Back in late August, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Star M Barn Wedding Day Photos of Cooper & Jenny in Belgrade, Montana.

It’s been such a joy to celebrate this couple over the past year. A highlight of my Spring was discovering all the things Cooper and Jenny cherish about their relationship, celebrating their story, and photographing their couples portrait experience in downtown Bozeman, Montana.

These two have been dating for the past four years and from the moment you meet them, it’s clear that these two compliment each other so well. They have such a playful way about them and more often than not they could be found together giggling about something.

It was so wonderful to see their energy together in the moment surrounded by their loved ones. 

When their wedding day arrived, the late summer fire season conditions surrounding the Gallatin Valley was in full swing. These two invited one hundred smiling of their wedding guests – made up of good friends and family – to gather at the Star M Barn wedding venue on a smokey Saturday in Montana to celebrate in style with a heaping abundance of enthusiasm.

From the get-go, Cooper & Jenny had their simple priorities in line for their perfect wedding day. In short, this wedding party wanted to get down on the dance floor.

Selfless as they are, this wedding couple didn’t want the wedding day to be all about them, rather to use it as a time to honor and celebrate their family and friends. It was a chance to laugh and dance their faces off with the people that mattered most in their lives. So they cut to the chase. After a brief ceremony, the hilarious stories insued, libations were poured, and funky DJ music commenced blossoming into a heartfelt, authentic Montana wedding celebration. Give the people good BBQ and let them dance. This tribe abided.

I had such a fun time photographing this crew.

Here are some favorite moments from their Star M Barn Wedding Day photos made throughout the day. I could not be more excited for this playful couple. Congrats you guys and I wish you many years of happiness! -M

To view all of the fun photos from Cooper and Jenny’s wedding day festivities, click here.

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Rainbow Ranch Lodge Big Sky Montana Wedding Reception of Stephanie & Skylar.

When the 2020 pandemic set in, many Montana wedding couples were forced to postpone, reschedule, or drastically alter their initial their wedding celebrations for safety. With their hearts set on starting a life together, Stephanie and Skylar didn’t want to wait. They opted for an online Zoom wedding where their friends and family could log in to view them saying their vows. While it wasn’t the original wedding plans they envisioned, they knew that the celebration with their loved ones could always be hosted at a later, safer date.

After a year anticipation and being five months pregnant, Stephanie and Skylar finally got to host their closest friends and family for a lovely, relaxing, intimate rainy wedding reception at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge in Big Sky, Montana.

After five years of dating and one official year of marriage under the belt, these two clearly share a great love for one another. They both emphasized their mutual love of fostering an adventurous spirit whether that be jumping off cliffs, trying new foods, and wanting to share new experiences of seeing the world with one another. Over the years, they have traveled a lot together backpacking places like Beruit and skiing Europe and Japan.

Still, it’s the little things that stand out the most.

Stephanie loves Skylar’s big super goofy, silly smile along with his love and support. Affection amplified with his great burst for life. Skylar cherishes her impact on him as a even tempered, calming force who also can bring him outside of his comfort zones. He loves her bubbly personality and drive to push herself towards her goals especially when seeking out Type-2 fun.

Rolling with the twists and turns of life is something both have embraced. It was only fitting that despite the last two months of extreme heat and wildland fires in Montana, the day of their wedding reception brought consistent rain for the majority of the day. These two shrugged it off with a smile. They knew the rain was a blessing. What mattered was that they could celebrate their lives surrounded with the people who matter most. Likewise, while we were limited on where we could explore outside in the mud and rain, we made the most of it and created a variety of fun wedding couples portraits. These two and their fantastic attitudes made it great.

Here are some favorite moments from my time photographing their wedding reception.

To view all of their fun wedding photos, visit their online gallery here.

I could not be more excited for these two. I wish them a lifetime of happiness. -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Maverick Mountain Ski Resort Wedding Day celebration of John and Nora.

