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Anchorage Alaska Family Portraits – Stewart Family

Returning to the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, I met up with the Stewart family for a fun and quick family portrait.  The expressions we captured on the littlest one are simply priceless! =)

Jessica & Arne’s Engagement Portraits – Anchorage Alaska Engagement Couple Photographers

Jessica & Arne’s Engagement Portraits – Anchorage Alaska Engagement Couple Photographers

Arne & Jessica met me at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead for some engagement portrait photos.  Arne’s from Norway, and Jessica isn’t, but they are a perfect match in  Alaska, having met while working for the same oil company.  This never would’ve happened 150 Years ago, but thankfully for Jessica & Arne, we live in the future. :)

About the session:  It went incredibly easy (at least from my side of the camera), as it seemed every time I pressed the shutter, Jessica was ready for a new pose. :)   Normally, I am trying to be a photographer, poser creator, coach, and a cross-checker (making sure nothing at all is out of place…).   Halfway through the session I had to ask: “Have you ever modeled?”  Jessica had a puzzled look on her face, and said “uhh…well, actually yes, but noone ever asks that…how’d you know?”

Well, I’ve got my ways… =)

-Stephen

From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride breaks a leg on Bachelorette night – Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers

From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride break a leg on Bachelorette night –  Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers

 

 

Imagine getting a broken Leg on your bachelorette party!  Nothing was too much to stop this Amazing Bride & A Wonderful Groom, that is what Julie & Ryan were on July 22nd, 2014.  They were married at the Tanglewood Golf Course off the Seward Highway in Anchorage, Alaska.

I originally got to know Julie as a guest presenter from STAR in my classroom as a Health Teacher (K-5).  Julie, a strong woman with great skills at connecting with children and bring a message of protection, was celebrating her bachelorette party in Girdwood, Alaska two days before the wedding.  While walking along to the restraunt, her foot slipped off the side of the sidewalk and she fell.  It immediately felt painful, so she spent the rest of the night with the foot elevated.  To add insult to injury, the owner of the restraunt saw Julie fall, and refused to serve her any alcohol, believing she had already had enough (she hadn’t had a drink yet).

I received an email, the day before the wedding, from Julie with the subject line “hmmm”.  Inside it said: “How is this gonna photograph?” And the following photo:

She had gone to the hospital the day before her wedding and found out that she had fractured her foot, and it would require surgery.  With her wedding the next day, Julie told them they would have to postpone the surgery, as there was no way they would be post-poneing the wedding.  She was placed in a temporary boot, to keep the foot as still as possible.

When I arrived at the wedding the next day, I was amazed at how positive her attitude was!   She was beaming with the excitement of a soon-to-be bride.  I asked her how her foot was.  Julie said she was unable to put any pressure on her leg, as every time she did, a new shooting pain shot up her leg.  Her positive attitude was felt overwhelmingly to the entire crowd.  You can imagine that as a person invited to the wedding that you would be feeling for her, but when she rounded the corner and showed her big smile, everyone relaxed, and quietly cheered her on. =)

One detail that made this wedding even greater was Julie carrying a picture of her father on her broken foot’s leg.  Unfortunately, her father had passed away, but this way, he was still able to walk Julie down the aisle.

It was probably the most amazing wedding I have ever attended! =)

EXTRA, EXTRA!!!  READ ALL ABOUT IT!  Julie was so kind as to write up her own version of the week’s events:

“From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot” by Julie Dale McNeese

It was two days before the wedding, the planning was all done, everyone from out of town was settled in and my bridesmaids and a few close friends and I were heading to Girdwood for an epic bachelorette party…when I say epic I mean hiking, shopping, playing apples to apples and dinner at the Double Musky yeah we are pretty laid back. We arrived in Girdwood in batches and all met up at the Alyeska Hotel, after the obligatory selfies and posing with the weird bear statue we all headed over to the amazing house that had been so generously rented for our party by loving family members. By the time we got settled in had some snacks and a cocktail it was getting a little late so we decided to skip the hiking ( for safety reasons) and head on over to the Double Musky for some drinks and appetizers. Of course we opted to walk, it was less than half a mile, it was solstice so daylight forever, and of course we wanted to have some fortified beverages so driving was out of the question.

We were on our way! Let the festivities begin…and that they did, with the restaurant in sight and the thought of scallop stuffed mushrooms on my mind DOWN I WENT! I hit the edge of the road where it goes from paved to unpaved in the cutest pair of wedges and I heard a snap..my friend Danielle was right next to me and tried to help me up right away but I needed a moment. I did get back on my feet and Danielle brushed off the dirt and we trudged on. I had a bad feeling though that something was really wrong, we met up with the rest of the group mentioned what happened and sat down in the bar for some grub. I was telling them all at this point that my foot REALLY hurt, I know they were all just trying to make me feel better,  “it’s not broken you just sprained it” “you are not even crying you will be ok” “ you will totally walk down the aisle”…all things I was really hoping for but turns out were not the case! We all ordered drinks and appetizers when I was notified by our server that I was not to be served a beverage because an employee saw me fall and they were not to serve me. I was so upset, in a massive amount of pain and just trying to be a trooper so I went outside to get some fresh air and the next thing I know Jonathan the owner came outside with a big bag of ice for my foot and the cocktail I had ordered, what a great guy! The girls had informed him about what had really happened that it was my bachelorette party and he made amends. As we were getting ready to leave I tried to stand on my foot…yeah, totally not happening!! What was I going to do? I couldn’t put any weight on it and surely couldn’t walk back. Let’s call a taxi…oh wait we are in Girdwood LOL!! The girls rallied together and went and got the vehicle and picked me up. At this point I just had to roll with it! We went back to the house and just had a BLAST! It was a night to remember with great friend’s lots of fun and laughing and more reassuring me that my foot was ok. As the night grew later slowly our energy dwindled and off to bed we all went, I was armed with a bag of ice and pillows to prop up my foot. My amazing cousin Monica made sure I was comfortable and we listened to the rain fall on the roof, talked about the wedding and drifted off to sleep.

