bozeman pet photographer

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A Dog’s Life


The following is an out take from an email I received the other day from a dog lover:

A Dog’s Purpose
…..(from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. 
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a
more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, 

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


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Bozeman Wedding Photographer

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Snow Engagement Session


My April wedding couple came over to Bozeman today from Missoula. We had a lot of fun at a local dog park that has great views of the Bridgers. This couple loves nature and so it made great sense to get out and play in nature.

What a great couple. Can’t wait to photograph their Chico Hot Springs Wedding!!


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rebecca brad

Bozeman Pet Photographer

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Fishing Cat

Yesterday I did a magazine assignment in Kalispell, Montana for a national magazine on car rescue volunteers. I was photographing ET when it decided to go fishing. The gold fish seemed not to notice. What a great toy for the cat.

Later one of the cats showed its love for its rescuer.

Watch for our annual Spring Mini-Sessions coming soon to Dee-O-Gee pet store in Bozeman.


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Montana Photography Workshops

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Montana Ranch Photography Workshop

We just began the early phase of planning for a photography workshop on a remote Montana ranch for late July. We’ll send out more details as the planning progresses this month. So check here or on the Montana Photography Workshops blog


running horses.

Bozeman Photographer

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A Parent’s Love

Is there anything more universal than a parents’ love

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Bozeman Pet Photographer

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Deaf Dog


This deaf dog gets a hand signal from it’s owner that says, “good dog”. Garland Belle is her name and she is a rescue dog who has been turned into a therapy dog. She is very sweet! I photographed Garland Belle and her owner this morning during a dog agility workout at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. The photos will soon appear in a magazine that promotes pet rescue.

So, consider a rescue dog or a pound puppy when you’re looking for a pet. They make great pets. The best dog I every had was adopted from the Missoula animal shelter.

Stop by the Heart of the Valley outside Bozeman. Montana the next time you want to add a dog to your family or if you are looking to volunteer.

You can click on the photo below to see the Heart of the Valley site.


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Bozeman Kid’s Photographer

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This morning Andrew came with his parents and grandmother for a photo session. The little guy is a real trooper. He has the start of a cold and tired from his baptism party yesterday but still he chatted and smiled and connected. He’s a very fun little guy who makes life fun for his mom and dad.

He’s exercising his tongue a lot. I think he’s going to be an early talker.




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Big Sky | Bozeman Montana Photographer

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Lane + Tom

–engagement session–


This weekend I spent some time getting to know Lane and Tom. I’m photographing their wedding this summer in Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park. Stana and I only met them priviously by phone and internet. Turns out they are even nicer than their emails and phone conversations. All our clients this year, just as in past years, are good people who anyone would want to spend a day hanging with.


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Bozeman Wedding Photographer

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          Christy + Brett


Last weekend I photographed a couple whose wedding I am doing this summer in the Flathead area. We do a complimetary engagement session for each of our wedding clients. It’s a great time to get to know them and a great time for them to get to know me better. So when we get to the wedding we already have  wonderful working relationship. It makes a tremendous differerence on the wedding day to already know who I am photographing and for them to already be comfortable with me being in their space with a camera.

I’m very much looking forward to Christy and Brett’s wedding. They are truly in love.


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