Wedding Portfolio

For weeks my life has been consumed with preparing my wedding portfolio. It’s been a long time since I have made one of these and sorting through thousands of photographs was not an easy task. I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite pages from my new 8.5 inch square album here.

Also, I’m going to give a small plug to Mixbook. I am not an affiliate of theirs and I don’t make any money or get any rewards for this, I simply want to say something good about a good product. The album I created is one of their premium lay-flat books. I chose the 8.5 square layout and I love it. The pages are a strong and thick, the color reproduction of the photos in the books are excellent. This is something I am going to be proud to show off to potential clients.

I have gone with companies that charge hundreds of dollars on albums. I once paid $500+ for an album. And I’ll admit, it was gorgeous. Really. A work of art. But not worth the price for me. I don’t make albums for clients anymore except by special request, but a lot of clients seem to want to save the money and make their own. I have no qualms about sending people to mixbook. This is my third album with them, and I am well pleased with this product.

Here are some of the pages I designed for my book. If you want to see more I have almost the whole thing up on my wedding blog: wedding portfolio

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Sometimes, my job at the Daily Inter Lake is a lot of fun. For Halloween this year, the entertainment editor asked the reporters to do stories about monsters. I don’t normally write, my job is photos. But as I thought about the section and what it would need I thought it could be a lot of fun to write about bridezilla. The story I didn’t have very clearly in my mind, but the photo…I knew exactly what I wanted. And it came together better than I could have dreamed!

From left, Katie Pfennigs, Teryn Waldenberg, Lauren Stoll, Mandy Pokorny, and Nicole Buckallew, pose as "bridezillas" for the monsters edition of This Week in the Flathead. Their make-up was done by Kathleen Francis of Fancy Face Design. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)

From left, Katie Pfennigs, Teryn Waldenberg, Lauren Stoll, Mandy Pokorny, and Nicole Buckallew, pose as “bridezillas” for the monsters edition of This Week in the Flathead. Their make-up was done by Kathleen Francis of Fancy Face Design.
(Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)

The above is the shot that ran. Here is the story. And below you find more photos of the women looking like the truly beautiful creatures they are. The irony is, two of these are brides I photographed. I know, cause I was there, that they weren’t bridezilla. And the other three are good friends. None of these could ever be bridezilla. I think that’s what I loved best about this photo shoot. These girls all agreed to this when the truth is they are as far from the monster as anyone ever could be.

Beautiful Monsters: Photographer reflects on modern-day Jekyll and Hyde

Oh, Bridezilla. In all my time working as a photographer in Montana, I have never personally encountered this infamous monster. But the stories are the stuff of legend.

This is a strange creature, usually only appearing once per lifetime. TV shows have been made about her. Books and articles have been written how not to become her. Grooms everywhere shudder at the mention of her name. Bridezilla.

Like the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of weddings, as the big day gets closer, the more dangerous it becomes for everyone around her. Normally sane, rational, lovely women are taken over and transformed into the very likeness of the hideous monster! They shout, cry demand. Nothing is good enough. Nothing satisfies. No amount of perfection can sooth them.

The self-induced stress, creates angry, volatile, unpredictable and moody monsters.

Some of you scoff and doubt. But I am a believer. I photograph a lot of weddings. And thus far I have been extremely blessed with the brides I’ve gotten to to photograph (including two of the lovely ladies pictured here). But statistics don’t lie. It’s only a matter of time before I will come face to face with the creature. Maybe you will too. Bridezilla is real.


It’s a goofy story, and for me, the photo was far more important. I wanted something very specific for this image. Elegance. I contacted Kathleen Francis of Fancy Face Design because I love her work. She can create some of the most gorgeous face paintings I’ve ever seen. In reality the number of people who might be up for this kind of make-up on their wedding day is going to be minimal. I explained things to Kathleen I didn’t want her to create Halloween-type monster faces, but rather, I wanted super glamorous make-up. I wanted the only  “monstrous” aspect of this photo to be the expressions on the bride’s faces.

So when the bridezilla shot was done I suddenly had 5 super glammed up girls in gorgeous dress…why wouldn’t we take more portraits? 🙂 The rest of the photos from the night are below. The only disappointment of the night was how fast the light faded. We had an overcast sky and it got dark rapidly.

I’ve been a photographer for 20 years and I can’t even guess how many brides I’ve photographed in that time. I have to say, honestly, this was one of the most fun photo shoots I’ve ever done.