Peterson Family Reunion on Flathead Lake

I felt very privileged to capture this family’s special day for them. The Peterson’s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year, so their clever family arranged a surprise reunion on Flathead Lake. Unaware of what was happening, Mom and … Continue reading

From Yesterday to Today: Conley Folding Cameras

THIS IS MY GRANDFATHER’S CAMERA.

My Great-Grandfather, Howard Gessaman, was born in Indiana in 1889 and moved to Montana to homestead in 1910. I’m not sure exactly what model this camera is, but it is a Conley folding camera with (as you can see from the photo)  a Conley Safety lens. The camera has a folding bellows and is approximately 18′ from lens to the back cover when unfolded. The above photo was a classic moment to capture: me discovering Great Grandpa’s vintage camera with my compact Nikon digital slr
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