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Hello everyone!  Happy 2016!!!!  I hope that you all had a wonderful year, Merry Christmas, and were able to ring in the New Year with some fun.  I am soooo thankful for another year of business and all the wonderful people I was able to work with in 2015.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  I am ready to revamp my business to serve you all better and excited to work with my 2016 couples and clients.  Did you happen to make a few resolutions like myself?  I did a horrible job blogging last year and so 2016 is going to be the year of the blog, so here goes nothing!

If you didn’t know, weddings are my absolute favorite thing to photograph.  I love to tell the a story from start to finish, make my couples laugh and enjoy their day, and document their wedding so that in 50 years they have timeless photos.  I had my last wedding of 2015 in November and I don’t have another for months.  I am kind of going through wedding withdrawal :).  So a couple weeks ago, I found a beautiful model, borrowed a gorgeous dress and had a dreamy, wintery bouquet made up and we jumped in a pickup truck and drove to Red Lodge where the mountains were blue and the snow was gently falling.

I am totally in love with the images and I can’t wait to tell you all about the vendors that made them so gorgeous.  First I have to thank my assistant Allison for all of her help with prepping for this shoot.  She really made everything come together.  You know you are the best, Allison!  I asked Taryn from Belle En Blanc to borrow one of her gorgeous dresses for the shoot and she generously lent me this Blush by Hayley Paige dress.  It was perfect.  If you are getting married in 2016 you need to go to Belle En Blanc!  Next, I asked the best florist I know, Katie of Mac’s Floral to create something wintery and what she came up with was to die for!  She also made a winter flower crown out of no where and totally surprised me with it, sooooo beautiful!  Again, you must visit with Katie if you are walking down the isle this year.  I also asked Montana Vintage Clothing to borrow a fur shawl and they graciously came up with a pure white shawl that went perfectly with my vision.  Lastly, I asked Bobbi of BLB Makeup to do hair and makeup for my lovely model, Jandi.  She came through, like always and her makeup and hair were flawless.  If you are in need of an artist to make you feel your best on your wedding day, you need Bobbi!  And thanks to Jandi for baring the cold, harsh temps and making it look so good.

Please enjoy the photos and I hope to have you in front of my lens this year!

Miranda

I went to college at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.  While I was there I was able to play sports on a scholarship, one of the sports I played was volleyball.  It was such a fun time in my life and I got to meet so many amazing people and make lifelong friends.  I loved the community there.  Last Oct. my volleyball coach, Heidi lost her 2 year old daughter, Natalie to a rare heart defect that she was born with.  We were all sooooo incredibly saddened by the news.  So a few of my fellow teammates wanted to do something, anything for Heidi and her husband, Brad.  My friend Eve owns an adorable boutique in downtown Mandan called Brea (https://www.facebook.com/BREAFASHION?fref=ts) she came up with a few ways to raise money for the Henke family.  She did a day of shopping where she collected a percentage of sales to go to Heidi and Brad and during that shopping day  I was able to do mini sessions in the back of the store, with all the proceeds going to the Henke family.  We had a lot of families come through and I even got to photograph a few old friends from college, it was really wonderful.  Also that evening Eve put together a silent auction for close friends and family could come raise money for Heidi and just give here a hug and visit with her.  It was so wonderful to see Heidi, and to have her tell us all about her sweet Natalie.  We hugged her, we made her laugh, we cried with her.  I gave her a check at the end of the night from the photo sessions and she thanked me and told me that part of the money was going to go towards Natalie’s gravestone (made me break down and sob and still does) and another portion was going to go towards helping other families who were living at the hospital like Brad and Heidi.  They had been in and out of the hospital and hundreds of miles from home for 2 years, I can’t even imagine the stress and financial burden.  What amazed me through all of this is that Heidi and Brad were wanting to help others after just losing their sweet Natalie.  And through all of this Heidi was pregnant with her second child, Eli.  He was born in February and we all know that Natalie is looking out for her baby brother from heaven.

Thank you to all of the families that came out to support the Henkes :).  And thank you Eve for organizing everything. 

You can read more about Natalie here :  

http://bradandheidihenke.blogspot.com/2014/10/natalie-jean-henke-06072012-10022014.html

And here is a picture of the little sweetie:)

heidi

It was such a privilege to take photographs this past weekend at a 50’s Sock Hop fundraiser for Relay for Life.  Everyone was dressed up from the 50’s era and looked great.  Billings Studio Theater set up backdrops for the photo booth and I was invited to take the pictures.  And the group of people that attended the event were soooo much fun and looked like they had such a great time.   They did the hand jive, the twist, played games, and even reenacted a pretty epic scene from Grease (definitely the highlight of the evening!).  Thanks so much to all who attended and all the hard work of all those who put the event together!  So glad I got to be a part of it and I loved meeting sooo many wonderful people!

My Great Grandmother passed away on Tuesday, March 11th.  She was 100 years old and we all celebrated her birthday back in July in North Dakota.  I was able to attend and take a few photographs.  I even got a picture of all 5 generations (great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, and all four of my kids).  She had 9 children, 24 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 12 great – great grandchildren!  She lived a very blessed life.

 

I just posted about this family last week and today they want to share with all of you their big news!!!!  I am so honored to be apart of their special announcement :).

Congratulations Jamie, Luke, Addison, & Kenzlee!