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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

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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

BBack in early March, I had the pleasure of creating some professional portraits of Gallatin Real Estate realtor Chelsea Stewart during her business portrait experience.

I’ve come to know Chelsea over this past year.

I’ve have been inspired by how much passion, selflessness, and forward-thinking approaches she provides to her real estate clients.

This woman hustles.

As a Bozeman, Montana native, she is focused on the betterment of her community and creating positive informative experiences for her clients.

With the quick growth of her real estate business, she needed new professional portraits that conveyed more of her happy, inviting personality. Photos that would further uplift the approachable look of her polished real estate brand.

Easily setting up my mobile photography studio in her downtown Bozeman office, we used the professional environment to create a variety of fun, professional business portraits that conveyed her brand.

Here are some favorites photographs that stood out from her business portrait experience. -M

I’ve been thinking back on the experiences I’ve had during the last five weeks of the Bozeman Front Porch Project, I find myself overcome with absolute gratitude.

Through the unwavering support of my Bozeman community, the project has been a huge success!

Still, there has been so much to process personally and collectively as a member of my community.

While the world and my photography business was forced into a holding pattern due to state COVID-19 stay-in-place directives, I saw a lot of uncertainty and fear with all the drastic, fast-moving changes that we were experiencing as a community and nation.

Along 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 had suddenly become priceless, captured memories that brought up so many wonderful emotions of love.


How many of us have made excuses over the years to put off making the time to be present with our families and to celebrate them now in this stage of life through photography?

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

In this time of social distancing and uncertainty, I wanted to be a remedy.

It was around the time that we admitted my grandma into hospice that I was looking for a path to give back and help my community in any way I could.

I realized that while we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That was something to celebrate.



While the front porch project was not an original idea, I viewed the simple concept (that started on the East Coast) as a local opportunity.

An opportunity to address the mental health impacts of the pandemic, a chance to help change the narrative from one of fear to one of focused appreciation of our relationships – a strength for so many during this time.

Best of all, I saw it as a possible conduit to raise money for the non-for-profits assisting the helpers in our community.

From the chaos, the Bozeman Front Porch Project was born.

Created as a little something to uplift the mood of our community while maintaining safety precautions photographing from afar.

A chance for families to contribute to a good cause and to create a small keepsake to remind them of the loving individuals that give their life meaning.

After all, family is everything and is worth celebrating right now!



It’s amazing to watch a good idea gain traction and grow into making a difference.

As a result, I’ve spent the last five weekends celebrating fifty-five families throughout Bozeman from afar while raising money for The Bozeman Area Community Foundation and the Greater Gallatin United Way.

In total, we raised $2915.00!

Words can not express just how grateful I am to all the families that supported this fundraising project!



This pandemic has uprooted so much in our daily lives and many have lost loved ones along the way, my grandmother included.

The struggle it seems is far from over.

But this time can also be viewed as a gift – showing each one of us the healing, supportive power of our relationships.

If we choose to, it’s a chance to refocus our attention on all the good things that we have to celebrate in our lives at this very moment.



As the sun set upon Bridger Canyon Drive this past Sunday evening, I was wrapping up the last family portrait of this project. The family happened to be my friends Sky and Tara who have been spending their social distancing racing against-the-clock to finish their DIY home remodel and move back in before the arrival of their first child due at the beginning of June.

Of all the families I have photographed out front of their homes these past weeks, I thought this final contrasting scene – the excitement of a young couple in love and on the cusp of starting their new family contrasted with the stressful chaos strewn about their front yard, (a necessary step for the construction rebirth of their home they will raise their family in) – was a hopeful conclusion to the Bozeman Front Porch Project.

Like them, and each family I photographed we have all been juggling a wide variety of emotions and personal challenges depending upon our circumstances.

I think this situation has shown all of us that in our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster personal connections and together begin to heal our community. For many, we’ve discovered a new appreciation for one another. This pandemic has shown us just how important our relationships really are in our lives.

The power of our relationships gives us the space to laugh, to cry, to grieve, to experience our fears in a safe space, to celebrate, to heal, and to be accepted for who we are.

A reaffirmation to know that we are loved even when we are apart and that our loved ones have our backs.

Together, our relationships, nurtured with the foundations of love, will help each of us get through any trial life throws at us. That knowledge fills me with hope.



In Closing:

It was only fitting that I make one last family portrait for the Bozeman Front Porch Project – my Bozeman family.

