When We Try To Pinterest

I love Pinterest, my one hundred plus boards probably prove that! It helps me think visually, so that's my excuse! Pinterest is also full of amazing crafting ideas, some more amazing than others. It is fun though to give things a try! I found a lil crafty project I wanted to test and luckily one of the sister-in-laws called the day before asking if I could watch one of the nieces! YIPPY!!!! lil crafting buddy! 

This was the perfect girly craft! Take fake flowers, dip in plaster, put candle tea light on top. It was a lot more complicated than that, but fun! They turned out to be a lot more brittle than I thought so she pretended they were bombs instead of tea light candle holders, so I would say we were both happy! 

Spremuta

We here in Montana have been stuck in some cold weather. Its been below freezing for a long time, but this week it finally warmed up! 38 degrees never felt so warm! The great thing about January though is that its blood orange season! 

I have been craving blood oranges lately. They remind me of Italy, and the wonderful spremuta we could get at coffee bars. So fresh and so good! Spremuta means fresh squeezed juice. So when I checked up on what is in season in January, I was one happy camper! 

I was worried at first that our small local grocery store wouldn't have them, but I did find them, so I pretty much bought out the store..... and the neighboring towns grocery store too.... 

It takes a lot of these little blood oranges to make a pitcher of fresh squeezed juice, but they are so sweet and beautiful, it is worth it! While I had them on hand I also decided to test out my food staging skills. I love cooking and photography so its really fun to put something together. I also collect tons of vintage items so it makes everything feel justified if I can use them. 

In this shoot, I used an old wood platter from the 50s, made in California. A beautiful porcelain colander made by Kirk Jackson, which was a wedding gift from my Gammie. And to brighten it al up I had a beautiful floral linen tablecloth on hand. 

Playing Catch Up, & Meet the Foner Family

To start off, I'm Megan Benjamin, and welcome to my new blog. 

Over the next few weeks I will be posting pictures from 2016, from sessions I did and trips I went on. 2016 was a jam packed year so there is lots to share!  

I graduated from Montana state university, with a bachelors of fine art.  To celebrate surviving college, two friends and I took a trip to Europe!

After a month in Europe I came back, and I got married this fall to my knight in shinning tinfoil, Kevin Benjamin. He's a Montana man and a wonderful guy! He's an organic farmer from the high-line. So we have been living the life out on the prairie for the last couple months as husband and wife! 

the summer of 2016 was a crazy one, I was literally flying all over the place, planning a wedding, being in a friends wedding, and somehow managed to get a family session in there! 

One weekend in Bozeman, Montana I did a family session for the Foner family. This has got to be one of the cutest families around! Joel and Alayna are super parents of 3 kids, with a set of twins! She had all kinds of super cute ideas, so we started out at the outdoor museum at the museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Alayna has such a cool vintage style so this fit her perfect! We also shot at one of their favorite trails, which was super cool! 


Brand New

New year, new website! More like procrastination at its finest! I've been sitting on this website for the last few months since I graduated from Montana State University, just wondering what to do with it. So today after a lot of thinking, and ice cream I decided to work on it again, and decide if this was something I wanted to pursue. 

I just saw Jacqui Smith of, Simply Jacqui Photography's, post yesterday on her blog about her joining forces with, Floating Leaf Studios, in Helena, Montana. Her post almost gave me a panic attack! Photography had almost burnt her out, she was missing out on her own family for other peoples special moments. 

That made me think.

Do I potentially want to put myself in that situation? probably not, but when that time comes, we will see. This is a beginning, just a start full of possibilities! Well doesn't this sound like a disney movie.....  

So anyway hope everyone likes the new website!