Alumni Friday – Michael and Jesse Crowe
In 2007 Missoula, Montana native and resident, Michael Crowe, decided to take the proverbial leap of faith in photography and join us for our Summer Intensive Career Training course. No easy task considering that she was several months pregnant at the time. Having been an excellent student, photographer and model, she quickly added first-time parent to her list of titles shortly after graduation. The following year, we saw a familiar face in the Summer Intensive class of 2008. Michael’s husband Jesse, who had been quietly lurking in the background during her SI experience, also decided to take the leap. Apparently, he picked up the photography bug during Michael’s experience and wanted to learn as much as he could by attending SI himself. A creative guy in general, Jesse is a consummate wood-worker, musician, proud papa and now, photographer.
So what was the mad-scientist scheme behind wife, and then husband, attending SI in two consecutive years? It was to eventually own and operate – in tandem – their own portrait and wedding business here in good ol’ Missoula. As you might imagine, there is no shortage of professional photographers in this town and it is no easy task to enter into the field and survive. After several years rearing their son to an age of less dependency, they have been slowly working toward their goal and are in business…and growing.
Here’s a rundown of what they’ve been up to: shooting weddings together, portraits (family, engagement, maternity, newborn, seniors), commercial projects (architecture, editorial), fine art for local retail sale, assisted at Missoula Help Portrait, shot most recent United Way of Missoula ad campaign (will be displayed on downtown Missoula light post banners Jan. 1st-26th, 2012) and TRYING to take pictures of a SUPER busy 4 year old! And his dog. They don’t always shoot together, but when they do they tend to have a lot of fun. In their own words, “We are loving Montana and are thankful to be able to reside in such a beautiful place! We both agree that RMSP was an amazing experience. It changed our path for the better. You can learn a lot about photography from classes, the library, the internet, other people, but you won’t have the immersion and guidance that comes with attending RMSP. It gives a solid foundation on which to build, and plenty of experience to grow from. You are all an incredible team!” Thank you, Michael and Jesse…and we happen to think you two make a pretty awesome team yourselves!