Montana Bride

January 12, 2015

So excited to be on the cover and photo essay of this year’s Montana Bride issue! This has been such a great project and I am so appreciative of Katalin Green for asking me to photograph her beautiful vision. Stephanie Quayle, you are going to be one stunning Montana Bride!

 

Dress from Augusta Jones Bridal. Special thanks to David for such an amazing location and your wonderful hospitality and graciousness.

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Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

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A Year In Review

January 2, 2015

A huge thanks goes out to all the people that were part of the journey- from clients to big planners, vendors, and friends! So excited for all the new clients and moments there are to be captured in 2015. Cheers!

Here are just a few highlights from there year I wanted to share with you. So much more to share so stay tuned!

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A Full Session

February 25, 2014

In this space in time where everyone has a digital camera and we are used to being able to take 5000 photos and delete the “bad” ones, people are often surprised when I tell them that they will receive 30-40 images from their boudoir or glamour session to choose from. I have to admit that for the first few years of shooting digital, I too, took thousands of photos and that’s what my clients came to expect. It got to the point where I was overwhelming myself and my client with too many options. People didn’t know what to choose…they couldn’t decide between 2 (or 10) different images that were so similar that sometimes they couldn’t tell them apart.

I am one of those lucky photographers that was just old enough to have learned the beautiful art of photographing with film. We had either 24 or 36 images on a role. Needless to say as the photographer, one put a great deal more time and care into each shot. Making sure the lighting was perfect, the wardrobe and makeup flawless and the expression priceless. As a digital shooter I think it becomes easier to focus on these things once you understand the camera and why and how it works…so that it is just part of you and you and it are focused on the subject. This only comes with practice.

Well, I practiced and I finally came back to the idea that I get 36 shots to accomplish what I want to accomplish in a boudoir or glamour shoot. It’s the perfect number. An average shoot is 3-4 outfits giving an average of 10 final images per outfit. When I photograph you, rather then shoot tons of images and hope I got a good one, I do my very best to make each and every shot perfect.  Below is a full session with the final images that my (stunning) client got to choose from. She chose them all.
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I love other people’s love stories. It’s one of my favorite things about photographing a wedding. Every wedding has a love story behind it. I know it sounds kind of cliche but it’s really true. Once you work with me and get to know my style you’ll know that my favorite part of the day is getting to photograph the couple alone in the setting that they have chosen and created. I think I love this so much because it embodies and reflects who they are as individuals and as a couple. It tells their love story in images rather then words.

The images below are from just a few of the weddings I shot over the last year in Bozeman and Jackson Hole.

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Breasts. They are an oddly powerful thing.  They sustain life, feed, nourish, strengthen, entice, bewitch, mesmerize, and seduce, they build confidence and they tear it down. They are to big, to small or just right. They are pulled, prodded and stuffed…they are covered up, concealed, hidden and flattened down. They are exposed, pushed up, uncovered and shown off. They can be a source of pride or one of embarrassment. They are photographed, drawn, painted, written about and sung about. They can be a muse or a nemesis. They are pierced, tattooed, enlarged and reduced. They are also cut open…cut off…taken away.

Breasts cross the border and link the phases of a woman’s life between her sexuality, motherhood and her later years and represent radically different things to her over the course of a lifetime. They tend to be at the very heart of her femininity. Starting off as nonexistent in her childhood years and growing into an object of desire and tools used to attract, entice and please a mate as a young woman and then another transition into the source of life and nourishment for her child as she becomes a mother. The children grow and the breasts and body change shape and size, transforming into the symbols of beautiful life phases.

As a woman that photographs women and brings to life the peak of their femininity, I cannot imagine the pain and sense of loss that a woman may feel at the prospect of losing something that, to many, may be at the heart of her femininity.  My heart aches for the women that have been given doctor’s orders to remove her breasts.  This is not at all to say that breasts define a woman’s femininity, but I believe that most women would agree that they do set us apart from men and a great deal of time, effort, energy and thought goes into them at every stage of life.

As a photographer, I aim to accentuate the female figure in its most beautiful and curvaceous form. The hips…the waist…the breasts.  As a woman, I believe that women—all women—should have the right to keep their breasts and that all breasts, big, small, medium, uneven, saggy, perky, scarred, and perfect have a right to stay where they belong…on a woman’s beautiful and ever-changing body.

The images for the Bras for a Cause calendar brought to the forefront of my mind the incredible impact that breasts actually have on the life of a woman. Thank you to the gorgeous women that so willingly obliged me as I asked them to show off one of their most personal assets and thank you all for the love and support for the women around the globe that face breast cancer on a daily basis.

Please watch and share this beautiful film.

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From Dr John De Martini

The greatest art form that exists on this planet is the human body – a magnificently structured temple of sacred architecture. Are you grateful for your body? Some people are but most people take this wonderful gift for granted.

Many people complain about the shape of their body – I’m too fat, too thin, too short or too tall. They spend a great deal of time in front of the mirror focusing on what they perceive as imperfections of their body rather than focusing on its magnificently balanced perfection. Being grateful for your body and for the multitude of its powerful gifts can make the difference between experiencing wellness or illness in your life. One of the reasons why some people beat themselves up about certain areas of their bodies is because they are comparing themselves to a fantasy of a magazine cover they think they are supposed to look like.

