Zak Jokela Photography

Billings Montana Engagement Session, Zimmerman park

Billings Montana Engagement Session, Zimmerman park

I love pulling out real moments and connections between the people I’m photographing. If you’re in love all you need to look great in your photos is to be interacting and your photos will come out just as sweet, loving, or goofy as the two of you are together. If your planning a wedding you will need some photos to show how you feel. Wedding and engagement photos that show the real you looking relaxed and happy is the goal for any photography session.

Merry Christmas, a photo booths view!

Merry Christmas, a photo booths view!

I went to see the family over Christmas and of course, I bought the photo booth with! I used it all weekend to get group shots of family and to just document the weekend as well. My family likes to have fun and the photo booth is a good way to capture the energy and goofiness that happens when we get together.

Photo Booth - Edgar Bar - Ugly Sweater Party

Photo Booth - Edgar Bar - Ugly Sweater Party

Just in time for the holidays! The Edgar Bar (where I have been known to craft and consume a few cocktails) requested the presence of photo booth for there ugly Sweater Christmas party! That handsome gentlemen on the left is your's truly, I'm with two of the owners from the Edgar Bar, Kim and Scott (Tyler's in another image down lower). If you are ever traveling between Billings, Red Lodge, or Cody do yourself a favor, swing in for the best steak and shrimp you'll find anywhere! 

Breakfast in Red Lodge, Mt.

Breakfast in Red Lodge, Mt.

Red Lodge definitely has that small town Montana mountain feeling. It started snowing as the sun was rising and I got this portrait of "Wild Bill" that had the same feel as the morning in the little diner so I thought I would share it.

Watford City Engagement Session

Watford City Engagement Session

Ashley and Ben will be getting married in Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho next summer and we wanted to get them some images so they could send out wedding announcements and wedding invitations.

Red Lodge Christmas Card Session 

Red Lodge Christmas Card Session 

Last weekend I headed up to beautiful Red Lodge, Montana to create a Christmas card for Tyler and Michelle...

Relentlessly Sentimental

Relentlessly Sentimental

That's the first half of this wedding story. The cart is also awesome, about 200 years old and sentimental.

Photo Booth Construction Complete!

Photo Booth Construction Complete!

The booth can operate in a few different ways but my favorite is as a "gif photo booth". That's the ones that move (Remember the photos in Harry Potter? Well that's a little different but you get the idea.)

Red Lodge Maternity Session

Red Lodge Maternity Session

Last weekend we headed up to beautiful Red Lodge, one of my favorite areas in Montana, for a Maternity session. Sarah and Brock live in Bozeman and haven't spent much time in the Red Lodge area so they decided to make a mini vaca out of it and stayed in Red Lodge over night. In the late afternoon, we headed to Wild Bill Lake just outside of Red Lodge to create some photos.

The photos turned out stunning! 

Solar Eclipse in Red Lodge Montana.

Solar Eclipse in Red Lodge Montana.

Last Monday was the solar eclipse so Alex and I headed up the Beartooth Pass just outside Red Lodge to view it. In Red Lodge the eclipse had about 90% coverage and happened around 11:30. We headed up the Beartoot and hiked off the road a little bit to find a place to set up camp, have a picnic and chill until the eclipse. 

Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run 2017

Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run 2017

Makers Mark is quite a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip if you have the time, just be sure to stay with the pack. We go separated and the route we ended up taking was through a storm, with no wipers, down a twisty little old one lane Kentucky highway. 

Billings, Rims and Riverfront Park Photoshoot

Billings, Rims and Riverfront Park Photoshoot

The view of Billings from the rims is always great and we could even see the Beartooth Mtns and Red Lodge!