My labrador Tippet has been my traveling companion on this journey with me from the start. Without her, this pandemic would have been a much more difficult, lonely road to navigate.

To my dog, I am grateful.

To my family and friends, I love you and I am grateful.

and for the generosity of the families in our Bozeman community, I am eternally grateful for your support throughout this project.

May all of us cherish this time of togetherness with the ones who matter most. Brighter days are ahead for all of us and when this storm passes, I’ll be here to help you celebrate your loved ones through candid, creative, storytelling photography. Thank you Bozeman! -M



Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

The enthusiasm and outpouring of support for the Bozeman Front Porch Project during this time of social distancing, has been incredible and I’ve decided to offer another weekend round of front porch sessions to continue raising money for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

Last weekend, fourteen gracious Bozeman families participated in the second Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation during this unsettling time in our community and country.

Together we raised $700.00 for them.


There has been a lot of uncertainty with all the drastic changes we’ve been experiencing as a community and nation these past few weeks.

Everyone is feeling the impact in one way or another due to the current health and economic crisis.

While we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That is something to celebrate.

Together, we will get through this.


Greener Visuals Photography is again offering the Bozeman Front Porch Project family portraits from afar April 25th & 26th, 2020.

It’s a little something to uplift the mood while maintaining safety precautions. Contributing to a good cause and creating a small keepsake to remind you of all the good things you have to celebrate in your life right now. During our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster social distancing connections within our community.

How it works: Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home next Saturday, April 25th or Sunday, April 26th with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

The Bozeman Front Porch Project by Greener Visuals Photography is fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the BACF and $50 to support costs of your local family photographer.

In addition, each family will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print to remember this time and 25% off a future one-hour family portrait experience with Greener Visuals Photography. All participating families will also receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe to share as a thank you for your participation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal.

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing both your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Next weekend April 25th & 26th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

To reserve your spot in this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project, simply on the link below.

https://bit.ly/34Q1nbu

If you know of a family that might be interested in participating, please share this link with them.

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Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

This past weekend fourteen gracious Bozeman families participated in the fourth weekend of the Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar – to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation



There has been a lot of uncertainty with all the drastic changes we’ve been experiencing as a community and nation these past weeks.

Everyone is feeling the impact in one way or another due to the current health and economic crisis.

While we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That is something to celebrate.

Together, we will get through this.



The Bozeman Front Porch Project was a little something to uplift the mood of our community while maintaining safety precautions. It was a chance for families to contribute to a good cause and to create a small keepsake to remind them of all the good things they have to celebrate in their lives right now. 

During our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster social distancing connections within our community.



I’m happy to announce that this past weekend together, we raised another $700.00 for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation to help our neighbors heal through this ordeal!

Greener Visuals Photography is again offering the Bozeman Front Porch Project family portraits from afar April 25th & 26th, 2020.

How it works: Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home next Saturday April 25th or Sunday April 26th with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

The Bozeman Front Porch Project by Greener Visuals Photography is fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the BACF and $50 to support costs of your local family photographer.

In addition, each family will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print to remember this time and 25% off a future one-hour family portrait experience with Greener Visuals Photography. All participating families will also receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe to share as a thank you for your participation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal.

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing both your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Next weekend April 25th & 26th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

To reserve your spot in this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project, simply on the link below.

https://bit.ly/34Q1nbu

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing each individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Thanks so much to every family that has participated! -M

Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

The enthusiasm and outpouring of support for the Bozeman Front Porch Project during this time of social distancing, has been incredible and I’ve decided to offer another weekend round of front porch sessions to continue raising money for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

Last weekend, nine gracious Bozeman families participated in the second Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation during this unsettling time in our community and country.

Together we raised $450.00 for them.


There has been a lot of uncertainty with all the drastic changes we’ve been experiencing as a community and nation these past few weeks.

Everyone is feeling the impact in one way or another due to the current health and economic crisis.

While we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That is something to celebrate.

Together, we will get through this.


Greener Visuals Photography is again offering the Bozeman Front Porch Project family portraits from afar April 19th & 20th, 2020.

It’s a little something to uplift the mood while maintaining safety precautions. Contributing to a good cause and creating a small keepsake to remind you of all the good things you have to celebrate in your life right now. During our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster social distancing connections within our community.

How it works: Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home next Sunday April 19th or Monday April 20th with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

The Bozeman Front Porch Project by Greener Visuals Photography is fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the BACF and $50 to support costs of your local family photographer.

