Little Girl, Madeline

I took this picture a few years ago in Wood Chuck Gulch near Sapphire Mountains in the Bitterroot Valley.

My friend and Angie and her daughter Madeline were coming up the road to there home. We stopped to chat for a moment when Madeline got on top of their car and started dancing. The light, backdrop, and pajamas made for a wonderful photographic opportunity. The image was obviously not a portrait shot or made to be personal. My intention was to create the mood of childlike nostalgia. Oh for the days of wearing pajamas all day without a care in the world; I think that ended for me when I was like two!

About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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