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

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

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

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

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

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

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of driving over to Phillipsburg Montana to photograph her family portrait photographic experience

Months back while traveling en route to Mexico, I met and struck up a conversation with Robi in the Missoula airport. 

We talked about her life, what she loved about each of her children and how fast they seemed to grow up. She wanted to celebrate each of them in this time of their lives. 

While they live in Washington, as it turns out, she grew up spending her summers in MT and wanted to celebrate her upcoming family vacation with her two kids to the family ranch in Phillipsburg, Montana

We explored the rolling grass hills of her ranch making fun portraits and candid photos of her kids being themselves. Despite both of them not feeling well, I was able to tease out some smiles and create some great, meaningful photographs for them.

Here are some of my favorite photographs from our Phillipsburg Montana family portrait photographic experience together. -M

The other day I drove over to Paradise Valley to photograph the family portrait experience of the Young family.

The Young Family ranch rests on the edge of the Yellowstone River – a timeless Montana scene tucked into Paradise Valley and a place that holds such special sentiment for them.

The old dairy farm was purchased by their great grandfather in the 1980s, and is his pride and joy home. Over the years, it has served as an anchor point for some many wonderful Montana memories.

A sanctuary where they can fish, ride ATVs and spend time together as a family.

For a family of twelve, they, unfortunately, don’t all get together as much as they would want to, usually only around the holidays.

This 4th of July weekend family reunion, they were celebrating having everyone together for the first time in two years.

I had a wonderful time with the Young Family exploring their special place and making fun portraits and candid photographs.

It was such a pleasure getting to know this family and finding out what they cherish most about each other and their relationships.

There is a lot of love in this family.

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

Back in late May, I had the pleasure of photographing Bozeman Montana Maternity Family Portraits of Lacey and Rory.

These two were so excited about their new family. We decided to hike around the “M” Trail at the edge of the Bridger Mountains just outside of downtown Bozeman.

Man, I love the summer time!

The evening light made for not only a lovely walk but also prime light for making some lovely photographs amongst the endless hillsides covered in yellow Arrowleaf Balsamroot.

We had a great time.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day. So excited for your new family you guys. Congrats! -M

Here are some photos to help you think warm thoughts on this chilly December day. Earlier this summer in between all of my weddings, I made some family portraits of family friends Bob and Sydney and their sons. The two were good college friends of my parents during their time at the University of Montana back in the 1970’s. Great people. I headed over to their grandparent’s beautiful horse property in Livingston, Montana. Horses turned out to be a big theme for the day. I arrived to find a full household of their family glued to the television with intensity to watch American Pharoah Win The Belmont horse race. Before photo shoot began, I joined them in cheering on the moving horse and rider figures on the screen. Their excitement was infectious. I learned that they have a long family history of raising race horses, a labor of love business upheld by their grandfather. A dime tour of their house and backstories by Bob revealed decades worth pictures of celebrated horses, race memorabilia, and memories. It was fascinating. After an exciting finish to the race, we headed outside into the pristine Montana summer weather. Keeping in theme with the day, their sons bridled up their two favorite horses and we walked around the property making some fun family photos with equines in tow. I still geek out on the great light we had that afternoon. Here are some favorite family portraits I made of them that day. -M