Kimmet Wedding {Three Forks, MT Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

 Ashley and Jace's wedding was such a beautiful wedding to photograph.  It is always such a pleasure to return to my hometown to shoot a wedding, and I especially love shooting at the Sacajawea Hotel.  There are so many opportunities for gorgeous photos right on the grounds of the hotel, and the small town atmosphere that Three Forks provides can not be beat. 

 We actually got quite lucky with photos as it was supposed to rain most of the day.  It did rain, but not until about midway through the ceremony after all the formal portraits were done!  I always think shooting the ceremony in the rain lends a romantic feel to a wedding, and you really can't beat an outdoor ceremony in the Fall.  Ashley and Jace were a treat to work with!  They are both so easy to be around, and didn't ever let the weather dampen their spirits.  They knew that at the end of the day, they would be husband and wife, and that that was what was most important.   Enjoy a look at some of my favorite images from September 30th.

Holman Wedding {Miles City, Montana Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

  Happy Thursday!  I have been hustling to get to post these images this week!  I loved so many of these, but especially love the images of Shane and Julia after their "first look."  It is my favorite part of the day! (the bride and groom portraits)  I also have to share that Julia got into her wedding dress at my studio.  I offered this option to my local brides since a lot of the time their only option is a small room with poor light, and I just figured why not?  Well it is safe to say that it was definitely worth it!  Plus she ended up with some stunning bridal portraits as well. 

  I loved working with these two, and loved getting to know them.  They completely trusted me, and I am always so honored when couples put that kind of faith in me.  Enjoy the sneak peek from your beautiful day Shane and Julia!

Burman Baby Bump {Miles City, Montana Maternity Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

  I will never tire of taking photos of this beautiful family.  I have been blessed to shoot so many special occasions for them including Ashten and Cole's wedding and engagement portraits, Perri's newborn, 6 month, and other various milestones, along with a handful of other sessions.  This session is one of the most special.  Cole, Ashten, and Perri will soon be entering a challenging season of life.  From the moment Ashten told me what was going on, I knew Phoenix was in the best possible care.  Ashten is one of the strongest women I know, and she handles what life throws at her with light, faith, and grace.  She does not break easily, and if Phoenix is anything like her mom, she will be born just as much the fighter her mother is.  I am going to share, with Ashten's permission, a recent facebook status to keep her friends in the know about Phoenix.  Since I know the Burman's have held tightly to their faith during this time, I also know that all prayers and positive vibes are very welcome.

  From Ashten- "Although I know many of our friends and family know~we have many who are asking and wondering so we wanted to let those of you concerned know what is going on! We found out at 20 weeks that Phoenix has a heart defect called tetrology of fallot~we have spent the last few months monitoring her growth and keeping a close eye on her heart! I am finally almost 33 weeks so we have began to prepare for our relocation down to Denver in the next couple weeks! She will be delivered at 39 weeks ~October 23rd~and will have open heart surgery around 5-7 days after! As far as details that is as much as we know~there are many factors determining plans moving forward after she is born but we are sticking to the positive route! We have been blessed beyond words to be surrounded by amazing family, friends, my clients and our church family! The hardest thing I've found out is being a parent and not being able to control the pain our children may endure~everyday I put it in Gods hands and remember all I have control of is keeping a positive attitude and believing in his miracles! I'm grateful everyday for Perri who continues to bring a smile to my face, happiness to my heart and my incredibly strong, supportive, hardworking husband who continues daily to remind me of all the blessings in our life! Thank you all for the kind words and messages~we ask you to continue to keep us in your prayers as our journey is only about to begin.""

Kamiree and Jon {Rapid City, SD Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

  This was my first South Dakota wedding, and it was so beautiful.  The wedding took place right outside of Rapid City in the Black Hills, and it made for some wonderful scenic backdrops.  Mix that in with an incredible couple, and loving family and friends and it was a perfect day.  Enjoy the sneak peek from this gorgeous wedding.

Shainy Mae {Three Forks, MT Senior Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

  Happy Hump Day!!!  I am so pumped to be sharing my favorites from my cousin's senior session!  First off, I want to give a little bit of a back story......So I have literally been photographing Shainy since she was a baby.  Shainy was born when I was 15, and is the youngest in our cousin crew.  Around that time, I was just starting to really fall in love with photography, and what better model than my little God daughter who I spent a lot of time with.  She was even the subject of my final project during my senior year off high school.  Over the years she has been in front of my camera numerous times, so this shoot was easy in the sense that we both just know what to expect.  When I told her I wanted to try out a smoke bomb, she was game.  When she found a vintage feeling chair to use and sent me a snap, I was game.  We just work well together.

  It is extremely hard to believe that this girl is going to be a senior.  The baby of the family all grown up, and what a phenomenal person she is growing into.  She has a sharp wit, and a quiet way.  She calls things as she sees them with a no B.S. approach.  Shainy stands out as an athlete in a family of athletes, carving her own way in every sport she plays.  Obviously she is stunning, but she is also smart and driven.  Gracious and kind, and really fun to be around.  I have a soft spot for her, and probably always will.  I mean this girl gave a toast at my wedding when she was 10 that had everyone cracking up.  A special girl for sure. 

Emma and Henry {Miles City, MT Engagement Photographer}

by Whitney Bird

  These two could not have been more fun to photograph for their engagement session.  Henry had Emma laughing in his arms from the get go.  Henry and Emma seriously have so much CHEMISTRY, and I think that definitely shows.  Enjoy the sneak peek from this awesome session, and try not to smile at how in love these two are!!!