My mom moved to a little Montana town (Victor, about 45 minutes south of Missoula) in August of 2016. This summer was the second time I'd been able to go visit. It's wonderful to be able to visit places like this – places basically in our backyard but also places that don't necessarily rank too high on our vacation destinations.
My past two visits (August 2016 and July 2017), there've been massive wildfires in the neighboring mountains. On the flight in to Missoula from Seattle, I sat next to smoke jumpers that were flying in from Alaska to help combat the fires.
My mom moved back to Washington this September. I'm bummed I didn't get a chance to see a Montana Christmas (yet), but to me, nothing compares to the Pacific Northwest – it'll always be home.
These are some of my favorite frames from my last trip to Montana – all shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.