NICOLE + JOSH | ENGAGEMENT {Snowy Mountain Lodge}

Seems like we see an awful lot of snow here in Wyoming. We are always having clients tell us how much they would LOVE to have gently falling snowlakes for their sessions. The trouble is the snow in WY doesn’t really gently fall from the sky, rather it flurries in a storm sideways with that ever present Wyoming wind;)Everytime it actually DOES gently fall you would definitely laugh at Rick and I as we are always trying to think of WHO we could possible take out right this second the photograph before it stops being ‘gentle’ and returns to its usual flurry lol.

Not only did we get GENTLY falling snow for Nicole and Josh’s engagement session at Snowy Mountain Lodge, but we also got some gorgeous sunlight! These two were actually able to take their coats OFF for their session in Centennial, WY in JANUARY! To say God smiled down and gave us a gift for their session would be an understatement. These two were wonderful. We so enjoyed spending the afternoon with them and cannot wait for their wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau.

What is a post without some BIG BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS? Here are a few of our favorite images from their session:














A wintry engagement session by our Ardent Associate Photographers, Kim & Scott…

McKenzie and John decided to meet us in one of their favorite places for their engagement session, a cozy warm wintry Centennial. They will be getting married in July and we can’t wait to be a part of that day. They are planning for a quaint wedding in Centennial, Wyoming, which if you ask me can be very whimsical that time of year! It’s the perfect setting for weddings both large and small. Our time with them was spent outside among feet of snow, and inside a cozy warm cabin. People like McKenzie and John make it super easy for us to do our jobs, and who doesn’t like to cuddle up with the one they love for photos? We took them along trails and over a bridge for some sun filled images before heading inside, where they were able to get really cozy and just enjoy the warmth of each other. We can’t wait to see them again in the summer!

As always here are a few of our faves:














ARDENTOLOGY | THE WORKSHOP {Historic Laramie Plains Civic Center}

Rick and I have been incredibly blessed in both our lives and with our business. The fact that we have the ability to make our living doing what we love is still something that we thank God for each and every day. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by since I shot my very first wedding. Throughout the years we have made it a priority to learn as much as we can about our craft. Each year we invest in new equipment, workshops, DVDs, books… really anything we can get our hands on. There is a sea of how to and instructional materials. The truth is though that finding relevant and worthwhile education can be a daunting task. When Rick and I decided to start offering out annual Ardentology Workshop, we wanted to create a hands on, complete and worthwhile curriculum that would have our students leaving that same day better photographers.

Maybe your looking for the PERFECT Christmas present for that camera obsessed family member or friend. Maybe you got a new camera last Christmas and still have no idea how to use it. Or like many you might be a professional photographer who is just stuck in a rut. PRODUCING instead of creating, looking for something to help you push creatively. Ardentology will start with the basics of working your specific camera and progress through everything you need to know to vastly improve your photography skills. Throughout the day long workshop we will be covering the following (and more):ardentologynotebooks

  • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Metering
  • Shooting Modes
  • Manual Mode
  • Using Lighting Creatively & Artfully
  • Concepts of Creative Composition
  • Question & Answer Sessions
  • 60 Minute LIVE Model Shoot w/Rick & Steph on the ‘SECRET’ 4th Floor…

This year we will be holding the workshop on Saturday January 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Historic Laramie Plains Civic Center in Laramie, WY. Your investment of $300.00 will get you instruction from both Rick and myself, the ability to hone your new found skills by hands on learning and a beautiful course book that allows you to bring it all home with you. Lunch is on us and although this blog post marks our OFFICIAL announcement of the workshop, spots are already filled so space is limited. To reserve your spot please feel free to contact us via email, We are closing registration this year on January 16th.

