Sep 09 2016
Maternity photography in Alaska is such a beautiful thing. We have the most amazing scenery, and even if you don’t want to compete with a baby bump, you can definitely showcase it with some gorgeous views.
This lovely couple have been friends of ours for quite some time – and they have always been dog people – which I can get behind, because I love dogs! When they called to tell me they were finally expecting a human baby this fall I was over the moon excited for them!
They are avid hikers/campers so obviously we HAD to incorporate that into their maternity photos. And we had a beautiful Anchorage evening to hike up a short ways to grab some gorgeous mountain scenery – with the puppies of course!
Sidenote: Alaskans come prepared – dad definitely had his bear gun loaded and ready, JUST in case! No wildlife risks for this family! Even with the dogs along, we definitely had other hikers warn us of some recent bear sightings.
But this is why we live in Alaska – because this is the view, basically from our back door. Can you beat this? I can’t wait to meet their little lady in October – and I know these images will be a beautiful reminder of their patience in awaiting her arrival!
Sep 02 2016
Lifestyle family photography is my jam. I was so excited after meeting with these boys, to create some family photographs with them! I especially loved how honest they were with me. Our conversation went something like this:
dad: “We love your work. It’s beautiful. But… we’re just not the sort of people who are traipsing around in a field somewhere with scenic vistas of Alaska in the background…”
me: (laughing) “yeah. I get that. So let’s talk about what kind of family you ARE.”
We planned out a super fun session that was perfect for them. They wanted to try a few things they had never done before together (go karting and mini golf at Roadrunner!) and end with something they do every week together (hang out time at our local Anchorage Barnes and Noble.) After all that I did make them stand in an alley so that I could capture a couple of scenic urban Anchorage vistas… or whatever. But they still brought their own personality to those – ‘let’s do action shots!’ and I LOVED it!
What made their session so special to me was that they WERE so honest! Every family wants to be seen in their best light – i get it! I do the same! But there is something so refreshing about just being yourself – and allowing your family photography to reflect that.
I got to do my job in the way I love to do it most. Allow a family to follow their joy – while I just hang out and capture it.
And also – the photographs are great!