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Halloween 2018 - Montana Holiday Photography

This impatient tiger probably enjoys handing out candy as much or more than actually trick-or-treating, but we didn't get too many takers. Probably a combination of damp weather, and the several community-wide events that may have burned out the kiddos—and parents—prior to any neighborhood trick-or-treating.

Forlorn Halloween TigerShe just wants to hand out candy, but there aren't any takers.

West Glacier Engagement Photography - Holly & Eric

I was lucky to receive a "last minute" email from Eric days before he and Holly would be venturing into Glacier National Park for several days of hiking, where he was planning on popping the question. Even better, I got the email the day after their final hike proclaiming "She didn't say no!" and the reason he requested she bring a dress on a hiking trip was made clear. We met up early on their final morning in Montana for a quick engagement mini-session and they couldn't have been more sweet, friendly, and fun to work with. Congratulations to you Holly & Eric and thank you so much for letting me document your Glacier engagement.

Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement
Holly & Eric's Engagement

Kalispell Wedding Photography - Jaimee & Gavin at Diamond B Weddings

I don't think I could've asked for a better couple to share a wedding with for my first "Montana Wedding" than Jaimee and Gavin. From our first correspondence to their wedding day, they couldn't have been sweeter, or more welcoming. It was soon very clear myself and the rest of the vendors were going to be treated as if we were guests of the wedding, so the initial rain that threatened to put a damper on the evening quickly became a distant memory once it stopped, giving way to a beautiful ceremony and one breathtaking sunset to close out the night. Congratulations Jaimee and Gavin, and thank you so much for including me in the evening!

Shout out to the other vendors who all came together for an amazing night: Diamond B Weddings, Be Our Guest Wedding & Event Planner, Celebrate Event & Party Rental, Smart Alex Band, Dickey's Catering. Spotted Bear Distillery, Farm-to-Market Hog, Soucie Soucie Salon & SpaSkeeter Johnston ProductionsPIXelated Photobooth Gigs, and last but not least my second photographer Leah Lamberson Photography!

Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.
Jaimee & GavinKalispell Wedding Photography at Diamond B Weddings.

Whitefish Vow Renewal Photography - Kathy & Robert at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of capturing a surprise vow renewal ceremony for Kathy & Robert on their 50th anniversary. They're children put everything together, writing the vows and each taking turns as the officiant. The weather was perfect, the setting at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake provided an amazing backdrop, and they were all the absolute sweetest people you could ever want to meet. We could all be so lucky to share such a life of adventure with someone for so many years, and to have such a wonderful family to boot! Congratulations on 50 years Kathy and Robert!

Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.

2018 Whitefish Winter Carnival

Living in a new state, in a new city, lends itself to some very definitive “firsts” for myself and my family. This year was I got to experience my first Whitefish Winter Carnival and several of its related events including the Skijoring competition a week prior, the penguin plunge—benefitting area Special Olympics athletes—which I hope to participate in next year, and the Winter Carnival Parade.

Having never grown up in a small town this sort of community event is reasonably foreign to me. It was really fun to see everyone really get into the event, have people you actually know be in the parade itself, and to run in to people you know from other activities in the course of your daily lives.

The Winter Carnival is loosely based around an area mythology involving nordic deities, yetis, and the encroachment of man on wilderness areas. Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards served as the guest of honor this year—the 70th anniversary of the carnival—with the theme of "fly like an eagle."

January in Whitefish, Montana

Last August—as you may have seen—my family and I took a long road trip up to Whitefish, Montana to spend about a week in the area and visit Glacier National Park. Well long story short, we couldn't help but fall in love with it. The people, the businesses, the weather, just about everything really. We loved it so much in fact, that we decided to seriously consider making the move up there! But there was one catch, my wife doesn't particularly care for the cold, and had never really experienced true Winter having grown up in Texas. And while I predominantly grew up in Texas, I originally hail from Illinois, and spent a couple of years going to college there. I love the cold far more than I do days above 100 degrees.

So what to do with this idea? We decided to spend a large chunk of January in Whitefish to see what it might be like to live there in the depths of Winter. And you know what? It was kind of awesome. Below are a handful of photos I took during our stay, as well as a hastily edited timelapse of the drive to Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Apgar Village, Glacier National Park
Winter Wonderland. #explorewhitefish
EAT. Live Poker. #america #flag
Nighttime Whitefish Alleyway
Snow Angel
Sledding at Riverside ParkWhitefish, MT
Family Walk
Foggy Mountain
The Road to Glacier Timelaps

So what was our verdict regarding trying to make the move? Stay tuned!