A few weekends back, I traveled from Bozeman over to Missoula, Montana to photograph the Missoula Engagement Portrait Photography Experience of my friend Eric and his lovely bride-to-be Emily.

These two met over their shared love of live music during the River City Roots Festival in Missoula a year and a half ago.

When the pandemic was sweeping across the country they these two were just moving in with one another.

The uncertainty that this past year has brought has made their relationship flourish and grow into something really special.

He loves how she is able to find the fun in any situation and her encouragement to find the joy and potential within himself.

“She loves me through my worst times,” said Eric who is finishing up a degree in Resource Conservation a The University of Montana, “It’s been game-changing for me. I can show up as I am and that’s okay with her. She accepts me.”

Both of them commented separately on how incredibly grounding each has been for one another in these challenging times.

By the same token, Emily loves Eric’s compassion and his thoughtfulness toward her.

“During our very first argument, rather than get mad, instead he genuinely wanted to understand me and we worked it out,” said Emily. “He’s an amazing communicator and is so in tune with my feelings. I feel so lucky to have him.”

For their engagement portrait session, these two wanted to celebrate their relationship in one of their favorite places.

Happy to oblige, we walked around and explored the fleeting Fall colors within Greenough Park in the Rattlesnake neighborhood.

Here are a few favorite photographs from our time together.

I could not be more excited for these two lovebirds.

I look forward to photographing their wedding celebration next summer. It can’t come soon enough. -M

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