Love and Mountains – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

I had the honor of photographing Justin and Katrina a few months ago during my paint fight engagement session. So for their actual engagement session, we decided to do something that didn’t involve them ending up with paint all over each other. When they asked if I would be willing to travel to Red Lodge, I instantly said yes; Red Lodge is one of my favorite places! Not to mention the fact that the Beartooth Pass is now open, and it’s rated as one of the top scenic drives in the country. How could I say no?

Plus, add on the fact that these two are about as laid back as you can possibly be, and I knew it would end up being an awesome time. It was. Climbing around like a hyper mountain goat with a camera, I was definitely in my element. We even ended up making it all the way to the top of Beartooth Pass, despite avid complaints from the car. Oh well, I think it was worth it :).

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Out for a Walk in Old Town – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

When I first arrived in San Diego, I made my way straight to the place I was staying. I remember passing through Old Town, but in my confused exhaustion I didn’t remember a thing about it. After I arrived at my destination, however, it seemed like I couldn’t stop hearing about it. I overheard a group of people in a sandwich shop talking about a festival of some kind taking place in Old Town over the weekend, then I heard something on the radio, then someone else mentioned it on the beach in La Jolla. It almost seemed like a sign. So when Sabrina and Joe asked if I could meet them in Old Town for their engagement shoot, I was almost relieved; it would save me a trip to explore the place myself!

And it turns out, Old Town was an adorable spot for a shoot, especially when you’ve got an adorable couple as your subject. We wandered through the buildings and shops, and I got to see firsthand how sweet these two were together. They held hands constantly, and as you can tell it’s a rare shot that I got the two of them apart ;). Spending the evening with them was the perfect way to round out my trip to California.

Before I accidentally took a side route Tijuana, that is…but that’s another story ;).

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Lots of Laughs in La Jolla – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

My first time in La Jolla was definitely a shock – in as much of relaxed, comfortable way that a “shock” can be. I was staying at a house about 6 miles from La Jolla, and my friend let me use their bicycle for transportation. So I made sure to leave early, and pedaled the 6 miles with my backpack of gear on my back, weaving in and out of neighborhoods looking out over the coast. I arrived in La Jolla a little earlier than expected, and spent some time talking to the swimmers who come to cover every morning to swim to the pier. As an avid swimmer myself (I’ll be heading to the pool just as soon as I finish this blog post), I could easily see myself here every morning if I ever decide to move to California.

Shortly after my new swimmer friend left, I met Denise and Brad, and in all honesty, I was a bit blown away. It only takes about 8 seconds to see why these two are getting married:  they’re perfect for each other. They finish each other’s sentences, they laugh at each other’s jokes before they’re even said out loud and they literally can’t seem to get enough of each other. Shooting their engagement session was a breeze; literally. We spent the morning exploring the beautiful rocky beaches of La Jolla, CA. Brad and Denise I can only imagine how much fun your wedding will be, and I’m sure your marriage will be a long and happy one!

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Beauty and the Beach – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

I had only been in San Diego a few minutes before I realized how much I already loved this city. Traffic consisted mostly of people riding bikes and carrying their surfboards under one arm. The restaurants had sand on the floors and most of the patrons wore little more than a swimsuit. Granted the friend I was staying with lived right on the beach, but I didn’t care. I’d already classified San Diego as one of my favorite stops yet.

About an hour after I arrived in town, I met Angel and Bryan on the beach walkway and we headed straight to the water. It soon became apparent just how smitten these two were. They kissed before I ever had to ask, they laughed while I changed angles and settings, and in general they set the bar for photoshoots in San Diego extremely high. Spending an evening at a gorgeous beach photographing two awesome people seemed a little surreal. At one point, I actually remember looking down and staring at my bare feet in the water. I could hear waves hitting the shore and Angel and Bryan laughing in the background. I was standing in the ocean, photographing two people in love. “Holy #$%!,” I thought. “This is my job.” 

Man, I really do love what I do. Angel and Bryan, thanks so much for sharing this experience with me!

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Props and Pumpernickels – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

Lora and Danny were my second engagement session I shot in San Francisco. They were also my first awakening to exactly how big San Francisco is. As soon as I realized where they were located, I found myself scrambling to find a ticket to the shoot. Thankfully, public transportation in California is insanely easier than what I thought it would be. So I jumped on a train for the first time in my life and headed down south of San Fran.