I first met them back in November of 2019 when they approached me to photograph their wedding day festivities. I love taking the time to discover all the things my wedding couples cherish about one another and their relationships. For John, he cherishes how Nora is such a joyous individual showcased by her near constant smiles and laughter. As an artist, singer and a lady that’s handy with a sewing machine, he loves how she expresses her creativity and her ability to hold space for him to talk about his feelings. Nora beamed about John’s sense of humor and total goofball personality. She appreciates his high intelligence that often challenges her own thinking in positive ways.

She loves that he is a man who’s actions are anchored in kindness like bringing her fresh flowers for no other reason than he was thinking of her.

While discovering all the ways their relationship elevated their lives, it was clear to see the deep loving connection between these two.

For these two geology consultants, their DIY wedding was a complete reflection of the simple things they savor in their lives.

They first met each other by chance at a Shook Twins concert in Missoula, Montana two and a half years ago. Music has been a shared love in their relationship and a theme they wanted to emphasize on their wedding day. So when this couple invited their friends and family to their favorite Montana ski mountain outside of Dillion, Montana, many their wedding guests brought along their instruments and musical chops to play bluegrass music throughout the day. It was awesome. A day spent in song and celebration amongst loved ones doesn’t get much better.

After a year delay of their wedding from the pandemic, the coup’d up energy of all in attendance was bountiful and joyous – humans, babies and dogs alike. It was an amplified wedding celebration that even the smoke from nearby wildfires couldn’t dampen the spirits of their attendees. Great conversations, laugher, great food, microbrew libations, homemade pan pies, singing, and dancing kept everyone thoroughly entertained throughout the evening. A great time was had by all.

Here are a some favorite wedding photos from their celebration. I could not be more happy for these two and it was such a pleasure to be apart of their special day. -M

To view all of their wedding day photos, click here to view the photo gallery.

With much anticipation and a year long delay due to the pandemic, I had the pleasure of photographing The Ellen Theatre Wedding Day of Lisa and Shawn a few weeks back.

True to their shared love of films, these two chose to have their wedding on stage at the historic downtown Bozeman theatre. It was a theme we drove home with their recent couples portrait experience as well.

I love it when a wedding couple throws out the rules of what society says a wedding should be and instead embrace their shared interests that make their relationship unique.

For these two newlyweds, they showcased their love of the Star Wars universe and other action movies near and dear to their hearts. It was a wonderful balance of fantasy and classy wedding themes coming together. Bride Lisa, highlighted her love of red roses. Groom Shawn (in pure delight) wore his Darth Vader outfit and walked down the isle to the imperial march theme music. Many of their guests in attendance also donned character costumes from the epic movie saga and all were given light sabers and Wonder Woman bracelets to wield during the grand exit down the isle. Their wedding cakes made by the talented bakers at Decadent Bozeman were super hero themed. Everyone in attendance savored the delicious tacos from the Chefs Table Food Truck.

In all, their guest were treated to a unique, fun experience full of laugher and play that was a perfect reflection of the shared loves of this couple.

Here are some favorite photos I made from their wedding celebration. To see all of their fun photos, click here to view their gallery link.

It has been so wonderful to get to know these two lovebirds over the past two years. I could not be more excited for them. It was an honor to photograph their Ellen Theatre Wedding Day festivities and I wish them a lifetime of happiness. -M

Wedding Vendor List:

Venue – The Ellen Theatre

Photographer – Greener Visuals Photography

Catering – Chefs Table Food Truck

Wedding Cakes – Decadent Bozeman

DJ Services – Moshunal Production

Back in the beginning of May, I had the pleasure of celebrating and photographing The Ellen Theatre Bozeman Montana Couples Portrait Experience of Lisa and Shawn.

Over the last seven years of dating, these two have fostered a solid relationship and family home with Shawn’s two children. They are self described “goofballs” and commented that “their inner nerd matched eachother’s.” For Lisa it was his kindness and loyalty to their relationship that she cherishes. She loves how everything he does is for the family and is constantly putting others before himself. Shawn loves that she accepts him for who he is and together they give each other forgiveness and grace both in their relationship and professional lives.

But of all their shared values and appreciations for one another, these two have fostered a passion for watching fims especially of their mutual love of the Star Wars saga.

