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Kelli & Lani

Nick & Maya

John & Laura

Jared & Kari

I'm in my second week as an Artist-in-Residence at our middle school and it has me thinking a lot about my work and photography in general. I've shared a quick history of photography with the students, talked about the rules of photography and the tools needed to make a photograph, and also the power of a photograph. Photos tell a story, much like a video or a book. They can stir up emotions and quickly return us to a time we treasure. They can provide raw truths, false positives and sacred reality, whether it be for us to share or pack away for safe keeping.

Last summer, I had the honor of traveling to Eagle River to document Jared & Kari's story and the start of their new adventure. 

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2017: Wedding Favorites

Digging through photos from 2017 lets you see them all differently than the first time around, finding new favorites and loving some others even more. A big thank you to my wedding clients of 2017, I truly treasure being part of something so personal and having the responsibility of preserving the day. Thank you!

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Josh & Emily

It's seems like a repetitive theme, talking about great people that Kodiak says goodbye to, but it's true. The military brings in great people, and sometimes steals the hearts of those already living here. Double goodbyes. 

Just before these two left, we got to enjoy one of our very rare beautiful summer evenings. 

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Jared and Kari

Peder & Jess, an Alaskan Wedding

This past January, we said goodbye to Grandpa. All of our family, piled into his small apartment, emotionally exhausted from the days, weeks before. But relieved to be together, in that small space. We talked about daily things, we talked about old memories. We talked about treasures we'd like to take with us, small keepsakes to remind us of him. One of those was his suit. Six months later, we piled in together once again, to celebrate my cousin's wedding. Tailored to fit him just right, he wore my Grandpa's suit down the aisle, in a celebration of love. Honoring who we lost, and honoring the new journey he was beginning in marriage. We joyously welcomed our new cousin, and we celebrated. We celebrated all the love we have for one another and all the joy in witnessing these two begin a new chapter together. We celebrated them.

All you need is love.

Peder & Jess

A quaint little house,
on a quaint little street,
lived two wonderful souls,
you ever did meet.

Together, they laughed and they cried,
and they shared their dreams,
as the looked at one another,
and did their eyes beam.

Because these two,
they were coming together,
to begin their life as one,
for now and for ever.

Peder & Jess, in their new home. Shortly before they say I do.

Logan and Halley

Turning the calendar to March felt somewhat victorious. Like it was an award, stating "congratulations, you've made it out of the throws of winter." Except this year we haven't really had a winter, just a lot of brown, with a side of gray. & in Alaska, winter is never over in March, but I like the idea that it could be spring. It has me motivated and crossing things off my to-do list, like tackling that bright pink sticky note, shouting at me "BLOG, a lot!" because I haven't really blogged client work in months, work like this wedding that is one of my most favorites. Not just because I'm staring at images of 90 degree weather and crystal blue skies, and being reminded of burning my feet on hot sand, but also because of the bride and groom. You know when you read a really good book, or watch that really emotional part in a movie, and tears are streaming down your face, and your thinking "oh my gosh, why am I crying? stop crying!" but you don't, because you can't because you're so emotionally moved? That's what this wedding was. It was over the top, from the heart, mad love. 

Happy four months Logan and Halley!