wedding 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.

Kelly & Sam's Camelot Ranch Wedding, Billings, Mt

Kelly & Sam's Camelot Ranch Wedding, Billings, Mt

Kelly's family has a wedding tradition that I think is absolutely fantastic. All her aunts (like 10 of them) get together and help out when any of the cousins get married. I first saw them roll in during hair and makeup at Ulta Salon. The aunts brought in mimosas, a must for any wedding morning, & breakfast. They also helped the flowers and some of the decorations at Camelot Ranch.
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Zak Jokela is a wedding photographer and photojournalist currently located in Billings, Montana, who frequently serves the Red Lodge, Billings, Bozeman & Big Sky areas in Montana, Cody in Wyoming, and his hometown of Watford City, North Dakota. He is also happy and willing to travel elsewhere for your wedding, nationally or abroad.

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! 

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.)

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. 

Tori and Jaron's Ellis Ranch Ranch Wedding, Loveland Colorado, DIA

Tori and Jaron's Ellis Ranch Ranch Wedding, Loveland Colorado, DIA

This crew is full of laughter and that makes my job as a photojournalist a lot easier, I loved working with everyone and kind of feel like part of the family after this weekend down in Loveland, Colorado!

Mexico Wedding, playa del carmen, Cancun, Sneak Peek

Mexico Wedding, playa del carmen, Cancun, Sneak Peek

Being only about 30 guests I promised to get a sneak peek of wedding day photos out as soon as I possibility could (and before I left for another two weeks of travel weddings!!) so that anyone who was unable to attend could see how the week unfolded and share in the smiles and happy memories.

Ashleye and Tanar, Red Lodge Montana Engagement Session

Ashleye and Tanar, Red Lodge Montana Engagement Session

It might be summer in Billings, but when you get up into the mountans on the other side of Red Lodge it's still very much spring, the first place we stopped was a hill filled with purple wildflowers.