Day 1 in Miles City, Montana

Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

We woke up to cloudy skies and temps in the low 50s here in Miles City, but we aren't worried – we are going to get some great pictures of some great fashion today!

Last night we captured a quick shot just as we got into town and as the sun was setting at Strawberry Hill. Strawberry Hill is a mountain summit right here in Custer County!  And, Strawberry Hill is really more than just a "hill"; it climbs to 3,068 feet above sea level!   This “hill” provided some breathtaking scenery as a backdrop to our fashion as the light from our first Big Sky sunset made everything look magical!

Our first stop this morning was at historic Fort Keogh.  Fort Keogh is located on the western edge of Miles City.  Originally a military post, today it is a United States Department of Agriculture livestock and range research station. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the development of Fort Keogh as a military installation that brought about the formation of the City of Miles City.  We photographed Katie in a Wear@Work outfit in front of the old captain’s quarters. 

Next we went to a local sports facility called Denton Field to shoot a great outfit from our 14-24 collection – available in all maurices stores on August 1.  Denton Field was named after Mr. Glenn Denton of Miles City in 1966. Mr. Denton was an assistant principal at Custer County High School and was the first sports announcer for radio station KRJF (now KATL).  After some help getting the bases set up by our friend, Kyle, we were ready for Sarah – our beautiful model.  We loved how this shot looked with the fashion popping against the blue background of the stands.  Doesn’t she look great in that cute top?!

Before we took a lunch break, we went to the Range Riders Museum to shoot some shots from our Casual 2 collection featuring Katie.  This was a really cool place – lots of historical memorabilia including flags, guns, saddles, antique cameras and quilts – basically things that portrayed the lives of men and women during pioneer times in Montana.  The weather was getting a little drizzly so it was perfect timing to be indoors.  We got some breathtaking shots in a few different places inside the Museum and a favorite is of Katie in front of two historical American flags.  If you are in Miles City, we highly recommend stopping by for a visit.  To get there, just take Main Street from downtown Miles City due west.  After you cross the Tongue River Bridge the museum will be on your right.  Call 406-232-6146 for more information or visit
After lunch we wanted to get some shots at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.  The Eastern Montana Fairgrounds is a versatile place and holds many different events throughout the year – probably the biggest event of the year takes place every August – the Eastern Montana Fair.  Otherwise, they hold horse sales, rodeos, carnivals, demolition derbies and FASHION SHOOTS here.  J  We had a good friend, Chet, who helped us photograph our newest fashion model, Duke the Clydesdale horse, with our gorgeous model, Sarah.  Duke is a beautiful animal and also very big but very gentle - you just wanted to hug his neck.  We should also mention that we were honored to have several managers and associates from area maurices stores attend the shoot including the District Manager – Perri and the Manager of the Miles City store - Brandi!  Thanks to you guys for all that you do!!!  Before we left the barn area we got another cool shot of Sarah standing inside a barn in front of a bunch of livestock doors – isn’t her hair cute in those braids!?
Our day is close to being over but we still had a few more shots to get.  So our next stop was at the old Sunset Drive In movie theater sign.  Although the theater is long-gone, this iconic red sign remains and we thought it would provide the perfect backdrop to an outfit from our 14-24 collection.
And finally, our last shot of the day was in downtown Miles City in front of a cool neon sign with a buffalo on it.  We felt this sign was important to capture behind our fashion because buffalo played a huge role in Montana’s history.  Plus, this sign looks very neat in the dark and our fashion looked amazing! 
It has been a long day but we got some amazing shots.  We really, really appreciate the people of Miles City for allowing us to photograph in their beautiful town and for being such great hosts!
Before we leave tomorrow we head back to the Fairgrounds in the morning for a special treat.  The NutraLix “Barrel Daze” event is taking place this weekend and it features barrel racing with girls participating from all over the region and Canada. We are actually going to be able to get our final shots with real-live barrel racing happening behind the scene.   These girls are amazing and we are lucky to be able to see what they do and have them help us with our photo shoot!  Then it is back to Billings to catch our late afternoon flight and then back to “reality”.  The past eight days have been so amazing – we have met so many wonderful people and seen so much of what makes the small towns maurices are in so great!  Thank you again to everyone who voted for Massena, Granbury and Miles City!  And be on the lookout for the Part 3 of our Small Town Charm tour – next up is our Holiday photo shoot in late August.   We will be talking more about this on Facebook at very soon.  Thanks again, America!
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