2015 Braves Baseball Team Nunaka Valley Little League – Anchorage Photographer – Portrait, Event, & Action Photography
John & Candy’s Anchorage Courthouse Wedding: The wedding was short and sweet. A close gathering of friends to support their lifelong commitment. Afterwards, we had a fun walkabout downtown Anchorage, Alaska for a bride and groom portrait session. It was a fun experience as we took photos, laughed, moved to the next location, & repeated.
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:
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!
We had a fun family portrait session with David & Holly’s Family. I have known David from my work as a teacher for about 3 years now, and have now become friends with his family over that time. When we took photos, the wind was blowing pretty good that day, but they were such sports about the wind and cold. They did their best to smile, pretend it was warm, and still have a fun portrait session. We had lots of fun taking photos on the east side of anchorage, Alaska.
In addition to their wedding photography, Kamaria & Wilmoth said they wanted to add a post- wedding photography session in which we would photograph them in their wedding attire & then go to Beluga Point for some photos in the style of engagement photography.
We had an interesting & fun photography session. During our post- wedding photography session, we encountered one of the park’s regular inhabitants. At first Nolan was really nice & very interested in what we were doing, but kept his distance. We noticed that he’d had some alcohol, but he remained calm. As the photography continued, he became a little more friendly, then a little more friendly. It eventually got to the point that he wanted to either be in the photo or direct me how to take the best photos. All remained peaceful until the very last moment when we were leaving. Nolan suddenly took offense to us & became very very confrontational. Having clients with me & the fragile photo gear that I had on me, my goal was to avoid any physical altercation. We tried staying calm, but he kept getting closer & closer no matter how quickly we walked. At one point, I grabbed my keys in my fist just in case. It seemed he was ready to swing any moment.
Thankfully nothing happened, but man that was an experience! It did help that we were in a group & I found out later they all would’ve help protect each other, but man I do not wish for another one of those experiences!
The other good news: We got some great Post- Wedding & Engagement Photography! Enjoy:
For their wedding pictures, Katie & Russ wanted some fun and creative wedding photographs. I was excited because that was right up my alley! Afterall, our slogan is “Fun. Creative. You.” So we did some fun pictures with the groomsmen checking out the bride, the bridesmaid checking out the groom, the bridemaids finding it adorable when russ “propsed” again to Katie. I had to bust out the fisheye lens, of course! In addition, we took some romantic wedding pictures on the wooden bridge by the ski race start/finish.
There’s a lot of variety and fun pictures to see— enjoy!
Just had a recent Anchorage senior pictures session with Pieter. The senior pictures turned out amazing. =) It was fun to watch as Pieter became more and more relaxed. He was really cool about trying out different picture ideas including numerous poses, jumping off a picnic table, sliding down a staircase railing, climbing a bridge, sticking his head through picture frames & even climing into them as well. I’m really glad that he was down for all of this because it gave his photographs a lot of fun & uniqueness to them. I am extremely happy with all of the different shots. And I do have to say, I love having a fisheye lens for senior pictures! It just adds so much creativity all of its own. My favorite with the lens has to be Pieter sitting down on the bridge with his legs straight out & his feet pointing different directions. I also really like the couple of shots in the tunnel where all you see is Pieter’s head & then the ridges of the tunnel, which was actually taken with a fisheye, though it doesn’t look like it.
Tell me what your favorite senior picture is…. =-)
Russ & Katie’s wedding reception was one of the most fun weddings that I’ve attended as a wedding photographer. =) The reception was lively, people were up dancing, & I had tons of freedom to move around trying different angles & creative photography that I don’t always have a chance to try at every wedding. It helped that the dance floor was continually flooded with people moving their hips & shaking their groove things (Yeah, Yeah!).
I experimented with taking pictures at different heights from the floor, standing, standing on a chair, & then the balcony. I also tried different ways to capture the action. Stopping the motion completely, completely blurred, & a little bit of inbetween. I found that my favorite photographs were the ones where people were dancing in the background with blurred movement & I had found an inanimate object such as shoes, the party decorations, or the light & sound equipment to remain in focused. It took finding a place where I could place the camera on an object like the floor or a railing that wouldn’t move so that I could allow the camera’s shutter to remain open for 3/10 of a second. It doesn’t seem like that would be that long to hold something still, but the slightest movement of the camera is reflected with a blurred photograph. Typically photographs under 1/60 of a second are hard to keep still. It’s much easier at 1/100 or 1/125 of a second to hold it still (That’s 0.01 of a second for those of you needing the digital time equivalent).
Below you’ll find lots of creative wedding photography. It was a lot of fun to shoot & a lot of fun to look at as well.
What do you think about the photographs? Do you have any ideas that you’ve imagined or seen before for cool dance photos?
I really enjoyed photographing Sarah & Tadd’s wedding. Watching them interact, you can tell that they’re good for each other. It was a lot of fun photographing them on their wedding day, as they were down for some pretty goofy ideas: Including Fisheye lenses close-up, riding on a beluga statue, etc. They were great sports & allowed us to get all kinds of fun pictures for them.
