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

Bozeman Portrait Photography Engagement Couple Sunflowers Madison River

The other day I drove out to the banks of the Madison River to meet up with my friends Sky and Tara for their evening Madison River Couple Portrait Photographic Experience.

I’ve known these two for years and the news of their engagement had been a long time coming. It’s so exciting to see them together as their wedding date approaches and their love and excitement grow.

I would be hard pressed to find a better match of personalities.

We decided to photograph their engagement photos in a spot near and dear to them, the Madison River.

Both Sky and Tara are love fly fishing and spending their free time being close to the rivers around Montana. As friends, we’ve we have all spent many a day together trying to entice the Montana trout to eat.

We loaded up Sky’s drift boat and cast off into the current.

As we floated downstream, we stopped to take photos along the way. It was an absolutely fine way to spend an afternoon – floating a blue ribbon trout stream and documenting the love. This couple tie-the-knot in two weeks! I am so excited for them. Congrats you guys! -Mike

To see all of their Portrait Photographic Experience, click here.


Last week I met up with Kim and Preston at the Lark Hotel in downtown Bozeman where we loaded up into my Subaru and headed for the mountains to photograph their engagement photos. These two both work and live in Washington D.C. but were in town to finish up their destination wedding planning details and to do their engagement photo session with me. These two were up for an adventure. We drove through the small fly fishing town of Ennis, Montana and we took advantage of the open space south of town where the sunset and the scenic views of the Madison River valley collide in a fantastic Montana scene. Here are some of my favorites from our time together. I’ll be photographing their wedding at the Big Yellow Barn this May. I am looking forward to it. -M