Newborn Session | Fitz Bergen Powell

The photographer in me can’t help but do basically all the different types of sessions around a newborn. You can do a birth session, a fresh 48 and a newborn session. Part of me would have liked a birth photographer while the other part of me kind of cringes at the thought of it.… Read the rest

Fresh 48 | Fitz Bergen Powell

I have always loved the fresh 48 hospital pictures that people sometimes take right after the baby is born. If you don’t know, fresh 48 is a photography session taken within the first 48 hours of a baby’s life. A lot of people tend to do these instead of labor photos.… Read the rest

Son of the Mountain People

If you aren’t “in the know,” our son, Fitz Bergen Powell, was born to us 5:01pm Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 21.25 in. long. Jess carried him 41 weeks. Jess was induced into labor with Pitocin and had her water broken mid day. She pushed hard for two whole hours!… Read the rest

Bump Photos

After the remodel and the move, I knew I wanted to take some time to get maternity photos. Now, I didn’t have time to look around to find a local photographer to Helena plus as a photographer myself, I’m a little picky. If I am going to pay someone, I want to really like them and connect with them.… Read the rest

New Town, New Traditions

We’ve been living in Helena for almost two months now. Our apartment is mostly settled and ready for a baby boy any time now. We’ve started taking the steps toward integrating ourselves into the community of Helena. One of those steps was partaking in one of the largest events the city holds each year, Symphony Under the Stars.… Read the rest

Much Needed Family Time

With all the craziness of life going on. I have not spent the time with my family that they deserve. Either I’m home and busy, or gone entirely. At least that’s how it was. Now that the house is “done” and we are just days away from moving back to Montana, I’ve been able to spend some much needed time with my little family.… Read the rest

The Interim

I accepted the job, finished the house to get it on the market and drove out to Montana to work a couple weeks. We are full swing into a new chapter of life, yet this seems more like a prelude. Nothing is settled, everything feels up in the air. It makes me think of catching a pop-fly ball when you know you have it, but you’re momentarily blinded by the sun.… Read the rest


One of the most exciting steps in a pregnancy is when you get to find out the gender of baby! I know that some people like to wait, but that just isn’t my cup of tea. I feel like I need to know to really get down to planning and being prepared.… Read the rest


If you follow either Jess or myself on Instagram, you probably saw that we went on a family trip to Kauai recently. It was a great trip, though it may have highlighted some chapters being turned in our lives.

Pacific Ocean sunset looking over Queen's Bath in Princeville, HI on the island of Kauai

We traveled there with Elijah, Jess’s parents and her sister Krista. It was a nearly full van, especially the first and last day with all our luggage.… Read the rest

Finding the Next Steps | Another Miscarriage Story

Now what? I am that statistic and I thought for sure that my next step would be taking tests. I had already spent a lot of money for the year on blood work from my December miscarriage and this April one. I have a high deductible, so I just thought that it would all work out.… Read the rest

Finding Comfort | Another Miscarriage Story

Another week went by as I started to plan things in my head. I was planning out how December would look with a newborn, how Christmas would look with a newborn, how we would have to delay our big family trip to Hawaii, how I was convinced that I was having a girl, how I finally became ok with the girl name that Brent had picked out back before we had Elijah and so much more.… Read the rest

Finding the Words | Another Miscarriage Story

Here I sit trying to recount my feelings and thoughts from when it happened again in April. I had so many emotions running around in my head that I needed to take some time to think about it before writing it all out for the world to see. I’ve been wanting to get on here to share with you all again, but I really didn’t know where to begin.… Read the rest