Alaska Life // Anchorage to Whittier // Photograph Summer Family Memories

This one is all about that Alaska life. I was born in Anchorage. Raised my whole life here, and before this summer I could count on one hand the number of times I had been to Whittier. On prior occasions, my draw to the town had been to explore and photograph the iconic Buckner building (which – spoiler alert – it totally gated off and inaccessible now)

The phrase “it’s always shittier in Whittier” is a common saying around these parts, but my husband has a deep love for Whittier in winter. It’s the closest place to Anchorage to go snow machining – and the snow fall there is usually epic. There have been so many years when they are still riding the mountains there at Memorial Day.

Whittier Alaska Mountains

So when our good friends invited us to come camp (and help work on their boat – which sustained some major water damage over the winter) we thought – sure! And thus began a truly epic summer. We have been back almost every weekend since, and have just kept our camper there all summer.

For those of you who don’t know me well, “outdoorsy” is not a word people use to describe me. Alaska life? Just doesn’t seem like my style. Don’t get me wrong – i LOVE the scenery, and I enjoy hiking, fishing, etc – i just am not rugged. I do yoga and drink fancy cocktails, and make art people!

And yet – here I am falling in love with this tiny little town that has zero amenities (Although there is a bomb coffee shop – so that’s definitely helped!)

But the best part has truly been hanging out with the kids. And let’s be real here friends. It still rains in Whittier. Often. But kids just don’t care! Cover ’em up in rain gear and they’ll play for hours – riding their bikes, beach combing, making mud-pies…  As long as they can pop in and warm up every now and again – they are happy as clams.

Alaska kids fishing Whittier beach

Whittier Alaska coast beach water docks

And yes-  we do pop them in front of some screens every so often for a rest. Our camper has a rockin’ combo tv/vcr and we have exactly 3 VHS movies they will watch. I can seriously quote Winne the Pooh for you we’ve seen it so many times at this point… So if you guys have any good VHS tapes laying around your kids have outgrown – seriously – send them my way!!

kids camping bedtime story alaska life

But it’s been a magical summer – and when we have had sun? Oh man… it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth.

So who’s in Whittier? Hit me up – let’s capture some of your family memories in the most beautiful place on earth.

alaska kids boat life

Alaska kids on a boat life jacket

Alaska shrimping kids boat life shrimp pot fishing

Alaska beach combing Whittier coast

alaska boat life kids chores cleanup Whittier dock

kids on a boat life jacket alaska prince William sound

alaska mountains kids northwest sledder hat

kids at the beach red head alaska coast

prince William sound boat family alaska summer

alaska beach family photo coastal

kids portrait alaska outdoors

little girl at the beach alaska family photography mountains

Whittier prince William sound alaska water like glass buoy


  • Carol Yelverton

    Dori, this has been wonderful to see the memories you and your family are creating. Thank you for sharing the time with us. We miss you all terribly and this helps us to feel a little like we are there with you.

  • Deb

    Beautiful!!! (I have the original cartoon Hobbit on VHS I think)