In Category: ‘Engagements’

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Senior Class 2016

July 30, 2015

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

Bozeman, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming, Fine Art Photography

 

 

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.

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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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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