A few weeks back my sister-in-law and I threw some vintage pieces in a duffle bag, bundled the baby up and drove up to Big Creek for a little hike and photo shoot for the shop.
We hiked to a forest service cabin where the creek flows steady. A rock chuck watched as wander about and snow flakes fell softly all around. It was a true Montana spring day fit for long jackets and wool hats, but Jordan wore vintage cut offs and summer dresses with an elegance that only she can pull off so well.
We set up camp at the rustic old cabin, using the old fence as a hat holder and stumps to hold our clothes bags. It's bear hunting season right now, but there was no one else around (that we could see). If there was by chance a hunter hiding out, we most likely made his day.
I thought this dress so lovely when I stumbled upon it. I packed it for Jordan to model and crossed my fingers it would fit her. I was blown away at how even more beautiful it looked on someone. I love the sleeves worn slightly off the shoulders, revealing a bit more back. It hugs the body in all the right places and has a stunning way of flowing when walked in. Not to mention, I'm a sucker for navy + white polka dots.
When I first started photographing women in my vintage pieces, I would get a bit nervous. I wanted them to feel comfortable and beautiful but wasn't quite confident in my own abilities behind the camera. I found that each time I do this I gain a little more skill and grace. I look for the moment when the light hits just right and a dress moves a certain way. I am by no means a professional, but get a lot of joy out of creating these moments with these beautiful people and vintage pieces. Thank you for getting in front of the camera for me sis. You're a natural.
This is my favorite time of year in Montana. The grass in greening, but the mountains are still snow capped. The contrast is serene, and wearing combat boots with a sun dress is always fun.
The day was overcast and we arrived at the cabin in the late afternoon. I love the way the light illuminated Jordan's hair on front porch and the snow fell lightly all around us.
I look forward to a photoshoot in comfortable weather, where models aren't windblown and covered in goosebumps. Though I think there is something invigorating (and very Montana) about embracing the natural elements and stepping out of our comfort zones.
I'm constantly gathering goods for the shop and can't wait to see how the next collection takes shape. Anyone have any new location ideas?!