Anne & Duane

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I was delighted when Anne asked me to photograph her wedding back in Montana.  She is my best friend’s little sister, is like a little sister to me and we refer to each other as such.  When she started dating Duane I took it upon myself to inform him in a protective brotherly manner that he should be good to my little sister.  I was delighted to find out Duane was a great guy and my advice was completely unneeded and unwarranted.  They are my second family and I had been out to the ranch on many occasions and stayed for up to a month at a time.  I know the ranch far better than I know most venues going into it.  I had 6 months to come up with ideas and I felt I had some amazing ideas for couples portraits.  While I help suggest for the couples portraits, for the most part I’m not really into control.  I want to tell the story of a couple and because of the lack of control oftentimes my wedding photography is all about quick adjustments and constantly making the best of the lighting and the background.  When you see a moment you have only a short amount of time to get the best shot possible.  While I do scout out locations for bride groom portraits once at the venue, I don’t typically have months in advance to mentally prepare for it.   Unfortunately in the days leading up to the wedding some parts of the state got as much as 8 inches of rain.  None of my ideas would be realized.  If you are reading this, please note the couples photographs were going to be much more dramatic if the weather had cooperated.  The wedding itself was suppose to take place out in the fields.  As it was raining it was under the porch.  Anne was a trooper and didn’t seem to mind at all.  It was clear (and adorable) that the only thing that mattered was that she was married to Duane at the end of the day.  Anne is very close to her family and wanted an intimate family gathering.  The wedding day itself was only immediate family members, with the reception for the rest of their friends and family a few days later.  The rain or more the mud was so bad that we opted to take the photos a few days later at the reception for the rest of their friends and family which was to be held in Winifred.  It was nice having a several days because it allowed me to be very flexible with the more formal portraits.  I loved that they were able to spend the wedding day with just immediate family.  Sometimes so much time is spent thanking people for coming that you don’t get to spend as much time with the people you really care about.  A few days later was the party for everyone to enjoy, and a wonderful party it most certainly was.