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Visiting Alaska: Glacier Cruise, Wildlife, and Wide Open Skies — Film Photography

It’s been almost three months since we went to Alaska. H had an opportunity to go up there for a work trip, so I bought a plane ticket and tagged along. We were there for four days, and while I worked for part of the trip, we also did some exploring around Anchorage, I went on a glacier tour, and we rented a car to drive down Highway 1 on our last day.

I knew I really wanted to see some glaciers, but after looking at a few options, I wasn’t sure I could rationalize the cost. I could take a cruise out of a couple different areas, or I could fly on a helicopter and land on a glacier, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. They were all expensive options, and I was debating just not going and hanging out in Anchorage. H had been to Alaska before as a kid, and he decided I needed to see the glaciers, so he took matters into his own hands and booked a trip for me. And it was possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever done. After a bunch of debate, he booked me a 26 glacier cruise with Phillip Cruises. And I was a fan. I’ve already posted all over my Instagram feed, but I mean, I held a glacier in my hands!! As far as crazy and cool travel experiences go, this was in my top five.

While H was at his work conference, I would work during the day. One day, I was (luckily) working away on the main floor in the cafe (because the internet was a bit spotty in our room on the 16th floor) and I felt a bit of a rumble. I’d noticed planes flying near the hotel the day before, and at first, assumed it was a plane. Turns out, it was an earthquake! Once it started getting a little more forceful, I realized it was an earthquake, but no one else in the cafe was doing anything. So I just stayed put! Later H called me and made me leave the building for about 5 minutes. Turns out, Alaska gets thousands of earthquakes every year, but most of them are small, and in areas that are far away from civilization. This one, a 6.2, was about 100 miles from Anchorage. It was kind of entertaining, in retrospect, because my chai didn’t even spill!

One afternoon we visited the Anchorage Museum. I didn’t take many photos because it was dark, but it was so wonderful! They have a Smithsonian exhibit and I really liked the whole museum.

On the last day, we rented a car and drove down Highway 1 to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we got to see moose, elk, reindeer, musk ox, and more that I’m probably forgetting. We also pulled over a half dozen times to take pictures because Alaska is just that pretty, dang it.

And then we flew home, over the glaciers I’d seen just a few days prior on the cruise.

Whew. What an adventure. And what an inspiration. I wrote a little other piece, but I’m going to save that for another day. Because I’ve blathered on enough. Here are so many pictures, including one of a rainbow!

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These were shot on my Nikon FG-20 with Portra 400, Ektar 100, and Ilford XP2 400. You can find most of them for sale in my personal work gallery on my proofing site.

 

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Laura & John’s Gonzaga University & Commellini Estate Wedding — Spokane Wedding Photography

Laura & John were the winners of my wedding giveaway last year, and I am so glad they entered. [For more about a 2015 wedding giveaway, please see the end of this post.] I agonized over who to pick, and there were so many wonderful entries, but I’m so glad that Laura & John entered, and that I chose them! It’s be wonderful getting to know them over the past year, and getting to be a part of their wedding. They are an amazing couple, with amazing families, and it was a blessing to be part of their wedding day!

Laura & John are Gonzaga grads, and since they met at Gonzaga, they wanted to get married there. I’ve loved St. Aloysius (St Al’s) since the day I first walked in it as a college freshman. So I am truly honored that I was able to shoot Laura & John’s wedding there, and that their wedding was my first wedding at St. Als. I shot many masses there as a student, but to be there for a wedding? That’s special. I know that church weddings aren’t “in” right now, because they’re not in barns or super hip urban spaces, but I love church weddings.

Laura & John got ready at the Red Lion River Inn, then we went to Gonzaga University for some photos. Since they had an 11am ceremony, we had plenty of time afterwards to take photos. And if you’re worried about taking photos when it’s not “golden hour”, almost all of Laura & John’s photos were taken between noon and 1pm! Make sure your photographer is comfortable with this, so you still get amazing photos. Their reception was at Commellini Estate, which has become one of my favorite Spokane area venues.

Many, many thanks to the lovely and talented April Egly for 2nd shooting with me. Some of these shots were taken by her. <3

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2015 Wedding Giveaway: Like last year, I’m planning to do a wedding giveaway for 2015. I’ll be announcing it in January, after the bridal show. If you want the inside scoop, be sure to stop by my booth at the Spokane Bridal Fest on January 10th or 11th.

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Alaska on Film — Black Friday Announcement!!

Alaska. There are a million things I want to say about our trip to Anchorage, but I’ll save them for the next post. For this post, I wanted to show off a couple things you can get this weekend during my first Black Friday deal!

Today through Monday, December 1st, all the prints in on my website are 30% off (canvases are 20% off). So if you were a 2013 or 2014 client, or a guest of a wedding in 2013 or 2014, click the Clients link above (or here) to grab those discounted prints.

If you’re not a client of mine, but still looking for some great art at a fantastic price, I’ve started a gallery of my personal work here, which is filled with photos shot on film this year – Portland, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Europe (which I haven’t even blogged!) are in there.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the awesomeness you’ll find there:

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