[Real Time Granite Mountain / Speculator Fire Updates]

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***Between today, 6/8 and Sunday, 6/11 I'll be posting in real time the letters and events from 100 years ago, along with some images from the current date.


When you look out your window, drive in the streets or just go for a walk - think about this for a moment...the light on the mountains, the blooms on the tree, the sky, the temperature, the smell of the trees...


This feeling is what, 100 years ago TODAY 168, men woke up to, as usual.


Their wives, children, mothers, brothers, sisters, co-workers woke up, as usual.


Or perhaps they were just getting off a shift.


They spent the day as usual.


Likely not knowing it would be the last daylight they would ever see.


They kissed their wives, their children.


They looked out the window at what we today see - the trees FINALLY green with spring, the pink and white blossoms falling away...


It was a day probably like all of the rest - probably taken for granted with not much time for reflection - a "normal" day...


...a day that when they entered the mine that night and realized there was no getting out, they would probably replay in their mind...


That brief kiss on the cheek to their wives became more, meant more, and perhaps could have been longer...the slobbery kiss from a 2-year old became so much more...


The moments we ourselves take for granted every day (myself especially included) that are meant to be savored and enjoyed, but instead are "routine" and go unnoticed.


Sometimes it takes a tragedy that happened 100 years ago to REALLY notice it. We all "know" it, we're bombarded with quotes on a daily basis on social media, but it doesn't seem like something that could happen to us.

Supermom Vs. Pitchfork Mom and which one I am + For the Moms

If I were a cartoon, there would have been steam blasting out my ears and perhaps a pitchfork in my hand.

I blew up at my 5-year-old for dumping the toy bins out in one big pile.



Yet there he was, hugging my shoulder and saying "mommy, I love you" with a smile on his face.

I thought to myself...

Do I deserve this?

This sweet kindness and love from my son right now?

I knew I made a bigger deal out of the situation than it needed to be.

I knew keeping calm, cool and collected was what any "good" parent would do...that's what all of the magazines say, right?

But I'm no super-mom.

It's amazing how forgiving, kind and unconditionally loving our children are.

They don't see US how we see OURSELVES.

You see...

You aren’t merely loved by your children.

You’re irreplaceable.






Because while hugs & kisses are all fine and dandy,

it’s the life lessons you’re teaching that dazzle-

the encouraging,

the scolding,

the strict bedtime (or curfew).

Sometimes the most heartbreaking, snot-nosed lessons,

will be the ones to build their character the most.

And molding them into happy, healthy, value-infused little people?

Is what you take pride in.

Don’t be invisible in their childhood photos.

You’re too indispensable to be omitted from their past.


Join the Celebrate Mothers Project here.


Celebrate Mother's creates beautiful artwork of a busy mom and her children, so she can look back when her children have grown and not regret that she was always behind the camera.


The imagery is mixed with her hand-written words answering, “what do you want to remember most about your children at the age they are right now?” And the words or drawings of her children answering, “what do you love most about your mom?”

Find out more + Free 8x10 collage offer expires Friday 3/31.

View dates and times available by clicking here.

75 lbs of colored powder to bring you THIS + Fall Mini Session Event!

What does…

75 pounds of colored powder

A 24ft / 12ft tarp

4 seal-able plastic heavy duty containers

2 hours of setup

5 hours of cleanup

3 rambunctious boys


...ALL have in common?


Besides being a HUGE time-suck, mess, and leaving my hands looking like a smurph...it’s ALL in preparation for our Fall Mini Session Event!

The event is a 3-day event with 12-15 minute mini sessions, with gorgeous and fun “normal” family/children's portraits at the beginning, and 2-5 minutes of “not normal” color fight fun at the end! (get as messy/not messy as you want! The powder is food-grade and washable)

"Normal" photo session at the beginning - some formal, some goofy!

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And, as always, WE’LL be the ones to clean up the mess!

Before I get into ALL of the details, let me share just how fun the mess was!

All the FUN of a color run, WITHOUT the "run"!

***NOTE: Athletes, dancers, cheerleaders, couples, you do NOT need young children to participate in these photos!

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Introducing….Drum Roll Please…

 Fall Family Mini Sessions + color fight kicker at the end.

NOTE: Dancers and ALL athletes welcome to partcipate!

NOTE: Dancers and ALL athletes welcome to partcipate!

***NOTE: Athletes, dancers, cheerleaders, couples, you do NOT need young children to participate in these photos!


Think 10-15 minute photo sessions to get a grand family portrait update for this year’s Holiday cards, AND the last 2-3 minutes will be a BLAST of throwing red and green colored powder at each other! (Food grade powder, washes out of clothing easily) Your kids will love to get the chance to throw the powder in the air and at each other.

That’s right, the first 10 or so minutes is for getting heartwarming, tickling, bear-hugging images of you and your family. The LAST 2-3 minutes is for getting rambunctious!

And you know what ALWAYS (ok...95% of the time) makes kids behave for family photos? The chance to do something rambunctious & naughty!

While the color fight portion is OPTIONAL, I recommend you do it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing! Because honestly...I’m not sure when or IF I’ll be doing something like this again, mostly because of the mess it creates!

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Who this is perfect for:

If you’ve been trying to drag your husband to family photos, but he isn’t diggin’ it...this is perfect! Short, sweet, AND fun!

If you’ve had a traditional, longer 45-60 minute family portrait session done in the past 1-2 years and don’t want to invest in a full on session, this is perfect for you.

If you love having your photos taken, SO MUCH that you do it multiple times a year, and this time you’d really just like a nice portrait for your Christmas Card and a few gifts, and you don’t want to go full on in for an album, this is perfect!

