It’s not birth, and I don’t care. What branding?

She was my Ostara. My spring. Working with Nicole was a dream. She was up for anything, generous, funny. As you can see she has a natural talent for being in front of the camera. I love this session. What a feeling. My vision came through exactly as if my brain had stamped it out on this perfect morning.

Missoula Mountain Maternity. Mothering in Skin has intention.

#Motheringinskin. My oldest daughter told me that the purpose of a hashtag is that others will use it. I said,

“One day they will.”¬†

Mothering in skin. The beauty. The push the pull. Stretch, release, love and surrender.

This mothering was hot and wet. Maternity photography in the great Northwest. Rocky Mountains!

I am not okay with a session just anywhere, anymore. I guess I never was, I have always encouraged my clients to choose a location that means something to them. And if you don’t have an idea, then yes, I will come up with one. Maternity is an adventure and adventure in Missoula, Montana is what settles so many of us here. Hiking, skiing, hot springs, rock climbing, cabins, and campfires.

To play devil’s advocate. Adventure takes place in the intimacy of one’s home, next to the nearby creek–it is mainly the intent and spirit one brings to the session. Your baby is going to be the biggest and best adventure of your life. I guarantee it.

So use it. #motheringinskin  How will you use it? Show us your journey. Tell us your story. I am listening.

Looking for artful documentation to tell your story- please be in touch.


Personal Part ?

When I started featuring personal posts a year or two ago I should have never thought that numbering them was a good idea. Of course I was going to lose track. I have no idea what part I am on. Personal is a great way to make sure your viewers know that what you are posting is from your personal life, or a personal project and not your business or “work”. I have to say though all of my work, my personal, my projects, my passion are all intertwined. For instance, I am not a birth photographer without MY own birth experiences. And I think for you to know me and bits of my personal life, make our connection more authentic. Mother’s resonate with me because I am a mother, I share similar challenges and joys. I am also a wife. Wives can hoot and holler right along side me and feel that I hold space for them. These personal, resonating connections shape me and my work. My projects are full of heart AND there is an investment associated with that.

Here is a little personal – photo walk I had with my oldest daughter the other day. It was really fun and spontaneous. The rest of the family had left for a river float, I couldn’t go because I am currently on call for birth. As soon as the house cleared of the float energy I asked my daughter what she wanted to do. She launched off her bed and expressed going to take photos and video of her with her beloved Uke. We threw things together in a flash and headed out. We had the van, which has no AC this summer. So sweating, disheveled, moaning and groaning we drove through town searching for our location on the fly. We ended up at this local park. My daughter is easy in front of the camera, we have less FUN than what you might think–it’s is usually a mix of pleasure but more so a MISSION. The feeling of pursuit and once fulfilled ends with a classic teenager coffee drink!