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portrait couture for the fam

My trip up to Montana this past summer seems like a life time ago! So much travel and so many shoots have gone by :) I was remiss in posting about a wonderful portrait couture shoot I did for the Johnson family up in Bozeman. I've known Katie and Craig almost as long as I've known my husband and when Craig asked if I'd be bringing my gear with me on my trip North and if I would consider doing a family shoot for them the answer was a resounding "YES!"

Craig and Katie have been super supportive of my journey into photography as an art, and I have to say, I took advantage of their good natured spirt and "sure, we'll try it!" attitude. I wanted to see if I could recreate some of the "old world feel" for their session. I kept thinking about the ranchers and settlers that founded Bozeman. And dreamed of old oil paintings hanging in huge, stately country houses. You know, very "Legend of the Falls" :)

So I found a rental store, picked out a White Lightening Strobe, pained some V-Flats and got to mood boarding :) Family sessions are wonderful, but as most of you know, my favorite portraits are those of women. All women. Young, old, mothers, daughters, brides, professionals, it really doesn't matter. I love helping a woman connect with her inner beauty. So for Katie's look, we went all out! We rented a fabulous Monique Lhuillie burgundy sage gown from Rent the Runway, her hair was curled into soft golden waves, and she became the muse and centerpiece of our shoot. The kids were troopers and my lens fell in love with little Sammy's sweet, innocent face. We added in a few outdoor "family fun" shots at the end, but I'm pretty much obsessed with how this portrait couture family session turned out. So next time you convince your loved ones to sit in front of the camera, why not try something different and a little avant garde?! Portrait couture for the family? Why not!

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