If you don’t know WHAT to get your parents for the Holidays, because, let's face it, they buy everything they want! Then this is PERFECT for you! Photos are grandma’s DREAM for a Christmas gift!

If you ARE a grandparent, and want photos with your grandkids! Or, if you want to give one of these sessions as a “pre-holiday” gift...as a “hint-hint, nudge-nudge” for what YOU really want for Christ

If you just don’t have the time to put together everything for a full on portrait session. Where DID the year go? And now it’s almost Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and CHRISTMAS!


FINALLY, a photo session your kids will be EXCITED about, and where you don't need to worry if they misbehave (because misbehaving is the point of THIS session!)

 You might be wondering - Can I JUST have my kids photographed? The answer is - yes. Though, I encourage you to BE in the photos as well!


The Dete’s:

***NOTE: Athletes, dancers, cheerleaders, couples, you do NOT need young children to participate in these photos!

 Family Photos + Color Fight Kicker, Credit and Ornament

10-15 minute portrait session of your family showing off your warm, loving relationship. The last 2-3 minutes is the color fight kicker! You’ll get to throw colored powder in the air, at each other and just go a little bit crazy!

$47 portrait credit toward your artwork of choice - great for hanging on your wall or giving as gifts (online ordering), and can also go toward a single digital file or multiple digital files for holiday cards and printing

Free 3x3 artists choice Metal Tree Ornament (for early birds)- so that every year, can remember how crazy, beautiful, insanely busy year 2016 was! ***Must book by Tuesday, 11/1/16 to receive this ornament.

Price: $97

Find out more details here!

Dates and times:

Friday, 11/11, 1:30 - 4:15

Saturday, 11/12, 10 am - 2:15 pm

Monday, 11/14, 1:30 - 4:15

For exact session times available, visit this link



Lisa Wareham Photography - in the studio

102 West Granite Street

Butte, Montana


For more info, including dates and FAQ, click here

Your mom HATES cliche Mothersday Cards + The 5 Minute Formula for a Meaningful Mother's Day Card Message

You stare blankly at the greeting card for 5 minutes,

then scribble, “thanks for being such a great Mom!”

Or worse,

you write nothing.

You just sign your name below the corny card greeting that 10,000 other moms are getting.

And then you justify it.

She knows you love her.

You got her that cheese grater she wanted, so it’s ok you can’t think of anything to say.

Well I’ve got some brutal news for you.

When I asked my personal page what their favorite Mothersday Gift of all time was?

An ongoing theme was “Letters from my kids.”

Because it’s how you make her feel, not what you buy that matters.

And frankly, moms aren’t ever going to ask for what they really want - for you to make them feel appreciated, like they’re a good mom.

Because asking for that would be kinda weird, right?

But I’ve got you covered.

I’m going to teach you my 5-minute formula for writing a card message that will make your Mom feel great, and at the end I’ll even give you a bonus idea for taking it one step further.


The 5 Minute Formula for a Meaningful Mother's Day Card Message

Step 1: Get specific.

When you aren’t specific, you can’t think of anything to say.
And “I appreciate you” doesn’t mean crap if you don’t say what you appreciate her FOR.

Let me give you an example from the book “Made to Stick”.

Take 10 seconds, and think of as many things in this world that are white. OK. Done? Great.

Now take another 10 seconds, and think of as many white things you can that are in your refrigerator. It was probably much easier to think of white things in your refrigerator because you had less options to take from. It’s the same when you’re trying to think of a compliment for your mother.

So get specific, and answer 1 or 2 of the questions below:

When you were a child, what did your mom always do for you when you were sick (my mom made red Jello and let us drink 7up):

In the past year, how did your mom help you when you were in a bind? Did she babysit your kids last minute? Send you a copy of your favorite recipe that you had to have made for the bake sale that night?

What annoying thing or habit do you always do that your mom puts up with?

What life lessons has your mom taught you? Has she taught you how to cook a Thanksgiving meal? That family comes before work? Or that flipping off the guy that cut you off is OK so long as he’s from out of state?

What is one of your favorite childhood memories with your Mother? Was it a specific family vacation? Or how she would spend an hour every Saturday teaching you how to read?

Step 2:

Pick 1-2 of your favorite answers above, and make it into your Mother's Day Card Message.

Step 3:

Save your answers as a word doc, and use the rest of your answers for the year to come, for things like her Birthday, Grandparents day, or just a nice little note to send her when she’s had a bad day.

Now that you’ve written such a thoughtful, heart-warming message for your mom, it doesn’t even matter what card you pickup at Wal-Mart.

Take it 1 Step Further

Take it 1 Step Further to Blow Your Mothers Mind

What you say to your mom is heartwarming.

And when you can create something she can hang on her wall and feel good about every day?

Now that’s powerful enough to change how she feels on a daily basis.

I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite ladies to create something that will make your mom feel beautiful, loved, appreciated, and mix in your own words about why you love her so much.


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The Beautiful Mother Package

  • Celebrate Mothers Word collage - words to your mom, mixed with a beautiful image of your family - professionally designed and ready to hang in an 8x10 size (normally $85)

  • 30-45 minute family portrait session - because you know she’s wanted this for YEARS. This session will be done between now and November 15th of 2015 during normal business hours (normally $150)

  • Professional makeup for your mom - so she can look and feel pampered and beautiful. Makeup by Tasha Hall-Rich of Studio 19 (normally $65)

  • $50 gift certificate to Mirror Mirror Boutique - so she can find the perfect outfit for your portrait session and feel great.

  • Price: $350 $225 When you order by Mothers Day (5/10/2015)
  • ($350 when purchased separately)



After you purchase, I will email you within 24 hours with a printable gift certificate to give on Mothers Day.