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!

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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CHOCOLATE horses…

“Chocolate horses” is the saying I use to catch the attention of my 5-year-old son.  For some reason, his ears don’t work unless he hears the word “chocolate” and he perks right up, looking at me, wondering if I’m smuggling a Hershey bar.

Well, now I’m using the term for all of my fans out there in hopes to catch your attention.  Let me first tell you, the photography world is such a great place to be for me.  I have made some wonderful friends and professional relationships in my photography career thus far.  I am looking forward to both personal and professional growth in the years to come.

In the past year, I have been teetering back and forth on which direction I’d like to see my business go.  There are so many different ways to do the same thing.  After months of brainstorming with fellow photographers, price changes, website changes, etc., I have finally settled on my unique branding and exciting services I can offer to you that help me to stand out from the rest, yet offer my clients wonderful service and price.  Photography is a very personal choice for most people and I wanted to connect better with my clients.  To do so, I have changed my business from Double Barrel Photography to Lindsay Goudreau, Photographer.

I am passionate about the outdoors and believe that memories are made by living life.  For that reason, I choose to be the outdoorsy photographer for adventurous people.  Specializing in capturing memories lived; adventure seeking families, seniors and vacationers looking to have real memories of real moments.  Moments I cannot create by telling you to ‘please stand here and smile…’  Truly a unique photo experience; photos I know you’ll cherish forever.

Please take a moment to look at my new website: www.lindsaygoudreau.com.  The old web address: www.doublebarrelmt.com will forward to my new site for those that are unaware of the changes.  Also, please take a moment to “Like” my Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/lindsaygoudreauphotographer.  And for those of you so inclined, please “Share” my page with others.  That would be very kind and helpful in making sure more people are aware of my new changes.

Again, I am so thankful for all of my mentors who have helped me to find my niche in this very large photography world.  I am excited for this new chapter in my career and hope you are too!

LG outdoorsy photog adventurous people

 

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