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Matt + Kaity | Missoula, Montana | 05.30.15

It felt great to be back home to Montana for Matt and Kaity’s wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn. We snuck away to Greenough Park on the East Side of town for their first look and portraits before the ceremony. Green surroundings and a couple of cool little bridges made for an awesome location for their first look. The weather held out just long enough to get through all the portraits and back inside of the Hilton before a torrential downpour happened. The whole day went real smoothly and these two were a real pleasure to get to know and work with. Thanks Matt and Kaity; best wishes!



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Odds & Ends and Recent Work

The blog is back from the dead!


A while back my web hosting was interrupted for a few days which unfortunately resulted in the loss of some of my content and settings, leaving me unable to upload to my site. Everything has been restored and I’m finally able to upload photos again and make new blog postings, so you’ll notice many of my galleries have had some fresh stuff added.


I’m going to cover a lot in the blog post to get back up to speed.




I think I speak for most photographers when I say that photography is ever changing – and that goes for the business end of it as well. I’ve taken note of what my past wedding clientele have been looking for in their wedding photography and have molded my packages more closely around what I’ve learned from you guys.


I believe that simple is better, and with that philosophy I’ve overhauled my wedding packages, offering three distinct packages based solely on coverage amount and the subsequent amount of final photos delivered. I’ve left enlargements, second photographers, albums and any extras along those lines separate of the packages with the ability to add them on an a-la-carte basis.


Here is a link to my updated wedding photography pricing: 2013-14 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING.


In addition to weddings, I’ve also provided a little more info and insight into my engagement, portrait and event pricing, all of which have their own price guides linked to the info pages on my site.


Speaking of weddings…




Spokane has some really great historical buildings to get hitched at, and the Bozarth Mansion is no exception. Add Meg and Pat to the mix — an awesome, easy-going couple  — and I couldn’t ask for a more perfect wedding to shoot. I really have the best clients in the world.


Thanks Meg + Pat for being so awesome and for letting me hang around for the day; it was a blast! Best of luck to you two!






The folks at Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty here in Coeur d’Alene have been keeping me busy shooting beautiful homes throughout North Idaho.


One thing that keeps photography fresh and exciting for me is the ability to shoot a variety of assignments. Architectural photography is something I had little experience with a few years ago, so it’s been fun gaining expertise and honing my skills in that area of photography.


If you or someone you know is a realtor and in need of professional photography for their listings, I have more information and a pricing guide here: REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY INFO


Here are some favorites from recent property shoots.






I’ve been working up an appetite lately shooting photos for some area pubs and restaurants, including Black Diamond Billiards, Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar and Tony’s On The Lake.


It was also great to hear from Al Hurt of Silver Bullit Cafés again to shoot his latest restoration, a 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 café racer. We headed up to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in the Spokane Foothills and had a pretty epic shoot of the two-wheeled beauty.


The folks down at Alpaca Direct in Hayden make some seriously awesome (and warm) hand-crafted clothing and it’s always fun shooting their new products. We headed down to Honeysuckle Beach this time and braved the cold to get some fresh photos of hats, gloves and scarves.


The Copper Mountain Band came back to Coeur d’Alene to play at the new Country Club and had me photograph their show. It’s always a lot of fun shooting these guys and the new establishment has a pretty nice stage and lighting setup which was a pleasant surprise.


I did my first-ever golf course shoot, photographing each of the 18 holes at the Black Rock Country Club on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Black Rock is truly a unique and amazing golf course and reminds me of why I love it up here in the Inland Northwest so much.


I had an abosulute BLAST covering the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo in Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County Fairgrounds handed me a small shot list, an all-access photo pass and turned me loose. It was truly a visual playground and a lot of fun stomping around the grounds making rectangles.


Here’s a little variety of the aforementioned stuff, along with a few snaps from a recent trip to Glacier National Park.



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Brian + Suzi | Missoula.MT | 08.25.12.

Ever see a bride ride a chair lift in a wedding dress?


I hadn’t either, until Brian and Suzi’s wedding last weekend. These two each rode the chairs to the top of the mountain separately to have their “first look” at the top. Awesome idea.


I was able to get some of the most unique wedding photos I think I’ve ever taken, riding in front of Suzi on the chairlifts snapping frames of her high above the ground with the vast Missoula Valley as a backdrop. We snapped a few portraits at the top of the mountain before the two rode back down together and I rode behind taking shots of the them together.