The next morning reality set back in, my foot was absolutely HUGE and purple, I can’t walk, tomorrow is my wedding and today is the rehearsal dinner my aunt and uncle have been planning for a long time everyone is going to be there and I still have not told anyone about what had happened. What was I going to do? What was I going to tell my fiancé or my mom? How was I going to walk down the aisle? What were my pictures going to turn out like? The girls had to help me pack up and get to the car and on our way back to Anchorage we were, at this point I had not told anyone of last night’s mishap and asked the girls not to say anything to anyone yet either I wanted to get to the doctor and have a prognosis before I told anyone.  They were all convinced it still was not broken how could it be broken they said you aren’t even acting like it hurts? Truth be told I really wanted everyone to have a great time and remember the night for the fun and friends not my foot. I finally called my fiancé and told him what was going on and to pick me up at the emergency orthopedic office. I got in to the doctor and the girls were off to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.

They wheeled me back to the exam room took some x-rays and I finally just let go, by the time the doctor came in I was SOBBING! The prognosis was grim;  he said “ you did not break your foot, you destroyed it” and proceeded to show me the x-rays and explain the break and that I will be in a cast for at least 16 weeks, they will fit me with a boot for now but that I cannot walk on it and  that I would be needing surgery ASAP to repair the damage, the whole while I am just crying, he is telling me it’s going to be ok it’s a broken foot, we can fix it…I caught my breath composed myself and explained to him that I wasn’t crying just because I broke my foot but I was crying because I was getting married tomorrow and won’t be able to walk down the aisle, Next I asked if he would call my mom and tell her… then my phone rang it was my mom.

My fantastic cousin Monica had told my mom the news and she took it really well…I am just glad I didn’t have to tell her, not sure why this was such a big deal to me but it was (thank you Monica). My mom was so caring and supportive I don’t think I could have got through this without her!

As my Fiancé was taking me around to get everything I needed before the rehearsal dinner I was posting pictures of my new wedding accessory on FB asking people how to decorate the boot for the wedding, of course everyone thought I was joking. I also emailed my photographer and asked him how it would look in the wedding pictures. As soon as we arrived at the rehearsal dinner reality set in for everyone else when they realized I wasn’t joking.  My Aunt Karla came through with a knee scooter as she had been in a walking boot a week prior to my incident and now I had a way down the aisle that was a little more graceful than the crutches.

The day of the wedding had arrived! The excitement and anticipation quickly took over any qualms I had regarding my newly acquired wedding attire. I blinged it out with blue I do sparkles and got the show on the road! I could not have had more love and support through the whole process which just made the day even more special! My “scoot” down the aisle was fantastic I laughed the whole way to the aisle and as soon as I saw the crowd and my husband to be my heart soared and the only thing I could think of was I am getting married this is a onetime thing girl have fun!! And fun we had! The day was spectacular; of course our first dance was not quite as we had rehearsed (the whole wedding was that way) but memorable to say the least! We ate, drank, laughed and loved with our best friends and family into the evening just as a wedding should be.

As the days after our wonderful wedding passed I heard from so many people that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! That Ryan my husband was so supportive and that they couldn’t believe what a trooper I was! Not everyone who had attending the wedding new beforehand that I had broken my foot but as soon as people started arriving at the venue word spread really fast. I had no idea at the time and found out later from everyone that as they were waiting for me to come down the aisle whispers of “we feel so sorry for her” and “oh my, what a tragedy” were being spoken but as soon as my laughter was heard they said all those thoughts went out the window and they were wrapped up in the moment as much as Ryan and I were.

It is two months later to the day I broke my foot as I am writing this, I am still in a cast for at least eight more weeks but it feels like the downhill stretch! I look back on our wedding day with the fondest of memories and love in my heart. I have amazing pictures that captured all the love and happiness felt by everyone and a truly unique Alaskan wedding story that will be in people’s thoughts and hearts for a really long time! Thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day so special I love you all!

Anchorage Alaska High School Portraits – Curtis’ Senior Pictures

Anchorage Alaska High School Portraits – Curtis’ Senior Pictures

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Curtis (an awesome Senior) who is interested in hunting, camping, & football at Campbell Creek Trailhead in Anchorage, Alaska (AK).  We had fun setting up the shots with his bow & arrow.  I told him “Go ahead & point your bow & arrow straight at me —- just PLEASE DON’T DRAW THE STRING BACK!” HAHAHHA! =)  Then I continued by “I should be the only one shooting anything around here now.  I’ll shoot you with a Canon, but I promise it won’t hurt!” =)

Curtis’ dad came along on the photoshoot & I had them play a game of catch for some great action shots, and also the sentimental side of Father & Son playing football.  For some reason, when I tell two guys who like football to play catch, they had no problem with it at all! =)  Who would’ve figured?

Curtis just recently got his photos back and was asking for a little help with choosing the best photo.  These are my favorites, but I too am having a hard time choose…You tell me, what’s your favorite senior picture?  They’re on our Facebook account as well…so go there and give us your favorite senior portrait(plus, don’t forget to like our page).