I’ll be back in Montana shortly as I have the honor of being Altitude Gallery’s featured artist for Downtown Bozeman’s September art walk! I’m so excited for this opportunity! Altitude is such a contemporary and hip gallery. Yes, I wrote ‘hip.’ Because I grew up in the 90’s. Please mark your calendars for September 11th and stop by!
I had the supreme pleasure of photographing Katie and Andy’s wedding at the Rainbow Ranch up in Big Sky, MT in July. There’s was an elegantly orchestrated Alice in Wonderland themed event. The tables were decorated with tea cups, playing cards, old books and clocks as well as porcelain rabbits and cats. The bride and groom are both quite creative – entrepreneurs actually – so it’s no surprise their wedding was memorable and as sweet as their decked out candy bar!
Katie’s amazing bouquet was arranged by my friend Julio of Kirkham & Co. and her dress, as well as the tuxes, are from Eskay Bridal in Bozeman. The Bridger Creek Boys played beneath the gazebo and Mindy Bechtell painted the event throughout the evening. Mollie Eckman at the Rainbow Ranch planned the exquisite event. Blue Chamomile styled Katie’s hair and Rachael Long did her makeup.
It was just after my last wedding job in Bozeman that I FINALLY stopped to take a few pictures at an old barn on Davis. I drove past almost daily for a good chunk of time last year and always wanted to stop, but never had. Either I didn’t have my camera, or I was nervous the property owner would holler at me!
I hesitated as I ran over to the barn preparing to attempt charm and explain myself, but I knew this could very well be the last time I had the opportunity to get the shot I had envisioned for months. Despite my strappy sandals and floor length dress I plunged through the tall grass between the road and property line.
I’m glad to finally have these shots in my portfolio. As my mind wanders, I realize these shots will remind me to be daring. To always take the shot. To do what I’m afraid I *might* get in trouble for.
I don’t know what time zone my body thinks we’re on right now, but I woke up at 5 this morning. By 630 I decided to get out of bed and grab some shots around the house. When we got into Macon Saturday night it was dark – we didn’t get to look around the yard and neighborhood until yesterday. It’s absolutely charming here, and I suspect my photographer friends back in Bozeman may be a little jealous!
Across the alley from our sprawling back yard is an empty lot. Ivy covers the ground and wraps around the trees – it’s absolutely lovely. There’s a partial brick wall and some steps that are quite aesthetically pleasing too! An old tree has pushed a good chunk of the wall out of place. It’s rubble really. Beautiful, photogenic rubble that has this photographer squealing with delight!
Also, just two lots from our house, Historic Macon established a Neighborhood Tree Nursery. So essentially there’s a park on the same block as our house!
I’m going to build an extensive garden in our back yard, intending it to be a source of food and loveliness for us, as well as a potential location for photos. I look forward to planning our garden, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the pre-existing backdrops right outside our door!
We’re about to leave Missouri after a much-needed break in Springfield. My lovely niece Becca (who is also a photographer!) needed some images for her portfolio, so we took some quick pictures near the swanky Hotel Vandivort. It was super awesome to spend some time with her, and it was fun to pull out my camera on our trip! A related observation: Stevick women are damn photogenic!
Last week I drove to Dillon to photograph a plethora of sugar cookies, gouda stout bread, soda bread and more! I love working with Great Harvest Franchising! For the last two and a half years, their art director, the talented and lovely Kaylee Zito, is the closest I’ve had to an actual co-worker. I might be a little sentimental about that considering I’m moving to a new state without any professional connections at all. (Eeek!) Either way, their food is awesome and if you don’t already frequent your local store you should. Also, the pictures Kaylee and I construct end up as posters and web materials for stores across the country. So I may actually wander into a store in Atlanta and see one of my pictures hanging on the wall!
This time last year, I travelled around Montana’s Golden Triangle with their executive chef, meeting farmers and photographing their fields. Grain from different farms in the Golden Triangle is mixed together to make the perfect blend and is shipped all over the country to Great Harvest stores to make the bread and cookies y’all love! Check out their chef’s blog post to read more about where your food comes from and the Montana families that make it possible! There’s also a great shot of me on top of a combine! Cause I did that and stuff.
I recently had a photo shoot with probably the coolest little family in the world. I’m serious! Saisha contacted me and we managed to get the shoot scheduled before my imminent departure. She told me she had used a rather inexpensive photographer last time around and definitely got what they paid for; this time they found someone who’s work they really loved (yay!) and decided to make the investment. She told me she loved bright, vibrant colors and wanted more or an urban backdrop than mountains, so I found a lovely bed and breakfast across from a worn metal building.
The day of our shoot it was cloudy – which is actually great lighting for an outdoor shoot. But then, as I drove over the hill to Bozeman, it started to pour! I remembered the umbrella I kept in my trunk and hoped they’d be up for playing in the rain. I got the impression from our previous discussions they’d be up for anything – but you never know!
They were such a blast to work with – and their willingness to go along with my rainy day photo ideas made for some awesome shots! Not to mention their bright, springy clothing was a great contrast to the gloom and rain. This experience makes me seriously consider only photographing people who are chill enough to rock a rainy day photo shoot!!
My teapot has whistled and the last of the coffee beans are brewing in my French press. This is the last cup of coffee I’ll have in this little house in Livingston. These important instruments, once cooled and cleaned, will go straight in a box, along with a couple bags of Montana beans, marked ‘open first.’ Because coffee is important.
Today we finish packing in Livingston and move into a hotel in Bozeman for a week. Next Monday we begin our drive across the country. The following Monday we arrive in Macon, Georgia.
As I sit here in my favorite green chair, among boxes and bags, I realize it hasn’t quite sunk in that I’m leaving! Of course I’ll be back. It’s Montana after all – no one ever leaves for good. When I come back to visit friends I’ll coordinate with clients, and when I return to photograph a wedding I’ll certainly stick around to see everyone. For now, I say farewell to Livingston in preparation for a great adventure.
I, for one, am so flippin’ glad we no longer need to specify straight or gay marriage! Marriage between two people is simply that: marriage. That being said, some of the most poignant marriages I’ve witnessed have been gay and lesbian ceremonies. I spent a good chunk of time protesting anti-gay legislation and advocating for equal rights in the last seven years or so. While all marriage comes with lovely intention, there will always be something special about photographing gay and lesbian weddings for me. Perhaps there’s a certain inherent bond between all of us who knew ourselves to be on the right side of history. We banded together against unfair and discriminating laws and now we, after years of effort, have won marriage equality!
I’m grateful to the states that shot down discriminatory bans and pushed equality before our federal government got involved. Georgia, the state I’m moving to in a few weeks, wasn’t one of those states. I’m interested to see how marriage equality plays out in my new home as it’s important to me to live among open minded individuals within a loving community.
Here’s to lots of love and marriage in Georgia! Cheers!
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