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Happy New Year everyone! What a wild ride 2020 has been.

The beginning of my year was lining up to be the best ever for my business. I was looking forward to a full schedule of weddings and a dozen or so portrait sessions already on the books.

But as the coronavirus pandemic spread its way across the country and quarantine kicked in, most of my clients, rightfully so, made the difficult decision to postpone their celebrations.

Suddenly, like so many other businesses, I was forced to pivot.

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 suddenly became priceless to me. Captured memories that brought up so many wonderful emotions of love.

I wanted to make sure that my clients had the same chance to celebrate their own relationships.


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

How many of us have made excuses over the years to put off taking the time to be present with our families and to celebrate them through photography?

I think we’ve all been 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.

One of the gifts of 2020 was the awareness that while most of us were socially distancing from our neighbors, some of us were getting to experience the precious moments of togetherness with our families, loved ones, and pets during this time of unpredictability.

That was something to celebrate.

Giving Back and supporting local charities

Because of the isolation, I was looking for a path to give back and use my photography to help my community in any way I could. I decided to create the Bozeman Front Porch Project. The premise was a quick socially-distanced mini family photo sessions on their front porches for local families to refocus and celebrate the good that surrounds them.

All said and done, I photographed 55 different families from a safe, social distance for the Bozeman Front Porch Project. I’m proud to say that together we raised almost $3,000.00 that was donated to One Valley Community Foundation and the Greater Gallatin United Way.

It was such a joy and highlight for me to find a way to give back to the community that has given me so much.


Positivity comes to fruition

As the year went on, circumstances improved.

I was blessed to meet an assortment of new clients – families that wanted to capture and celebrate this time in their lives. I also photographed numerous businesses and professionals that wanted to put their best selves forward by creating fresh business portraits and engaging photographic content for their business websites.


While most of the weddings for the year were postponed, I was able to photograph a few new wedding couples that wanted to tie-the-knot with their close immediate families present.

What I’ve always loved about weddings is that no two are completely alike.

As we’ve seen from 2020, sometimes the best-laid plans don’t always work out (like the effects of a worldwide pandemic) but it’s amazing how we can adapt to life’s circumstances.

For Harley and Amanda‘s winter wedding, they were so excited to have a snowy backdrop. On their wedding day, there ended up not being any snow on the ground and only frigid cold outside the Gallatin River Lodge. Still, we were able to make the best of it and wandered out to the frozen pond to remedy the problem.

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When pandemic canceled the big wedding plans of Addie and Nate, we changed course and instead rode up a backcountry mountain on horseback to photograph their small, intimate wedding ceremony. It ended up being better than they could ever imagine.

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For Jordan and Raven’s extravagant wedding, a fast-approaching wildfire forced us to emergency evacuate and quickly move their wedding celebration just hours before their ceremony was set to commence. Thankfully, another venue was secured and despite the hiccup, we rolled with it and celebrated their relationship well into the night.

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The year seemed to be full of unexpected challenges but in the end, everything worked out. Each of these unique weddings was wonderfully imperfect in its own way.


Despite the struggles of 2020, I think we as a community and country have realized some of the hidden gifts of this pandemic – cherished time with the people that give our lives meaning.

While 2020 wasn’t the year I expected to have for my business, looking back, all of it was a blessing and a well needed time for reflection.

With hope on the horizon as the vaccines are beginning to be distributed, I look forward to the possibilities that 2021 will bring – the love I’ll get to document, the families I’ll get to celebrate and the businesses I’ll be able to make shine even brighter.

I’m optimistic about what the future holds.

I’m so grateful for the clients that supported me this past year and I cannot wait to embrace my friends safely again once this storm fades.

Above are some favorite wedding and portrait photographs I created this past wild year. I hope you enjoy them and when the time is right, I look forward to helping you celebrate what matters most in your life. Happy New Year everyone! -M

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 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

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Introducing my New Photography Studio Labrador Puppy “Tippet”.

My new best friend has arrived!

My family grew up raising labrador retriever puppies and every Spring, during my junior and high school years, we would have a litter of labrador puppies in our house.

It was so much fun to come home from school and yell “Hey kids!” from the front door and suddenly a wave of wagging labrador would welcome me at the door. Having labs growing up was such a wonderful part of my childhood.

My folks have since moved from my childhood Chicago suburb home and have settled into their new life in Missoula, Montana. As I grow older, those familiar childhood memories and nostalgia grow more distant and seem harder to hold onto. I don’t get to go home to my old room or old stomping grounds which makes tapping into those old childhood memories a little harder.

Besides having the new companionship, I felt getting my own labrador companion would be one way to have some of those positive childhood experiences enter back into my life. And it would also just be a ton of fun.

Since leaving home to pursue a degree in Photojournalism at the University of Montana seventeen years ago, not having a dog has been a hole in my life that I’ve been waiting patiently to fill. So, two years ago when I made the decision that I would get my first pet and put a deposit down with Lori’s Labradors in Whitehall, Montana, my excitement could barely be contained. It turned out to be almost a two-year wait to get a black female labrador. Turns out it was worth it. Last Monday, I finally got to go pick her up.

It seems I’ve suddenly leveled up in adulthood. Now, my days are filled with puppy training, praising and dodging those puppy needle teeth.

I think Tippet is going to be a fun addition to my life. Keeping me company in my photo studio, accompanying me on my adventures and bringing lots of laughter daily. I’m excited to share our future adventures with you all on here. -M