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Good Friends and Cameras…

Hi everyone-

Occasionally the universe aligns and you get to meet amazing people that you very easily might have lived your life never knowing. I’m lucky enough to have met just such a person a few years ago at a location lighting workshop.

Bryan Allen was an instructor at that workshop and we quickly hit it off and have been friends ever since. Bryan has not only served as mentor and friend but is crazy enough to accept my invitation to various adventures although they have been mild up to this point. Make sure you click on his name at the beginning of this paragraph to check out his blog and awesome photography!

For the last two summers Bryan has joined me for some shooting and relaxation in Montana. It is quickly becoming a summer tradition that I look forward to each year. We basically travel around northern Montana, visit Glacier National Park and the North American Indian Days form our base in Choteau, MT. Occasionally we even sleep in Tipi’s at the foot of Glacier Park. It’s a fun time where we can relax, away from every day responsibilities and feed each others creativity in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States.

In the gallery below there are some images I shot of Bryan on this years trip. As you can see we do a lot of shooting and a fair share of just goofing off. Of course we always have a camera there to capture those moments.

I’m sure Bryan is going to be ecstatic that I posted some of these… πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy checking out these images as much as we had fun while out and about capturing them.

Have a great day!!

September 5, 2010 - 11:17 PM

Doug Haass - All too often we go out on these adventures and come back with memories of the location and scenery, but sans any true connection with ourselves. I’m sure one, or both of you, will look back fondly on these photos in years to come, glad to have taken the time to shoot them. Awesome job capturing Bryan in so many unguarded moments, along with those where he played along with it.

August 24, 2010 - 3:03 AM

Montana 2010 Series – The Girls » Bryan Allen Photo Blog - […] this post by Brian has a few behind the scenes shots from this shoot […]

August 15, 2010 - 9:47 PM

Ted - Love that you’ve captured the essence of BA so wonderfully. I can assure you that you will get thousands of hits to this post as Bryan won’t be able to stop himself from checking them out over and over again. He’s shy like that. πŸ™‚

Lovely shots – and I won’t miss this trip ever again.


Honor and Respect On The High Plains

Hi everyone-

Through out the year I have the opportunity to photograph some events that really mean a lot to me. The one I most look forward to each year is the North American Indian Days Pow Wow on the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana.

The spectacle that unfolds before your eyes is nothing short of breathtaking. Native dancers from across North America converge on Browning for 4 days of dancing, drumming, stickball, horse racing, rodeoing and camaraderie.

Watching the Grand Entires where hundreds of dancers enter the arbor and spiral toward the center takes me to a time that I only wish i could have experienced. The rhythmic beats of the drums along with the voices of the singers slowly lulls you to imagine a time where events like this took place around a fire on the high plains surrounded by lodges made of buffalo hides.

As I shoot the dancers passing by I no longer see the other spectators, the arbor, the bleachers… I see the lodges, and the high grasses of the plains. I smell the smoke of the fire burning mixed with the sweet aroma of the grasses swaying around us. I hear the drums leading the singers beating into the night. I hear the singers honoring the great creator, and those who went before them. You can get lost in these thoughts, imaging what it must have been like.

It’s an honor for me to be able to see let alone photograph these great moments. I hope that you enjoy these images and that I might have done the people in them justice for their efforts and dedication to preserving and living their culture is simply breath taking to me.

Have a great day

January 4, 2013 - 1:42 PM

admin - Thank you Sandra!

I am glad you enjoyed them!!

January 4, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Sandra Lehmann - Hi Brian!

Im coming here about a Photo with a Native Americans ( i dont know it is a Elder) and then i searched your Name. Im speechles because the Pics of the Native Americans. I like them since 1998. Thank you for the wonderful Pics. You made a great Job! Well done!

Best Greetings from Germany, Sandra Lehmann

September 5, 2010 - 11:12 PM

Doug Haass - Great job capturing the breadth and emotion of the event. You have truly developed a style you can call your own.

August 12, 2010 - 4:19 PM

Barbara Baumgartner - Brian, This is truly breathtaking. Makes me even more proud to be Native American. So sad we have lost so much of our customs. I’ve attended Browning Indian Days and forgot how amazing it truly is. Thanks for the memories

August 11, 2010 - 4:23 PM

Montana – Indian Days » Bryan Allen Photo Blog - […] the way, if you want to see some the dancing that I missed the day prior, check out Brian Bastinelli’s images. I’ll not miss this flight next year I can assure […]

August 11, 2010 - 1:43 PM

Bryan Allen - Awesome stuff as usual bb! Can’t believe I missed my flight and missed out on all the dancing this year. I’ll try to post my stuff from the next evening’s rainout session soon.