I say this all the time but I swear I get the best clients in the world. It’s one of my favorite things about this job — meeting new people and getting to hang out with them to tell the story of one of the biggest days of their lives. Brian and Suzi’s family and friends were so much fun to spend the day with. I knew when Suzi and I first talked about shooting their wedding and she told me she and Brian had been to a combined 100-something Phish shows, we’d get along just fine. At the end of the night, when things were dying down, Brian offered to buy me a beer (they had a tasty local IPA on tap). I sat and talked music with a couple of their friends and Brian took hold of the mic and took a moment to send a toast my way, commending me on how great I did and how glad they were to have found me for their photographer. Pretty awesome. People who begin as strangers become friends by the end of the day. And that’s probably my favorite thing about doing this.


I think we walked away with some pretty great photos out in the mountains of Western Montana and I can’t thank Brian and Suzi enough for being so awesome.


Congrats guys and I wish you well in your travels overseas!


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Bob + Kari’s Wedding – Cardwell, Montana

My third Montana wedding in August brought me just a short ways East of Bozeman — Cardwell, to be exact.


Just minutes from Lewis and Clark Caverns, along a tree-lined pond sits the Cardwell Pavilion, where Bob and Kari had their big day.


Much like the previous August weddings, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. There’s something special about Montana weddings and this one was no exception. We were able to sneak out around sunset to get some awesome portraits of the two of them, something that I like to recommend to all of my clients. You just can’t beat that last hour of sunlight!


I really do get awesome couples to work with, and Bob and Kari were no exception. They were extremely hospitable, easy going and fun to be around.


Congrats guys!



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Clint + Angela’s Wedding | Wedding | Hole in the Wall Ranch | Alberton, MT

I love Montana weddings.


Angela and Clint’s big day was number two of four Montana weddings over the course of August. August is definitely the Montana wedding month for me.


Eighteen miles of windy, dirt road off exit 66 of I-90 takes you to the Hole in the Wall lodge, a quaint, country resort where these two chose to tie the knot.


I loved so much about this wedding. The cowboy boots. The white suits with blue vests. The white DC loafers worn by the guys (I want a pair.) The humongous trees lining the ceremony. The mountains. The hay bails and tree stumps around the perimeter of the dance floor. Should I keep going?


What a great day and celebration these two and their family and friends had, and I’m thankful they let me be a part of such a great day.


Cheers Angela and Clint! Wish you two the best.




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Nick + Eleese’s Wedding – Trego, MT

I love Montana.


I was lucky enough to document Nick and Eleese’s wedding in a beautiful setting in Northwest Montana. The town of Trego really doesn’t have much — no cell service, no grocery stores or fast food restaurants. Eleese grew up in this area and if I remember right they did not have running water at her home until she was in the fifth grade.  But what Trego lacks in modern conveniences it makes up with its breathtaking beauty — typical of Western MT. The area Nick and Eleese chose for their big day lies just North of Whitefish and is truly a great place to make some photographs.


From the waterfront home the bridal party got ready at to the ceremony on the shores of Dickey Lake and the reception out in the woods, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for making some photos.


I will sadly admit that spending a day without cell service was sort of hard. But it was also refreshing and was a good reality check. I think it’s great to get out in the country from time to time and simplify things for a weekend or even a day. I’m glad Nick and Eleese gave me the chance to do that while being a part of their special day! Congrats you two!



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Ansel Adams for a weekend

Ansel Adams had the coolest job ever.


Although shooting landscapes and scenic shots doesn’t do anything for paying my bills (outside of selling a few prints here and there), it is pretty fun.


I took a trip back home to Western Montana for Christmas and stopped at several places to grab some shots. It’s amazing the beauty you realize outdoors when you pull off the freeway and just look around. As I motored down the interstate early Thursday morning, I kept my eyes open for photo opportunities — which were everywhere. I grabbed the sunrise over Lake Coeur d’Alene, risked frostbite shooting the raging Clark Fork River, trudged through snow on Lookout Pass and wandered around the Pattee Canyon area of Missoula.


Landscapes are a really nice break from shooting the typical photojournalism, wedding and portrait stuff — the bread and butter my job. It’s not that I don’t love those assignments, but it’s nice to just wander around with a camera and have plenty of time to prepare for the shot.


Here’s a few of my favorites from the trip. I even threw a few film shots on here too for the hell of it. And just in case you’d like to support a struggling local photographer — all of these shots (along with plenty others) are available to purchase on my website under the “Buy Prints” tab.












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