McGough Jewelry Whitefish

jmk-photography-2459_stompMcGough & Co. Jewelry Whitefish – “The Customer is King!”

I had the great pleasure of doing some photography work for McGough Jewelry in Whitefish Montana as part of some advertising in a local magazine and ended up with some great photographs of our model Andrea.   I came in after hours and I set up a quick folding background with classic beauty lighting, turned up the music and we had a blast photographing right there in their Central Avenue storefront!  If your looking for an engagement ring, wedding band or just some amazing and beautiful jewelry give them a call at 406-862-9199 or take a look at their website

~ Thank you Sam, Donna, Stacey and Andrea.  I had a blast!

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McGough & Co owner , jeweler Sam McGough, has a jewelry emporium in Whitefish that must be seen to be believed. He’s got a gem of an enterprise and a gem of a story.

Twenty-one miles from Whitefish, out in the country, this life up here fits me just fine. I love Montana.

“We sold our Arizona business, retired in 1985 and moved to Whitefish,” he continues. “It took us about a year to get everything settled and then I went gold mining for a year, then went to Mexico and then worked on the house here for two years. Then I got bored, so I started Tomahawk Trading Company in 1989 (which we have recently re-branded McGough & Co). I bought the building that we’re in now in 1990 and three years ago opened Mountain Gems up on Big Mountain.

“We have the largest and widest selection of jewelry in Montana,” Sam states, “and I give people the best price they’ll ever see on jewelry. I buy from the largest stone dealers and cutters in the world and I sell all jewelry 30% to 50% below retail. We stock thousands of stones including Montana Yogos, the finest sapphires in the world.”

“Our main business is jewelry” Sam explains,”but we do have quite a few unique gift items – art, candles, Indian artifacts, Indian Kachinas, pottery and bronzes.

“The customer is king,”Sam smiles.”We treat people like we like to be treated. We have fun with people and treat them fairly and honestly. There’re no sales gimmicks or hidden agendas. It’s all out front. We only do top quality products and they get a great deal and great service.”

“I’m a very happy guy,”he laughs.”I’m very lucky. I have a great family. I love life. I love people. I’ve made a lot of friends in the jewelry business. I’ve had people come back nine years later and say, “We had a wonderful experience in your store. We’ve never forgotten it.'”

Sam’s jewelry shopping advice: “If you don’t buy from us, we both lose money.”

Story by Patrice Manger Community Crossroads

McGough Jewelry Whitefish

Kalispell Dance photography – Noble Dance {Be the Swan}

Kalispell Montana Dance and Ballet Photographer, Wayne Murphy, JMK PhotographyKalispell Dance Photography gets a new twist and a couple of cowgirls at Gentry River Ranch in Columbia Falls!

The Noble Dance Summer enrollment ad campaign was themed “Be the Swan”.  The whole idea was to not follow the crowd, to stand out and do something different without being afraid… to be the swan.  In collaboration with Natalie Molter we decided to throw what we thought was acceptable ballet photography out the window and just take off in any direction we felt like going with this project.  Why not start with dancers and cowgirls?  The folks at Gentry River Ranch were kind enough to let us have run of their beautiful river front property in Columbia Falls for a couple of hours to work out our cowgirl photos with dancers Kylea Ray and Libby Sullivan in their cowgirl best then we headed downtown Kalispell for the solo shots of Abby and the volley girl photos.

Every time, all the time I love working with these talented dancers.

The Noble Dance School dancers were: Abby Cockrell (University of North Carolina School of the Arts), Kylea Ray and Libby Sullivan

Natalie Molter - Noble Dance Kalispell MontanaAbout Natalie Molter:

Natalie Molter, director, has been actively involved in the dance community in the Flathead Valley since
2002 teaching, dancing and choreographing. Formerly, an instructor at the Northwest Ballet School in Kalispell from 2002-2009, Natalie choreographed many works for the Northwest Ballet Company and held the titles of promotional director and co-director of the NWB Co. She also danced and choreographed for three seasons with AzureVision Dance Collective, Flathead Valley’s only professional dance company (pictured left). Before starting Columbia Falls Dance & Noble Dance in 2010, Natalie taught and coached a number of students privately at Imagine Health in Columbia Falls in 2009/2010. A handful of Natalie’s students have followed in her footsteps of training professionally across the US to pursue their careers in dance.
Before coming to the Flathead Valley, Natalie danced professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ballet Internationale, where she had the pleasure of working with Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov. She studied extensively on scholarship at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Diploma in Dance. At NCSA she studied under Fanchon Cordell, Gyula Pandi the late Duncan Noble and the late Melissa Hayden, as well as with many guest choreographers including Alonso King. Natalie pulls from her diverse background in classical and contemporary ballet training when passing her love of dance on to young dancers. She lives in Kalispell with her two young children, Mason and Cecilia.



Kalispell Dance photography – Noble Dance {Be the Swan}

Alpine Adornment Jewelry

Mara Haggar of Alpine Adornment Jewelry in East Glacier Park, Montana is making some of the coolest jewelry I have seen.  Ive been hanging around East Glacier for 16 years now and just got to know Mara last summer through a mutual friend when she introduced me to her jewelry.  The Demure Voyagers Artistic Impression Event at Soucie Soucie was only a few months away and I could see a strong connection with the “style” of Soucie Soucie and Mara’s jewelry.  I suggested that Mara contact Soucie and arrange a meeting to show her jewelry off to the ladies and it was a done deal.  Mara had her jewelry on a few of the models for the evening a developed a great relationship with a local model, Tara Polack who is one of the featured models in this photo shoot we did for Mara.  The second featured model is Emilee Joy Croteau another local Kalispell model.  Clothing was provided by Machallie Gs of Kalispell.  Be sure to check out Alpine Adornment on the web all of the jewelry is available for purchase.


Alpine Adornment Jewelry

Demure Voyagers: An Artistic Impression Event at Soucie Soucie

Soucie Soucie Salon hosted their annual show. Everyone was invited to watch the magic happen as their stylists put the finishing touches on their models who participated in a live photo shoot through out the evening.  their theme, Demure Voyagers was based loosely on a fashion-genre called Steampunk. Their stylists used their creativity and talent to show their interpretation of these Victorian time travelers.  We couldnt have been more thrilled to be one of the participating photographers!
Demure Voyagers: An Artistic Impression Event at Soucie Soucie