So much so in fact that their entire upcoming wedding celebration theme will revolve around their love of movies including being the first wedding ever at The Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman, Montana.

It was only appropriate that we highlighted their favorite activities together into their couples portrait experience. These two love old theaters with hopes of someday owning their own. We decided to check out the historic The Ellen Theatre where we created a movie date night/Star Wars theme experience for them.

We had a blast nerding out together creating some personal, unique photos of their relationship and playing within the historic theater.

The force is strong with these two. Clearly, the love as well.

Here are some favorite photos from their couples portrait experience.

I am so looking forward to their wedding celebration this Saturday! -M

In addition to documenting the love at Allie and Chris’ wedding day, I also set up a Wedding Day Photo Booth for Allie & Chris at The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm. It was a fun activity for their wedding guests, young and old, to dress up in absurd costumes and take their own glamorous photo booth photos remotely. It was a huge hit.

I’ve said it before and I’ll reaffirm it here, photo booths make any life celebration better.

After their 2020 wedding day had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, Allie and Chris knew that when the time came to have their wedding day celebration, having their Wedding Day Photo Booth at The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm was a top priority. They provide the perfect opportunity to for wedding guests to laugh, play and create. They have a special way of bringing out the best versions of people, introvert and extrovert alike.

Here are some favorite photos that their guests created but there are some many more. To see all of Allie and Chris’ Wedding Day Photo Booth photos, click here to view the full online gallery.

What a fun day! Congrats to the newly weds! -M

To view all of the wedding reception photo booth photos, click here to view the online full gallery!

A few weeks back I had the absolute pleasure of traveling to Seattle, Washington to photograph the wedding celebration of Allie and Chris at the peaceful, pine forest venue of The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm.

This wedding couple first met through their circle of friends when they were 14-years-old . It wasn’t until Allie asked Chris to the homecoming dance their senior year that their friendship started blossoming into something more. After dating for the past six years, they have lived in Seattle, Washington while supporting her pursuit of her law degree and his engineering career at Boeing. Through all the laughter and support that they shared, it was clear that life was pretty awesome together and they became engaged.

Originally scheduled for 2020, the pandemic forced a year delay of their wedding. It didn’t matter. Allie and Chris relationship continued to grow closer. After a long wait for vaccines to start rolling out, the time had come. Now they were finally able to have a gathering of their closest loved ones to celebrate their relationship in style. We were blessed with perfect 70 degree weather with a beautiful pacific northwest setting canvas where the wedding couple and their guests fine dined, told stories, laughed, hugged, and went full throttle singing their hearts out on the dance floor. When they needed a break, the Greener Visuals Photo Booth during the reception was a huge hit in getting people to laugh, play, and create.

This crew didn’t hold back.

You could feel the warm embrace and excitement of everyone in attendance. Everyone was just thrilled to be amongst one another’s company. A loving tribe reunited once again. It was so wonderful to be a part of.

Here are some favorite photos made from their wedding day. I’m so excited for these two! The wait for their big day was well worth it. It was an honor to document their wedding festivities and I wish them a lifetime of happiness together! Congrats to the newly weds! -M

To view all of their wedding photos, click here to view the full gallery.

Dressed in their Sunday best clothing, over 250 families gathered together at Headwaters Ranch to honor and celebrate the wonderful women in their lives during the annual Mother’s Day brunch celebration. I’ve photographed numerous weddings over the years at this lovely Three Forks, Montana wedding venue. When asked to participate in this year’s event, I was happy to set up my Greener Visuals Photo Booth for families to play in.

I love creating opportunities to bring out the best versions of people.

That’s one reason I love the spontaneous creativity that photo booths provide. They are a wonderful invitation to get goofy for extroverts and introverts alike. After a delicious breakfast buffet meal by Cinnamon and Sage Catering, the kids and their parents curiously wandered over and completely leaned into playful, self expression. Nothing pleases me more than watching all the smiles on the faces of photo booth participants after they leave it.

After a year like 2020, I think these families had a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day and they made the most of the creative occasion. We all had a lot of fun.

These are some of my favorites photo booth photos from the day.

