A few weeks back, I photographed my 2023 wedding clients Riki and Lee for their couples portrait photography experience in Butte, Montana.

It’s been wonderful to get to know these two this year.

Right from the start, the shared, rich intellect and loving kindness of Riki and Lee were a clear, magnetic force.

Lee and Riki met four year ago back while pursuing their PhDs at Northwestern University and now they are both budding powerhouse chemists on the East Coast.

In our first conversations, Lee shared what they admire most about Riki. They love how Riki is so good at truly seeing people. She is kind and doesn’t hesitate to help others–whether it be Riki’s colleagues, students, or friends, or their community of loved ones. “Riki shows me how to be a better partner.” Lee also admires Riki’s intellect– “She is extremely smart and was the best in her class.”

Riki feels the same–she loves Lee’s mind. This couple’s roots began first as friends. Riki immediately felt that she could be herself around Lee and with their first conversations, they dove deep. Riki, who describes herself as straight-edged, admires the diversity of Lee’s rich life experiences. Lee’s adventurous approach to life makes it easy for Riki to walk outside her comfort zone in all the best ways. 

Visiting Lee’s hometown in Butte, Montana has quickly become a favorite annual destination for them and a place they really wanted to showcase in their couples portraits.

With their excitement growing the we got closer to their photography session date, Lee and Riki elected to book a second hour to explore this historic place which means so much to them.

With so much to see in a old industrial town like Butte, this extra hour gave us more creative freedom to take our time and investigate our curiosities. 

If you know Butte, you know that its heritage and history runs a mile high and a mile deep. By the end of the 19th century, The Butte copper mines had become the largest copper producers in the world until they closed entirely in the late 1940’s. The steel engineering relects of another time have now perfectly blended with the weathered Montana landscape to create a town with a lot of soul. We all agreed it would be a perfect, rustic Montana landscape for us to play in. We began at the Original Mine and explored the industrial bones of the headframe and the character of the surrounding buildings. 

Next, we shifted from the playground of the Copper Kings and went off trail to Lee’s beautiful family home. Tucked back in the Butte foothills, their family property offered a more intimate landscape to explore thick aspens groves, rock formations, and the sunset views of the Pintler Mountains.

In all, this couple’s warmth, adventurousness, kindness, and focus on each other created such an incredible energy to be around. In their photos, smiles came naturally. Their excitement for each other was uncontainable. I love the photos we created together and I can not wait to photograph their wedding day June 2023! -M

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing the Roy’s Barn Candid Wedding Photos of Kelly & Scott in Belgrade, Montana.

I met Kelly and Scott back when the pandemic first began when I created my Bozeman Front Porch Project fundraiser for local non profits. Kelly and Scott have dated for the past 12 years and these two Post Doc research scientists have found a lovely balance working and living in Montana with their two German Shorthaired Pointers. Both are passionate about their careers and adamant about surrounding themselves with their community of friends they’ve fostered in Bozeman, Montana. This couple, who describe themselves as “chatty introverts at heart,” really treasure spending time hiking and hunting the Montana outdoors with their pups.

Kelly accepted a faculty position at UC Merced this past Spring, and suddenly, wedding planning coincided with packing up their home for the anticipated move. Happily, with the opportunity of having their friends and family in one place, their wedding celebration would also be the grand finale to their Montana experience.

“I love that I have this peaceful feeling that I’m enough and don’t have to change who I am.”

It has been a joy getting to know these two over the last few years. As a partner, Scott loves how Kelly pushes him to be better, her ability to really understand him, and her support of his outdoor activities. He feels so lucky and grateful that he can often share those experiences with her. When thinking about how Scott elevates her life, Kelly really appreciates his patience, which can be challenging for her. “He always can calm me down,” said Kelly. “I love that I have this peaceful feeling that I’m enough and don’t have to change who I am.”

Their intimate, DIY wedding was hosted amongst the friendly confines of Roy’s Barn in Belgrade, Montana. Set against the Bridger Mountain range, the charming, big, red barn and its mature trees provided cool shade where their guests could play yard games and be protected by the strong storm, wind, and rain that quickly blew through. Kelly and Scott created a relaxed atmosphere that emphasized a candid, good time with their loved ones. Everyone savored a delicious BBQ spread and homemade desserts from the bride. The property offered us a wide variety of photo locations to explore and we played in and around the teal color of an old Ford 100 truck on loan from a family friend. Afterwards, as the sun set, the DJ cranked the music as the wedding party transitioned from dinner to celebration. Everyone enthusiastically danced and sang into the night.