Check out what a few of our past student’s had to say about their experience:

“Ardentology was such a great experience for me this past winter. What a gift to be able to work with Rick and Stephanie, and see some of the magic behind the great photography they do. They both bring such unique knowledge and artistic skill to the table, and Ardentology was a great chance to soak some of that up! I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about composition of photographs, photography as an art form, as well as spend some time figuring out how to shoot on their camera using  manual settings. Signing up for Ardentology will be an awesome learning experience for any photographer, brand new or seasoned.” – Jillian Miller

“Ardentology workshop offered everything I hoped to learn and more. I bought a camera to learn how to shot in manual but found myself switching to auto because I didn’t have the understanding of Exposure-ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. Rick and Steph put so much time and thought into the workshop to help us better understand the components of shooting in manual mode. I walked away a legit photographer and ever since then I am happy to say I love shooting in manual. I can do so much and let my creative side take over.” – Delilah Brubaker

“I always wanted to take beautiful pictures. In college I took the offered photography course, waste of money after going to Ardentology class. Ardentology is a hands on type learning so you learn what type of pictures to take exactly at the same time it’s taught!! Love these two wonderful God fearing people!!” - Jill Martin


What is a post WITHOUT photos? Check out this awesome photo recap of past Ardentology Workshops…



Stacey Pearson - Was wondering if you could actually suggest a first time camera. I’ve taken many pictures with my $200 camera, but would like to invest into something better. Then, I’d be interested in signing up for the class.

Thank you!!!!

admin - Stacey – I would say if you are looking for something more advanced it could still depend on how much you are comfortable spending and what you want to shoot. The Canon Rebel T3i is a good camera that will be more advanced than what you have. But the Nikon D7100 is one of the best advanced camera’s you can buy. The D7100 would be our recommendation :)

admin - Stacey – I would say if you are looking for something more advanced it could still depend on how much you are comfortable spending and what you want to shoot. The Canon Rebel T3i is a good camera that will be more advanced than what you have. But the Nikon D7100 is one of the best advanced camera’s you can buy. The D7100 would be our recommendation :)

Cheri Foster - I would like to reserve a spot in this workshop! This sounds perfect for me.

Donna rice - Kelly groeneweg told me about your workshop and I would love to attend if you still have some open slots. I would love to know the ends and outs of my camera and she told me you both have so much to offer! My phone # 308-247-9221 (home) or cell is 308-631-9988

morgan ridinger - I missed your class this time will there be another class this year?

AMY + LANDON | ENGAGEMENT {Wild Wyoming Horses}

I love living in Wyoming… Living here is living out in the wide open space that God created. You can see the stars shine SO brightly at night, go fishing practically in your own backyard and even catch a glimpse of REAL wild horses if you are lucky. ‘Lucky’ doesnt’t even begin to describe how fortunate Rick and I were getting to spend the afternoon with Amy & Landon for their engagement session. These two are amazing. They are some of the nicest, kindest and most authentic people we know. They love life, love each other and above all love God.

We usually design each engagement session for our clients, choosing our locations, picking out areas etc. When Landon told us about this AH-MAZE-ING Wyoming Ranch they had in mind for a backdrop our interest was definitely peaked. When Amy sent us some photos as ‘inspiration’ that were sunlight filled, backlit and romantic we were absolutely SURE they were our perfect clients lol. We had so much fun exploring the ranch, capturing their love and before you ask YES those are REAL Wyoming Wild Horses. We have to chew marks on our card to prove it lol! Amy & Landon, thank you for asking us to photograph your wedding. We had so much fun with you two and cannot wait till this summer. As always here are a few of our faves:



Having two cameras pointed at you can sometimes be intimidating. Many of our couples ask us for a lot of direction on what they should do. Where should we look, how should we stand, does this look ok etc… Every now and then however we have a couple who if you leave them alone, magic happens. Sam & Brian were cutest when we gave them their space and let these two do what they do best… be in love. He would make her laugh, she would give him that ‘look’ and capturing the love between these two was easy:)We had so much fun with them, exploring the Fall Colors, playing with Mabel and just documenting this amazing time in their lives. These two are planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, cannot wait to see them again!