Livingston Montana Portrait Photographic Experience

A few days back I drove over to Livingston Montana to photograph the Livingston Montana Engagement Portraits of Cassie & Abel.

These two were engaged earlier this year and wanted to have the mountainous background of the Montana outdoors they enjoy spending so much time in. The foothills to the west that lead into Livingston were the perfect lush setting for our photo session.

We found some high ground overlooking the mountains in Paradise Valley and explored the terrain making photographs of them together.

Here are some favorites from their summer couples portrait experience. -M

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Last week I photographed the Bozeman Business Portraits of Knoff Group realtor Carla Thorning in downtown Bozeman, Montana.

Helping local Bozeman businesses create profession business portraits and headshots is a great source of pride for me at Greener Visuals Photography.

I love helping my business headshot clients put their best foot forward.

Real estate agent Carla Thorning @livebigskybozeman of the Knoff Group Real Estate in Bozeman, Montana approached me about creating a variety of fun, professional portraits of her in her new role.

I’ve worked with the Knoff Group Real Estate crew for years helping them and their realtors create impactful, professional photography for their website and real estate brand.

Carla had a great attitude and we had a great time exploring the downtown architecture. These photos really convey the warmth of her personality. She was a natural in front of my camera.

If you’re in the market for a real estate pro, to help you find the right home for you in Bozeman, Montana, give Carla a call. -M

A few weeks back, I photographed the Bozeman Holy Rosary Church Wedding of Cassie and Justin and their wedding reception at Bridger Bowl Ski Resort.

After dating for the past eight years, Cassie and Justing wanted to say their vows during their Holy Rosary Church Wedding surrounded by the most important people in their lives. Their celebration after the ceremony would be amongst the mountainous backdrop of Southwest Montana at a place they both love so much, Bridger Bowl Ski Area.

For many of their family members (coming from Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington) their wedding weekend would be the first chance to see the place the newlyweds have called home for the last few years.

After an unusually soggy Spring and Summer in Southwest Montana this year, we had high hopes of avoiding the recent rain weather patterns. Alas, on a Saturday in mid-July, the rain found us.

Luckily, it just so happened that Cassie and Justin’s wedding ceremony and reception were preemptively planned for a rainy day – they had an indoor Catholic mass ceremony at the church and then lovely intimate reception at the Bridger Bowl mid-mountain lodge.

The rain couldn’t keep us down.

We celebrated indoors at both locations by dancing, eating crusted trout and elk tenderloin (delicious!), and playing in the Greener Visuals Photobooth.  Many of their guests had taken advantage of the close proximity of Yellowstone National Park and were telling stories of their recent adventures. It was a lovely evening in a great place with good people.

I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds Cassie and Justin! -M

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As an Anchorage Alaska Destination Family Portrait Photographer, I travel to Alaska every year to photograph my brother’s family.

Being an uncle is so much fun.

This particular trip was special because the son of our mutual friends Jessie and Brendan had just been born.

I had the pleasure of photographing their Alaska Maternity Portrait Photographic Experience in Hope, Alaska during my last visit and it was great to celebrate their new addition.

It was great to finally meet the new kiddo.

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We spent this trip visiting the new addition to the family tribe in Hope, Alaska.

While I spent more time with babies in my arms than a camera, I was able to make a few photographs during my stay. Here are a few favorites.

It’s fun to see these kids grow up so quickly. It’s the little things like my niece at 3 1/2-years-old emulating her parental caretakers and my nephew finding his feet as he took his first steps.

As an Anchorage Alaska Destination Family Photographer, I’m glad I can be there to document this rapidly changing, stressful, and fun time in their lives.

The real value of these photographs will really shine years from now when new additions to my family can look back and smile seeing all the love that was surrounding them.

I look forward to my next trip. -M

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing the Bozeman, Montana wedding day celebration of Cassie and Justin at Holy Rosary Church and Bridger Bowl Ski Resort.

After dating for the past eight years, these two wanted to say their vows surrounded by the most important people in their lives among the mountainous landscape of Southwest Montana they love so much.

Their wedding would be a chance for many of their family members (coming from Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington) to see the place they have called home over the last few years. Many of their wedding guests were traveling to Montana for the first time. The day was filled with Big Sky excitement and surprisingly for July, lots of precipitation.

It has been an unusually soggy Spring and Summer in Southwest Montana this year. The rain found us.

Luckily, it just so happened that their ceremony and reception were preemptively planned for a rainy day – indoor Catholic mass ceremony at the church and then lovely intimate reception at the Bridger Bowl mid-mountain lodge. The rain couldn’t keep us down. We celebrated without a hitch indoors at both locations dancing, eating crusted trout and elk tenderloin and playing in the Greener Visuals Photobooth.

