{something old, something new, something borrowed…}

Today I am sharing a little bit about what is happening in my life, as a photographer, mother, wife & pediatrician.

First, I am leaving. My bags are packed ~ two bags and almost every bit of camera gear I have. I did manage to throw in some clothing. Where am I going? I never thought I would say this, but I am shooting a wedding! I never thought I would say this, but I am shooting a wedding in Bozeman, Montana! That’s right. I have always declined photographing weddings because of how much gear you need, how long it takes, and how many photos you have to cull and edit afterwards. So why the change of my camera’s heart?

A few months ago, I received a call. At first I disregarded the Montana area code on my cell phone and thought it was just a solicitor. I did not even bother to listen to the voicemail. (Ugh, isn’t that a terrible confession?) The next day that same Montana number called again, and I picked it up. Ashley introduced herself and told me she wanted to book an engagement session, like ASAP! Her fiancé, David, encouraged her to call me as I had photographed him in a family session many months ago. But she was leaving to go back to Montana in co few days. If you know me, I don’t book sessions last minute. It’s not that I can’t, but I just thrive on having every detail of a session pre-planned. I felt this session was rather spontaneous, and for that reason alone out of my comfort zone. But something was different, I could feel it.  So I agreed to do it.

I met Ashley and David for an afternoon of photos. To say that these two are wrapped up in each other is an understatement. For someone who has been married 9 years, it was such a refreshing reminder of how powerful love can change your world. During the session, I asked Ashley about who she was thinking to photograph her wedding, telling her that I don’t shoot weddings and that I could send her names of people I know who she could call. But late that night, I found myself searching the internet to see what her hometown, Bozeman, Montana, was like. A few days later, I presented Ashley with her engagement session photos and she asked me. She asked me if I would consider flying to Bozeman to photograph her wedding. My heart both stopped beating and went into overdrive. I had to say no. It just seemed impossible. How would I be able to get away from my responsibilities at home (three kids, schooling, cleaning, cooking, etc.) and how could I get my husband to get all that time off of work so I could travel? Exactly. Impossible. 

What happened next is a bit of a blur. All of a sudden, my husband had the time off, I found a second shooter, and I had flights booked to Montana! I’ve heard it from everyone. “Once you shoot a wedding, you will never go back to not shooting weddings.” I don’t know if that photographer’s adage will hold true for me. But I do know that I am so incredibly excited and honored to make this trip, and to celebrate with Ashley & David on their wedding day.

That is the most immediate update I wanted to share. Now for some more long term updates…

By the end of this year I will be taking my Pediatric Boards again. That means I have a lot of studying to do! (Insert sad face.) I will be limiting the number of Summer, Fall & Winter sessions from this point on so I can devote myself to my family, friends and to the books. If you have already booked a maternity, family, or newborn session with me, those sessions are confirmed.  I will be keeping my calendar open for the following sessions ~ newborns, 6 month olds, and 1 year cake smashes. If you have any session inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

For now, here is a glimpse of what I have packed away for this weekend. I just realized I am missing something blue. wedding photography by Mango Mahalo Photography by Michelle Anderson

  • June 13, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Gina - Michelle! I’ve been thinking about you and this wedding. So cool that you decided to take it on and that everything seems to be working out. PS. I usually don’t listen to voicemails either 😉 Best of luck !!!ReplyCancel

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