Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tawni's Senior Session | Palmer, Alaska

Tawni's Senior Photo Session was a lot of fun. She tracked down that location she was hoping for and made it all happen. The beautiful summer evening provided some amazing light for us. What a great shoot! Tawni, you made my job so easy!

Here are a few favorites and a short slideshow of our session.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Erin and Ob's Wedding | Ft. Richardson, Alaska

Everything about Erin and Ob's wedding was fun! From the moment you saw Erin's face you knew it was going to be a great day. I loved the colors, the bouquets (lollipops), the wedding party, and the family. Everyone was having such a great time celebrating Erin and Ob. They had the best vows I have heard at a wedding and you knew that they meant every word of it, including the funny parts. And it was fitting that we caught a little frog during the bride and groom portraits to add a little more fun to the day. Thank you for the honor of being a part of your day, Erin and Ob.

Here are a few favorites and a little video of the highlights.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Traveling in Ecuador

Last week I dusted off my passport and hopped on another plane. I flew south to Ecuador for the wedding of an amazing couple. It has been a whirlwind week of new sites, sounds, and experiences. I knew very little of Ecuador before I came. Here are a few of my observations: My Spanish is more than rusty. This was proven when I went to Burger King to indulge my craving for french fries and ended up with 2 #2 combo meals with some sort of fruit punch soda. Quito is on the equator, yet is just as cool as Alaskan summers (surprise, surprise!) I love watching the clouds play at the tops of the Andes mountains that surround the city. The Ecuadorians don't understand Japanese. Their national currency is the US dollar. Juan Valdez has coffee shops here,and I thought he was Colombian.

Today was my "be a tourist" day. I booked a day trip to the rainforest nearby. I was picked up at my hotel at 6:30am and driven 2 hours west to Bellevista lodge where we were treated to breakfast in the jungle treetops. Then we put on rubber boots and hiked into the jungle for 3 hours looking for birds, bugs, and plants with our guide. We splashed up a creek,scaling small waterfalls with ropes before coming to the big waterfall. Then it was quite a climb out of the jungle and back to the lodge for lunch. Humming birds were everywhere. It was such an amazing sound to have them diving around you. I spent most of the day with a family from Surrey, England. And was more than a bit jealous when they headed off to the treetop zip lines and I headed back to Quito. Next time....

Tomorrow is my day for shopping, packing and meeting some new friends.