In addition, each family will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print to remember this time and 25% off a future one-hour family portrait experience with Greener Visuals Photography. All participating families will also receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe to share as a thank you for your participation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal.

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing both your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Next weekend April 19th & 20th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

To reserve your spot in this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project, simply on the link below.

https://bit.ly/3ei8L3V

If you know of a family that might be interested in participating, please share this link with them.

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Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

Through a whirlwind of ever-changing weather patterns, nine gracious Bozeman families participated in the third weekend of the Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar – to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation


There has been a lot of uncertainty with all the drastic changes we’ve been experiencing as a community and nation these past weeks.

Everyone is feeling the impact in one way or another due to the current health and economic crisis.

While we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That is something to celebrate.

Together, we will get through this.



The Bozeman Front Porch Project was a little something to uplift the mood of our community while maintaining safety precautions. It was a chance for families to contribute to a good cause and to create a small keepsake to remind them of all the good things they have to celebrate in their lives right now.

During our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster social distancing connections within our community.

Together, we raised another $450.00 for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation to help our neighbors heal through this ordeal!

Greener Visuals Photography is again offering the Bozeman Front Porch Project family portraits from afar April 19th & 20th, 2020.

How it works: Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home next Sunday April 19th or Monday April 20th with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

The Bozeman Front Porch Project by Greener Visuals Photography is fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the BACF and $50 to support costs of your local family photographer.

In addition, each family will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print to remember this time and 25% off a future one-hour family portrait experience with Greener Visuals Photography. All participating families will also receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe to share as a thank you for your participation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal.

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing both your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Next weekend April 19th & 20th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

To reserve your spot in this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project, simply on the link below.

https://bit.ly/2V4tsZk

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing each individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Thanks so much to every family that has participated! -M

Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

This past weekend, ten gracious Bozeman families participated in the Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation during this unsettling time in our community and country.

As a self-employed photography business owner navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to create a little something to uplift the mood for local families and support our incredible hard working non-for-profits in town while we collectively maintain safety with social distancing.

While our normal lives have been turned into a holding pattern it’s important to remember that – Love is not cancelled. Friendships are not cancelled. Emotional support is not cancelled.

With all the uncertainty and fear circulating around. I wanted to change the narrative to focus on the positives that are still around us.



I wanted to create a reminder for these families of all the good things they have to celebrate in their lives.

While we are all doing our part to change the curve of our predicament, we can also safely from afar give ourselves permission to celebrate the people who give our lives meaning.

Family is everything and is worth celebrating right now.

These precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets – our relationships, are what matter most.

The love and support we give and receive from others will help us all get through these times of difficulty and struggle.

It’s through our shared, sheltered experience, that we can still foster connections and our combined community’s resilience.



Right from the start, the health and safety of every one were at the forefront of importance for me.

Stay-at-home directives started last weekend for Montana by Gov. Steve Bullock, and I’ve been personally exercising stringent social distancing practices while closely monitoring new developments.

In the end, under my already stringent safety measures, I decided to continue forward. By photographing everyone from afar with my telephoto lens (on average at least 20 feet) and safely, we created some really genuine fun family portraits.

Like the week before, the outpouring of support from the Bozeman community was incredible.

I’m happy to announce that together this past weekend we raised $500.00 that will be donated to the Bozeman Area Community Foundation!

I’m so thankful for all of the generous donations to this giving organization. I’m proud to be apart of our Bozeman community of helpers and look forward to a time when we can put this challenge in our rearview mirrors.

Thank you to all the wonderful families that participated in the Bozeman Front Porch Project!

Stay safe, stay healthy and soak up this time with your loved ones.

When this storm passes, I’ll be here to help you showcase everything you love about your family relationships in your own custom family photographic experience.

Together, we are all going to get through this. -Mike Greener

P.S. As a candid, creative family photographer, I can’t help but capture a moment if it’s happening in front of me. Here are a few bonus photos that I liked from my weekend of giving back.




Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

The enthusiasm and outpouring of support for the Bozeman Front Porch Project during this time of social distancing, has been profound and I’ve decided to offer another weekend round of mini photo sessions to raise money this time for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

Last weekend, fifteen gracious Bozeman families participated in the first ever Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Greater Gallatin United Way during this unsettling time in our community and country.

Together we raised $1,015.00 for them.


There has been a lot of uncertainty with all the drastic changes we’ve been experiencing as a community and nation these past few weeks.