To see all of the fun photos, follow this link to view the online gallery.

I’m so glad I could be apart it. -M

The other day I had the pleasure of photographing Bozeman Montana Couples Portrait Photographic Experience of Jenny & Cooper at Peet’s Hill park. In their busy lives in Bozeman, these two often find relaxation and solace with their dogs Dalia and Mr. Krill during their frequent hikes along their favorite Bozeman in-town trailhead. For their couples portrait photographic experience, we wanted to highlight a place that was important to them in their relationship. Peet’s Hill was the perfect choice. On a lovely early May evening, we set out on the trail to celebrate this time in their lives together and make some fun photos.

These two have been dating for the past four years and from the moment you meet them, it’s clear that these two compliment each other so well. They have such a playful way about them and in conversation each commented on the absolute kindness of the other. For Cooper, he reveled at just how much fun they always have together. He loves Jenny’s strength, her go-all-in passion for her art, and her ability to care deeply for the bonds of each other and their friends.

“The way she approaches her life is so heartfelt and pure,” recalled Cooper, “She’s just so wonderful.”

For Jenny, she absolutely cherishes Cooper’s contagious enthusiasm for life and admires his ability to talk to anyone. It’s his skillset that has helped her to open up her own life more to others and has positively impacted her growth into the best version of herself. She loves his commitment to being a role model for others in his passion for coaching free ride skiing to twelve to eighteen year olds. Most importantly, Cooper has a unique ability to make her feel safe and his kind presence empowers and allows her to let go of past shame. Such a gift from a loving partner.

In high spirits, we explored Peet’s Hill Park and played with their dogs as the sun set behind the Madison Mountains to the west. These are some favorite photos we created during out time together.

I loved getting to know these two and discovering all that they loved about each other and their relationship. I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding celebration at the Star M Barn venue in late August this year. Congrats to the newly engaged couple! -M

Last week I had so much fun creating a Big Sky Montana family fashion portrait experience for the Jones family during their vacation to Southwest Montana. I always love it when a client comes to me with a unique photo request. This family lives in Georgia and the ladies – Ashley (a professional barrel racer), Sloan, Alexis, & Dawn wanted to do a fun Big Sky Montana family fashion photo shoot in the snow with all of their favorite ball gown dresses. As a bonus, Alexis wanted to do a maternity photo session with her husband who are expecting their first child.

I loved the idea and we decided to explore snowy spots along the Gallatin River around Big Sky, Montana to make interesting and elligant winter environmental fashion portraits. These ladies had style. I loved the enthusiasm and positive attitudes each one brought to our chilly January photo session. The negative space of the fresh snowfall on the river scene created a really cool environment to play in.

Here are a few favorite photos from our time together. Thanks for playing in MT with me, Jones Family! It was a pleasure creating with you guys. -M


Happy New Year everyone! What a wild ride 2020 has been.

The beginning of my year was lining up to be the best ever for my business. I was looking forward to a full schedule of weddings and a dozen or so portrait sessions already on the books.

But as the coronavirus pandemic spread its way across the country and quarantine kicked in, most of my clients, rightfully so, made the difficult decision to postpone their celebrations.

Suddenly, like so many other businesses, I was forced to pivot.

With the uncertainty of how I would support my photographic livelihood moving forward, I also was dealing with the realization that my grandmother was being admitted into hospice for her end of life care.

An ironic twist to an already surreal time in our world.

In late March, I was at home with my family in Missoula and supporting my grandmother the week before stay-in-place directives kicked in. It was during that time, I came across some favorite family photos that I had made of her throughout the years.

With the end of her life nearing, those photos suddenly became priceless to me. Captured memories that brought up so many wonderful emotions of love.

I wanted to make sure that my clients had the same chance to celebrate their own relationships.


Good storytelling photography can be that bridge to tap into all those emotions we hold dear towards our loved ones.

How many of us have made excuses over the years to put off taking the time to be present with our families and to celebrate them through photography?

I think we’ve all been guilty of it.

