Photography Journal

My Life in Florida

My Life in Florida

So many changes. Life in Florida is so different. After ten years in Montana I find that even half a year later, I am still adjusting to the changes this place has required. I am also finding that I love living near the ocean (this is a first for me) and I am...

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A visit to Glacier National Park

A visit to Glacier National Park

T.S. Elliot wrote, "...the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." That is what it feels like to return to Glacier National Park. I lived here for ten years. I've been away for almost four months. I live in...

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Memorial

Memorial

I haven't been blogging. There have been so many changes in my life that it is honestly overwhelming to even think about trying to go back and explain it all in one blog. Here's the short list: Laid off — 6 JanuaryCOVID-19 sets in — Marchhired at newspaper in Vero...

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Traditions

Traditions

Most people who know me well, have at one point or another, stumbled upon my obsession with yellow roses. They are a tradition in my family, started (as far as I know), by my parents. I wish I knew the genesis story there. That's one of those questions I never got...

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Confessions

Confessions

I am part of a bookclub that meets Wednesdays from noon to one and is called Wisdom Wednesdays. The gathering was instigated by Joe Coco of Coco Enterprises in Whitefish, Montana and we meet at his office. The purpose of these Wisdom Wednesdays is to gather, engage in...

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15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

On Friday night, January 17, 2020 Love Lives Here came together with a collection of local performers and speakers for the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. "We Were All Strangers Once..." featured the history...

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Noble Dance

Noble Dance

This year the dancers at Noble Dance were joined by former Noble Dance student Abby Cockrell, currently a member of the Northern Ballet in Leeds, England, and by her fellow dancer Gavin McCaig, also with the Northern Ballet. Cockrell and McCaig danced the parts of the...

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OperaLesque II

OperaLesque II

Photographing anything related to “burlesque” is new ground for me. And it really is a gift to be shoved out of one’s comfort zone….

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Paris, Je T’aime

Paris, Je T’aime

Like so many people around the world, I was shocked by the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Fifteen years ago to the day, I was in that holy place. And one of the most poignant things I have found as I search the available news was a headline that read: the...

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O my stars…

O my stars…

More than one million acres have been burned in the 2017 fire season in Montana. The heavy smoke these have created have, for weeks, robbed us of blue skies and stars and the simple blessing of breathing easily. On Saturday, September 9, the skies cleared just a little I this is a collection of photo of the night sky that I’ve been missing, and the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Pakr.

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Total Perfection

Total Perfection

The total eclipse of the sun on 21 August 2017 as seen from Roberts, Idaho. Along with the story I wrote for the Daily Inter Lake and at the end, a combined image (digital art) that is my attempt to capture what I felt.

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Israel 2018

Israel 2018

I am going to Israel. A dream that has been building for decades is about to become a reality.

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Camera Gear and Loyalty

Camera Gear and Loyalty

As a newspaper photographer, out in the community, I am frequently asked for advice on camera gear. I never mind the questions, but I also never know exactly how to help people.

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Keeping Journals

Keeping Journals

Keeping journals is the best thing I do for myself. This practice has helped me survive the darkest chapters of my life.

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Absent Too Long

Absent Too Long

Sunrises in Glacier National Park are unpredictable. The mountains can change the weather around them so swiftly. But even though there is no telling what conditions you may encounter, I would encourage anyone visiting Glacier to go before dawn. The Park is deserted and the solitude is immense and refreshing.

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Dreams and Plans

Dreams and Plans

“Die with memories, not dreams.”
For many years I have dreamed of going to Israel. In 2018 that is finally going to become a reality.

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A Mission of Safety

A Mission of Safety

This blog was written following two ride alongs with Montana Highway Patrol and an interview with Captain Duane Bowers, Commander of District 6 (Kalispell and the Northwest). It was originally an article for The Daily Inter Lake which appeared in the Sunday, January 22, Montana Life section.

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I love snow

I love snow

Snowy sunrise on Big Mountain as seen from Whitefish Lake State Park in Whitefish, Montana.

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An artist’s workshop

An artist’s workshop

I always love walking into an artist’s workshop. There is something captivating about the chaos that surrounds their creativity.

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Changes to the Newsroom

Changes to the Newsroom

This is a solemn week here at the Daily Inter Lake. It is the final week for our news editor, Scott Crandell. After 26 years with the paper he has announced his retirement and is heading off to whatever adventures life has for him next.

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Photographing funerals

Photographing funerals

I absolutely hate photographing funerals. They break my heart. The last time I had to do this, I lived in Washington DC. So it has been seven years since I have had to carry a camera and go document the very worst of moments.

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Hardest Days

Hardest Days

The hardest days to be a photographer are ones when you have to photograph someone’s tragedy. Last night a fire in a dumpster (possibly fireworks set off by kids) led to a fully engulfed structure fire that destroyed the Sapa-Johnsrud Babe Ruth Field stadium in Columbia Falls.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

Photographing the Northern Lights

Before moving to Montana I had never seen the Northern Lights. The first time I saw them was because I got a text from a friend at the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office: “Northern Lights over Big Mountain.”

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Art and Fear

Art and Fear

Why are criticisms so much easier to believe than compliments? When someone says something kind, I smile, say thank you, and go on my merry way — grateful, but forgetful. But say one negative thing, even without malice, and I find myself coming back to those hurtful words over and over again.

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The Big Mountain Location Challenge

The Big Mountain Location Challenge

This post is really going to only apply to people who have some connection to the Flathead Valley. I need help with a project and I'm getting desperate. So I have decided create this Big Mountain Location Challenge. The winner will get a complimentary 16x20 print of...

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2015 Year in Review: part one – Photojournalism

2015 Year in Review: part one – Photojournalism

Welcome to a brand new year! In true procrastinator style I have waited for the end of 2015 to write up my reflections on the year. In my defense, I don't really feel my year is over. Personally, I have always counted my birthday (April 4) as my year, so by my...

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Do something good in the world…

Do something good in the world…

Here you will find details on your chance to get $100 dollars off family photo sessions  and the rest of the money goes directly to saving a life. (Please note: there are only 14 photo sessions available and you must contact me to confirm you are one of...

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Too Close to the Story

Too Close to the Story

I love my work. A few weeks ago I got to attend the first Orthodox ordination in the state of Montana. If you are not familiar with Orthodoxy, it is complex, ornate, exquisite, formal. It's beautiful. It makes the traditionalist in me very happy, even if does run a...

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Chasing someone else’s vision

Chasing someone else’s vision

I have a friend. A great friend. A very particular friend. One might even say a persnickety friend. This friend loves my photography. Sweet, right? This friend likes to hang my photos on his wall. And I'm honored. This friend likes to come to me with projects. It will...

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Remembering Chosin

Remembering Chosin

On this day 64 years ago, the Chinese Ninth Army Group set out to annihilate the United States 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. The battle began the night of Nov. 27 and continued for 17 days. The 1st Marine Division, reinforced by a British...

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The Most Challenging Assignment Ever

The Most Challenging Assignment Ever

For a month or so I have been looking at the mountains to the east and scouting for locations from which to photograph them. I've been in love with these mountains since I moved here and realized exactly how close I was going to be living to them. But this recent push...

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The Dream of Becoming a Photographer

The Dream of Becoming a Photographer

Being a professional photographer brings me into contact with a lot of people. And one of the conversations I have again and again usually begins with the words "I've always wanted to be a photographer." And I smile every time I hear it. On the one hand it reminds me...

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Flying Over Glacier

Flying Over Glacier

I will never get tired of Glacier National Park. It is my favorite place to visit...photograph...hike...see...explore...look for the Milky Way...wander...sit on a rock by a river and read...see the wildlife...see the sunrise...see the stars.I love Glacier. Glacier is...

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Photos that Linger

Photos that Linger

Back to school has arrived and with it, the calls for senior portraits. I love these. When someone opens up, gives you their trust, shows you something authentic...then you can have a lot of fun and make some photos that matter, photos that linger in the memory. I...

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Adapt and Overcome

Adapt and Overcome

The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. For more than a year I have been fortunate enough to photograph my local Flathead County Sheriff's Department S.W.A.T. Team. I photographed them training, and a few times, surprisingly, I have...

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12:44 a.m. text messages are awesome!

12:44 a.m. text messages are awesome!

It's 12:44 a.m. It has been an outrageously long day. The dancers are in town for the workshop. There are three more days of classes and dances to be prepared for. Life is outrageously good, but overwhelmingly busy. Then your phone starts beeping. This isn't my normal...

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Sunrise is always worth it.

Sunrise is always worth it.

On Saturday night I wrapped up my last photo shoot around 8:30 p.m. As I walked down the halls of the Whitefish Performing Arts Center I crossed paths with a friend who wished me a restful Sunday. I had to smile at this because I had no shot at a restful day ahead of...

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Excited and Terrified

Excited and Terrified

Some weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to submit images for a multimedia slideshow that would run in conjunction with performances by the Glacier Symphony and Chorale. I put it off and put it off, but finally I sat down to pull the images together and get them to...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Tonight I am feeling so much better that I just have to take a moment to stop and send out a word of gratitude to my friends and family who have been calling me, praying for me, worrying about me, offering to take care of me, and encouraging me through these last two...

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Final Photos of Jesus

Final Photos of Jesus

Last night I got to watch my friend Sunti do the last bit of work on one of his sculptures of Jesus. I posted some of these photos back in December http://brendaahearn.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/capturing-christ/ . The plan was for me to get to do formal studio shots...

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On Jewelry and Memory

On Jewelry and Memory

February is never an easy time of year for me. Both of my parents died in this month. They died two years apart, but as the years have passed their deaths have merged together into what feels like a single event and February is when I must face it. Nine years ago...

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The Perfect Start to a Brand New Year!

The Perfect Start to a Brand New Year!

One of my favorite parts of 2011 has been the time I have spent working on learning to swing dance. I am still a beginner, but already I love the music because it makes me smile. I love the people. And I LOVE the dancing. I love all of it. I come a way from a dance...

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Ethics is Everything

Ethics is Everything

When I was a college student I loved my media ethics class. It was media ethics that lead me to minor in Philosophy, a choice I'm still glad I made. Looking at the laws that constrain verses the laws that empower. Looking at various situations where journalists have...

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Capturing Christ

Capturing Christ

Long ago when I was in college I remember an art teacher who explained to me that one of the requirements of "good" sculpture is that it must be interesting from every angle. Because it is a three dimensional piece of art it is meant to be looked at from all sides....

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What I’ve gained, and what I’ve lost.

What I’ve gained, and what I’ve lost.

With the advent of the winter cold we seem to be covering a lot of fires lately. These assignments are always a challenge to me. On the one hand there are some stunning photos to be made. Twice last week I was sent out to photograph the aftermath of devastating fires....

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Photo-Quote Collages

Photo-Quote Collages

Long before I became interested in photography I was a quote collector. I love to read. I love to gather words well spoken. I love to write them down over and over, memorize them if I can. I've done this for as long as I can remember. For almost as many years as I...

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Sunrise is always worth the risk.

Sunrise is always worth the risk.

It's only mid-afternoon, but already it feels as if today has been a very long day. I know that this is to be expected when I go to sleep at 10 p.m. and set my first alarm for 2 a.m. in the morning. Why the strange hours? Why else? Sunrise. Sunrise is always worth the...

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Remembering Kansas

Remembering Kansas

I've been living in Montana for almost two years now. And still I am constantly reminding myself not to take this place for granted. Pay attention. Look around. Get outside and into the wild. Photograph EVERYTHING! I am not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, in...

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Eavesdropping and its consequences…

Eavesdropping and its consequences…

For those of you who know me even a little, you know I hate to be late. I literally can't stand it. I will go way out of my way and even arrive half an hour or more early rather than being even one minute late. In part this behavior is based on the fact that I think...

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Connections and the very cool things that come my way…

Connections and the very cool things that come my way…

Connections. That's how I got my latest story. And it's a good story... Last week a friend of mine from choir, Miss Nancy, emailed me that she had two guests staying with her. A former student of hers and a friend of a friend. This friend of a friend turned out to be...

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The Work is the Reward

The Work is the Reward

I know it's been a while since I updated my blog, but really I have a good reason. I have been working for several months to document the creation of a sculpture of the Buddha by Bigfork artist Sunti Pichetchaiyakul. I posted the first version of this video some time...

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Four Views of the Mission Mountains

Four Views of the Mission Mountains

Don't leave home without your camera. This is, of course, photography rule number 1. This rule assumes that you've got your bag together, film, batteries, all the essentials. But when you are walking out the door, even if it's just to run an errand, you take your...

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Serendipity and the Life of a Newspaper Photographer

Serendipity and the Life of a Newspaper Photographer

People are constantly asking me what it's like being a newspaper photographer. What kinds of things do you photograph? What is your favorite kind of assignment? What's the coolest thing you've ever shot? Where do stories come from? For most of these the answers are...

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The Other Side of the Lens

The Other Side of the Lens

I have been a professional photographer for nearly 12 years now. In all that time I have seldom been on the other side of the lens. Every once in a while I have done a self-portrait — just for fun. I remember having a toy Nikon that could flip around in an odd way and...

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My Favorite Cathedral

My Favorite Cathedral

There are churches that I love spread across the many places I have lived and/or traveled to. When I was in college I used to drive to Indiana to visit the Saint Meinrad Archabbey: the archabbey of the Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Order. The church...

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Return to Swan Lake

Return to Swan Lake

There are days when I wake up so ready for what lies ahead, so anxious for what is waiting for me that I find myself awake far too early. Today my assignment involved going out on a boat on the Swan Lake (about 35 miles from Kalispell). Swan Lake is beautiful. The...

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From both sides…

From both sides…

It was certainly and interesting weekend here in the Flathead. Summer is here and with these precious days of light and warmth there are more events going on than any one person could attend. This weekend I found myself experiencing two extremes of one sport....

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Glacier

Glacier

The most awe-inspiring mountains I have ever seen are the ones that reside here. Glacier National Park is celebrating its centennial this year. I love Glacier. I love it. I went there for New Year's Day. Again for my birthday. And now that the road to Logan Pass is...

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In memory of friends gone too soon.

In memory of friends gone too soon.

This has been one of the most difficult weeks I have ever experienced at a newspaper. Two staff members, two of our friends have died. But we didn't know that in the beginning. So it has been a week of wondering, and searching, and hoping and praying. Until Wednesday...

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With respect

With respect

There are many people who believe that the saddest piece of music ever written is the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. That piece of music is absolutely on of my favorites, but for me the saddest music will always be the sound a solo bugle playing Taps. Nine years...

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Finally…

Finally…

Since moving here I have seen members of my wolf pack four times. I have heard them out crying in the night countless times but I have never been able to capture one on film. Until this morning. Behind the house is a hill that leads up into a vast forest. The wolf...

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What I shall miss…

What I shall miss…

I have decided to move south. I had planned on enjoying the summer out here in rural Olney, but I have been offered a room I cannot turn down. The rent is cheaper and it is within walking distance of work. As much as I enjoy the scenery around me out here, this choice...

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A New Obsession

A New Obsession

I'm completely obsessed. That's usually the way it goes with me. I find something I enjoy and then it becomes more than a passing interest, it becomes a consuming point of fascination. The latest obsession in my life...Swing dancing. It started simply enough with a...

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Stillness and Swan Lake

Stillness and Swan Lake

I have always loved things made from wood. I think I inherited this from my father. It's something that I remember about him distinctly. I remember his hands, I remember his eyes, and I remember the way he admired and took extra time to look at things made from wood....

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