August 10, 2010 - 10:54 PM

Stephen Milano - BB
wow–absolutely amazing work. the capture, the processing, simply incredible. I hope one day you could run a workshop/tour around Indian days πŸ™‚ I’d be the first to sign up!!

My Baby’s 4 Today!

On what is a big day for birthday’s in our family my little baby girl turns 4 today!! Cree Share’s her birthday with her Aunt Nikki and her late Great Grandfather Cat Carrier.

I can not believe that she is already four years old. It seems like merely hours ago I was rushing down I-83 from work in the middle of the night trying to make it to the hospital in time.

Since her birth Cree has been the light of my life. She brightens each and every day for me. And when I look at her I see what to me is the perfect mix of Tonya and I.

She has been the best gift possible to us and I am thankful for every day we have had with her and I look forward to each and one to come. I just wish they would come and go at a much slower rate!!!

So in honor of her big day I thought I put up a little gallery of images from our recent trip to Montana. Hope you enjoy them as much I as enjoyed spending each of these moments with her.

I love you Cree….

August 8, 2010 - 12:19 PM

admin - BA-!! Thank you… It was great having you with us again. I can not wait until next year! I really hope the family is able to make it. I think it will be great fun.

August 5, 2010 - 10:27 PM

BA - Great stuff BB. Pure pleasure to be along for a few of those. Congrats to you guys and happy Birthday to Cree! Welcome to the 4s. It only gets better and better if you can believe it.

July 28, 2010 - 9:06 PM

admin - Hey Barry-

Thanks again. We are definitely turning a corner with that but it is still hit or miss. The ones that took the most work out of these were the ones taken at Old Faithful. We had done some walking around the area having planned to arrive back at Old Faithful it’s self right around the time it erupted.

This was shortly before lunch and Cree was ready for both lunch and a nap so until we got back she really wasn’t having it. But she let me take the pictures and even though there was no smile I was happy to get it. That is the last image in this series.

Thanks again Barry!!

July 28, 2010 - 1:28 PM

Barry Armer - Great group of photos Brian! Cree looks like she enjoys being photographed these days!

Happy Birthday Cree!


Laura And Her Girls…

Hi everyone-

While I was recently in Montana my self and my friend and fellow photographer Bryan Allen had the fantstic opportunity to photograph my cousin Laura and her girls Savanahand Shay.

I look forward to spending time with these guys each year and wish I could be closer to them so that we could see each other much more often.

This year we took a quick ride to my cousins home along the Rocky Mountain Front, one of the most beautiful places in Montana, to do the shoot. We had a limited time to shoot as we were loosing light fast.

Having the opportunity to photograph them is always a highlight of my trip.

Laura and her girls have such a special relationship and it shows in everything they do. Their love for each other is very strong is is very evident watching them interact with each other.

I had hoped to capture this in the images I shot with them this year. I hope that I did it justice. Β Thanks Laura and girls for allowing me into your life in this way and giving me the opportunity to create these images.

Have a great day.

July 28, 2010 - 8:47 PM

admin - Hey Barry and Laura-

Thank you for your comments. I really enjoyed shooting these images. Next year we have to leave much earlier…lol

Barry, I actually never opened my eyes once…. πŸ˜‰


July 23, 2010 - 3:53 PM

Barry Armer - Great shot Brian! And with “limited time” no less! Why not make the rest of us feel really bad and say you shot thme with your eyes closed? πŸ™‚

Well done!

July 22, 2010 - 6:51 PM

Laura Stern - These pictures are beautiful Brian. Thank you so much.

Carolyn and Floyd’s Album

Hi everyone-

Yesterday I delivered an album to Carolyn and Floyd from their wedding and thought I would share it with you all.

Carolyn and Floyd have a huge interest in all things vintage and retro and not only participate in WWII era reenactments but restore vintage vehicles and Carolyn does pin up style modeling.

I had a blast shooting with these guys and look forward to some projects we have in the works!

The design was created by Pictage and the album made by Zookbook, both great companies. The album is covered in leather and the pages are flush mount. hope you enjoy…

Have a great day!

September 5, 2010 - 11:09 PM

Doug Haass - Nice job on the album Brian. They should have been very happy after seeing it for the first time.

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