You could not have asked for a nicer day and a sweeter couple. I’m excited for Kelly and Scott and wish them nothing but happiness on the road ahead. Congrats to the newlyweds! -M

To view all of the fun photos from Kelly and Scott’s wedding day, click here.

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographIng the Belgrade Montana Countryside Summer Wedding Day Photos of Caitlin & Leo.

I met these two back in October 2021 and have loved getting to discover all the things they value about their relationship together. Earlier this summer, the culmination of our conversations came together when we photographed their custom couples portrait experience in their new hometown of Portland, Oregon.

These two share a common love for the outdoors that runs deep through their relationship. They surf together, run trails, and have even gotten into skate skiing. Whether sipping beers on the back stoop of their home, him serenading her on his guitar, or venturing out to their favorite restaurant, their strong connection, comfort, and playfulness was undeniable on their photo session.

For them, it’s been a lovely ride they couldn’t imagine not taking.

I have been really looking forward to their Belgrade Montana Countryside Summer Wedding Day celebration which was hosted on her parents land. A few weeks back, the day had finally arrived!

Their parents property near north Cottonwood canyon has unobstructed views of Ross Peak and the expansive Bridger Mountains. After the past few months of cooler temperatures and more consistent precipretation, the yellow arrowleaf balsamroot wildflowers were in full bloom. Lush green hillsides dotted with vibrant yellow made for a perfect Montana summertime outdoor setting. Clean and stunning.

Caitlin and Leo wanted their wedding day to feel relaxed with an emphasis on showing their friends and family a good time. Under the guidance of wedding planner Abbey Cook, of Anchor G Gatherings, these two highlighted a colorful, rustic feel on their big day. Caitlin’s dresses for the day were made by her good friend. Their guests dined on the deliciousness provided by their caterer Gather 406 and glorious desserts by Elle’s Belles Bakery. And as the evening went on, funk music from One Night Only encouraged all in attendance to dance the night away. One could not ask for a nicer evening.

Here are some favorite wedding photos I made during our time together. It was such a fun pleasure to celebrate this group. So glad I could be a part of the fun. Congrats to the newlyweds, Caitlin and Leo! -M

To view all of the fun photos from Caitlin and Leo’s wedding day celebration, click here.

Wedding Vendors

Catering: Gather 406

Rentals: Anchor G/Montana Party Rentals/Montana Party Time

Photog: Greener Visuals Photography

Floral: Anchor G Gatherings

Band: One Night Only

Planning and Design: Anchor G Gatherings

Desserts: Elle’s Belles


A few weeks ago, I traveled westward to photograph the Portland Oregon Couples Portraits of my wedding clients Caitlin and Leo.

For these young professionals, their relationship over the past eight years has been shaped by their shared drive and support of each other’s dreams.

Caitlin and Leo met in Berkeley, California. Through times of togetherness and being apart over the years, they’ve always encouraged one another to strive for their high goals. Now settled in Portland, Oregon, they recently purchased a house and are going full throttle building their lives together. Caitlin is an attorney representing local unions and Leo is finishing up medical school.

Both are ambitious powerhouses who at the same time, are carefree and playful. This passion continues in how they support each other. Each gives the other encouragement, imagination, and a sense of joy.

Beaming as she recalls how Leo elevates her life, Cailtin loves how he is so even-keeled and focused on whoever and whatever person or task is in front of him. She feels completely seen and when together, she senses that there is no place he would rather be. For Leo, the demands and intensity of medical school are lightened by Caitlin’s constant encouragement which grounds him and reminds him that, for him, anything is possible.

Whenever faced with a challenge, they both commented how they have a wonderful knack for getting each other out of ruts and into fun.

Above all, a common love for the outdoors runs deep through their relationship. They surf together, run trails, and have even gotten into skate skiing. Whether sipping beers on the back stoop of their home, him serenading her on his guitar, or venturing out to their favorite restaurant, their strong connection, comfort, and playfulness was undeniable on their photo session.

For them, it’s been a lovely ride they couldn’t imagine not taking.

