Friday, December 11, 2009

More Night Winter Photos

I love Christmas lights! The Anchorage town square is a total winter wonderland right now - the foggy weather has put a beautiful frost on all the trees, and the lights are so fun! Went downtown with my friend Renee Vanni last night and we practiced a little more night photography. As promised, here are a few more images!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter Frost

It has been forever since I posted new photos! In the spirit of catching up before the holidays - here are a couple quick pics I took last night. I have been desperately wanting to play around with night photography, and of course, in Alaska you can only do that in the winter! And Chris gets a little concerned when I want to go out alone at night... So I only got about 15 minutes to play. But here is my first attempt. Hopefully more (and better) photos to follow soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

B-Day in Seattle!

Had an awesome time in Seattle for my b-day this year. Cristen drove up from Pullman and we had a great time running all over town!

After a visit to the Comedy Underground we headed to an awesome Irish pub near Pioneer Square, Fado.

I love Michael's expression in this one - although it looks like he was edging Megs out of the pic!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fall Photo

Just a fun pic from this past weekend...

Monday, September 21, 2009


On our way back from Milwaukee/Minneapolis we stopped over in Seattle for a couple of days. Chris went off on a bike expedition with Joe, so I hung out with my awesome siblings for a couple days. Cristen even drove in from Pullman to surprise me, and we had a fab time!

I was a bit photo'd out from the wedding shoot, but i did manage to take a few on a quick trip to the park near Megan's place in Queen Anne...

View of the skyline from the park pier
Bandit gets around so good in his wheel chair!

He gets lots of attention everywhere we go - everyone thinks he is super cute and asks about the wheels. He loves it - he was literally romping in the grass - so cute!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall Day

We are in full fall swing here in Ak - and it is gorgeous! We've had beautiful weather this weekend, and are trying to take advantage of our last little bit of summer... Chris and I headed out Saturday afternoon for a little hike. We took Guinness along, and he was quite a trooper! We had to cut it a little short because I we both thought he was going to die... short legs are not good for hiking! But he did good ;)

Normally, Guinness hates to be picked up, but he was so tired, he didn't even care...
We came right up on this chipmunk, and he didn't even care! Alvin was totally about the berries he was eating...
I love this last one - been playing with some of the ideas I learned at my workshop with Edie Soloway...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Minneapolis & Milwaukee

For our friends Jess & Mark's wedding this past weekend, we flew in to Minneapolis and met up with KJ & Brian. We had a great time hanging out - here are a few snaps from out weekend with them ;)

This is the wine bar where we went for Jess & Mark's pre-wedding plunge drinks... Awesome wine, and the brunt of many a joke. Yes, we're all highschoolers at heart.

Self portrait ;)

KJ was my awesome assistant for our "Day After" wedding session with Jess & Mark. I could not have done it without her!

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Fall is here...

Spent my labor day holiday up at Eklutna lake with Sara and the girls, Barb, Dellany, and our pack of dogs... The weather was incredible this weekend, so we had a nice walk but boy are the leaves turning yellow! Summer is definitely winding down...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Photo Workshop

I had the pleasure of taking a 2 1/2 day workshop with Eddie Soloway this weekend, who is a New Mexico photographer that came to Ak to jury an anual show the Alaska Photographic Center (APC) puts on. The workshop was called A Natural Eye, and Eddie tries to teach photographers to change their perspective and think about things in a different way when making pictures. It was very inspirational and fun, and we had a chance to go out in the woods and put things in to practice. Here are a couple of the images I made:

The idea is to convey a sense of emotion in your image, rather than just take a picture. I am really excited to continue practicing his techniques and see where it leads... the great thing about practicing with nature and landscape is that you have plenty of time to get the shot right. Makes practice a lot more fun ;)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I submitted some photos this year to the Bear Paw Festival Photo Contest. This is the first year they've had a contest like this for Bear Paw, and this is the very first time I've ever submitted a photo for any sort of contest... i figured Bear Paw is my home town, low key, low pressure, right? :)

Well, I didn't win any grand prizes, but I did take runner up in the People Category for this image:

This is Emily, taken last fall at Chris and Barb's house. I named the image Bubbles...

I unfortunately didn't even get to see the other entrants this year, as I was in Homer the whole time the Bear Paw was going on :( But I was still kind of excited. Supposedly the Eagle River Star is going to do an article and show the winning photos, so if I get a copy, I will post it!

Monday, July 13, 2009

July Homer Trip

I am actually still in Homer while writing this post... Dellany and I decided to stay a week here and relax... The boys came down with us for the weekend and we did a little salmon fishing. The red run here at this time, so we planned the trip around that (sort of...) the weather was a little bit crazy - super dense, thick fog! Like pea soup - literally...

We thought the weather might deter other fishermen (and fisherwomen...) from being out and about Sunday, so we headed to our spot. We were prepared for a cold time of it, and it was not looking good... kind of spooky actually, but really beautiful...

Even this little seal didn't have any friends to hang out with, cause it was cold!
But when we turned the corner to the creek mouth, it was beautiful!! Dave opted to wait by the mouth and try some real fishing, while we headed up the creek to dip... You can see behind him is all the fog we just came through
And up the creek - SUN!! That's Joe & Dellany walking...

The tide was out super low, and it was so pretty! I thought this green stuff (seaweed? grass?) was just beautiful...

Not all of us had waders, so Joe carried Dellany to keep her dry. So sweet! And we finally made it to the waterfall where we caught our fishies! Gorgeous!! And we had the whole place to ourselves!

Then the dirty work started and I had to put the camera away... ;)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Rafting Kings River

Headed up to Kings River for 4th of July weekend again this year, and my brother Michael was in town from Seattle. He and John and their friend Jared came prepared to raft the river. Chris was not quite so prepared. His $2 inner tube was just not up to the task... plus, the water was FREEZING!! But the weather was gorgeous, so it was great fun. Especially since I was on shore photographing (and staying dry...)

Chris is starting to realize that his tube isn't going to float...

Michael got a big splash of that freezing cold water... yeah, that is pretty much how cold it was

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sea-Weathered Series

Had an awesome time Halibut fishing in Homer this past weekend. Tom & Carol came up from Arizona to visit and we had a great time hanging out and visiting with the Christy's.
I didn't take a whole lot of pictures, but thought it would be fun to grab a few detail shots of some of the awesome sea weathered and related stuff around the cabin...

And a little wake shot...