I’m working hard to go through all the fun photos I made during their special day. For now, I wanted to share a preview of their wedding photographs.  Here are a few favorites so far. So many more photos to share.

I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats to the newlyweds and stay tuned for more! -M

For Belle and Angel’s West Yellowstone Couples Portraits experience, we decided to drive back to their hometown of West Yellowstone, Montana to explore and photograph the place that fostered the roots of their relationship.

These two have been dating since high school – over seven years ago – where they first cultivated their relationship through their shared love of basketball.

While a lot has changed since high school, their relationship has never been stronger.

In Belle’s opinion regardless of where they are, Angel’s presence in her life is an immediate sense of home.

They now live and work in Bozeman, Montana – him as a chef and her as a caregiver.

Time together has helped them discover not only their love for each other but their shared passion for exploring the outdoors.

Now, as they work to finalize their wedding plans for Summer 2020, they wanted to celebrate this time in their lives by giving a nod to their shared love of camping and hiking in their old Yellowstone National Park area stomping ground.

We headed over to Black Sand Spring, a small spring creek west of town where we explored the area making photographs of them. Here are some favorites from their experience. Congrats on your engagement Belle and Angel! -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Washoe Theatre Couples Portraits of Amanda and Harley in Anaconda Montana.

Amanda and Harley met ten years ago and were high school sweethearts.

I had an amazing time discovering all that they cherished in each other and their relationship.

It has been such a fun time getting to know these two high school sweethearts over the past year.

They met at the age of 16-year-old. From the get-go, they shared an easy-going sense of humor and appreciation of the little things in one another.

Harley, usually a shy kid, recalled how profound it was that she could always bring him out of his shell and how to completely be himself around others.

Thinking back on what was a difficult childhood, Amanda loved that meeting Harley showed her the possibility of a better life and how to be a kid again.

More often than not, this usually takes the form of dancing and singing to music while cooking together.

Over the next ten years, Amanda and Harley’s relationship flourished.

“We were able to develop around each other and made up for each other’s perceived “faults”, Amanda said.

It was a wonderful, mutual balance of support, love, and acceptance. Each knew they had found their person

For them, it was those times growing up together around Butte and Anaconda, Montana where the foundations of their relationship and support for one another really solidified.

As their relationship grew, some of their fondest memories were going on dates to the historic Washoe Theatre in downtown Anaconda and then dining at one of their favorite restaurants in Butte, the Pekin Noodle Parlor – the oldest Chinese restaurant in the country and housed in a formal brothel.

We wanted to highlight these two places that held a lot of wonderful memories for them.

We decided to recreate an ultimate date night for them!

Here are some favorites photographs from their Washoe Theatre Couples Portraits photographic experience.

This January, they will be getting married here in Bozeman and the Gallatin River Lodge. I can’t wait to celebrate with them. Congrats on your engagement you two! -M

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing the Phillipsburg Montana Family Portraits of the Johnston family. 

Months back while traveling en route to Mexico, I met and struck up a conversation with Robi in the Missoula airport

We talked about her life, what she loved about each of her children, and how fast they seemed to grow up. She wanted to celebrate each of them at this time of their lives. 

While they live in Washington, as it turns out, she grew up spending her summers in Montana, a place near and dear to her heart. She decided that this was the year to celebrate her upcoming vacation with her two kids at the family ranch in Phillipsburg, Montana with a family portrait session

We explored the rolling grass hills of her ranch making fun family portraits and candid photos of her kids being themselves. Despite both of them not feeling well, I was able to tease out some smiles and create some great, meaningful photographs for them.

Here are some of my favorite photographs from our Phillipsburg Montana Family Portraits session together. -M

The other day I photographed the Paradise Valley Family Portraits of the Young Family at their ranch along the Yellowstone River.

The Young Family ranch rests on the edge of the Yellowstone River. It’s a timeless and beautiful Montana property tucked away in Paradise Valley and a place that holds special sentiment for this family.

The old dairy farm was purchased by their great-grandfather in the 1980s and was his pride and joy home. Over the years, it has served as an anchor point for many wonderful Montana memories for their family.

A sanctuary where they can fish, ride ATVs, and spend uninteruped time together as a family.

For a family of twelve, they, unfortunately, don’t all get together as much as they would want to. Usually family gatherings happen only around the holidays.

The upcoming 4th of July weekend would be their family reunion. The Young family were celebrating having everyone together for the first time in two years. They wanted to remember it with Paradise Valley Family Portraits.

I had a wonderful time with the Young Family exploring their family farm and making fun portraits and candid photographs.

It was such a pleasure getting to know this family and finding out what they cherish most about each other and their relationships.

There is a lot of love in this family.

Here are some favorite photographs from our time together.-M