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

Four weeks back during the last stretch of a three-hour drive home from Missoula, Montana on I-90, I returned to a hazy, eerily quiet Bozeman settling into a new stay-in-place order.

My recent extended weekend visit with my family brought the realization that my 93-year-old grandmother would be admitted back into hospice care.

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


After a weekend in the hospital with strict visiting restrictions due to the coming COVID-19 pandemic, the bright side was that grandma’s infection had simmered down enough to return home. With getting her back on hospice, my family would have help keeping her comfortable in her end of life care.

Grandma Jean, in her usual fashion, was soon back giggling to herself in her old chair.

Despite her failing health, she was still bursting with stories – beaming as she described the joy she felt the day I (her first grandchild) was born and the details of my youth that were so special for her.

It’s been wonderful to have this time to relive all the good memories we’ve shared together as a family. The moments in life that really matter.

But in the past few months, her world has rapidly shrunk with the loss of her mobility, hearing, and eyesight. As an onlooker, it can be difficult to watch a loved one slowly fade.

The change and uncertainty have been scary especially when it meant every time I said goodbye to drive back to Bozeman, it might be the last time I would see her.

She has been a second mother to me.

As far as life goes, she had lived a full one and had reached the goals she set out to achieve.

She was so excited that she had lived long enough to know her two great-grandchildren. She was just head over heels about being apart of their lives. I was there to capture the moments when she got to hold her great, grandchildren for the first time.


These photos I made of her are so precious to me.

These photos remind me just how thankful I am that she has been such a loving, guiding presence in my life and an integral part of helping shape me into the man I am today. How thankful I am to have family around especially during these uncertain times of social distancing.

She was always able to find the joy in life and laugh in delight at the little things. I admire her for it.

To me, these photos capture her spirit and bring a smile to my face everything I look upon them. A constant reminder to be kind, stay childlike in my curiosity and to celebrate every precious moment in the present.


It was around the time that we admitted Grandma Jean into hospice a month back that I decided to create the Bozeman Front Porch Project so that other families in my community would also have a positive family portrait experience to focus on during this difficult time in our world.

After all, family is everything and is worth celebrating (from afar) right now.

This past week, Grandma Jean actively began her dying process. I was able to race back to Missoula so my family and I could be together with her and say our final goodbyes these past few days.

This morning, back in Bozeman as I made my rounds for this weekend’s Bozeman Front Porch Project family portraits, I received a call from my father letting me know that Grandma Jean passed away.

She is finally at peace.

I can’t express enough my gratitude for all the joy, lessons and love this wonderful woman brought to and provided in my life. What a gift she has been! I love you so much Grandma Jean and I will miss you terribly. Rest in peace.

Jean Greener – 1926 – 2020

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

Bozeman-Front-Porch-Project-Families

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 continue raising money for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

Last weekend, ten 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 Greater Gallatin United Way during this unsettling time in our community and country.

Together we raised $500.00 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 11th & 12th, 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 11th or Sunday April 12th 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 11th & 12th, 2020 throughout Bozeman.

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

https://bit.ly/2JQ8QxA

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, 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

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

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.

Greener Visuals Photography is 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 little farther away from you than I normally would, the connection I’ll inspire will be felt deep within your hearts!

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

How it works: Every weekend during the stay-in-place statewide directive for Montana, Mike Greener, of Greener Visuals Photography, will come by your home in Bozeman either Saturday or Sunday with his telephoto lens and take your family portrait on your front porch from afar.

We are fundraising to support the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.

In return for your $100.00 booking fee, $50 will go to supporting the Bozeman Area Community Foundation and $50 to support costs of your local candid, creative family photographer.

In return, each family who donates will receive a beautiful matted 5×7 fine art print and 25% off a future family portrait experience. All participating families will receive a web-friendly digital photograph of your tribe as a thank you for your donation and support.

Together, we will raise funds to assist the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in helping our neighbors heal through this ordeal. As a result, we will have a collective group of portraits representing your individual family’s strength together and our combined community’s resilience. -Mike Greener

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

To reserve your spot, simply on the link below.

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

https://greenervisuals.com/2020/04/the-bozeman-front-porch-project-april-25th-26th-2020/

Update: The Bozeman Front Porch Project was a great success! Read the story and check out all of the gracious families that participated.