Everyone is feeling the impact in one way or another due to the current health and economic crisis.

While we may be socially distancing from our neighbors, we also get to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That is something to celebrate.

Together, we will get through this.

As Fred Rogers said in times of trouble, “look for the helpers.”

This past week, countless, selfless people in Bozeman are offering support in various ways throughout our community, and we want to do our part! 


Introducing the Bozeman Front Porch Project for April 4th & 5th, 2020.

Greener Visuals Photography again offering family portraits from afar to celebrate your loved ones, create a community art project and raise money for those in need during this unsettling time.

While I might be standing a farther away from you than I normally would, the connection with your family I’ll inspire will be felt deep within your hearts!

It’s a little something to uplift the mood while maintaining safety precautions. Contributing to a good cause and creating a small keepsake to remind you of all the good things you have to celebrate in your life right now. During our shared, sheltered experience, we can foster social distancing connections within our community.

How it works: Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home next Saturday April 4th or Sunday April 5th with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

The Bozeman Front Porch Project by Greener Visuals Photography is fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the BACF and $50 to support your local family photographer.

In addition, each family will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print to remember this time and 25% off a future one-hour family portrait experience with Greener Visuals Photography. All participating families will also receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe to share as a thank you for your participation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal.

And as a result, we will have a collective group of creative portraits representing both your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience.

Next weekend April 4th & 5th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

To reserve your spot in this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project, simply on the link below.

https://bit.ly/3bDEVEM

If you know of a family that might be interested in participating, please share this link with them.

Family portraits from afar to raise money for those in need.

This past weekend, fifteen gracious Bozeman families participated in the Bozeman Front Porch Project from afar to celebrate their loved ones, be apart of a community art project and raise money to support the Greater Gallatin United Way during this unsettling time in our community and country.

Over the last few weeks, as the COVID-19 virus spread across the world and finally reach our Montana doorstep, social distancing commenced and our vibrant, social, outdoorsy Bozeman community suddenly felt like a ghost town.

As a self-employed photography business owner navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to support and create a little something to uplift the mood while our community maintains safety with social distancing.

While our normal lives have been turned into a holding pattern it’s important to remember that – Love is not cancelled. Friendships are not cancelled. Emotional support is not cancelled.

I wanted to create a reminder for these families of all the good things they have to celebrate in their lives right now.



These precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets – our relationships, are what will help us all get through these times of difficulty and struggle.

Through our shared, sheltered experience, we can still foster connections and our combined community’s resilience.



The enthusiasm and outpouring of support for the Bozeman Front Porch Project over the past week of social distancing, has been profound.

I am so grateful to everyone who supported this and helped me spread the word on social media. Thank you!



Right from the start, the health and safety of everyone were at the forefront of importance for me. As the week went on, this serious national health emergency continued to drastically change and escalate.

With the Thursday announcement of stay-at-home directives (starting this weekend for the state) by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, suddenly, I was debating whether I should put the project on hold.

In the end, under my already stringent safety measures, I decided to continue forward. By photographing everyone from afar with my telephoto lens (on average at least 20 feet) and safely, we created some really genuine fun family portraits.



There was no charge to participate in the Bozeman Front Porch Project however I’m happy to announce that together we raised $1,015.00 that will be donated to the Greater Gallatin United Way!

I’m so thankful for all of the generous donations to this good cause. I’m proud to be apart of our Bozeman community and look forward to a time when we can put this challenge in our rearview mirrors.

Thank you Bozeman!

Stay safe, stay healthy and soak up this time with your loved ones.

When this storm passes, I’ll be here to help you showcase everything you love about your family relationships in your own family photographic experience.

Together, we are all going to get through this. -Mike Greener

P.S. As a candid, creative photographer, I can’t help but capture a moment if it’s happening in front of me. Here are a few bonus photos that I liked from my weekend of giving back.

And lastly, thanks to my labrador retriever and photo assistant Tippet for accompanying me on the Bozeman Front Porch Project. -M

During my Portland visit last Fall, I was able to meet up with my friend Ashley Ryan in Hood River, Oregon to photograph her Business Portrait Experience.

Her business Engrained Marketing, provides marketing consulting and guidance for small businesses and non-profits.

As a Search Engine Optimization analyst, she strives to empower her non-for-profit clients through finding their intentions and guiding them to form action plans for success.

She wanted business portraits that would convey more of her personality, values, professionalism and add a friendly face to her online presence for her clients.

