39th Annual Barstool Races | Columbia Falls Photographer

Cabin Fever Days is a weekend long, non-profit fundraising event, which benefits the Canyon QRU (Quick Response Unit), Martin City Volunteer Fire Department, Canyon Kids Christmas Fund and the Canyon Community Group in Martin City, Montana. There are various family oriented and adult activities throughout the weekend. We happened to watch the 39th Annual Barstool Races on Saturday. It was a pretty entertaining afternoon!

For more information about Cabin Fever Days: http://cabinfeverdays.com
For information on how to order a picture of yourself in action, contact Lindsay at www.lindsaygoudreau.com

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Custom Artwork | Columbia Falls, Montana Photographer

Below are a couple of custom art pieces I have had made.  The “Gondola Sunset” picture is currently hanging at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and is for sale.  Thirty percent of the proceeds go to Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation (406-751-6930).

The “Gondola Sunset” picture is printed on metal, locally hand-made in Bigfork, Montana.   The frame was custom welded and painted by a craftsman in Belgrade, Montana.  It is stunning!  The total dimensions of this piece are 27 1/2″ x 19 1/2″; $850.

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One of my favorite finishes is displayed in this image of “Flower Point” with the mountains of Glacier National Park in the background.   “Flower Point” was created on museum grade canvas, framed on two sides with beautiful, rustic barn wood.  This specific piece is 36″ x 14″.  It is currently hanging on my living room wall…because I LOVE it!

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I have many options for printing images, so if you’d like to see one of your images or mine on something more unique than a box store canvas, please let me know!

Do As I Say, Not As I Do | COLUMBIA FALLS PHOTOGRAPHER

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Remember that exciting news I mentioned not long ago?  Well, I’m finally ready to tell you all about it!

First of all, I’m retiring my pencil and paper scheduling technique, snail mail contracts/questionnaires and my dinosaur bookkeeping.  I’m getting too busy to keep up with the old process.  In order for me to provide all of you with better service and a more personal experience, you will soon (very soon) be able to pay online, sign a photo release or fill out a questionnaire from the comfort of your own home.  This enables me to spend less time creating and mailing documents and more time directly working with you on the planning and creation of your custom photo experience.

The next big announcement is a bit more complex.  For the past year, something has been bothering me….   Many of you, myself included, spend a good amount of money in having your photos taken and we get the digital images on a disc or via digital download.  What happens to these photos???  They ‘usually’ sit on your hard drive and are shared to social media.  We took the time to have photos taken and we have the digital files, so we can get them printed any old time, right?  Time passes and they never get printed.

I’m about to share a story with you… something I’m not proud of at all.  Last summer, I had some photos of my family on a disc and needed a print made in one-hour.  It had to be done that day and could not wait until tomorrow.  I had the disc for 2 years and I needed a print today!  Photo Video Plus (my preferred in-town printer) was about to close, so my only option, within a quick drive was Walgreen’s (huge SIGH….).  Yes, I know!!!!!  I scold all of my clients NOT to print at places like Walgreen’s (Costco, Target, Walmart, etc) and here I’m telling you I did.  You know what?  Life happens and I realize sometimes rules have to be broken, even my own.  So, I ordered my print and picked it up.  The colors in the print were horrible and not a good representation of the actual photo, but I expected that.  Long story short, when the project I helped my son with was over, we put this photo in an empty frame I had in our living room.  I’m not going to lie, after 2 months, the face of the photo was peeling off onto the inside glass of the frame, leaving grey patches all over our faces.  Most people realize the colors will be off at a consumer lab, but paper and print quality is very cheap as well.

I don’t want to put you into a position where you have to worry about taking the time to order prints; where to have them printed, waiting for them to upload or creating an account somewhere just to order photos.  Let’s face it, you have invested a lot of money into having your family photographed and I don’t want you to end up with a Walgreen’s quality print.  I have been falling short for years not providing my clients with better service.  I have been taking the photos, editing the photos and handing them over.  Basically, here are your photos, good luck!  …I want to do better than that.  You deserve better than that.

Over the past year, I have set up accounts and ordered test products with a few of my favorite printing companies, in which you have to be a photography business to be able to purchase product.  Within those companies, I have hand-picked my favorite print, album and wall art products best suited for both my business and you!  These are all items that you cannot buy at a consumer print lab.

From your photo session to the walls in your home, I will be your full-service photographer.  You will be proud to display my work in your home; a value I cannot provide to you by simply handing over your digital files. I will make sure your print, album or wall art reflects the image I created.  Imagine spending hours editing a photo session to see them printed in a completely different hue, contrast and completely over or under exposed.  I’ve seen it first hand and it’s always very disappointing.  I’m happy to show you a sample of what I mean when we meet to go over what products you might like to have.  I’ll have a print comparison with me from each of the local consumer labs and my print lab.  You’ll be truly amazed.