After getting to know Leo and Caitlin over the course of this past year, I cannot wait to celebrate their relationships at their upcoming June wedding in Belgrade, Montana. Here are some of my favorite Portland Oregon Couples Portraits from our time together. Stay tuned. Their big wedding day approaches! -M


On the final day of 2021, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding of Alia and Justin at the Emerson Center in Bozeman, Montana.

It’s amazing how two lives can run parallel and, somehow, not connect until much later.

She hails from Ohio and he from North Dakota. They both separately found a love for skiing Montana’s mountains and attended Montana State University School of Engineering. After graduation, they both ended up in Salt Lake City and even lived on the same block.

Finally, they met while working for the same tech company and realized they shared a common zest for life.

On our first phone call, Alia kept saying that Justin is a ray of sunshine. He works hard, plays hard, and brings balance to her life. He is inquisitive. She loves how he is such a caring man who constantly sets the mood to make any situation fun. 

For Justin, Alia echoes his enthusiasm for celebrating life and he admires how she loves to host parties and celebrate their friends. He said, “She is an intelligent partner who can talk about anything and get to the root of any issue. It’s a love and relationship unlike any I’ve experienced before. To feel really cared for and feel completely seen and supported is incredible.” 

Now dating for the last five years, this couple has been adventure buddies and best friends ever since.

During lockdown, they became home owners and grew even closer. Justin’s plans to propose on a trip were canceled due to COVID. Ever the optimist and romantic, he pivoted, hired a private chef, and ended up popping the question to Alia over dinner in their home’s kitchen. 

Like many others, the pandemic impacted their plans for an in-person wedding. Alia and Justin weighed if they could safely have an in-person wedding. With so much uncertainty, they decided, on a whim, that this day was the day. They called their families and Justin and Alia married over Zoom. The celebration could come later. They knew they had both found their person.

Still, both felt that their celebration had been lost due to the pandemic, and they were keen to remedy that. After all, Alia and Justin married the person who fuels their sense of aliveness and adventure and they wanted to share that with their loved ones. 

When vaccines made group gatherings safer, Alia and Justin decided the best way to celebrate their union was to return to their college town for New Year’s Eve. The Emerson Center in downtown Bozeman would be the perfect canvas for their long-awaited celebration. 

For these two, candid, creative wedding photography was a high priority and they wanted to capture the emotions of the day. 

With the outdoor temperature hovering around 6 degrees, Alia and Justin embraced the cold for their couple’s portraits. Despite the chill, it was clear these two were thrilled to arrive on this day. They seized the adventure of the moment and enthusiastically tromped through the elements. Then, we headed back to the Emerson Ballroom to officially celebrate with their family and friends.

Under the talented direction of Events by Killian, Justin and Alia hosted their loved ones at their formal indoor ceremony, officiated by Alia’s brother. A three-course meal was followed by heartfelt toasts and raised glasses. Tsunami Funk brought the boogie to the dance floor and the guests danced the night away. Libations, playing in the photo booth, and a 1,000 balloon drop at midnight welcomed in the new year. It was the perfect evening they had been looking for and such a joy to be a part of. I could not be more thrilled for these two! 

These are some favorite photographs I made from their wedding day. To view their whole wedding day gallery, click here

Congratulations Alia and Justin! Here’s to many days of deep powder and your lifetime adventure with love! Happy New Year! -M

Featuring:

Band: Tsunami Funk, Wedding Cake: Sweet Pea Bakery, Catering: Gather, Floral: Karen’s Floral Artistry, Wedding Planner: Events by Killian, Rentals: Tailored & Tied, Gallatin Event Rental, & Montana Party Rentals, Signage: Wild Her Designs, Venue: The Emerson Center


I’m happy to present my Greener Visuals Photography Best of 2021 Portrait Photography!

2021 was a wonderful, whirlwind year. I helped some great couples and families celebrate their relationships and created a lot of solutions for business professionals elevating their visual story brand. It ended up being one of my busiest years since I started Greener Visuals back in 2002.

I feel so grateful. I loved the wonderful diversity of my 2021 clients and how their needs shaped and inspired my creative approach in my photography.

There were so many wonderful stories to tell.

