Archive for Jul 2012

I knew Drew was going to propose  before he did it and obviously before Effie did so I was so excited to do this shoot for weeks! Drew and Effie met while working in Moran, Wy (just outside of Jackson Hole) at the Heart 6 ranch. It is pretty much a guarantee that if you spend a summer at a ranch in Wyoming you are going to fall in love…and that’s what happened.

I met Drew working at Heart 6 Guest Ranch in Moran, Wy  years ago. He was a wrangler and I was photographing. Almost immediately I found out he and I could have come from the same family. Literally. Oddly enough his Mama shared my last name of Bryant…which might not seem so odd, because of course a lot of people share last names, however, in this case, it turns out that we both have a mystery to the Bryant side of the story. We both know that we had family members in Louisana and even crazier is the man George Leo Bryant (which would have been my grandfather). He sort of disappeared from my fathers life when my dad was 9 and he never saw or heard from him again. Later in life we came to find out that he had lived and passed away in a little town near New Orleans. It turns out that in Drew’s family  there is a Leo (or george leo…I can’t remember now) on their side with the last name of Bryant who lived in Louisiana  that continues to remain somewhat of a mystery to them as well. So we really could be family. Crazy

Anyways…that is a long story to tell you that I was so excited when Drew’s mom called me to tell me that he was about to get engaged. And not only was he getting engaged, he was getting engaged to a girl named Effie! How fabulous is the name Effie!! Not only is her name fabulous but she is fabulous as well. Gorgeous hair, the longest legs you have ever seen and a sweet as can be. She will surely keep Drew in line with is wild antics and contagious sense of humor. I am so excited for you both! Congratulations!

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

It’s Summer time (for at least 3 months)!! For a photographer in Jackson Hole that means it’s time for weddings and family portraits. The big question when it comes to family portraits is WHAT DO WE ALL WEAR? Rachel Williams from Photographic Designs has a really great way of putting it, “While we hope that you feel as though your family functions much like a team, we don’t want your family portrait to look like a team shot! Rather, your family portrait should portray a sense of solidarity with the right blend of individuality.” In other words, please do not run out and buy matching tee’s for every family member! Allow everyone’s personal style to come out. If your 3 yr old absolutely refuses to wear anything other then cowboy boots and a leotard (yes… this was my little sister when she was young… she would also only eat PB&J and french fries) then by all means…let her wear it! (just buy it in the appropriate color scheme). As a general rule, pick a color scheme and work from there. Start with “Do we want to do dark or light?”.  Gray tones, neutral colors, earth tones, shades of spring pastels…all good options!

When I photograph it is my goal to make you look as fantastically awesome as you are! It’s easiest for me to do this if you wear clothes that are form fitting rather then really loose or baggy.  Please do not wear black and white as your color combination and also avoid wild prints or really trendy clothing (unless you are a family that gets a yearly photograph…then, by all means, go for trendy!)

Bottoms: Pants, skirts, leggings, jeans, kahakis…really anything goes here as long as it’s done in a neutral color. Don’t wear bright red pants…that’s the only thing you will see in the photo!

Tops: Personally, I love layers. They add a depth to your outfit that lends itself to a great style but don’t go overboard here. Of course it depends on the time of year and temperature but feel free to mix it up here allowing everyone’s personal style to come out.

Accessories: Ties, hats, scarves, belts, great shoes (but no white shoes please!), jewelry etc… These all add a lot to the photograph.

Thanks to Pinterest (a photographer’s best friend) I have complied a few color ideas!

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

 Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art PhotographyBozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art PhotographyBozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Feel free to have fun, be creative and I give you complete permission to wear something that you normally wouldn’t wear!