The Ambuehls, “On the Hills” (Glacier, Waterton, and Grand Teton National Parks)

Our last name means “on the hill” in German, and there’s no place that we are happier. In this post, which is the second in a series in which I am posting images made on our long summer road trip, enjoy these glimpses of our joy…even our mountain dog’s. – H

East Glacier, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Our little boy throwing rocks into the lake at East Glacier, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

East Glacier, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

East Glacier, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

East Glacier, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Hiking along Sprague Creek falls, West Glacier entrance, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Our little mountain biker! (Look closely on right.) Near Sprague Creek falls, West Glacier entrance, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Our dog Eiger is named after a mountain, and he LOVES the snow! Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Shaking off snow at the Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Thumbs up! Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Hiking up to a fall at the Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

What’s better than a dirty boy in the mountains? Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Remaining snowpack in mid-July at the Weeping Wall turnout, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Weeping Wall, Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

 

Boat trip across Waterton Lake on a 90 year old wooden boat, Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

View of Waterton Lake from the Historic Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

View of Waterton Lake from the front of the Historic Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Family portrait at the Historic Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8). Photo credit to a nice fellow tourist!

In Canadian National parks, dogs are allowed! In the US, they cannot be more than 30 feet from a parking lot. Dog joy in Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada (Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

Turnout inside Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming. (Nikon d700, 24-70mm/f2.8) Photo credit to another nice fellow tourist.

View from Jackson Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming. (Nikon d700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

View from Jackson Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming. (Nikon d700, 24-70mm/f2.8) Photo credit to another nice fellow tourist.

Magnificent wildflowers on north side of Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming. (Nikon d700, 24-70mm/f2.8)

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Small Town 4th of July; Coram, Montana (Low-Light Photography)

If you follow Holly on Instagram, you know we three (and our dog, Eiger!) spent 2+ weeks this summer on an epic road trip through North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. This was a “photographer’s dream trip, and I brought several kinds of cameras. It was such a pleasure to engage in photography simply for the love of it, once again.

In the first of a series of posts about our road trip, below are favorite DSLR/full-frame images I made during our intimate little family celebration on the 4th at Cabin in Coram, with a few sparklers and fireworks all around us that silhouetted the pines. It was lovely and oh so memorable, and a good opportunity to practice some low-light photography.

Hope your 4th was just as gorgeous.

xoxo – H

P.S. Coming soon: Glacier, Waterton, and Grand Teton landscapes, in both digital and film.

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Interiors, Exteriors for Specialized, Bloomington Cycle and Fitness, Coffee Hound (Bloomington, IL Architectural Photographer)

Specialized Bicycle Components recently contracted me (Holly) to make interior and exterior architectural photography at Bloomington, IL’s new multi-tenant development called the Foundry, which houses:

The development was designed by Workbench Architects, part of Workbench Collaborative. This was a fun shoot, and I was blessed with the support and leadership of one of Specialized’s talented merchandisers to help stage the shoot. I don’t always work with a teammate and having someone there to help and brainstorm with makes the process so much smoother! A big thank you also to the various business owners that helped accommodate this shoot during their very busy grand opening week.

This was a challenging space in which to shoot due to the high contrast between the dark ceiling and huge windows, and reflective countertops. The shoot required me to pull on various techniques with varied depth of field, high dynamic range, and shutter speeds. It included detail, portrait, product, architectural, and candid/action shots. In other words…it was rewarding and fun. Thank you to Specialized for the opportunity!

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Rustic and Colorful Family Portraits (Bloomington, IL Portrait Photographer)

I can’t get enough of these faces from the family portraits I made recently for Kendra and her family! Kendra, as you may remember, is the designer behind our wonderful new logo and many other personal projects like birthday invitations and Christmas cards. Prior to our shoot, she helped scout locations around her home south side of Bloomington, Illinois. These are the kind of sites that an Arizona native like me dreams of…barns, wildflowers, wooden fences and lots of green trees and grass; in other words, things that don’t exist in Phoenix.

Enjoy this feast for the eyes..and thank you, Kendra, for the opportunity to make these heirlooms for your precious and oh-so-expressive and funny family. (Outtakes had to be included in this one…they are too good!)

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Center for Integrated Wellness – Published Images (Bloomington, IL Architectural photographer)

I made a set of architectural images (interior and exterior) last fall of Bloomington’s new Center for Integrated Wellness. (See more images and read more on my original post.) Two of the partners on this development are now featuring my images on their websites. Click through below to see how photography showcases the property:

-HBA

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Newborn Portraits (Normal, IL Portrait Photographer)

After several months of planning, learning, organizing, and regrouping, it’s time to get back in the swing of blogging again. Nathan and I recently organized a new business, Mosaic Collective, LLC, which now houses our rental property, my photography business (dba Holly Baumann Photography), and my consulting contracts. I look forward to sharing more about this new direction with you in future posts! From now on, I’ll be blogging here for all of our various lines of business, but you can still visit my old photography blog here.

But for now, this: just in time for Mother’s Day, I had the honor of getting back behind to camera to make portraits of a newborn baby girl last week. While her family prefers not to share personal information and images, which I respect completely, they did grant me permission to share these precious little feet with you. I hope you enjoyed a love-filled day with your mom or other mother-figure(s) yesterday!

Congratulations to this sweet family, repeat portrait clients, friends, and neighbors. It was an honor!

-HBA

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Bloomington, IL Center for Integrated Wellness: Exteriors (Architectural Photographer)

After finishing the interiors of the new Center for Integrated Wellness, I returned another evening and morning to photograph the exterior. Due to the size of the property and it’s orientation to the sun at sunset and sunrise, both evening and early morning shoots were required for the best results. The exterior cladding is made of mixed materials, but they are mostly monotone (grey) and highly reflective, which presented both challenges and opportunities.

Here is the main entrance, which glowed warmly at sunset:

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This vantage point of the main entrance (rear left) includes the private entrance for MCO customers (near right).

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The property is a single level and sprawls widely, which made it difficult to capture the entire building without making an image comprised almost entirely of sky and parking lot. This view shows the main entrance (left), mixed/contrasting materials (middle), and the MCO entrance to right.

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All that highly reflective glass came afire at sunset, and I was blessed with a beautiful array of color to offset that monotone exterior.

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Originally we planned to do the exteriors in the spring, once landscaping was totally finished. But the owners accelerated their landscaping timeline and added grass to the areas immediately in front of the building, and asked me to shoot the exteriors immediately. Of course, I was happy to oblige!

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MCO has a separate entrance in the rear of the facility for MRI customers. I captured this image of that entrance the following morning in the warm early light just before the sun came over the horizon.

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Here’s the view of Method Sports Performance’s space, also in the morning. I did some pretty serious bush-whacking at 6:00 am through summer weeds to get this shot. Behind the garage style window is the sprint turf track (lower level) and the indoor running track (upper level) you saw in my interiors post. To the far right is the pool area. It was a bit windy so I had some foreground blur, but because I am vertically challenged and didn’t have a lift, this was the best we could do!

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Thank you, again, so very much, to Farnsworth for the opportunity to make images of this amazing new facility! It was an honor.

-HBA

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