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Every now and then I do a shoot that I just completely connect with. It usually happens when my clients allow me the creative freedom to design a session for them. I had photographed Darrell and Jessica a few years back when they were on vacation in Jackson Hole. Jessica, being a budding photographer herself, and I connected and we had a blast at their first shoot. Fast forward to 2015 and the couple was coming back to Jackson for a vacation and photography workshop. I did a studio portrait session with Jessica and then we did a couples shoot with the two of them. Jessica called me in a bit of a panic before they flew to Jackson claiming that “she had nothing to wear and perhaps we should just cancel.” I absolutely LOVE it when people tell me they don’t have anything to wear. I told her to just turn up for her shoot and I would take it from there.

It was wild and windy on the scheduled shoot day…absolutely perfect and my favorite kind of weather for photos! I meet them at a cool old historical site in Grand Teton National Park called Cunningham Cabins fully equipped with a huge suite case with half of my closet…Leather jackets, wild rags and vintage wool blankets. We froze our butts off and had to keep getting back in the car every few min. to warm up but it was well worth it.

Looking back over my portrait shoots from last year (2015) I can absolutely say that this was my favorite shoot. These images make me say “I wish I had that picture of myself and my darling husband.”

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

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

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.

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.

Please watch and share this beautiful film.

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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