We started the wedding at Anchorage Cuddy Family Midtown Park behind the Lousac Library, and then migrated down the Seward Highway to Bird Point. We had a lot of fun taking a TON of formal shots with all of the family & friends. =)
Here is the second set of wedding photographs for Sarah & Tadd. For more, please see the post below. =)
(If you would like to see the full wedding photographs please click here. You can order pictures there as well. =))
On June 11th, 2010 – Jason & Sheila DeJarlais were married. It was a nice little wedding that took place in their backyard photographed by wedding photographers Stephen & David of Sweet Action Photography. The backyard setting had a lot of trees & made for some good formal pictures without a lot of clutter. Everyone dressed up nicely & the pictures came out looking nice. =)
-Stephen & David
Recently, I added another lens to my repertoire–the fisheye lens. I have wanted one of these badly for a long time, but just hadn’t gotten one until I decided to spoil myself one day! =) For those asking themselves “what’s a fisheye lens?”: It’s a lens that takes a 180 degree angle picture. So basically, if there is anything in front of the lens, it will capture it. I have found that it is very hard to take pictures & not get myself in the picture (be it feet or fingers). It has a really cool feeling of bending the lines. Why this happens is because you are taking 180 degrees of view & smashing it into a 3:2 rectangle.
These are a few pictures that I took the first week of having it. I took it as we went Frolfing (Disc Golf) @ UAA (University of Alaska Anchorage). Some turned out really sweet. I’m still learning how to effectivly use it, but am having fun as I go. I love finding areas with lots of lines in the back/foreground & have the fisheye do its cool effect of “bending the lines.” Things will look “normal” toward the center & stretched/bent on the sides.
As always: Enjoy! =)
Sweet Action Photography
Stevie’s first game of bowling was about 2 weeks ago. =) We had a blast! =) Stevie was soo excited going to the bowling alley. He had just recently learned to play Wii bowling & so we knew that now was the time to go try it out for real. =)
Our trip to the bowling alley took about 4 or 5 times longer than the game itself, but it was great nonetheless. We started out by choosing to go to the Dimond Center bowling (which is about 15 minutes from our house) When we were about 3 minutes away from being there, we realized “Oh no! We forgot to get the camera!” (12 minutes) SO…we turned around & grabbed it… (another 30 minutes, sub-total 42 minutes). When we got there we found out that they were closed for the day because of a bowling tourney, even though 2 of the lanes were not being used—lame! We then got hungry & got some food while we were next to the food court (35 minutes more, sub-total: 77 minutes). So then we drove to Center bowl about another 15 minutes away (subtotal: 92 mins). Got our bowling balls, shoes, registered for the game & all: (10 more minutes: total: 102 minutes — 1 hour 42 minutes….. Having a good time with your son @ his first bowling game: TIMELESS!!!)
IN all, it was well worth it! Stevie had so many good shots & Great Reactions! =) It will forever be a great family memory! =)
P.S. Steph helped out with a few of the first pictures too! (She’s a good photographer too…maybe I should see if she’s interested. =) )
Denita & Wesley were married on February 18, 2010. Denita & Wesley are too very wonderful people. The have infectious smiles that make you want to smile every time! When they interacted with me, they were always super polite and very courteous. I could tell from watching their interactions with each other that they will be good to each other. =)
Their wedding took place in Girdwoord, Alaska at Our Lady of the Snow Chapel. This was the first wedding that I photographed there, and was very impressed with how beautiful of a chapel it was! I loved the architecture and wooden beams all around. It gave it a very personal and rustic feel to the wedding.
I only had an hour to photograph them, but took pictures at a maniac pace! I ended up with about 600 pictures from that one hour! Average of 10 pictures a minute! or one every 6 secs! So, needless to say they got some great coverage of that hour in their lives!
Here’s some of my favorite pictures from their wedding. As usual, Enjoy!
I hope & wish the best for both Denita & Wesley!
So, I found out that: A Funny Thing Happens When You Email Pictures of Winter – It Snows!!!
On Tuesday Evening, I finally made the time to go through some old pictures I took in December of the school that I work at. I found my favorites, touched them up, and emailed them to everybody. The pictures were to be a tribute to the winter we just made it out of (it has been 40-45 in Anchorage the past week & almost all of the snow is melted). Well, I woke up to a surprise! 6 inches of snow on the ground.
Stephanie must have a good 6th sense because before I even opened the window she asked “Did it snow last night?” I had no idea it was even predicted. My reaction was “Oh, (expletive)!” When I opened up my email @ work I found about 25 emails back to me about the weather. One read “Nice job, Bahner!” So, I quickly wrote back an email saying “I take FULL BLAME for the snow!”
I also included one of my favorite pics I have taken, which is a teacher at our school whom I have entitled “The GROOVIEST man at school” because I caught him in action throwing up the peace sign. It looks awesome. Take a look at all of the pictures below…
Jaci & Justin were a very fun couple to photograph. Jaci called me on the phone about 2 weeks ago & said that she needed someone to take pictures that week because she was flying back down to Texas to get married in April. She was up here visiting her fiance Justin, who is stationed here on Fort Richardson, Alaska. She also mentioned that she would be really excited to get some very Alaskan engagement pictures.
We headed out of town toward Beluga Point to take some photographs out on the island, overlooking the inlet. Unfortunately as we were headed South down the inlet, a giant gray cloud mass was headed North up the inlet. We may a quick change of plans and stopped at Potter’s Marsh – just barely outside of Anchorage. The sun was shining & creating an awesome glow on their skin. We took some beautiful engagement photos overlooking the inlet & a ton back on the boardwalk overlooking Potter Marsh.
Best of Luck on your marriage in April! =)