I’m very excited to work towards being the best, most friendly, hard-working and complete photographer for my clients.  If you would like help creating some beautiful photos for your home and a unique photo session experience, I’d love to help you!   ~Lindsay

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Hillside Hutterite Colony, Sweetgrass, MT | MONTANA PHOTOGRAPHER

Last weekend we visited some friends north of Cutbank, Montana, a quarter mile south of the Canadian border.  While there, we had the opportunity to tour a Hutterite Colony.  It was very cold out, single digits, so we didn’t do a whole lot of walking around the farm, but we did see inside the home and kitchen facility of the Hillside Colony.  They were very friendly to us and allowed me to take photos.  I learned that it was a huge privilege to be allowed into a Hutterite home as an outsider.  We were given a tour of the whole house including their bedrooms and the basement where few people are allowed.  I didn’t take many photos inside the house as I knew it was a privilege and I didn’t want to over-step any boundaries.  Maybe if I get to visit again, I can take some more photos.

Hutterites are communal people and very religious.  They share nearly everything.  Someone could walk into another’s home and take a clock right off the wall.  It belongs to the Colony and is shared.  Unlike the Amish, they do use technology ONLY as a tool.  However, technology is not allowed.  No one has cell phones or tablets.  They grow their own food, make their own clothes and furniture.  They have very little in their homes and the floors were incredibly shiny.  They clean the floors a minimum of once a day!  They do not have kitchens or refrigerators in their homes.  The living room had one bench, a small table and two rocking chairs.  Each bedroom had a bed and one hand made dresser.  The basement had a storage facility, immaculately organized and a small room with a sewing machine.  Basements are private spaces used only by the family.  The main living space upstairs is community space, even though it is meant for one family.  During the time we were visiting, there were 3 visitors who randomly walked into the house.  We visited the home of the Farm Manager.  Only he and a couple other men were allowed to drive.  He let us know that they are unable to park colony vehicles in front of their homes unless it’s only for a few minutes because they are not personal vehicles.

Good thing for me, they LOVE babies!  I walked through the door and Greta was pulled right from my hands.

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The girls really enjoyed playing with our cell phones!

 

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Each of their homes is a 2-story apartment (main floor and a basement) in this long building.  The Hillside Colony has around 75 people.

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Before dinner is church.  The men sit on the left and the woman on the right.

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During dinner, the women sit on the left and the men on the right.  Children eat after the adults eat.  Three women cook and clean the kitchen at a time.  They are on rotating schedules.

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Everything in the kitchen building was VERY clean.  I would eat off their floors.  I just couldn’t believe how clean everything was.

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The bread making room…

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The refrigerator and freezer full of their last fall harvest

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Every family had their own refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen building.  They were free to eat whenever they wish, however they have to keep their food in the kitchen building.  Note each family’s food stash has a padlock!

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Potato peeling area…

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The mechanical room

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If you ever get a chance to visit a Hutterite Colony, I suggest you bring a baby.  The Hutterite women are very quiet and babies are a good ice breaker…and probably the ONLY thing you might have in common.

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We had a nice afternoon during our visit.  My friend brought them a few bottles of wine as a gift.  They get paid about $9/month for their work and any money they make goes straight to the colony.  So items like a bottle of wine are much appreciated.  I did notice in one of the girls rooms, she had a pair of Dansko shoes on a shoe rack.  I learned that Danskos were a sought after item and all the girls wanted them, but cannot afford them.  Those shoes were a gift as well.  According to their religion, all material goods are held in common and all members of the colony are provided for equally and nothing is kept for personal gain.

Another very interesting thing I learned is they graduate from their school, which is also on property, in the 8th grade.  When they graduate, they are trained into all of the adult jobs; cooking, cleaning, gardening, for the women and the men, woodworking, farming, milking cows, fixing machinery, etc.  Their primary language is German and they begin to learn English at 6 years of age.  The young girl in the photo above and below is about to graduate the 8th grade and become an adult.  She told us she is excited to begin learning her new jobs.

Many of you know, our family is living in a camper while we are building a house.  I shared that with the Hutterite women and I don’t know what she was thinking…but she gave me a pair of Hutterite made slippers.  It was very thoughtful.  We left with slippers, fresh sausage and the best canned corn I have ever had.  It was a really neat experience and I look forward to going back and bringing some gifts.  I think it is a totally bizarre way to live, but it was very interesting as well.

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Maternity leave…

I just wanted to let you know that I will be unavailable while on maternity leave from Thursday, 1January 23rd through Monday, February 3rd.  Please feel free to email me at anytime, but I may not be able to respond until February.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while I’m spending time with my newest little family member!

~ Lindsay, Double Barrel Photography