It was a beautiful but chilly evening, much colder than I had anticipated when I met up with this darling girl and her mother. All of the days leading up to this one had been warm and sunny, calling for short sleeves and flip-flops. But true to its nature, Montana showed us that spring here is a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs with regard to the temperature and sunshine. Sure enough, the afternoon had grown chillier and the mountains were shrouded in misty clouds, beautiful and gray and low, hiding all of the snow-covered peaks. So we got this sweet munchkin bundled up in a cozy cashmere sweater, fantastic tulle skirt, awesome brown boots, and a warm beanie hat. We were ready to go on a walk among the towering evergreens and silver sagebrush. So, walk we did, and I got to spend a lovely bit of an evening with this precious little girl and her stunning mama. xoxo
Connection. How I love the way he’s looking at her, that soft gentle eye, that great big head, the neck curved in such a careful beautiful way. He knows that she’s small — he trusts her, and she him.
In the coming months, I’m excited to say that I’ll be working on some personal projects, creatively inspired and driven to fulfill and challenge that part of me that craves the artistic side of portraiture, and I’m so excited to be teaming up with my friend Molly McGearty, owner of Fawn and Co., in this process. Anyone who knows Molly knows that she has a fantastic sense of style, and between the two of us, we’re going to have some fun with the visions we’ve dreamed up. As we all know, it’s no secret that Bozeman has some of the most beautiful natural backdrops to offer, and so we’ll be working on creative projects that showcase children’s photography in a beautiful, natural, and fun way. These projects will be ongoing for quite some time, but for now, here’s a beautiful image from one of our sessions last week. More to come soon!
The Adventures of Badger and Fox
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott
Montana might not quite have gotten the memo that it’s spring (more snow today!), but signs of it are all around. From the smallest leaf buds on the trees to all of the robins hopping around in my yard, we can see that spring is trying to arrive. One of the houses I pass by every day even has its field full of daffodils in full bloom; it’s incredibly beautiful. Spring flowers — tulips, daffodils, crocus — are such a wonderful sign that warmer days are coming.
For me, photography is about many things, not the least of which are capturing the beauty of motion and light and feeling a moment in your heart in relation to the people you love. Expressing that emotion is a personal choice for each photographer (be it the professional or the amateur or the hobbyist) and how she or he chooses to light, frame, focus, and post-process the image. Often, such moments and choices converge in a way that excites me the second I click the shutter, but some of my favorite moments are also the subtler ones that evolve in a different way — like this one. She was twirling, moving around in a joyous dance to her own rhythm, and there was just color-and-light-and-happiness. xo
The brisk temperatures of yesterday morning in Bozeman rang in at about 9 degrees and had me singing the chorus of “Oh baby, it’s cold outside,” — prompting me to put up a quick post of a beautiful snowy day here in the middle of winter. Pictures in the snow — so very quintessentially winteresque!!
Happy 2014! 😉