I love a challenge. Especially one that involves a snowstorm, a beautiful model, and my camera! We spent the holidays in Bozeman, Montana this year. It was a week filled with new experiences and adventures. We enjoyed one entire day snowmobiling in zero degree weather in Yellowstone National Park, another sitting outside in the local hot springs, looking up at the snowy mountains. I asked one of my favorite models if we could do an urban-style shoot in downtown Bozeman. I like new locations and lighting situations. It pushes me to think outside the box. The day we chose to venture out was a snowy one, and the temperature hovered around 23 degrees. My model was brave, and I had mittens, so off we went!
I'm always looking for repeating elements, interesting textures or lines, and complementary colors for my subjects to interact with. The image above was taken in a boardwalk construction area on Main Street. The golden lines surrounding her are 2x4 pine boards. I loved the color with her sweater. As we strolled further, we found other repeating elements and the coolest metal gate. We asked the owner of the jewelry shop it belonged to if we could shoot behind it. She loved the images we showed her when we were finished!
By this time the snow was falling fast and my hands were getting numb, not to mention our Rockstar model! If you look closely, you can see the tiny, star-shaped snowflakes frozen in her hair. I asked her for ten more minutes, and promised steaming mugs of hot chocolate at the finish line. She was a trooper, even when I asked her to lay on the ground for the last few images.
We loved Bozeman, Montana! We stayed at the Element Hotel just off of Main Street. It was really cozy, filled with skiers from all over, and within walking distance of great restaurants and fun boutiques! We loved Jonah and Sage for warm, cozy sweaters and vests. Blackbird Kitchen was a hands-down favorite restaurant with everyone! We really enjoyed the kale salad, house made bread and pate, and their signature wood-fired pizzas with interesting topping combinations. Make reservations ahead of time or you will not get in - it's a popular place during ski season. Our other favorite lunch spot a short drive away was Roost Fried Chicken. Everything we tried there was terrific. I wanted to go again, but there were just so many meals we could fit in. For relaxation Bozeman-style, head to a nearby hot spring! We picked one close to home, Bozeman Hot Springs, and spent the morning soaking away the chill. Time to put Bozeman on the calendar again - I want to go back soon!