Yet once those loved ones are gone (or government-mandated stay-in-place separates us), we would do anything to be back in their presence to savor their cherished expressions that encapsulates who they are – just one more time.

One of the gifts of 2020 was the awareness that while most of us were socially distancing from our neighbors, some of us were getting to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That was something to celebrate.

Giving Back and supporting local charities

Because of the isolation, I was looking for a path to give back and use my photography to help my community in any way I could. I decided to create the Bozeman Front Porch Project. The premise was a quick socially-distanced mini family photo sessions on their front porches for local families to refocus and celebrate the good that surrounds them.

All said and done, I photographed 55 different families from a safe, social distance for the Bozeman Front Porch Project. I’m proud to say that together we raised almost $3,000.00 that was donated to One Valley Community Foundation and the Greater Gallatin United Way.

It was such a joy and highlight for me to find a way to give back to the community that has given me so much.


Positivity comes to fruition

As the year went on, circumstances improved.

I was blessed to meet an assortment of new clients – families that wanted to capture and celebrate this time in their lives. I also photographed numerous businesses and professionals that wanted to put their best selves forward by creating fresh business portraits and engaging photographic content for their business websites.


While most of the weddings for the year were postponed, I was able to photograph a few new wedding couples that wanted to tie-the-knot with their close immediate families present.

What I’ve always loved about weddings is that no two are completely alike.

As we’ve seen from 2020, sometimes the best-laid plans don’t always work out (like the effects of a worldwide pandemic) but it’s amazing how we can adapt to life’s circumstances.

For Harley and Amanda‘s winter wedding, they were so excited to have a snowy backdrop. On their wedding day, there ended up not being any snow on the ground and only frigid cold outside the Gallatin River Lodge. Still, we were able to make the best of it and wandered out to the frozen pond to remedy the problem.

Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography

When pandemic canceled the big wedding plans of Addie and Nate, we changed course and instead rode up a backcountry mountain on horseback to photograph their small, intimate wedding ceremony. It ended up being better than they could ever imagine.

Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography

For Jordan and Raven’s extravagant wedding, a fast-approaching wildfire forced us to emergency evacuate and quickly move their wedding celebration just hours before their ceremony was set to commence. Thankfully, another venue was secured and despite the hiccup, we rolled with it and celebrated their relationship well into the night.

Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-Wedding-Photography
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-photo-booth
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-photo-booth
Greener-Visuals-Photography-Best-of-2020-Bozeman-photo-booth

The year seemed to be full of unexpected challenges but in the end, everything worked out. Each of these unique weddings was wonderfully imperfect in its own way.


Despite the struggles of 2020, I think we as a community and country have realized some of the hidden gifts of this pandemic – cherished time with the people that give our lives meaning.

While 2020 wasn’t the year I expected to have for my business, looking back, all of it was a blessing and a well needed time for reflection.

With hope on the horizon as the vaccines are beginning to be distributed, I look forward to the possibilities that 2021 will bring – the love I’ll get to document, the families I’ll get to celebrate and the businesses I’ll be able to make shine even brighter.

I’m optimistic about what the future holds.

I’m so grateful for the clients that supported me this past year and I cannot wait to embrace my friends safely again once this storm fades.

Above are some favorite wedding and portrait photographs I created this past wild year. I hope you enjoy them and when the time is right, I look forward to helping you celebrate what matters most in your life. Happy New Year everyone! -M

Couples-Engagement-Portrait-Photographer-Greener-Visuals

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

Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Home Equity & Mortgage Team and Consumer Loan Officers Team from the Rocky Mountain Credit Union to create a variety of on-location business portraits for their upcoming new marketing and online business presence.

From their humble beginnings starting in 1940, this financial institution has grown into a bedrock of support for their clientele throughout Montana with credit union branches in Bozeman, Butte and Helena.

For their new business portraits, they wanted to have photos that were bright and inviting but also would showcase their hardworking employee’s personalities.

From their inception, Rocky Mountain Credit Union‘s mission has been focusing on providing exemplary service to its members/owners. They needed professional high-quality visual content that reflected that ongoing mission.

That’s where I came in.