This past year, I photographed an engaged couple who’s excitement to be back in a movie theatre helped set the scene of their shared love of films. Another couple wanted to feature their relationship and life on the farm they are creating together. There were families who were adapting to unplanned changes and families who saw now as the moment to gather and start anew. Or documenting the annual family fishing vacation to the Gallatin River – a place that holds deep significance to every family member.

In hearing your stories, each of my clients shared that now is the time to celebrate the people that give their life meaning. Now is the time to celebrate your relationships and come together, because you can. I’m so glad that we could.

We so rarely have permission and time to slow down and really think about why our relationships means so much to us. Sharing these stories of love heals and galvanizes.  In discovering what you cherish about your daughter, your partner and future spouse, your mother, your pet, or your family, I get a chance to see them from your perspective, and truly understand what your relationships mean to you. As a result, I was able to create completely customized photography experience for each of my couples, families, and business professionals that uniquely resonated with them.

It was a true pleasure.

Thank you to all of my clients for sharing your stories and allowing me to continue the work I love so much. I look forward to what this new year holds. -M

Happy New Year everyone!

I spend my last day of 2021 photographing the wedding of Alia and Justin at the Emerson Center in downtown Bozeman, Montana. As part of their New Year’s Eve wedding celebration which included a three course dinner, live funk band and a balloon drop, they also added my Greener Visuals Photo Booth to their wedding reception for their friends and family to play and create in.

It was a huge hit.

In between dancing their faces off to the good tunes, their wedding guests adorned hilarious random costumes and got wonderfully weird in the custom photo booth where they remotely created their own photos. I loved the energy this group brought to their experience. Here are some favorites photos that made me smile.

What I love about offering a Bozeman photo booth rental to my clients is that it is totally customizable. It’s not restricted by a “booth.” Any wall or scene can become a canvas for spontaneous creativity. You never know what kinds of funny moments are going to be captured throughout the evening celebration because it is all operated easily by you and your guests. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. 

I had so much fun with these two and their loved ones and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of their wedding day photos. Stay tuned for more awesome to come.

To view all of the fun photos from Alia and Justin’s wedding day photo booth, click here. -M

Happy New Year!

I’m happy to present my Greener Visuals Photography Best of 2021 Wedding Photographs!

During this winter, it’s been fun reflecting back on all of the great times I had with my 2021 wedding clients.

After the pandemic of 2020 forced many brides and grooms to put their wedding celebrations on hold, the vaccine rollout of 2021 allowed more wedding couples to trust the safety of gathering with their friends and family. Still, the ongoing pandemic continues to be a source of uncertainty, and if a theme resonated for my 2021 wedding clients, it was the capacity to be flexible.

Even in normal times, there is so much that goes on during a wedding that can surprise you and this past year had some unique challenges for my clients.

For one couple, there was wildfire smoke blocking mountain views. After the pandemic forced another couple to have a Zoom wedding, their long anticipated wedding reception was dampened by rain. In yet another, there was a rush to locate a spare suit for a family member two hours before the wedding. A groom on crutches could not dance but instead sang songs for his bride with the band behind him. One bride and groom even started a farm from scratch growing their own food and flowers. Their hard work created wonderful accents to their story that they shared with their loved ones on their big day.

It just goes to show, you can plan all the things, set the tables and get everything “perfect” but in the end, weddings turn out the way they turn out. They have a wonderful life of their own.

All of my wedding couples rolled with whatever came their way. 

Having those positive attitudes made each wedding an authentic reflection of who each couple was. Regardless of what happened, the true beauty of it was found by focusing on the bigger picture.

What truly mattered was that my wedding couples could finally celebrate their love, with their friends and families bearing witness to it.

For what is a wedding but a wonderful, sweet slice of society pie that celebrates the best things in life – our loving relationships.

You’ll usually find excitement from people attending a wedding, but you could tell that the energy of the world made this past year’s weddings more genuine for everyone. The faucet of normalcy was partially turned back on and people got a taste for the best part of life – the ability to come together and feel human again. 

As a visual storyteller, it warmed my heart to see my 2021 wedding clients and their loved ones embrace this moment to truly savor these time-honored celebrations that I think many of us have taken for granted.

To me, beyond the obvious of celebrating the union of two people in love, weddings are one of the few places where the young and the old can get together and honor what matters most. Weddings are a chance to show the youth the ways of community – this is how we act in the good times. These are the things in life we value and celebrate the most.

