Written by Megan McGaffigan
As Spring effortlessly arrives in the rest of the country and chicken owners clean their coops from Winter's demise, here in Montana we see a much more gradual change. We still have snow on the ground at Poultry Haus Headquarters and frost in the mornings. The chickens don't emerge from their abode until after 8 a.m., when the frost has turned to dew and the sun is fully shining. But as the snow melts, things are evolving and growing. Spring is trying to have sprung!
With the changing season and its freshness leaving an impression, I'd like to introduce a new idea sprouting in the Poultry Haus think tank: Poultry Queens. What is a Poultry Queen? She is a passionate, strong and powerful woman of eccentric poultry philosophy. Who is a poultry queen? She is you, me, and all our fellow poultry passionates in alter-ego form. Often, Poultry Queens exist in blue jeans, go to jobs, abide in the home and amongst friends and family; but when we are around our flock we become clucking leaders of our ladies of laying, and in our heads we have a self portrait of what we REALLY look like. For example, The Poultry Haus logo was derived from my inner Poultry Queen. She is a sassy, spunky, sexy, blonde bombshell pin-up cow-girl who rides, galavanting around, on the back of a chicken. You know, crazy chicken lady alter-ego! Quite the scene, I know, but from that alter-ego, my love for my chickens has flourished. Poultry Haus, Chicken Bangles, and all my eccentric enthusiasm have come from "her." So what does your inner Poultry Queen look like?
Without further ado, Poultry Haus would like to share photos from the first ever Poultry Queen photo shoot. The historical and unconventional figure Marie Antoinette and the stark snowy-white beauty of early Spring in Montana was our inspiration for this curated shoot. For the love of chickens, allow me to introduce Marie Antoinette: Poultry Queen.
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Written By: Megan McGaffigan
Sirsa is the epitome of a Montana woman: wild and free. She was born and bred in Bozeman, Montana, (You don't find that too often anymore!) and is a tried-and-true country girl. Rumor has it her mother gave birth to her and her two siblings (on separate occasions, thank goodness!) in a teepee in the dead of a Montana winter on a bear skin rug... but that's a story for another type of blog. Sirsa may seem demure in person, but now that you know all the mysticism of female ferocity surrounding how she came into this world, demure is all a facade. I know her well and she is fierce. Sirsa embodies all that is a Poultry Queen: strong, authentic, beautiful, passionate, and above all, loyal. She showed all these characteristics at her Poultry Queen photo shoot, channeling her inner “Annie Oakley meets Native woman of the ranch” alter ego. During the shoot, I threw Sirsa a wild card that was only fitting for her: a near-30lb Bronze Breasted Tom Turkey, with a turkey bangle of course! (This is Poultry Haus and we are not species discriminate!) We just can’t get enough of Sirsa's empowered persona and her fowl wrangling skills.
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Growing up in rural Montana is an experience to treasure. You learn the value of a hard day's work, and to respect and love the land beneath your feet. The same land you nurture, cherish, and help grow. These young, bright adults epitomize the essence of strong, vibrant country kids. While certainly not unplugged from modern technology, you're more likely to find them moving cattle, letting the sun freckle their faces, and ending the day with prayer over a home-cooked family dinner.
Happy Birthday, Monica! You make 31 look pretty damn sweet.
xo - Whiskey Ginger
Last spring, I was invited to help curate and photograph a sassy, sweet shoot featuring the Gallatin Roller Girls for Montana Bride Magazine. Katalin Green, the creative genius behind MT Bride, came up with this gorgeous juxtaposition of tough punk skates and luscious pastels. As a photographer, my heart melted almost as sweetly as these candy sugar dresses. This is my variation on the magazine spread, in stands January 2015.
Written By Megan McGaffigan
Summer has finally graced us, with its glorious rays of sun here in Montana! The chickens have been emerging from the coop bright eyed and bushy tailed around 4:45am every morning. The girls waltz out, single file to the vegetable garden where they transform into little Velociraptors, devouring every grasshopper, beetle, and slug they come across. Cheers to no-pesticides needed!
Summer’s radiance was in full force for Poultry Haus’ second Poultry Queen photo shoot. It was the weather, and our vivacious model and real life Poultry Queen, Cheryl that made this shoot exceptional. We arrived before the sun at a beautiful private farm just south of Bozeman, Montana. The grass was sublimely lush, and the sky was dramatically lit with fierce morning clouds. Cheryl is a gorgeous redhead who channeled her alter ego aka Poultry Queen: a 50s rockabilly diva, tattoos and all. She harbors a passion for vintage things, pin up girls, and the diverse flock of 25 chickens she oversees at work. Cheryl told us about her and her husband hitting the road and going to car shows with their 1952 Ford F1 resto-mod, which made a great prop! The color of the truck inspired a new model of Chicken Bangle: we have begun to make Chicken Bangles in a variety of colors in addition to our original metallics!
Check Cheryl out in all her fabulousness!
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It is an honor to call this gorgeous girl my cousin. She was born with a wild spirit and an unwavering love for horses. Faith truly is the definition of lovely. She is funny, graceful, and beyond beautiful. Her heart of gold and gentle patience led her to be an incredible horse whisperer. It was an amazing experience to photograph her at her home, with the horses she loves and cares for so much.
When we talked about senior photos two years ago, Faith told me, "I don't have outfit changes, I have horse changes!" Yes, we did photograph her with FOUR of her horses…but she also pulled off a sweet, country-chic style to match each one.
What an honor to photograph Kyle and Stephanie's wedding! More to come...