As some of you may know, over the last year I have been narrowing my focus for my business, with the intention of empowering women. By invitation to some of my dearest clients, I have started offering “boudoir” sessions as a way to give women the opportunity to have a day of pampering with hair and makeup and a session in outfits that make them feel beautiful. I don’t like to use the word “Bonior” for this sort of thing because I believe it doesn’t properly describe my intention for these images. I have called it “Empowering the Feminine”. Ladies can wear anything they want. Wool socks and flannel shirts have been a popular one!
Kelsi Hoversland of Studio Milan has been my side kick, pampering the girls with amazing hair and makeup. From this, a proposal came about from local friend Jeana Morrison Noel, who is the founder of Montana Cowgirl Camp. She asked if Kelsi and I would like to come to her camp and “do up” her girls and photograph them. To me this seemed like a nice addition to what we were already doing. After all I believe the sexiest most empowering images I have seen of women are of them in their element, working with their hands, alongside their animals. I am after all a ranch girl at heart.
Kelsi and I showed up at the base of Cowgirl Camp at about 3 in the afternoon. Jeana let me know that I would have to wait for Todd to get us across the river. I wondered what that meant as I was driving the road up to the mountains. Todd was waiting when we arrived in his old blue 77 Ford pickup with chains on the back tires. Kelsi and I exchanged glances and loaded or endless equipment in the back, including her salon chair, for our ride across the river and up the mountain.
Thankfully we made it to the top without loosing a single thing, laughing and holding on for dear life all the way. When we arrived I found their little camp was all set up with anything you might need while maintaining a rustic charm. We quickly set up Kelsi’s salon in the trees. I mean, who has ever had their hair and makeup done in the woods?? It was a dream salon! A generator set quite a ways away kept the curling iron hot! Jeana’s girls were more then excited to get started on their cowgirl shoot! Wrangler Johnny Clark was there helping bring us horses to have as part of the shoot while Jeana of Cowgirl camp, influential blogger Geena Marcuzzo and Jeana’s sister, Kymmy their expert fashion sense to do up the girls with custom made chinks and hats from Sparky Wallace, Cowcamp Supply, and jewelry from Vincent Peach Equestrian Collection. Let me tell you, all these accessories were absolutely stunning on the girls!
As we were getting toward the last girls I noticed a storm rolling in from the west. Because we are situated on top of a mountain we could see it from a long way off. Shoot! I hadn’t checked the radar before I left; something one should always do if working outdoors in Montana! Although I was soaking up the amazing background of storm clouds and incredible lighting, it was beginning to occur to me that the storm was closing in on us a little faster then I had anticipated. Suddenly we were in a mad panic scrambling to get equipment and glamorous girls under cover. It wasn’t long before the sky opened up and huge drops of rain and hail started pelting us. Todd and Clark were delayed a bit returning to one tent to hold it down so that the wind didn’t blow it away. They returned later soaked from head to toe! Not one of us ladies was willing to dodge the hail to save the tent!!! As the rain pounded the roof, Jeana announced that maybe this was a good time to serve dinner. It’s always best to keep a light heart in these situations. After dinner we were able to gingerly exit our cabin and resume shooting. Luckily Clark tied the horses tightly so no one escaped in the storm.
There wasn’t much light left but we still got a few more incredible shots with all the girls! Just as a sliver of the moon was starting to show, Kelsi and I loaded up all our equipment into the old blue pickup and with Todd at the wheel we headed down the mountain. Todd warned us it was be a slippery drive down. We opted to ride in the cab this time and the salon chair was strapped tightly in the back to avoid peril crossing the river! When we arrived at the other side safely we both admitted that we haven’t had that much fun in a long time!!
I have lived in Montana for almost 20 years now and I still never get tired of the adventures that it offers! Jeana has created a very unique place for the girl that wants to get as close to that adventure as Montana can offer, with out sacrificing the comforts of excellent food and a charming atmosphere!
Stay tuned as there is more to come when I returned for the Rambling Rodeo!