By taking the time to really understand their goals for the future, we were able to create a variety of fun Rocky Mountain Credit Union business portraits of their team that show a personal side to how they present themselves as a business.

I had a lot of fun with this group. Here are some favorite photographs from my time with them. -M

Last Fall, I had the pleasure of photographing the Bozeman Family Portrait photography experience of my past wedding clients Jenny and Ethan.

It’s been a joy for me to get to know these two over the last few years. Married life has been treating these two well. They’ve settled into a new home, their careers are going strong and their world has focused in on loving and raising their young son Declan.

For these Bozeman parents, family time has quickly become a top priority in their busy lives.

With their exciting news of a new child on the way, Jenny and Ethan wanted to celebrate this time right now with Declan. They wanted family photographic artwork that would be a reminder of all the love around him and that he is the center of his parent’s world.

With their labrador, Guinness leading the charge, we ventured out into the Bridger mountain foothills for their family portrait experience and played.

Here are a few favorites from my time with them. -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing the Bridger Foothills Fire Wedding weekend of Raven and Jordan outside Bozeman, Montana.

For so many brides and grooms, 2020 has been a year of pivoting with the continuation of the Covid-19 virus and its disruption of countless wedding day plans.

Raven& Jordan’s wedding day was originally scheduled to commence earlier this Spring but the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything for them.

Undeterred, this Arizona couple decided to postpone their wedding plans to a later summer date and a venue, her Bozeman, Montana home. Their extended families arrived for a three-day event at her family’s 140-acre property set against the beautiful Bridger Mountains backdrop.

It was a magical setting orchestrated by the fabulous team from Imoni Events complete with huge Under Canvas teepee tents and a wall tent city for their guest to comfortably “glamp” in. The first two evenings were causal and spent reconnecting and celebrating with their family guests during their Welcome Party and a Nike/Harry Potter themed Groom’s Party.

It’s not every day that wedding couples have all the most important people in their world surrounding and celebrating them. It was a gift this family took full advantage of throughout the weekend.

With the social distancing that’s been occurring this year, you could feel that everyone was so thrilled to be amongst friendly, loving faces again.

My role was to document and photograph all of the candid fun while creating special memories of the weekend celebration. It was all leading up to the main event, their outdoor wedding day celebration.


In the consistent theme of uncertainty for 2020, Raven and Jordan’s wedding day turned out to be quite the adventure.

On the evening of the Groom’s Party, a small, lightning-caused wildland fire started near a hiking trail about ten miles south of the wedding site. Though small at first, by midafternoon on their wedding day, strong winds and very dry conditions accelerated the blaze up into an 8,000-acre raging fire that was heading in the immediate direction of the wedding celebration.

About an hour prior to their wedding day ceremony commencing, a call came from the local fire marshall. Rather abruptly, Raven, Jordan, and their wedding guests were forced to emergency evacuate due to the fast encroaching Bridger Foothills Fire in Bridger Canyon.

In a state of emergency, where does a wedding couple up and move an entire wedding?

Thankfully, their wedding caterer Ashley Gutmann, of Cinnamon and Sage Catering offered an ace-in-the-hole (last minute) venue alternative at Headwaters Ranch in Logan, Montana.

Without warning, their wedding that had been meticulously planned and built over the past two months had to be picked up, moved 100 miles and put back together in under three hours.

With the Covid-19 pandemic before and now with an oncoming wildfire, this couple, yet again, we’re forced to call an audible, pick up and move their wedding and guests to the Headwaters Ranch outside of Logan, Montana an hour and a half away.

With focus and positive attitudes about forces we couldn’t control, everyone snapped into action.

Under the professional orchestration of wedding planner Jenni, of Imoni Events, we were able to pivot together as a working group of professionals and pull off a wedding feat for the books.

While it wasn’t the wedding day that Raven and Jordan originally envisioned, I have to say things worked out rather well considering the circumstances.

It was a pretty remarkable effort by every single guest and wedding vendor who rallied together to make Raven and Jordan’s wedding day a success.

In the end, it was all worth it to see the moment when these newlyweds walked hand in hand down the aisle, confetti raining from the sky and the cheers of their loved ones just as the sun set below the horizon.

