For me this is a hard time of year to live in Alaska. I’m craving anything green and alive. It’s ‘Spring’ and everywhere else I’m seeing flowers start to bloom and leaves on the trees, people in the Lower 48 are going to pull out dresses and shorts soon and up here we’re a charming mixture of wet snow and mud for about two more months. 😭😭😭 Good thing I’m going to BC/WA in April! 🌸🌷🌼 (Tap for Vendor Tags)
MODEL CALL! @blommadesigns and I are looking for two experienced models for a bridal shoot in Anchorage on Thursday March 29th. Photos will be provided in exchange for your time. Full hair and make up will be provided before the shoot, total time commitment will be approximately 4 hours. These gowns are *stunning* and we can't wait to show them off! DM me for details!
My boy has the biggest heart...and he is turning SIX on Saturday. ❤️
Probably among the top 5 most memorable weddings I’ve photographed to date was this elopement at the top of Portage Pass. I’ve hiked Portage Pass with clients multiple times and the weather is always different...and although Whittier is notorious for being rainy, before this day I had never hiked it in the rain. When I arrived for getting ready photos I immediately started talking about other options (assuming they wouldn’t want to hike in the downpour) but realized pretty quickly that no...these two wanted to hike. Rain or shine! I was impressed with their solidarity, and how they just didn’t care that they would be soaking wet or freezing cold. They came to Alaska to get married on a mountain and that’s what they were going to do. I was also impressed with the wedding planner (Laura of @akbridalinspiration) and officiant Rev. Anne Marie who made the hike with smiling faces and helped Lauren change in to her wedding dress under an umbrella at the top! No two work days are ever the same, which could be tough for some people but I absolutely love it.
The definition of a true elopement means that the couple’s loved ones aren’t physically present to witness the ceremony. Which can be hard sometimes! Even when you choose to elope and know it’s right, it’s tough to miss your people at important moments like that! Oftentimes it’s me, the officiant and one other person as a witness. Rodion and Balushka were able to @skype their families in from Ukraine and Russia and even though I couldn’t understand it, I loved hearing their commentary as I was photographing the ceremony. Technology for the win 🙌🏼
Every year I do a recap blog post...usually it’s in January and I *almost* scrapped it this year as the time got away from me, but as I scrolled through all those shoots I just had do to it. Better late than never, yeah? (Link in Profile!) @alaskadestinationweddings @bloomsburyblooms
I just got home from a shoot and on the drive I listened to an interview with Sally Yates on City Arts and Lectures. My feed has been inundated with boisterous, powerful, honest messages to women, from women, about women. It has been a good-feelings day for me...but this interview struck me the most so far. In a political climate that has often made me discouraged and angry, it was hopeful to hear the story of a woman in authority who was able to use her position to stand up for herself and ultimately stand up for people. Listen to it!! It made me proud. #internationalwomensday (Thanks to another amazing woman I know, @grace_adams for this photo of me!)
Sometimes it’s white and snowy and you’re getting married...but I’m telling you, it’s possible to create warmth in other ways ❤️❤️❤️ Alternately: I’m pumping myself up for a chilly elopement today, and it’s going to be so snowy and amazingggg!
I’m dying to find out if the little one inside of there is a boy or a girl! Shouldn’t be *too* much longer until we all get to find out! @lcrurik & @dwrurik are going to be the best parents. ❤️
Who would blame Kirsten for testing her footing when the photographer is asking her to ice hop in heels? You’d never expect a couple from Baltimore to be so at ease in Alaska but these two totally were. (Apparently late night blogging is my thing now?! Link in profile ☝🏼)