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

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

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

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

 

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of creating professional business portraits for the good folks at Knoff Group Real Estate in Bozeman, Montana.

Molly Ogle, their new associate, recently joined this talented team of realtors and was in need of some updated headshots and business portraits. We decided to explore the newly restored, historic Cannery District with her French bulldog, Pippa in tow to make some fun, professional photos for her new position. Here are some of my favorites from our portrait photographic experience. -M

Looking to get some fresh new business portraits for your own company?

Check out my business portrait services here and I look forward to helping you bring out the best version of yourself for your clients. 

With all the couples and family portraits I’ve been making this Spring, I got a break in the action and took the opportunity to spend a week with my family up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Their official Anchorage Alaska Family Kids Portrait Photographer was back for more.

It is so much fun being an uncle!

We were celebrating the 1-year-old birthday of my nephew Paul and I wanted to see the look on his face as he bit into his first chocolate birthday cake.

Not having any kids of my own, it’s been such a fun experience for me to watch my younger brother Eric as a father and a caring partner to his wife Brandy. Household laughter sums up the experience every time I visit. He is so good at playing and engaging his children. It doesn’t take much for him and Brandy to get their kiddos to giggle.

There is a lot of love in this Alaska home.

I feel grateful that the flexibility of my work schedule allows me to travel up to see them a couple of times a year. I want to be a part of these kids lives and what better way than to be present and document them.

As a photographer uncle, I want them to be able to look back at their candid selves in pictures years from now and see all the love that was and is all around them.

Photographing my family has become a fun, personal project for me where I get to observe how these little lovable humans process their world and continue developing their different and unique personalities.

It means something to be there on that lazy morning to capture the pure joy in the face of Molly, my niece, as she cruises down the hallway on her scooter with “Jones”, the family Labrador in stride.

Laughing and watching smiling Paul, who is just months away from taking his first steps, currently opting to carry all sorts of items in his mouth and utilizing his new crawling habit.

The kid can move.

For me, the best gifts from these experiences are being present for the little things.

Watching them helps me receive the world in a whole new way. A glimpse into the perspective of all things a new.

Here are some favorite moments from my time with my Alaska tribe. I can’t wait to return. -M

 

During my recent trip to Alaska, I had the pleasure of photographing the Alaska Maternity Portrait Photographic Experience of Jessie and Brendan in Hope, Alaska. Both are dear friends to my brother and his family in Anchorage and over the last five years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know these two wonderful people.

Jessie and Brendan have been married since 2010 and their passion for a full life in Alaska lead them to purchase land outside of Hope, Alaska where they have been building their own home together since 2011.

Now as that passion project comes to a conclusion, a new journey is about to begin for them. In two weeks, these two are expecting the arrival of their first child.

To commemorate this special time, these two reached out to me about making some maternity photographs for them. For our Alaska Maternity Portrait Photographic Experience, we decided to check out their favorite walking trail near their home that looks out over the Turnagain Arm and the Chugach State Park landscape.

Here are some of their favorites from our photo experience. I can not wait to meet the new addition to their family! Congrats you two! -M

 

Even a Bozeman Montana winter snowstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of Ali and Josh during their recent portrait photography experience.

Ali and Josh are seniors at Montana State University and besides finishing up school and internships, they have continued to grow their relationship. After meeting them at this year’s Montana Wedding Event, we got to talking about things they love about each other and the activities they enjoy doing together.

Hearing their story and learning about their relationship, they have found a shared interest in playing ice hockey. We decided to incorporate that shared passion for their recent portrait photography experience.

The last few weeks in Bozeman have had frigid temperatures and lots of snow. This meant most of the outdoor ice rinks around town were buried under a few feet of snow. We elected to head over to Bogert Park in downtown Bozeman, Montana to take advantage of its covered, outdoor ice rink.

After a fun hockey-themed photo session, we noticed a snow storm coming in. We shifted gears, took off the ice skates and went for a tromp around the park in the deep snow. These two had a great attitude throughout and their playful love for each other really comes through in their photographs.

Here are some of my favorites photographs from my time with them. Big things are on the horizon for these two and I couldn’t be more happy for them. -M

To see all of their fun photographs from their photographic experience, click here.