Josef & Laura ~ 5 years married ~ Glacier National Park, MT

When my friend Michelle of MEE Photography reached out to me wanting to partner together for a styled shoot in Glacier National Park, I was totally in. Basically, any excuse to wander up to Glacier, I’m in. Josef and Laura were celebrating 5 years of marriage together and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for an anniversary session. We headed out to the Hidden Lake trail at sunset to capture the sun dropping below the majestic mountains and saw some bighorn sheep that seemed quite ok with people. Laura, Josef, and I have known each other since we were kids ourselves. It has been amazing to watch them grow up and raise a family of their own. Here’s to many more years of happiness. By the way you should check out Laura’s photography work here. Michelle, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the rest of your exploring this great park!

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Carter & Jenna - Roadside Adventure

I met Carter and Jenna in Columbia Falls, Montana to begin our adventure. I was particularly excited about it because it was from this session we would use the behind the scenes footage to create a promotional video for my business. They both climbed into my ford pickup and it would come in handy as the road up has some fairly gnarly potholes. We exchanged hiking, mountain climbing stories. Turns out Jenna has a case of mountain wanderlust also. Mark and Carolyn from Storybright Films were so fun to work on this project together with. We found this lovely little campsite with some great views of the Great Northern mountain and Hungry Horse Reservoir in the backdrop. Watching the sun dip behind the mountain and wandering down the dirt roads is always a wonderful time! Carter and Jenna were so sweet and willing to do any adventure together. Carter was even showing off his yoga moves towards the end. Enjoy!

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Mark & Carolyn - Vow Renewal

Mark and Carolyn and kiddos took an extended road trip around the country to visit and take in some of our national parks. They picked Glacier National Park as a location to do their family photos and vow renewal. I’d say they made a good choice! We got up super early (because we all know the sun comes up early in the summer) and started our journey to this large rock. So majestic and so amazing to be able to capture this vow renewal for eons to come! Thanks for the fun time and amazing ice cream topping stuff straight from South Carolina. Mark and Carolyn own Story Bright films. In the evening, I got the opportunity to have them shoot my promo video for my business. I cannot wait to see it!

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Andrew & Vanella ~ Glacier National Park Montana Hiking Adventure

When Andrew and Vanella contacted me about doing a hiking adventure, I was immediately “all in.” I always tell people to experience the park fully I feel like you need to go and wander around in it for a bit. Fully engulf yourself in it’s mountains. I loved getting to know this couple a little more and I love it when people get to experience these mountains that I have known and loved for so long.

Let’s talk about this epic storm. When we started this hike, it was nice T-shirt weather. This storm rolled in and looked harmless. By the time we made it back to the parking lot, it was 42 degrees and we were soaking wet. In July. In Montana. I always tell people the weather here can change so quickly! I love the colorful Arcteryx jackets that they chose also for this trek.

I hope you guys can make it back to the beautiful Glacier National Park sometime soon. Thanks so much for adventuring with me!

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Greg & Erin - Engagement - Montana Spring

Springtime in Montana can be very unpredictable. The day was sunny and warm and quickly the clouds rolled in. I’m so glad Greg and Erin stuck it out. We dodged the rain and ended up with some nicely textured clouds.

Greg and Erin love to enjoy life together. I told them at what point during our session, “Just do what you would normally do in the woods.” And they said, “Well, we would probably be waiting for deer to hunt.” That’s my kind of people.

I can’t wait to document Greg and Erin’s wedding this fall. Fall is such an incredible time of year.

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Josef & Laura - Ice-skating Adventure - Holland Lake, Montana

The winters around here can be long. This year in particular we have gotten more snow pack then usual and have had some pretty insane low temperatures. Looking for places to ice-skate is not actually as easy as one might think, but when the snow piles up; a shovel definitely comes in handy. Josef and Laura are such a fun couple, have untouchable fashion, and are bringing back timeless love. And. . . this sunset. Josef was building the fire, when I turned around and could not resist photographing it. I have to tell you, as gorgeous as these sunset photos are, they don’t actually do it justice.

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By the way, Holland Lake is one fine lake that is often overlooked. If you do decide to ice-skate on it, watch out for the springs. I don’t want to be responsible for giving people ideas that get them into trouble.

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I truly believe it is so important as a couple to adventure together and keep having fun. Do you agree?

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Aron & Gunndis - Iceland

My sister in laws and a friend and I took a trip to Iceland, because, why not? I’m telling you the whole country of Iceland is paradise. It’s mossy, it boasts of endless dramatic skies (a photographer’s paradise), waterfalls cascade around every corner, it’s untouched, it’s wild, and it’s free.

When I decided to go to Iceland, I could not pass up this opportunity to shoot a couple’s session there. I did a lot of cyber stalking to find this couple and they were perfect! Aron showed up in his traditional sweater his Grandma sewed for him, Gunndis had this classic dress on. They were so kind to us and gave us lots of amazing travel tips. . . not to mention, the best tip of all; don’t get caught by the sneaker waves. I felt like grabbing one tourist off this iceberg, because I was pretty certain the waves were coming for him, but he was fine.

I’m still overwhelmed by Iceland. I’m telling you, you have to go see this beautiful island of God’s creation.

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Nathan and Renee ~ Surprise Engagement

When Nathan contacted me about getting his engagement to his lovely fiancé Renee document, we started on the planning. Trying to find a location easy enough to find (cell reception in Glacier National Park is not in excess) and still not have crazy amounts of people, planning a time, trying to get her there at that time without her getting suspicious, planning the delivery (Nathan pretends to be a tourist and hands his phone to my assistant to take a photo). And 💥 💍 

This couple is so adventurous and this place so heavenly. The East side of Glacier National Park is the best kept secret. . . Now, I hope I didn't let the cat out of the bag.

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Abram and Ashley ~ Anniversary Shoot

When this couple contacted me to take their pictures in Glacier National Park at Lake McDonald, I couldn't be happier. I live in a gorgeous state. I think it is so cool that Abram and Ashley decided to go on an adventure together for their anniversary - road tripping around the country and hitting up national parks. When your spouse is your adventure partner, it's a happy life.

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Jonny & Leigh - Surprise Engagement

This was very well plotted and planned by the groom - a surprise engagement in Glacier National Park. At one point, we ended up having GPS coordinates to make sure we would be in the same place! A perfect day and a perfect place (we had it all to ourselves), this turned out magical!

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