East Gallatin River engagement portraits of Addie and Nate


Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing East Gallatin River engagement portraits of Addie and Nate on her family ranch in Belgrade, Montana.

After a three year pause, it was wonderful to recconnect with this great couple and make some engagement portraits of them.

Back in 2017, these two hired me to photograph their wedding at Bridger Bowl Ski Area with 100 guests. They wanted to celebrate their community of loved ones in the mountains – rain or shine. They were so excited.

But, over the next couple of months, Addie and Nate discovered that the addition of planning for their wedding day (inbetween the busyness of finishing school and both working demanding jobs) had become a bit too much to juggle. So, Addie and Nate made the decision to postpone their wedding day to a later date.

Enter Spring 2020.

A few weeks back, they reached out to let me know that the time for their wedding celebration had come. We began finalizing their new wedding plans at the 320 Guest Ranch. We also scheduled time to have their East Gallatin River engagement portraits with their dogs on her family ranch outside of Belgrade.

These two met in 2012 during a chance encounter at a country swing dance.

For Addie, she was drawn to Nate’s gentleness and uncanny ability to make her laugh even on her toughest days. His sense of adventure keeps their relationship fresh and new.

Nate grew up in Bozeman and thought he had explored all there was to see around his hometown. Nate loves and cherishes how Addie has helped him experience those familiar places in a whole new way.

For their couples portrait experience, they wanted to hightlight a place that held a meaningful connection for their relationship. We headed out to Addie’s family ranch along the East Gallatin River that ended up being the perfect location. It was a special place they had spent a lot of time together in.

We Explored some of their favorite fishing holes and played with their dogs in the tall grass along river bank. Our photo session had all the ingredients to make some fun, meaningful photos that showcase their relationship. I’m looking forward to celebrating these two on their upcoming wedding day in July!

Here are some favorite photos from our afternoon together. -M