December 04, 2015 - It was -8 by my measurements, and the sun was just making it's way above the mountains in the distance. These folks (wel...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Mandolin Photo Shoot

December 04, 2015 - Musical instruments are precious possessions to those who know how to play them. Worthy of great honor and adoration. Th...
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SNEAK PEEK - PHOTOS IN THE COLD (and Marshmallow roast!)

December 01, 2015 - This family photo shoot sneak peek has to start with photos from six years ago. That was when Laura first brought her ch...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - A Day of Homeschooling

November 20, 2015 - Way back in January of this year I spend at day with the VanOmmen family as they went through their daily school routine...
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BLACK AND WHITE FRIDAY - Getting ready for his bride.

November 13, 2015 - He loves her - can't you tell! The care he took getting ready says it all!
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ALWAYS TIME FOR GRATITUDE

November 08, 2015 - While life is busy growing a new photography business, supporting my husband's business in the administrative aspects, a...
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SNEAK PEEK - J, E, AND O AT THE BLEU HORSES

November 05, 2015 - Take three beautiful and spunky children to see the Bleu Horses of Montana and even on a cold and windy day, fun is goin...
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SNEAK PEEK - NORTH TAHOE BUILDERS

November 04, 2015 - I was privileged to spend two days last week with this wonderful crew of folks out at North Tahoe Builders. We did two d...
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Bozeman Senior Portrait Session - Grace

October 20, 2015 - Saturday was the quintessential fall evening for taking Senior Portraits - beautiful fall colors, warm, dry, and literal...
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BLACK & WHITE FRIDAY

October 16, 2015 - When I found out we would be able to take photos for this elopement at the Gallatin Gateway Inn I was so excited about p...
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A BEAUTIFUL EVENING WITH CARI

October 14, 2015 - I asked her what she wanted from her senior photos and she said "Country." I said "Old fences and cowboy boots? Rusty tr...
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Black and White Fridays - Codey's Senior Photos

October 09, 2015 - This is the first in what I hope to make a regular Friday series focusing on Black and White photos. I love Black and W...
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SNEAK PEEK - CARI'S SENIOR PHOTO FUN

September 28, 2015 - When Cari and I first messaged about what she wanted from her Senior Portraits, she said she wanted a country girl theme...
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Blue Shoes Fun!

September 22, 2015 - Weddings are the perfect opportunity to have some fun. Every bride wants all the details to be just perfect and a refle...
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Sneak Peek - Codey's Senior Photos out on his family's spread

September 21, 2015 - Handsome young man! Fun to photograph too!
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Multitudes on Mondays - Gratitude

September 21, 2015 - The beginning of school, getting back on a non-summer schedule, realizing the holidays are coming quickly - all these th...
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GRATITUDE - Musings From My Heart

September 11, 2015 - Almost thirteen years ago my family moved into our big old house south of Bozeman. For a family of three, it is probably...
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Happy Labor Day

September 07, 2015 - It is the tail end of a three day weekend that for the most part we associate with summer - LABOR DAY. I probably should...
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The Charm of a Toddler Cousin

September 03, 2015 - Take one teen boy, his tween sister, their toddler cousin and a bottle of bubbles and what do you get? Well, if you hav...
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Start The Month With Gratitude

September 01, 2015 - For years I have kept a gratitude journal in list form as a response to reading Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts. This habit is...
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EDITING TODAY - COUSINS AT PLAY

August 25, 2015 - Today I'm blessed to be working with the photos of these two cousins! Amazing to see the joy between them despite the ag...
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18 Years Ago Today

July 19, 2015 - I married my husband in a lake-side service on the west shore of Lake Tahoe 18 years ago today. Best decision I ever mad...
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Mara's Wedding Dress

July 15, 2015 - Each bride has a vision of how she will look on her wedding day. Everything from her hair and make-up to the once-in-a-l...
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New Kid in Town - a baby chick to photograph!

July 14, 2015 - I have a new distraction - when I should be processing photos from the wedding and portrait sessions I shot in the last...
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Miss E Rocks the Vintage Dress

June 30, 2015 - A beautiful young woman in a a dress custom made in the early 1960's - who could ask for a better way to end an early su...
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POPPIES – YAHOO!

June 29, 2015 - I wait for the poppies all year. They are in my yard and they are along the road where I walk. I keep an eye out for th...
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