Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Paul and Karen's wedding - June 19, 2010

Another beautiful Alaskan wedding this time up at the Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood. I was a little nervous since the weather forcast called for rain all day and I knew the ceremony was going to be outside. Luckily it only amounted to a slight drizzle. The extra moisture hardly even phased the bride and groom or any of the guests and the various umbrellas only added more vibrant colors to the ceremony. I had a hard time changing any of these pictures to black and white with so many shades of green popping out everywhere.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lee and Colleen's wedding - June 12, 2010

Its wedding season! Once again I've found myself behind the lens of yet another fun Alaskan wedding. Although I never would have pictured myself as a wedding photographer I'm starting to enjoy the challenges of improvising and composing on the spot. Its definitely pushing my photographic skills. Family portrait time feels a little like survival skiing... there's no turning back at this point, only you, your camera, and about a hundred different combinations of family members to go. Its a pretty good feeling when its all over.
It was nice to have a little help from Krystal, an APU student and photo club member. I invited her along as a second shooter and to help me keep an eye on the whole party. She did a great job and and seemed right at home. A second shooter is the way to go.
Colleen and Lee were awesome - such an easy couple to work with. I love it when folks have ideas for pictures and just like to have fun- not to mention what an incredible family and group of friends.
Congratulations Lee and Colleen!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pushing My Comfort Zone

This spring I had the opportunity to take a Magazine Writing class from Rosanne Pagano, an Alaskan Journalist and Liberal arts professor at Alaska Pacific University. Writing has always been a difficult process for me, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to broaden my photographic skills by learning how to develop a story accompanied by my photographs. One of my assignments was to write a profile story which highlighted a local person with an interesting life. I chose to interview Cindy Shake, a metal artist, known for her popular Alaskan themed garden art and sculptures.

I met Cindy a few years ago when I rented the downstairs apartment of her weekend home in Girdwood. Inspired by her creative drive and ability to make a living off her artwork, I wanted to learn how she got to where she is now. I then photographed her at her home and studio in Anchorage and submitted the piece to the Anchorage Press. Just last week they decided to run it as a feature story.

Check it out here:

Cindy Shake

Cindy using an arc welder

Cindy using a plasma cutter to cut up her sheet metal

One of Cindy's famous Garden Ravens with her grasshopper hanging on her shed in the background

A fun clay sculpture of a garden monster in Cindy's front yard