With a sense of victory and tears of joy in all of us, the remainder of the evening was spent dancing the night away.

I could not be happier for Raven and Jordan. It was an honor to be apart of their wedding celebration and I wish them both a lifetime of happiness. -M

To view all of their fun wedding weekend photos, click here.

VENDORS:
Event Planning and Design: Imoni Events
Floral Designer: Carte Blanche Design
Photography: Greener Visuals Photography
Videography: Moshunal Videography
Entertainment: Joe’s DJ Service
Desert and Cake: Elle’s Belles Bakery

Paper Stuff: Freed Hands
Hair & Makeup: Indulgence
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
Draping and Lighting: The Party Store MT
Linens: La Tavola Linen & BBJ Linen Rental
Glamping: Under Canvas
Host Hotel: Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing Bridger Mountains Wedding Welcome Party and Groom’s Party of Raven and Jordan outside Bozeman, Montana.

For so many brides and grooms, 2020 has been a year of pivoting with the continuation of the Covid-19 virus and its disruption of countless wedding plans.

Originally, Raven and Jordan’s wedding was scheduled to commence earlier this Spring but the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything.

Undeterred, Raven and Jordan decided to change their wedding plans to a later date and a new location, her Bozeman, Montana home. Their extended families arrived for a three-day event at her family’s 140-acre property set against the beautiful Bridger Mountains backdrop.

It was a magical setting orchestrated by the fabulous team from Imoni Events complete with huge Under Canvas teepee tents and a wall tent city for their guest to comfortably “glamp” in.

The first two evenings were causal and spent reconnecting and celebrating with their guests during their Welcome Party and a Nike/Harry Potter themed Groom’s Party.

My role was to document and photograph all of the candid fun while creating special family memories of the weekend celebration.

It’s not every day that wedding couples have all the most important people in their world surrounding and celebrating them. It was a gift this family took full advantage of. This family celebrated their relationships in style. The two evenings were filled with laughter, great food, libations abound, fun in the Greener Visuals photo booth, and some serious games of cornhole.

All in attendance were in high spirits. Even my labrador Tippet, who after being invited to the Groom’s Party by the bride’s family, managed to cut a silver dollar sized gash in her leg – a wound later mended during a midnight visit to the emergency vet. During the party, she happily entertained, nuzzled, and retrieved objects thrown by occasional wedding guests.

With all the social distancing that’s been occurring this year, you could feel that everyone was so thrilled to be amongst friendly, loving faces again. I think it made this event even more special. There is a lot of love and support for this couple.

Here are some favorites photographs from their wedding welcome party and Groom’s Party festivities. It was all leading up to the main event, Raven and Jordan’s outdoor wedding celebration the next day.

A wedding day that I or any other person in attendance will soon forget. -M

To view all of Raven and Jordan’s Welcome Party & Groom’s Party Photos, click here.

To view all of the Photo Booth photos from the weekend, click here and click here.

VENDORS:
Event Planning and Design: Imoni Events
Floral Designer: Carte Blanche Design
Photography: Greener Visuals Photography
Videography: Moshunal Videography
Entertainment: Joe’s DJ Service
Desert and Cake: Elle’s Belles Bakery

Paper Stuff: Freed Hands
Hair & Makeup: Indulgence
Rentals: Montana Party Rentals
Draping and Lighting: The Party Store MT
Linens: La Tavola Linen & BBJ Linen Rental
Glamping: Under Canvas
Host Hotel: Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman

Over the 4th of July Weekend, I had the pleasure of celebrating and photographing the Big Sky Montana Back Country Horseback Wedding Day of Addie & Nate.

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, the addition of planning the details of their wedding day festivities became a bit too much to juggle.

With the busyness of finishing school and both working jobs, they decided it would be best to postpone their wedding day to a later date.

Enter Spring 2020.

As the rest of the world was shutting down to combat the pandemic and most of my weddings were being rescheduled for 2021, Addie and Nate reached out to let me know that despite the challenging circumstances, the time had come to make their wedding happen…with a twist.

