A few weeks back I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the winter engagement Portrait Photography Experience of Kate & Dylan on their Bozeman family property overlooking the Bridger Mountains.

Kate knew after connecting online and right from the start of their first lunch date, that this man was unlike any she had met before.

The immediate comfort in their own skin around each other matched with good conversation inspired them to play hooky the rest of the day where they spent the afternoon walking around, riding a carousel and being complete goofballs.

For someone like Kate, who has dedicated her whole career to how humans learn through play, seeing Dylan’s forthright invitation to make a fool of oneself sparked an immediate connection for her.

He was a partner with the willingness for silly goofy fun – a trait that had been missed in her previous relationships.

As she recounted, “He was the most earnest of people she had ever met and nerdy in the most wonderful ways.”

As their relationship grew, Dylan’s kind heart and inspiration around creativity solidified her love for him. He would eventually end up being the first partner, ever, to be invited to her family home for the holidays.

For Dylan, it was clear that Kate was such a natural fit for him and a complement to him in every way.

“Kate’s smile is so genuine and it has an uncanny capacity to instantly get me excited and can always lift my spirit,” he said, “It was her ability to always find the positivity in the world around them, her willingness for adventure, good humor and her sense of morality that made me feel seen, recognized and cared for.”

Kate gives him hope for a better future.

It’s been an incredible time getting to know these two over the last few months.

For their winter engagement portrait photography experience, we wanted to celebrate all of those playful, creative traits that each one brings into their relationship.

We had such a fun time exploring the Montana of her youth with the man of her dreams and making fun portraits that reflect all that they cherish about one another.

Here are a few of our favorite photographs we made during our time together.

I am so looking forward to photographing and celebrating these two on their wedding day later this year. Congrats on your engagement Kate & Dylan! July can’t come soon enough! -M

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