I think that the bio of a photographer can be read in his images. His history, education, life experiences and passions are all evident within the images he creates. So my words here, although brief, will tell you something about who I am and what has formulated my approach to life and photography. On the other hand, my images may speak to you in different, more meaningful, unspoken words.
I picked up my first camera at the age of 5. My father gave me the gift of a German 120mm roll film camera and a small black and white enlarger. With his tutoring, direction and assistance, within a year I was beginning to shoot and print simple photos of my surroundings, friends and family.
Interest continued to emerge in photography and art throughout my youth. Through a circuitous route of living, studies and travel in Missouri, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Australia, the Philippines, China and Tibet, I have made my home in Livingston, Montana; still constantly in search of "beauty... as it occurs naturally".
Photography studies: Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, CA.
Engineering studies: University of Missouri
I am honored to be a national award winning member of the prestigious WPJA, and recently recognized as a Featured Vendor "Best of the West 2017" by Montana Bride magazine.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Larry. The following awards have been earned by Larry from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Funny photo. I liked the dog’s expression, all the umbrellas coming into the frame, and the body language of the bride. Nice moment!
Photographer's CommentThis image was a real find. I was shooting with the bride minutes before the wedding was scheduled to start and these two sweet Grandmothers showed up at the window to check on the bride and see what the hold up was. The curiosity and excitement in these two lovely women was like a tidal wave of love pouring into the room. I instinctively grabbed two or three frames of this brief event. This was one of my favorite moments of my 2011 weddings!!!
Photographer's CommentWhen Barbara was putting on her wedding day pearls I sensed something special in the moment. My camera was not far from my face and my intuition was correct. The sting of her pearls perfectly reflected her shoulder line. You can see the motion of her hand and hair as I grabbed the image at 1/30 of a second in low light. I love this image.
A kind of whimsical photograph that you might see in a perfume ad. The composition is quite nice, the little bit of motion and the soft light add to the mood.
Photographer's CommentThis couple jumped at the opportunity of climbing into this library window for photos. The photos after they got installed in the windows are beautiful but the scramble to the top was the image that made me smile. And it seems it made the WPJA team [judges] smile as well! Thanks for the honors of 1st place.
Photographer's CommentSometimes the most serene moments yield breathtaking images. I had just finished shooting on the side of this hill at the Paw's Up Retreat near Missoula, Montana. We called it a 'wrap' and the couple had turned and starting walking down toward the horses they rode in on, when her comes this truck barreling down the road below. My eye caught the potential of this image and I banged off 3 or 4 frames with delight. By far this was the best image of that hillside session. Yeehaw!!!!
I liked the simplicity of this image and the car coming down the road, creating all the dust was the extra element that elevated this from a nice image to one that was a moment. Another fine picture that relies on layering to give us depth and a sense of place. We enter that landscape by following a zigzag line that starts in the grass to the couples right, goes left to the dusty road, which it follows right to the line of trees, which end on the left side of the frame at a small road that takes us right and out of the frame. That's a cool bunch of layers that makes this picture seem bigger than it is. And there's the nice moment of the bride's cocked head and the look from Mr. Cowboy, too. Nice.
Photographer's CommentNothing like a kiss'n lab to make things really happy. This was a film capture, totally unexpected, and I still love the feeling of film. If you don't believe me just look at those kids faces! OMG!
Another sweet moment! I love how the dog's tongue is sticking out in the first picture and how he wants to be part of the action. Moments like these make the memories of the event even sweeter. This slurpry dog kiss was obviously unsuspected.