Here are a few favorites from our time together.

We also made sure to lasso in her old dog Katie for a pet portrait at the end. -M


I photographed the family portrait photography experience of Sara & Jason during my Northern California trip this past Fall.

I was fortunate to meet these two years ago when they hired me to photograph their wedding celebration in Chico, California. As the years have gone by, we’ve become friends.

Now six years later, their world revolves around raising their little family in Northern California.

They now call Auburn, California home where Jason works as a firefighter and Sara as a veterinarian. While schedules can be busy and they work hard to find the balance, it’s clear that there is a lot of love in this home.

I think it shows through the mirror of their happy kids.

In their eyes, life doesn’t get much better than when they are exploring the outdoors and camping outside with their two kiddos during their days off.

For their family portrait photographic experience, they wanted to celebrate all of the little things they cherished about kids during this fast-moving time in their young family’s life.

They wanted to capture the joy on the face of their exuberant 3-year-old son as he plays and dreams in their family home. They wanted to hold on to the feeling of seeing that mom heart-melting tenderness that he shows towards his 1-year-old little sister and his willingness to always include her.

After rounding out a full year with the new addition of their daughter, they wanted to capture her fiery spirit and hilarious exploration of her little world.

They wanted to remember the magic that they see every day when they are with their family.

Knowing this, I felt we were able to create some really genuine, meaningful memories for them by exploring the north fork of the American River and playing with their kids around the house.

Here are some favorite photographs from our time together. Thanks for looking! -M


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kate gives him hope for a better future.

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

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

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

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

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

I’m pleased to share my Best of 2019 Portrait Photographs!

I’ve been looking back on this past year with so much gratitude for the couples, families, and business professionals I had the privilege to photograph and build relationships with.

As a destination family photographer, I was lucky enough to travel to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, many parts of New England and all over Montana this past year for my portrait photography clients.

Everyone had so much to celebrate in their lives.

I harbored so much fulfillment in helping each one of my photography clients rediscover what they valued most in each other and their relationships – in turn helping to bring out the best versions of themselves.

This year I chose the photos that showcased the photographs that meant so much to my clients.

For me, 2020 is shaping up to be another great year of celebrating the best in life.

Thanks for the continued support everyone! Happy New Year! -M

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing the 1915 Barn Bozeman Montana wedding day photos of Kathy and Robert.

Initially meeting online, their relationship blossomed over their shared love of animals and hiking around Montana. Four years later they now have a home together complete with their dog “Annabell” and two house cats “Kitty and Binks”.

While Robert cherishes her friendship, honesty and her ability to get his humor, Kathy, loves that he treats her like her father treated her mother. He cares, he believes in her and supports what she loves to do.

Typically in Montana, a late October wedding tends to look more Fall-like with foliage colors golds, oranges, and reds. For Kathy and Robert’s wedding, we had record cold temperatures and it snowed four inches of snow.

It didn’t phase them in the slightest.

While this wedding couple and their guests ventured outside a few times throughout the afternoon to play in the big snowflakes, they could thankfully return to the warm, cozy interior atmosphere of the 1915 Barn.

The rustic barn set up worked perfectly for their small gathering of 100 guests.

For Kathy and Robert, they wanted their small, intimate DIY Montana wedding day to be relaxed where they could just be themselves around their friends and loved ones. Rather than a formal ceremony, they opted for a short exchange of vows and gave a toast of thanks to their guests.

After a great dinner, the tables went to the sides to make way for dancing, socializing, celebrating and games on the ping pong table and bean bag toss. It was their perfect way to spend the evening.

Here are a few favorite photographs from their wedding day.

I’m feeling grateful to have been apart of the wonderful celebration. Congrats to the newlyweds Kathy & Robert! -M

Matt and Allison’s Couples Portrait Photography Session at Rat Lake in Gallatin National Forest was quite the adventure.

When this newly engaged Bozeman couple, hired me to photograph their 2020 wedding celebration we got to talking about all the things they treasured in their lives and their relationship.

They met through a friend of a friend and while quiet at first, he had all of those amazing attributes like her father – a hard work ethic, compassionate and always willing to stick up for others.

As Allison reflected back on the things she really cherished about Matt, what stood out was his loving patience and his uncanny ability to liven up the mood by just being so much fun to be around.

Laughing as she thought back on it she said, “After dating just 10 months, I knew he was going to be the one.

Ever since they have built their lives together here in Bozeman.