Rather than having a big wedding celebration like they originally planned, they decided instead to ride horses into the backcountry with their immediate family for an intimate wedding ceremony at Albino Lake south of Big Sky, Montana.

It was a wonderful alternative to large group gathering that ended up being a unique, more personal solution.

This enthusiastic group met up at The Nine Quarter Circle Ranch and we loaded the wedding party up onto horseback for a ride into the wilderness.

For Addie and Nate, being in the mountains is such a restorative, important aspect of their relationship and this new plan worked out perfectly.

Under warm blue skies with puffy white clouds against a gorgeous mountain lake backdrop, they were wed.

As we all descended via horseback down the mountain, we drove over to the 320 Ranch down the road for a small outdoor gathering where a few other family members and friends joined us for a BBQ, cake, and libations.

Everyone had such a great time celebrating these two newlyweds.

I can’t think of a better reason for a small group of folks to gather than to celebrate love and the union of two great people. I think all in attendance missed the feeling of being around others. I think the photos show all the love that surrounds Addie and Nate.

I was so glad I could be apart of their special day. -M

Here are some favorite photographs from the day. To view all of Addie and Nate’s Big Sky Back Country Horseback Wedding Day photos, click here.

Cravins-Adventure-Lunches-Business-portraits-on-location-product-lifestyle-photographs

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with Cravins Adventure Lunches in Bozeman, Montana to help them with their Spring 2020 marketing campaign to create business portraits and on-location product lifestyle photographs.

This local, family-owned sandwich shop caterers much of their business to creating delicious lunch options (organized and packed in biodegradable containers) for all the hardworking fly fishing guides and their clients.

Back in early March, when the pandemic shut down the state and local fishing economy, this business took the initiative to use the social distancing time to elevate their brand by redesigning its website and creating new marketing content to better reflect and resonate with the clientele they serve.

As part of that process, they hired me to create storytelling lifestyle photos of both anglers enjoying their product on the river and to create clean, well-lit photographs of their featured food offerings for their website and marketing outlets.

I love commercial photography assignments like this because they allow me to do what I do best – telling stories with photographs to foster connection and to solve many different types of visual challenges that ultimately will allow my business clients to resonate with their target audience.

I spent a lot of time listening and understanding the needs of Cravins to help them make the best business portraits and on-location product lifestyle photographs possible.

Working together, we were able to clearly identify how best to convey their brand and message and split over two days – one in their commercial kitchen and the other on the Lower Madison River – I was able to give them a variety of creative visual options.

Early Spring in Montana forced us to reschedule our on-location session on the Madison River a few times but ultimately we found a weather window that was agreeable.

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

Wild-Path-Consulting-Katie-Smith-Livingston-Montana

A few weeks back, I drove out to Livingston, Montana for a business portrait photographic session of Katie Smith, of Wild Path Consulting.

Katie is a seasoned professional who helps her clients navigate through the wilderness of marketing to help their brands succeed.

She reached out to me to help her create inviting, storytelling photography content to showcase her marketing and communications brand.

By understanding her values and getting a clear idea of her visual goals, we were able to create a variety of fun business portrait photographs to help her stand out and make a statement to potentially new clientele seeking her services.

Here are some of my favorites business portraits from our time together. -M

Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Addie and Nate during their Couple Portrait Photographic Experience on her family ranch in Belgrade, Montana.

I met these two years ago when they first hired me to photograph their wedding in 2017. At the time, between the busyness of school and work, they decided to postpone their wedding day to a later date.

To my surprise a few weeks back they reached out to let me know that the time had come.

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.

Growing up in Bozeman and exploring all there was to see, Nate loves and cherishes how Addie has helped him experience those familiar places in a whole new way.

We headed out to Belgrade, Montana to Addie’s family ranch along the East Gallatin River for their couples portrait photographic experience. It was a special place they had spent a lot of time together in.

We had a great time exploring some favorite fishing holes and played with their dogs in the tall grass along the East Gallatin River. 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

Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate
Couple-Portrait-Experience-Belgrade-Montana-Addie-Nate