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Hello,the M stands for Misti. I am a photographer, wife and mother of four. Not always in that order. I love to have fun. My photo sessions are all on location with available natural light. My style is offbeat, fun and real. Thank you for stopping by the blog.

Sneak Peek~ Florence Senior Photographer

Meet Dakota…..


He picked Caras Park for his senior photo s and I am so glad he did. It was the perfect backdrop.



The weather threatened us with rain and the light wasn’t as great as I had hoped but we managed to find some great pools of light.


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Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

Vivid and Bright.. I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

It’s been a long time since I entered but this photo was begging to be entered.

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You can see more entries at IHEARTFACES.COM

Photo Challenge Submission

Montana Photographer… September 11, 2014

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Ribbon Cutting

I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. What an honor that was.
I got to meet the new Librarian at at the North Valley Library. I had no idea there was a new Librarian. You should go down and say hi, welcome here.

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Also visited The Country Store for a ribbon cutting. If you haven’t been there lately you should check it out. The have lots of ladies clothing now. Also canning supplies, it’s canning season, so go check them out.

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Last stop was the mexican restaurant, Fiesta En Jalisco, on Main Street.

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I know their Margaritas on the rock are delicious. I have heard great things about their food and I am hoping to get the chance to eat there, very soon.

Please consider liking all their Facebook pages for updates and sales/specials/events.
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Missoula Senior Photographer ~ Meet Nicole

We had so much fun. She was up for anything, we climbed rocks, she stood in water and we laughed a lot.

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I love my clients, they are so awesome. It seems like no mater what I ask them to do they are up for it.

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Thank you Nicole and Christann for showing me a piece of Missoula I didn’t know existed and now can’t wait to go back.

The First Frost..

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It’s time for family photos already, the weather seems to be changing quickly this year. Also, high school seniors, I hear your senior photo for the yearbook is due soon. Call me, text me or email me to set up your photo session, can’t wait to hear from you.


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Women kicking ass

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It’s that time of year, time for Senior Portraits.

Now is the time to book your senior session, you’ve made it to the top. Document you, as you are, right now.

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I will also email a correctly sized image of your choice for your yearbook photo.
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A few tips for getting successful Senior photos.
1~Wear clothes you are comfortable in, clothes that make you feel good. Make sure your clothing reflects you and your personality. Try to avoid outfits with words or designs, stripes or large pictures. Also be aware of any tan lines when picking your clothes. Boys, that means no tank tops if you have a farmers tan.
2~Show up rested with a good attitude, ready to have fun. Be open to trying new things, even if the pose seems awkward, trust the photographer.
3~Don’t be afraid to suggest a certain pose or idea, photographers are creative people and willing to try most anything. Doesn’t mean it will turn out the way you envisioned but it’s worth a try.
4~Make sure to bring a friend or parent or sibling with you. They will know you better than your photographer and can help your photographer make sure your hair and make-up(for the girls) look like you and natural. Also girls, bring your make-up with you for touch ups if needed.
5~Shoes, shoes shoes. Wear heels! Well, except if you are a male, then pick something other than heels. Make sure they are something you can stand in comfortably.
6~Accessories and props, bring them. If it’s something special to you, represents you or is just for fun, bring it.
7~Boys, if you spend most of your days in a hat, think about not wearing it for a week or so before your session so your forehead isn’t paler than the rest of your face.
8~Shave the day of, stubble will show in photos.
9~Look at your hands, make sure your nails are trimmed and clean. Girls, if you want painted nails make sure they aren’t chipped.
10~Avoid tanning right before your sessions. Keep any spray tanning or laying in the sun to a week before the session. If you do, keep in mind tan lines as mentioned in #1.

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Option A~ 2 hour session, up to 3 outfit changes, up to 3 locations, and 20 digital images and a custom FB cover for $250.
Option B~ 90 minute session, up to 2 outfit changes, up to 2 locations, and 10 digital images for $200.
Option C~ 30 minute session, 1 outfit and 1 location, and 5 digital images for $125

To book a session email mdawsonphoto@gmail.com or call 241-4045.

For the love of baseball..

This season has been so hectic for me. My husband has been working long hours and I’ve been racing from one field to the next and back again. I can’t complain, it’s given me the chance to refresh my baseball photography skills.
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My favorite photos are always the non action ones for some reason. They tend to be the time out photos, the photos that capture the emotion and the relationship these teams have.
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Stevi Baseball-31These photos show the passion and love these coaches have for their players.
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