Lora and Danny picked me up at the train station and we headed to the first location. Right from the get-go I knew this was going to be the kind of photoshoot I love so much. They were so laid back and so genuinely exciting for engagement photos, I couldn’t wait to get started!

And folks, they had done their homework! They had three locations in mind, and we ended up hitting all three. Lora brought along the “Save the Date” poster, along with a few sentimental teddy bears and a pair of Groom and Bride baseball hats (which have of the most moving stories EVER behind them, read all about it on my Facebook page).

What was supposed to be an hour session ended up running quite a bit longer, which is always expected when you’re having fun!

Even this little guy wanted to be a part of the action :).

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These two were absolutely so cute for each other and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to photograph them! I have no doubt they will have an amazing wedding along with a long and happy marriage :).

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Retro Love in San Francisco – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

This being my first time in San Francisco, I absolutely fell in love with the city. The constant fog, the unbelievable abundance of artwork and the laid back vibe of the people made it obvious how a song titled “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” could become such a huge hit. To make it even better, the couple I was meeting requested some kind of street art background. We had one in mind, but upon driving through the city I found this insane painted wall. It was perfect.

And then I met Ashley and Jesus.

Those of you who know me probably know how obsessed I am with anything vintage or retro, so when Ashley stood before me with flawless skin, perfect cat-eye makeup and an adorable fiance, I was thrilled. Honestly, I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Wandering around San Fran with a couple of Braves fans easily made this one of my favorite shoots yet :).

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IMG_3849Ashley and Jesus thank so, so, SO MUCH for letting me take your engagement pictures! You guys were so much fun to hang out with and I’m so glad I got to meet you guys. Here’s to an amazing wedding and a long and happy marriage :)!

Bubbles at Sunrise – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

No matter what the reason, when the alarm goes off at 5:22 in the morning I instantly rethink just what the heck I’m doing. But as soon as I peeked out my bedroom window and saw the soft, dreamy light of morning barely across the landscape, I knew this morning was going to be something special.

I met Rachel and Jake at our location at 6:00, camera and bubble machine in hand. What followed was what any photographer could ask for: a beautiful morning, a couple so obviously in love they could’ve been playing characters in a Nicholas Sparks movie, and even a healthy cluster of baby birds to send us off on our day :).

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Paint fight!! – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

The idea of doing a paint fight photoshoot had been floating around in my head for a while, and I was getting tired of waiting on the weather. Even in late April, Montana weather can be bitter cold. So I contacted Karen Grosz of Canvas Creek Team Building here in Billings, MT. Canvas Creek works with groups of people to facilitate effective measures of teamwork through collaborative painting (they work with families, businesses, couples and even travel for their work; you guys should really check them out!). When I asked her about having a paint fight in her studio, she responded with a resounding, YES!! She told me I had to hurry though, as she would be closing her studio in a week and opening a new one in the fall. This was on Friday…I had to move quick!

Katrina and Justin weren’t scheduled for an engagement session until late May, but ever since I had been in contact with them I got the feeling they would be up for anything. Sure enough, they loved the idea! I was beyond thrilled; I didn’t sleep the entire night before! I met them at Karen’s downtown studio on Sunday night, and armed with a white background, various paint colors, a healthy supply of masking tape (and a necessary sense of adventure), I turned them loose. What followed was easily one of my favorite photoshoots yet. Hope you guys enjoy!

The red paint was a great addition, but early in the game it looked a little…well…”murdery”. So it was punished and put it in the corner. Poor, sad little bottle of red paint…

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And then we were back at it!!

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IMG_4531I have to say, I may have had more fun than these two even did. I laughed the entire time and was even a bit sore the next day from crouching and bending into all those awkward positions we photographers find ourselves in. It was all worth it though, and I can’t wait to do something like this again (hopefully sooner than later)!

Fortunately, Karen loved the idea so much she’s even offered her temporary studio at In Good Glazes in case we feel like doing something like this again. Hear that people? You can do this too! I also have to thank Katrina and Justin for being such good sports; I’m so glad they agreed to get a little crazy for a night!

And like I said…Montana can be a bit chilly during late April :).

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Light Painting After Dark – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

Sometimes it’s not about getting engaged or celebrating an anniversary, sometimes it’s just about being thankful for where you are at the moment. Plus, when you have a couple as adventurous as Maria and Heath that are willing to go hiking in the  middle of the  night, things are always bound to get interesting!

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