Montana Silversmiths was proud and excited to host Miss Rodeo America 2013, Chenae Shiner, this week for our first photo shoot with her. It was a short trip, and we packed a lot into it for her.
Chenae landed in Billings, Montana just before lunch on Monday, where we snapped her up and drove her out to our headquarters in Columbus, about an hour away. Even though we only had half a day before our all-day photo shoot on Tuesday, we made enough time to give her a tour of the production plant, shoot a video on stacking jewelry, and plan what to wear with which jewelry sets at which locations.
For the record, she was amazing-fantastic on video – completely ad-libbed. We can’t wait to show you tomorrow!
It’s always fun to show new people our production area. Chenae tells us that it was such a surprise to see how detailed our process is, and how every step is hands on by so many people.
The next day we packed up and headed out to Clark Marten Photography studios to start our photo shoot for the day. Click on these photos for a slide show and bits of story from the day:
Brittney, in our marketing group, with Chenae planning the jewelry sets and outfits for the next day’s photo shoot
Chenae helping us pick out the best way to stack the new Storyteller feather collection.
At Clark Marten Studios, getting ready for the first set.
Strike a pose now!
Checking out the first shots with Clark Marten, Judy Wagner, our marketing director, and Chenae.
Chenae didn’t know our social media admin was paying attention, and we caught this shot!
Chenae is so easy to work with – one moment a joke and a smile, the next moment it’s back to work!
We stopped by the Museum of the Beartooths to show off the 40 years of Montana Silversmiths exhibit. It was really special to have the 2013 Miss Rodeo America standing there with us next to the wall of Miss Rodeo America queens. Montana Silversmiths is so blessed and so proud to have this long relationship with MRA.
After lunch, we drove out to Red Lodge, which has a rich history in rodeo, not to mention it’s fair share of famous rodeo families! Here we are shooting with Chenae in our new Indian Chief collection in front of the Red Lodge Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce.
In front of the visitor’s center is John Johnston’s wood cabin – famous mountain man and once sheriff in Red Lodge.
We loved the denim and suede next to the old wood cabin. What you don’t see in these pictures is that there’s a LOT of “evidence” of deer around here.
Next stop was the Carbon County Arts Guild Depot Gallery. Chenae is wearing our beaded bracelet as a headband, secured with hairpins.
This time our social media admin wasn’t paying attention, only to find out later Chenae photobombed her own picture!
Sometimes the wind cooperated … sometimes it didn’t.
This gazebo is in the lawn next to the Carbon County Arts Guild museum.
Next stop – The Pollard hotel, a famous historical landmark, and BEAUTIFUL brick building.
Chenae is modeling our new Bitterroot collection with the new classic finish.
It just wouldn’t be right to go to Red Lodge without stopping by the rodeo grounds!
A few more shots and we’re done! Denim and white go oh so well with the new True Blue designs.
Chenae was gracious and fun all day long. And it was a long day. If you ever get to stop by the Red Lodge Pizza Company, be sure to try their “crazy cookie”. It’ll be hard to save room after their amazing pizza, but it’s worth it!
Here’s a list of the points of interest we visited – if you’re ever in Montana, be sure to check them out!
In Red Lodge:
Chenae modeled all new pieces which will be made available in July 2013.