Luke’s Senior Session

Back to blogging!  I have a lot of sessions to share, but I’ll just start with the current stuff and work my way back.  Senior season is in full swing.  Luke is a fellow Minnesotan, and he came all the way to Montana for his Senior Portrait Experience.  His parents are originally from Montana, and they come here every year to visit family.  Luke wanted something different for his portraits and chose to have his session done in the great state of Montana with our beautiful scenery.  We were worried about the rain, but you know Montana weather, just wait 20 minutes and it will change.  We got some great images at Reeder’s Alley and then we went out to the Missouri River to get the water and some of the smaller mountains in the background.  Here are a few of my favorites from Luke’s session.

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Nina Senior Model Class of 2016

Nina is another one of my Senior Models this year.  She will be a senior at Helena High.  She is an awesome dancer with Premiere Dance Company in Helena.  Nina involved with student counsel, and when she is not dancing she enjoys backpacking and photography.  

For all my senior models, I had LaRena Whitman from Teez style their hair and makeup for their model session.  She does a fabulous job! (give her a call for all your hair, nails, and make-up needs)  For Nina, she did a super cute retro 40’s hairstyle.  We even got a few shots of Nina posing like Rosie the Riveter.  Here are a few of my favorites from Nina’s session.

Having your hair and make-up done professionally before your session makes it so much easier for senior girls.  It’s one less thing to worry about, and it really makes your pictures stand out.  Plus it’s fun!  When scheduling your session with Stigman Photography, you can have your hair and makeup done before your session for an additional $60.  
Nina has some cards with a coupon for $25 off your Senior Session Fee.  If you know her, just ask her for one, or you can mention you saw her pictures on the blog or facebook and you will get the same deal!

Nicole Class of 2016

Nicole is a Senior Model for Stigman Photography this year.  She will be in the graduating class of 2016 at Helena High.  She is a gymnast, involved in 4H, a part of the American welding society and will be joining the Army after High School.  Here are some of my favorite images from her modeling session.

I’m looking foward to her full Senior session this summer.  We have some fun things planned!  If you know Nicole, she has a card with a coupon for $25 off your senior session.  Just get one of those cards from Nicole or mention you saw her images on the blog or facebook and you get the same deal.

Christine Senior Model Class of 2016

Christine is one of my Senior Models this year.  She is part of the  homeschool graduating class of 2016.  Christine is a year round Equestrian rider, she and her horse, Champ, compete in jumping and dressage.   Christine is also a varsity volleyball player for the Helena Warriors and in the winter she enjoys snowboarding and skiing and snowmobiling.  Here are some of my favorite images from her model session we did in April. 

Christine has some cards with a coupon to recieve $25 off your Senior Session Fee.  If you know Christine, just ask her for one of those cards and she will  happily give you one, or just mention you saw this blog post, or facebook post with Christine’s portraits for the same deal.  I’m super excited for Christine’s full Senior Session this summer when we get to include her horse, Champ.


We have been in Helena, Montana for 9 months now, and I have loved every minute!  I love seeing the mountains every day.  I’ve enjoyed all the hikes we’ve taken, even the one where I got stung 4 times by yellow jackets or wasps.  The stinging part was not so fun, but getting to the top of the mountain to take in the view was.  The fishing trips, the camping trips, the sunsets, the sunrises, even winter, I enjoyed winter for the first time in a very long time!  I look forward to all the adventures we have planned and to really “Get Lost” in Montana as the tourism tag line says.  I think John Steinbeck’s quote pretty much sums up my feelings for Montana…“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect,
recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s
difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” 

Here’s an image I took when we visited Glacier National park this winter.

My husband wanted to look at this every day, so he convinced me to order a 5 foot canvas print for our wall.  

Here’s a panoramic image from Devil’s Elbow recreational area.

 One of the many beautiful sunsets I’ve seen

Can’t forget the sunrise

And another of my favorite images… Sam fishing this past fall in the Little Blackfoot river.

Senior Models 2016

Hello Friends, I took a 2 year hiatus from my photography business with our moves from KY to MN and then to MT. I did a couple weddings, and photo shoots for special friends, family and special clients but I didn’t want to build up a business when I knew I would be moving again. Now that I am in Helena, Montana and we are here to stay it’s time to get this business off the ground and do what I love to do. I will be photographing weddings again but I only will take on a maximum of 12 a year so that I will also have time to photograph High School Seniors, families, kids, and pets. That being said, I am looking for current High School Juniors who would like to be a part of the Stigman Photography 2016 Senior Model Program. It’s a great way to earn huge discounts on your senior portraits. If you know any juniors that might like to be a part of the this program, please forward this info to them. To find out more about the program go to or to my website