After working with thousands of people, I am convinced that for every part of our body we don’t like there is a part we admire. If we are putting ourselves down in one area I can guarantee we are proud of another area. We may not like our thighs, but we admire our eyes. We may not like our thin hair, but we admire our skin. We may not like the shape of our body, but we like the shape of our lips and our smile and so on. Begin to train yourself in becoming grateful for all parts of your physical body that you currently dislike. Think about your head – How can you be grateful for it? For your hair? Your scalp? Your eyes? Your skin, nose and lips? Ask yourself, ‘How does this serve me?’ When you are grateful for all parts of your head, work your way in your mind through your body from head to toe, identifying each and every part inside and outside of you. Keep asking yourself how that part of your body serves you until you are truly grateful for every part of it.

No matter what your physical body looks like, you have things you like and dislike, or even admire and despise, about yourself. Everyone practices the same math of fifty-fifty, right down the middle. Both things you like and dislike are going to serve you in your life and the wisdom is appreciating this balance and being grateful for it. When you do this and take the time to see all parts of your body are serving you in your life to appreciate it for what it is, you empower yourself. Recognize the magnificence of your physical body and find a way to look at it in a new way – with awe and gratitude.

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Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Hello Lovely Ladies! It’s that time of year once again for love and romance! So here is the Valentine’s Day scoop!

1.In order to have a gift in hand by Valentine’s Day your shoot needs to be completed by Feb. 8th

2. I’m booking for Boudoir Shoots at both the Bozeman Studio or the Jackson Studio

3. Session’s are starting at $250 including hair & makeup

4. I will be doing a day of boudoir mini-sessions in Bozeman on Feb. 2nd & in Jackson on Feb. 4th

5. As Always, there is a 20% discount for Military Wives and  Cancer Survivors Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Please get in touch with me for more info! Blessings!

 

 

 

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Devin & Madeline

January 8, 2013

As a photographer I love almost every shoot that I do but every now and then one stands out above the rest. This shoot was one of those for me. It was Devin & Madeline’s wedding day in Jackson Hole  on the Walton Ranch and rather than do their photos after the ceremony we opted to meet at 7am and try to capture the early morning light. We hadn’t planned on the fog! It was terribly cold and wet and Madeline was such a trooper in her wedding dress and cowboy boots. Although the images were the exact opposite of what we had planned on, they turned out to be some of my favorite images I’ve been privileged enough to take part in creating.

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With the incredible digital technology we have at our fingertips it seems like everyone is a photographer or graphic designer these days. (And I have to say that I use my iPhone for 99% of my personal life photography!)  “You get what you pay for.” This statement is true in just about every aspect of life (expect for in some small corners of life like the cupcake lipgloss from Forever 21 that you dig out of the bin on the counter and costs a buck fifty and is in every way equivalent to my VS lipgloss that cost seven ninety5.) This stands true for photography as well and  is exactly why you DON’T want to skimp on your wedding day or family reunion and spend $300 on Uncle Joe or your fiancee’s college roommate who happens to own a camera and promises to give you a disk of all of the images. (I can also guarantee that once you get the disk of images it will sit in your desk drawer after you have loaded a few photos to Facebook until disks are no longer a useable device because of our ever changing technology and then you will laugh at the fact that what you so desperately wanted (the prized disk of digital images) has become obsolete. (Ask your parents if they have a copy of the film negatives from their wedding…if they do…um, what are you going to do with them?) I also promise that an actual photo album or fabulous piece of wall art of you and your groom or children will never, ever ever become obsolete!))

I often find myself explaining to my clients the photographic process (which most find amazing especially if there is skin softening or body slimming) which gets a picture from point A (straight out of the camera) to point B (ready to hang on your wall).

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This is a process. When most people think of being a photographer they think of great camera equipment with big lenses, glamorous photo shoots with assistants running around setting up lights, and the photographer constantly commenting on how gorgeous/fabulous/incredible/amazing the model/couple/wedding party is. In part this is all true except what people don’t know about is the endless hours spent staring at the computer screen late into the night. And when I say endless…I mean ENDLESS. It seems that my work is never done and there is alway one more photo to edit and one more shoot to post before I can go to sleep. That being said, my point  is that when when you hire me (or any other photographer) you are not just paying for the hour and a half family shoot or the 8 hour wedding day. Here is my SHORT list of what goes into photographing your wedding and what you are paying me for:

initial emails/contact/phone calls

compiling and sending out the welcome packet and info

more emails/phone calls/answering questions

Engagement Photo Session

edit Engagement Session

FB Engagement Session

Blog Engagement Session

make & upload E session slideshow

upload E session proofs

more emails/phone calls about wedding day

possibly attend/shoot rehearsal dinner

Wedding Day shoot

edit Wedding Day photos

FB Wedding Day photos

blog Wedding Day photos

create/upload Wedding Day slideshow

cocktail viewing of photos

upload Wedding day proofs

process orders/albums etc

and the list goes on and on and on….

Of course I didn’t add in there all of the other stuff that it takes to run a business or the time spent in designing thank you’s, invitations, save-the-dates and a million other little things that goes into making your wedding photos fabulous.  And naturally every wedding is slightly different but I figured it out one time and I think on one wedding I made like $6.56 an hour…but hey, I love what I do and I’d trade a fat paycheck for that any day!

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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

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