Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Yellowstone National Park: Day 1

For the first time as a photographer, and the first time as an adult I visited Yellowstone National Park. I’ve written about this trip for my newspaper, The Daily Inter Lake and when the story is published I’ll add that link to this blog.Update — here is...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Under a Perfect Montana Sky

Much like the growing season in Montana, the “wedding season” can be a bit short here. While there are exceptions, the favorite weekend always seems to be the first Saturday in August. I have a few weddings scheduled for November and December, but based on...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Taisha and Zachary

Taisha and Zachary got married on Saturday, September 16, on the shores of the Flathead Lake at the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp just south of Lakeside, Montana. They were joined at their destination by hundreds of their friends and family who made the trek out see...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

O my stars…

After weeks of muted light, thick haze, and skies that are more dead-fish white rather than our normal expansive blue we got some high winds and, for a brief window, clear skies. And just like that, we were suddenly treated to stars.Last night, just when I was ready...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Total Perfection

For the total eclipse I was more than just an observer, I was a witness. I knew I would have to take that experience and turn it around into something that could be shared with the readers of the Daily Inter Lake (the paper in Kalispell, Montana for which I am the...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Seth and Gianna

Last weekend I got to photograph another love story. I never get tired of these. Maybe part of that is because my life at the newspaper is often hard stories to tell. I have to bear witness to the good and bad that happens in my community. And as a result, I...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Israel 2018

I am going to Israel.Just this statement makes me deeply happy and even a little bit proud. Since I was a little girl I have wanted to go to the Holy Land, and since becoming a photographer I have dreamed of going there to “document” it.In 2018, my dream will...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Happily ever after starts with Montana

A week ago I was in Glacier National Park with Catherine and AJ at sunset. We drove up to the Park to do a round of after the wedding portraits of just the two of them surrounded by the scenic wonder that dominates this part of the world. Their wedding was the...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Truth Beautifully Rendered

I am part of an interesting generation of photographers: one of the ones who learned on black and white film using a traditional darkroom. That was bulk-loaded rolls of T-Max and Tri-X film. Bulk-loading was grunt work and low on the totem pole, that was one of my...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

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.I can easily tell them all about my gear. I am a Nikon photographer (who started out with...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Keeping Journals

Sixteen years ago on this day, 27 April 2001, I began keeping a journal. This has been the very best thing that I do for myself.Journaling is a sanctuary, a place to pour out my thoughts and feelings and get them organized and integrated. It is a creative outlet, a...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

White Wedding

There are times when it is exquisitely fun being a photographer. Like the moment when one of your friends says to you: Hey, I’m getting married in two weeks at a frozen waterfall with just the bride and I and two others…want to come be our photographer?...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Absent Too Long

On Saturday morning, I woke up early enough that I could have gone to Glacier, for sunrise. But I wanted to take the morning easy. It was easy to come up with excuses not to go. Then I got a text: Are you seeing the moon right now? And sadly, I wasn’t. I was...
Yellowstone National Park: Day 3 (part one)

Dreams and Plans

For more years than I care to count I have dreamed of going to Israel. I want to photograph the Holy Land. And I want to go for a month. Opportunities have presented themselves before, but none of them were exactly what I dreamed so I let them pass me by.On the one...