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Light is Everything To the average eye, all light looks pretty similar–especially to someone who doesn’t dapple in photography. But, I am here to tell you that light. is. everything. It can make or break an image, and the time of day has a lot to do with it! I always shoot during golden hours. […]

Senior Week: Light Wednesday

April 10, 2024

Educational

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Abby and Chase’s December engagement session was full of sunshine and love! We were so blessed with warm sunny skies–and no snow! When they originally booked their engagement session, I pictured freezing temperatures and snow everywhere. Well, that sure didn’t happen! Abby and Chase have been together since high school. They met during a tour […]

December Montana Engagement Session

December 12, 2023

Engagement

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I thoroughly enjoyed this WARM November Montana engagement session. I was especially thankful that weren’t shooting in single digit temperatures with over 14 inches of snow like we had the week before. No joke. When I originally met Maeve and Nate it was in the height of our gorgeous fall color of October, and as […]

November Montana Engagement Session

November 8, 2023

Engagement

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The U Diamond Barn Wedding venue is one of Helena, Montana’s newest premiere wedding venues. The fact that longtime sweethearts Tina & Jake chose it for their wedding was no surprise to me! Overlooking lake Helena and the Helena valley, the U Diamond barn venue was the perfect location for Tina & Jake’s gorgeous western-themed […]

U Diamond Barn Wedding Venue

August 29, 2023

Wedding

U Diamond Barn Helena Montana

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Allie and Conor had waited over seven years for their wedding day. I get goosebumps even writing that! High school sweethearts, they have grown up together, and now will share the rest of their life together! Their July 22nd wedding was a scorcher—to say the least. As the days leading up to the wedding showed […]

July Kleffner Ranch Wedding

July 25, 2023

Wedding

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I think half of the town has been anticipating Mikayla and Kyle’s wedding at Carroll College for a few months now. Ok, maybe multiple people in multiple states have been anticipating this couple to tie the knot! Either way, there were hundreds of smiling faces at Kyle and Mikayla’s ceremony and reception this weekend! From […]

Carroll College Winter Wedding

January 23, 2023

Wedding

Bride and groom kissing in front of chapel

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Have you ever wanted to turn your passion into a business? Are you wondering where to start? Well this post is for you! It’s going to be focused on how to start a photography business, but you can really follow these same steps to start any new business you want to! This is your year! […]

How To Start a Photography Business

January 6, 2023

Educational

Kelly Van Dyke Photography, Ravenwood Wedding Venue

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The Cathedral of St. Helena shielded us from the never-ending rain on Abbey and Andrew’s wedding day. I’ve never before been so thankful for about 4 feet wide of dry area to shoot in my life. The beautiful cathedral’s steeples toward over us, giving us just a small area right in front of the entrance […]

Cathedral of St. Helena Wedding

October 23, 2022

Wedding

Cathedral of Helena Wedding

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This sunset fall engagement session was gorgeous, but we paid for it with 457 mosquito bites. However, this shoot was full of that golden hour glow and it was totally worth itching for days. These images are the ones I dream about when it’s negative temperatures outside during the long cold winter months. Even though […]

Sunset Fall Montana Engagement Session

October 9, 2022

Engagements

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Mikayla and Kyle met at Carroll College years ago, and when I heard their campus proposal story, I knew part of their engagement shoot had to happen there too! These two are without a doubt destined to be together. And just from hanging out with them on their shoot, I could feel the excitement and […]

Carroll College Engagement Shoot

July 24, 2022

Engagements

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