This year nothing was taken for granted. 

Personally, I’m thankful that I got to be in my element again; making people feel seen, laughing and joking with them, and photographing people being authentic and real. It was such a wonderful release for so many people. You could tell that the guests needed the celebrations just as much as the couples needed them.

I love witnessing the mixing pot of friends and family at a wedding. Most people know either the bride or the groom, but not many others. Strangers meet and mix. The stories start coming out. The laughter, fueled by good food and libations begins. Then the groups become one to dance and sing all the lyrics of a song with the people brought together by a newlywed couple. All awesome ingredients to honor and celebrate love.

The wedding event galvanizes a couple and their path forward.

This past year I was so grateful we could all gather.

Looking forward to what this new year holds. -M

Back in late August, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Frenchtown Montana Fall Farm Wedding Day Photos of Kitty and Nick.

Years ago, this couple met on a chance encounter while individually hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Both felt a strong connection to one another from the start. They both shared a love of the outdoors, a connection with the land and working with their hands. So it wasn’t a stretch when these two got the idea to buy property and start a CSA farm in Frenchtown, Montana.

For their DIY wedding day, Kitty and Nick wanted to emphasize their little slice of agricultural paradise (a place they’ve put their heart and soul into) with the people that mattered most to them.

This wedding couple hosted their closest friends and family to their Western Montana farm for an evening filled with celebration, food grown on their farm, boatloads of homegrown autumn colored flowers from their gardens, and dancing into the night. From dried flowers thrown at their walk back down the isle to the numerous live plant party gifts for their wedding guests, every detail was a wonderful reflection of Kitty and Nick’s shared passions and an authentic personal touch to share their story with their loved ones. Topped off with a pleasant, warm Fall weather, the day held all the wonderful ingredients to make a lovely, personable wedding celebration.

It was a grand day and such a delight to celebrate these two awesome humans.

Here are some favorite moments from their Frenchtown Montana Fall Farm Wedding Day photos made throughout the day. I could not be more excited for these two. Congrats you guys and I wish you many years of happiness! -M

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

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In late August, I traveled up to the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana to photograph The Nest on Swan River Wedding Day of Lisa and Thomas.

While Lisa is originally from Montana, these two now reside in Hawaii with their children and wanted to have their wedding celebration in the culture of her home state. For these two newlyweds, their shared love of country music quickly fostered a strong bond between them when they met in January of 2019.

As I got to know these two and what they cherished about their relationship, both commented on how perfect they felt for one another and their mutual down to earth approach to life. As Thomas puts it, “God put her in my life for the better.”

Thomas loves how her sparklely personality and great sense of humor is enhanced by her thoughtfulness towards others and a charming humility that teases out the best in the people around her. He loves seeing her engage and love his three children from a previous relationship as her own. Lisa smiled as she told me about Thomas’s big, marshmallow heart. “He’s so intelligent and spiritual. I love how we can both express our values and ideals to eachother,” she recounted, “He cares so much about my feelings and is so loyal to me and the kids.”

While the surfable waves of Hawaii weren’t around, The Nest on Swan River was the perfect canvas for their waterside wedding day.

When it came to their wedding celebration, this couple wanted to have a relaxing, peaceful time with their friends and family along the water. The versatility of the The Nest at Swan River provided the perfect backdrop. As the wedding couple was getting ready, their guests enjoyed the lush property in the lovely late summer Montana weather and assisted the local white tail deer forage apples. Their lovely intimate wedding ceremony was held under the shade of the riverside canopy surrounded by their loved ones.

As the sun set over the Swan River, their focus transitioned into a classic Montana celebration. Wild game appetizers paired with great local microbrew beer enticed their wedding guests. The conversation and laughter flowed. Despite a leg injury that limited the groom’s mobility, he traded his usual dance moves for singing on stage. Backed up great live music tunes from the Band of Drifters, Thomas performed a variety of his songs for his new bride. Soon after dinner the band got people twirling back out on the dance floor.

It was a lovely Montana evening enjoyed by all.

Here are some favorite photographs I made through out their wedding day. It was such a fun event and I was so excited to be apart of their wedding celebration. -M

To view all of the photos from Lisa and Thomas’ wedding day, click here.

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