A high school graduation present from my parents, a Canon A-1 film camera, inspired me to take Intro to Photojournalism in college. My final project for that class was a photo story on my grandma. Every time I’d lift my camera to take a picture of her, she’d give me a goofy grin. She couldn’t hear very well, so when she hammed it up for me, I’d pretend to take her photo, then continued shooting when she started to ignore me. This technique enabled me to capture who she really was. It also got me an “A” in the class and my instructor’s recommendation that I major in Journalism with an emphasis in Photography, which is what I did. I graduated three years later, after completing an internship with the Missoulian newspaper, where I got to put into practice much of what I learned in college.
After graduating from UM, I pursued additional, post-secondary studies at the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology where I studied commercial photography and worked as an assistant to a commercial and fashion photographer. Through these experiences I was able to master the technical aspects of photography. I learned how to really use my camera, to understand what the settings meant, how to see and manipulate light for portraits. Another thing I learned was patience. I was used to the fast-paced world of photojournalism but was now spending eight hours photographing a shirt and tie with a 4×5 film camera in school and at work making sure the model’s clothes fit well with safety pins and duct tape.
Perfection and patience was a great skill to learn, but I was ready to pick up the pace. That’s when I landed a job as a photojournalist at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. The pace suddenly skyrocketed. One day I was shooting college basketball, the next day I was photographing the governor of Idaho, and the next was shooting bungy-jumpers diving off the Perrine Bridge. During that time, I won two Idaho Press Association award. The job was unpredictable and exhilarating and exhausting.
After a few years, I moved back to my home state of Montana and, in 2005, started Logan Photography. In the beginning I primarily photographed weddings, however, after my second child was born I transitioned to portraits, special events, commercial and travel photography. Some of my favorite projects include photographing a Missoula artist’s production and installment of her piece “Double Column” at the Missoula Art Musuem and a recent trip to Sweden with the University of Montana’s spectrUM and the Missoula Public Library to photograph their fact-finding journey to learn about culture houses, “Kulterhausets.”
I feel fortunate to have diverse training and the professional background that I have and I am grateful for the ways that those experiences inform my current work. Photographing families takes patience—waiting for that right moment when everyone’s goofy grins turn into authentic smiles—but it also takes quickness, having the instincts and experience to capture those right moments that are so fleeting. In this way, photography is like life. I am honored that I get to work with my clients to capture their life’s most exciting milestones and fleeting moments.