As a newspaper photographer I get to work closely with a lot of my local first responders. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for these people and actually love that my job brings me into such close contact with them. On Halloween I got to photograph Sarah and Austin’s wedding. I was only there for a few hours, but it meant so much to me to get to work with them because Sarah is a firefighter for the Smith Valley Fire Department. Some of my favorite shots were the very last from the day when we drove out to her fire hall for a few portraits.

They said their “I do’s” at the Red Lion in Kalispell and from there we went up to Lone Pine State Park and Foy’s Lake for some portraits before their reception. The skies got a bit dark, but the weather held and we stayed dry. The bride wore black for this wedding and the groom wore white. The biggest challenge was taking them to the locations I wanted and keeping Austin from getting anything on his white pants. Here are some of my favorites from the day…

How this all came about:
A few weeks before the wedding, with very little notice, I was asked to photograph a wedding on Halloween day for Sarah. It turns out that my name was given to them by one of my fellow local photographers.

Stephanie Curtis really wanted to do the photos for the young couple, but she would getting a bit too close to her pregnancy due date, so she decided it would be better/safe/more prudent to decline. When I found out who gave them my name I wrote to Stefanie to say thanks and she gave me the best compliment imaginable.

Stephanie wrote: “I knew you had a soft spot for military and first responders, that’s why I sent her to you. I knew you’d take great care of them! I’m glad they found someone. I so wanted to help but will be 8 1/2 months pregnant at that point. LOL.”

My father was a United States Marine. I love getting to work with military, cops and firefighters, because their dedication to service reminds me of my father. Knowing that someone else, a fellow photographer, knows of this “soft spot” of mine, truly warms my heart.