Champagne, Pups and a Fishing Pole – Jenna Martin Family Photographer

When Rachael first contacted me about taking her family’s photos, I could tell right away that we would get along. She was easy-going, interesting and fun…and I got all of that from her email. 

She told me about her family. How close they are and how they’ve never gotten family photos. When I asked how they would describe a perfect day together, she responded with, “Float the river with the dogs on the raft while dad fishes off the end and mom and I make chitter chatter and crack jokes about dad’s fishing.” So instead of asking the all to meet me somewhere downtown, I suggested we go fishing. We can hike back in the mountains somewhere, toss out a line, run around with the dogs a bit and I’ll take photos of them in their natural habitat.

I sent the email and waited. “Please say yes,” I thought. “This would be so much fun!” Sure enough, she wrote back and said her parents were all for it! So on the day of the photoshoot, I drove the 60ish miles to Red Lodge, MT, where I met up with Rachael, Dave, Deb, Griffin (the Jack Russel Terrier) and Sadie (the German Shorthair). We drove past the Red Lodge campgrounds to an undisclosed location, tossed out a line, let the dogs run around and even drank a little champagne (here’s to finally having family photos)!

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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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