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Anchorage Alaska wedding photography – Reception of Shaun & Damien

Here is a quick peek at Damien & Shaun’s photography of their wedding reception.  They took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska.  The scenery there was amazing!  Check out the other posts for Shaun & Damien’s wedding photography Though I have lived in Alaska my whole life, I am still amazed at the beauty the Lord has given us in this part of world.  Whenever I am asked to take wedding photos outdoors in Alaska, I get so excited because of the magnificence of this place! Enjoy!

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography

 

Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photography: Kamaria & Wilmoth – Engagement

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:

The Wedding Photography of Katie and Russ by Anchorage Photographers Sweet Action Photography – Ceremony

The wedding ceremony for Katie & Russ was held outside on top of Anchorage’s Kincaid Park’s Chalet.  There were fears of rain before the ceremony, but when it came time, the skies dried and the heavens brightened up.  The decorations were very much who they are & were awesome if you knew them.  The Arch over where the officiant and couple stood was an arch made out of cross country skis tied together & trees lined the aisles.  Katie is HUGE into cross country skiing and Russ seems to really enjoy the outdoors here, so it was very appropriate.

During the ceremony, the vows Russ made were so beautiful that it made Katie cry.  I love photographing emotions of the moment.  As a wedding photographer it’s great catching happy, moving, or touching moments.  The photographs carry so much more depth, and a story with them too.

Anchorage Photographers – Alaska Wedding Photography – Russ & Katie’s reception part 1

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?

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography: Michael & Cindy – Eklutna Lake, Alaska

Michael & Cindy are a wonderful couple!  Very Sweet, polite, fun, & honest.  They’re a couple of Georgia Peaches, who came up to Alaska to get married.  Their original plan was to get married on the top of a mt. via a helicopter flight.  Unfortunately, due to complications with the flight service those plans were scratched (darn!  I was really looking forward to flying in a helicopter over Alaska too!).  Thankfully, they still chose to go with me & I suggested the beautiful location of Eklutna Lake.  Easy Access, Beautiful scenery, & the feel of God’s serene beauty through His Creations. =)

Unfortunately, when we got there that day it was more like an Alanis Morrisette song at first: “It’s like rain, on your wedding day.”…and of course, it was pouring.  Thankfully, The Rev.  Dorthy Torres from Castle Ministries had brought a tent for couple & bridal party to all stand under during the wedding ceremony (& I remember to bring my lens hood, to protect my camera’s lens from rain drops.)  =)       Being the summer that it was, (31+ days of rain in a row) & it being Alaska, it cleared up just after their ceremony & we had some great wedding photographs.

As a wedding photographer, I love it when people get goofy, have fun, and enjoy themselves during the formal wedding photography sessions.  This couple & their family was no exception.  They “hammed it up” when I pulled out a couple of prop photo frames, dancing around, making fun faces, & trying different poses left & right.  It was really fun to photograph because I basically handed their family the frames & said “have fun”  (& they did).  The other wedding photographs were a lot of fun as well, as Michael became a tiny leprechaun that Cindy held in her hand, they reenacted their wedding at the beach of the Eklutna Lake, and had romantic wedding photographs of them walking down a trail together hand-in-hand & arm-in-arm.

I hope you enjoy the wedding photography as much as I enjoyed photographing this wonderful couple! =)

Rev. Dorothy Torres

Wedding Photography: Tadd & Sarah – Anchorage, Alaska (part 1)

Sarah & Tadd are a wonderful couple!  They seem like they’ll have wonderful patience for one another as evidenced by this:   It was amazing seeing Sarah stay so calm during the pre-wed events.  The flower company had accidentally delivered all of their flowers to the wrong couple, which happened to have a wedding out at Big Lake (1.5 hours from Anchorage).  As Sarah was informed of this 1 hour before the ceremony, she took it in stride, stayed calmed, and had someone run out to get her some flowers at a local grocery store.  It wasn’t ideal, but the patience and improvisation allowed for the rest of the day to go wonderful!  I never sensed panic or frustration in the air.  It allowed for all around her to stay relaxed and enjoy the day, rather than have it a stressful & ruined day.   I never found out, but hope that she got her full deposit back from the florist. :)

If you would like to see the full wedding please click here.  It is also possible to order pictures there as well. =)

Here’s the first set of my favorite wedding photographs from their special day: