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...
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...
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...
One more anniversary of the loss of my parents. Next year will be 20 years…
The progression of a magical evening in Glacier National Park with photojournalist Brenda Ahearn.
After ten years with the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana it is time to update my portfolio. This is a collection of some of my favorites of the last ten years.
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...
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...
Ron and Julie began a new chapter of their lives in alignment with the new year. They began by planning a larger wedding and with just only 8 days before the ceremony they drastically changed plans and decided to keep their wedding as a small family affair to be...
Photographs from the amazing production of Yuletide Affair XVI by the Alpine Theatre Company in Whitefish, Montana. All three shows sold out the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.
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...
I am the daughter of a United States Marine. I am a photographer with 20 years worth of capturing moments. For all these years I have dreamed of the day I would have the opportunity to photograph a Marine in his dress blues uniform at his wedding. This weekend, I...
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….
When I lived in Washington D.C. I remember hearing a youth gospel choir sing a beautifully haunting song that has stayed with me all these years. A few weeks ago I came home to find this incredible storm directly above my home. And, of course, I had to photograph it....
Brittany and Matthew exchange their vows and begin their married life together under a spectacular Montana sky…
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...
A wedding under the big skies of Bozeman with Brittney and Austin Jones.
One of my friends is getting married. They asked me to do engagement photos with them in Glacier National Park.
What a perfect day!
A look back at some of my favorite photos from my career at the Daily Inter Lake.
A winter wedding on Lake McDonald Lake in Glacier National Park.
When photos are just a small part of the story…
Photos from Joel and Hedalyn’s wedding in Kalispell, Montana on November 11, 2017.
Photos from Sarah and Austin’s Halloween Wedding.
A collection of detail photos from a controlled structure fire.
Final day in Yellowstone.
Exploring Montana backroads north of Yellowstone National Park.
Day one in Yellowstone National Park.
An incredible sky for a September wedding in Northwest Montana.
Taisha and Zachary’s wedding photos from the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp.
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.
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.
A beautiful wedding for two people who met while serving and fell in love.
I am going to Israel. A dream that has been building for decades is about to become a reality.
Destination wedding in Northwest Montana with a special portrait session in Glacier National Park.
Colorizing historic photographs and coming back to the simplest truth, that art needs no justification.
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.
Keeping journals is the best thing I do for myself. This practice has helped me survive the darkest chapters of my life.
A perfect day for a winter wedding in Northwest Montana at an unforgettable frozen waterfall.
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.
“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.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself on your wedding day. Embrace your inner crazy because I promise you, it will make for some incredibly wonderful photography.
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.
Favorite wedding and bridal photos from 2016.
Collection of my best photos from the Daily Inter Lake for 2016.
My top ten landscape and nature photos from 2016.
Snowy sunrise on Big Mountain as seen from Whitefish Lake State Park in Whitefish, Montana.
A collection of photos of nativity scenes for Christmas Day.
I always love walking into an artist’s workshop. There is something captivating about the chaos that surrounds their creativity.
Photos from this year along with quotes for my niece.
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.
Apparently Whitefish, Montana has been named the cutest town in Montana by Pure Wow. This morning as I was leaving my house I saw a rainbow over downtown and knew I wanted to photograph it.
Today I got to witness a Naturalization Ceremony on the shores of Lake MacDonald in Glacier National Park.
This weekend I finished one of my favorite photography projects of the year…the Big Sky Workshop Weekend. Swing dancers from all over the Northwest and beyond travel to little ole Kalispell, Montana…
Earlier in June I photographed my first wedding in Missouri. Photographing a wedding in St. Louis was exciting; a cityscape, a new environment for me, new photo opportunities, and of course, the Arch. But this week I am reminded of the reasons so many people come to Montana for their destination wedding locations. This place is really gorgeous.
This is my first camera. These days I am a dedicated Nikon photographer, but I got my start with my father’s old AE-1. Today it was returned to me after 17 years.
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.
For me, few things are as inspiring as seeing United States marines in their dress blues. They look sharp. And strong. And good. All the qualities that remind me of my father (Sgt. Michael James Ahearn, USMC, Vietnam War Veteran). I have a deep appreciation for all who have served in the Armed Forces, but I will admit, I have a particular bias for the Marines.
In photojournalism there is a beloved idea: it’s called the decisive moment. It’s the one magical capture where every piece of the story comes together in one frame that tells the complete story. The absolute master of this is photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. He said, “The Moment! Once you miss it, it’s gone forever!”
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.
Photography has never experienced a time like this. Everyone has a camera. And everyone is making and publishing photos thanks to social media. We are inundated with digital images. And yet, for all the images we see over and over there is still a great power in printed photographs.
One of my favorite things with weddings is to go back and pick out photos to re-edit in black and white. When I started out in photography (in 1996) I started on black and white film. Tmax. Tri-X.
May is a risky month for weddings in Montana. This is especially true in Glacier National Park where the mountains bring in their own weather.
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.”
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.
This is my favorite photo of the sunset last night at City Beach, Whitefish, Montana.But the night didn't start off looking like this. It started off with some great clouds and good light, but the very tip of the mountain was shaded. This is what it started off as......
For weeks my life has been consumed with preparing my wedding portfolio. It's been a long time since I have made one of these and sorting through thousands of photographs was not an easy task. I've decided to share a few of my favorite pages from my new 8.5 inch...
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...
2015 was by far and away one of the busiest years of my life. I photographed 9 weddings. Plus high school seniors. Engagements. Portraits. One friend of mine described my life as having two full time jobs. He was right. For 2016 I'm going to be looking for more...
I love being a photographer for a lot of reasons, but one of my favorite things to photograph is other artists. I love being around creative people. Engaging with them. Seeing them live out their passion. Being inspired by the way they chase after what they long...
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...
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...
Today I am celebrating six years in Montana. Six years at the Daily Inter Lake. I love this place. I love the job. I love my life. And for the past couple of weeks I have been working on a video slideshow and an article for the paper that was published yesterday....