Saturday, September 22, 2012

Baby Evie | Helena, Montana Newborn Baby Photographer

It's been a while since I've had a newborn in front of my lens, and I think I kind of forgot how amazing it is.  Little Evie is every bit as sweet and lovely as she appears in these images.  She slept for the majority of our session as her parents, auntie and grandma looked in on us.  Smiles spread infectiously from one person to another throughout the house the entire time we were together.

It's always amazing to me to watch the love of new parents -- and this time was no exception.  The whole world stops when you have a baby -- your first baby -- and nothing else matters.  Watching these loving parents with their precious little girl really made me step back and remember what is important in life.  There is nothing more incredible than this time in life.

evie web

Thank you for the opportunity to step into your lives and create these memories with you.  Can't wait to look through all your proofs with you.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kristen & Cory: Married | Helena, Montana wedding photographer

Kristen and Cory had a beautifully traditional wedding this summer at Tizer Gardens followed by a reception in Helena at the Gateway Center.  It was a beautiful day, and every detail was executed perfectly.  Family and friends helped contribute to the flowers, the decorations, even the music and announcements at the reception. 

Many thanks to my friend, Deea Paul, who came up for the day to assist me.  

Congratulations, Kristen and Cory.  You had a beautiful start to your lives together, and I'm honored to have been a part of it. 

  Kristen & Cory

Kristen & Cory

Kristen + Cory

Kristen + Cory Kristen + Cory
Kristen + Cory

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bearrow Family | Helena, Montana Family Photographer

You would never know now that Sam-I-Am was a preemie.  He can run and balance and laugh and tumble and communicate with the best of the almost-two crowd with no problem.  I first met Sam back in January of 2011 when he was almost three months old.  He is as sweet now as he was then, and I love that I keep getting to spend time with him (and his mom and dad) as he grows and changes.  

bearrow family web

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Evans Family | Helena, MT Family Photographer

I was forewarned that this little guy would be pretty easy to photograph since he always has a smile on his face.  Sure enough, despite our session being at dinner time and the family having driven from Big Timber to Bozeman, he was great.  So were mom and dad, for the record ;)

It was a pleasure to meet you and to catch your infectious smile, Hays!  Keep it up.  Mommy and Daddy are doing a fabulous job.

evans family web

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 Christmas Card Design Preview | Helena, Montana Family Photographer

I'm sure everyone's waiting with baited breath to see a couple of the new 2012 Holiday Card designs -- you know, since you've already called and booked your mini-session and this will be pretty much the only decision you have to make between now and Christmas. Right? RIGHT!

Without further ado...  Here are a few of my favorites to tease you with.  There will be a few more new designs, and of course you can always choose from last year's designs as well (check them out here and here).

Gold web sample


redburst sample

vintagedotsred web

red damask sample

brown stripe sample
I'll be back with more designs soon!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Steve & Megan are married! | Bozeman, Montana Wedding Photographer

You know how when you think of a wedding, you picture a church, a long white gown, a dainty cake, a limo, and the chicken dance???  Well, scratch all that.  Steve and Megan put their heart and souls into their Pete's Hill bike wedding.  The guests arrived at the hilltop wedding on their mountain bikes while the bride made her appearance (and subsequent journey from the wedding site to the reception with her hubby by her side) in a rickshaw powered by an incredible friend.  That's right.  Did I mention her dress included every color in the rainbow and his shoes were purple?  Oh, and who needs cake when you have pie?  And you know what every wedding REALLY should have -- and I'm not joking??  Guests who want to build a human pyramid at the reception.

I loved every single thing about this wedding, and I am utterly grateful to have been invited to assist yet again for Rab Cummings of Rab Photography in Bozeman, MT.

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

I continue to get teary eyed when I think of Steve and Megan's vows.  So real, so honest.  The love between these two -- wow.  It radiates.

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Did I mention the rickshaw leading the bike parade through town? 

Steve + Megan

And the flowers, all grown in a friend's backyard and arranged with love for every table centerpiece and bouquet?

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Oh, wait, did I leave out the impromptu swinging contest?
Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Steve + Megan

Congratulations, and best wishes to Steve and Megan.  You are truly blessed.  

2012 Holiday mini sessions are here!

2012 holiday mini session NEW DATE

Sit back and relax. 

Check the holiday cards off your to-do list early this year.

Zo-Mak Photography's eagerly anticipated mini-sessions are here! There are three dates to choose from over the next two months -- but keep in mind, it was about 20 degrees on the day that last year's November families headed out for their session. 

If I were you, I'd choose an early date. Although you know, we do live in Montana, and those family-in-the-snow pictures do seem to impress our friends in more...normal...climates. So I'm not sure which I'd go for. All I know is that they'll all be fab. 

Exact locations will be determined closer to the time, but there will be one at Spring Meadow State Park (pictured above), one urban spot, and one super awesome surprise spot (the super awesome surprise spot is where I need to hire someone to take MY family's photos this year.) 

Keeping it simple this year -- the package details are listed on the photo above. You are always welcome to add more prints, cards, or other options at a 25% discount off regular prices. 

 Give a call or shoot an email to reserve your spot. 

Card designs will be blogged shortly -- and you'll be informed. 


 Can't wait to see you :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Andi & Owen Got Married | Helena, Montana Wedding Photographer

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher!

What an honor to be included in Andi and Owen's beautiful wedding day at The Keep Restaurant in Missoula, MT. Thank you for having me, and trusting me with such special memories.

This day was exactly what a wedding is all about -- friends and family gathered from near and far to share in a fun-filled, beautiful event.  Along with the bride and groom, the guests all had smiles from ear to ear from start to finish.  So much love.

  Andi & Owen

I love having a first look -- an opportunity for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony -- before the craziness begins ;) I think it helps smooth the rest of the day, and it's always beautiful to get such honest expressions when they see each other for the first time.
  Andi & Owen

  Andi & Owen

  Andi & Owen

  Andi & Owen

  Andi & Owen Many thanks to my friend and colleague, Rab Cummings of RabPhotography in Bozeman for having my back on this one. It's always great knowing that all angles are covered.

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