To become a legit Montanan I decided I must partake in Montana rituals. In this instance, it started out as a prescribed spring burn on a friend’s property. It felt so amazing to be outside with good friends, working hard, moving our bods, cutting, chucking wood, and monitoring not one but two fires sans snow. I used a chainsaw for the first time and even branded my hand on accident with a hot stick. You know….typical rural Montana gang initiations.
Our day of hard work turned into an impromptu weenie roast photo session.
The following photos are as lifestyle as it can possibly get and I am here to tell you that the least important thing to do with the outcome of your session is what you are wearing. In fact, if you spend too much energy trying to look perfect, stuff kids into things they really aren’t comfortable in, the connection can get lost.
So how about we all toss the idea of white shirts and jeans in this fire once and for all?
This wasn’t meant to be a wardrobe post but it came up. I have to throw kudos for everyone for playing along with it after a long warm day of hard work. Because this really is the good stuff the everyday real-life stories of people dusted with magic.
Montana: Where you finally get to drive your Christmas present in April.
21st Century American Gothic.
The beautiful kicker here is that these two have dated a good while but they had yet to incorporate all the kids at once into a group festivity outside of, Ravenwood, where they slowly fell into like, like’m territory. Spend any amount of time with them it’s clear that they make sense and it is always a delight to be around them both individually and together.
What an incredibly sweet milestone to witness, capture and be included in. I am looking forward to a summer filled with allllll the campfires, meeting more local families, and participating in more Montana initiation rituals.
With zero pressure I casually pulled them aside here and there with their prospective parent and was able to capture some super sweet moments that will hopefully naturally ground them as they move through a time of getting to know each other.
Cheers to new love and happy kids. It’s going to be a great summer!
Esme, 11, on the shutter button. (above)
This cookout is Boone approved.