Along the way, they have fostered a shared love of the Montana outdoors often opting to go fishing, off-roading in their 4 x 4 and spending time camping outside with their two dogs

After five years of dating and endless, fun adventures, Matt proposed.

For their Couples Portrait Photography Session, we decided to visit one of their favorite places – Rat Lake tucked up in the Gallatin National Forest outside of Bozeman.

It was the perfect setting to showcase through photography all of the things they love about each other and their relationship.

Here are a few favorite photographs from our time together. I can not wait for their wedding celebration coming up in July 2020. -M

For Belle and Angel’s West Yellowstone Couples Portrait Photographic Experience, we decided to drive back to their hometown of West Yellowstone, Montana to explore the place that fostered the roots of their relationship.

These two have been dating since high school – over seven years ago – where they first cultivated their relationship through their shared love of basketball.

While a lot has changed since high school, their relationship has never been stronger.

In Belle’s opinion regardless of where they are, Angel’s presence in her life is an immediate sense of home.

They now live and work in Bozeman, Montana – him as a chef and her as a caregiver.

Time together has helped them discover not only their love for each other but their shared passion for exploring the outdoors.

Now, as they work to finalize their wedding plans for Summer 2020, they wanted to celebrate this time in their lives by giving a nod to their shared love of camping and hiking in their old Yellowstone National Park area stomping ground.

We headed over to Black Sand Spring, a small spring creek west of town where we explored the area making photographs of them. Here are some favorites from their experience. Congrats on your engagement Belle and Angel! -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of visiting the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda Montana for the Couples Portrait Photographic Experience of Amanda and Harley.

Amanda and Harley met ten years ago and were high school sweethearts.

I had an amazing time discovering all that they cherished in each other and their relationship.

For them, it was those times growing up together around Butte and Anaconda, Montana where the foundations of their relationship and support for one another really solidified.

Growing up, some of their fondest memories was going on dates to the historic Washoe Theatre in downtown Anaconda and then dine at one of their favorite restaurants in Butte, the Pekin Noodle Parlor – the oldest Chinese restaurant in the country and housed in a formal brothel.

We wanted to highlight these two places that held a lot of wonderful memories for them.

We decided to recreate an ultimate date night for them!

Here are some favorites from their couples portrait photographic experience.

This January, they will be getting married here in Bozeman. I can’t wait to celebrate with them. Congrats on your engagement you two! -M

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of creating a Bozeman Morel Mushroom Hunting Couples Portrait Photographic Experience for Brianna and Kyle.

These two foodies are planning their September wedding celebration later this summer.

For their portrait photographic experience, our conversations focused on all the things they love about each other, their relationship together and the shared love of their 8-year-old English Pointer dog named Speck.

My role was to help them rediscover all the things they have to celebrate in their daily lives.

These two have made a life together fostering their shared love of the outdoors and wild foods. They work hard for that lifestyle. Both are part of the talented staff at the Gallatin River Lodge, him as a sous chef and her as the kitchen garden and reservations manager for events, and with any job in the service industry, long hours (especially in the summer) can make personal time challenging to harness especially when your partner might not have the same schedule as you.

Through our numerous conversations leading up to our experience, we discovered together, that it’s the little things that they are able to share together that helps make their relationship so strong and satisfying.

For them, life doesn’t get much better than when they are walking the banks of the Gallatin River near their home with their dog and finding wild morel mushrooms to turn into fancy meals. The more we talked, the clearer it became that that would be the recipe for the perfect evening and theme for our portrait photographic experience.

I traveled out to their property West of Bozeman where we explored the river bottom together. Within an hour, we had found a heaping bowl full of blond morel mushrooms and had made some really fun, personal photos of them in their happy place with their pup. Being an aficionado of foraging and cooking wild game meat myself, I joined them for a riverside campfire dinner where I photographed them in their zone, creating together in their outdoor, fireside kitchen with uncontrollable smiles on their faces. They sautéed our morel mushrooms with garlic, spices, and asparagus then artistically dished them onto a perfectly grilled moose backstrap donated by yours truly and prepared by Kyle.

We ate like kings and queens that night.

With our bellies full of delicious food and a couple of microbrews, these two snuggled up into their hammock and Kyle played blues riffs on his guitar as the sun set over the mountains. It was a perfect way to enjoy a Montana summer evening. I love the energy and the life these two have created together. I think their bond together really shines through these photographs.

Congrats again on your engagement Brianna and Kyle. Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness! -M