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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County 2015 Holiday Party Photos

As a young business owner, I believe it’s important to give back my time and skill sets to enrich and benefit my community. It was one of the many things I took pride in over the last decade photographing for community newspapers across the company. Telling the stories of others in my community. It is one of my passions. Now as a full-time self-employed wedding, editorial, and commercial photographer, opportunities to interact with the public, like my time working as a journalist, don’t come around as much. Supporting and donating my photography skill set to benefit local non-for-profits is a service I am grateful to provide.

About week before the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County‘s 2015 holiday party for the kids, their families and the mentors of the program, I was contacted by Valerie Erwin, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County. She was in a bind, short on time and needed a photographer to document the fun in photos at their annual holiday party. I was happy to help. I headed over to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and set up my portable photo studio, setting the stage for the party attendees to have some fun. This crowd was a hoot. I love documenting humans at play. We all had a great time and I came away with some fun photos from the event. Here are some favorites. Happy to support such a great local organization. Merry Christmas everyone! -M

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing the annual Reach, Inc. Have a Heart Art Auction fundraiser here in Bozeman. This event serves as their main fundraising source for the year to support their cause of empowering adults with disabilities. I love helping out a good cause. All told the evening of art donated by local Montana artists brought in over $37,000. Once again, I worked alongside some friends. The Wizard of Oz themed local art event was the creative master plan of the talented event and wedding planner Abby Turner, of Icing on the Cake Events and Sadie Morales, chef of all things awesome at Sadie’s Catering, kept the crowd well fed as they enjoyed live jazz, drinks and showed support of a great organization. I had a lot of fun photographing it. -Mike

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