Tag: photography

Anchorage Alaska Baby Maternity Children Toddler Portrait Photographers: Newborn Girl – Charlotte “Charley”

What an amazingly beautiful baby!  I loved meeting Charley.  She was a sport for doing all different kinds of photos, including some just “nakie” diaper photos.  I loved how expressive she was & that we caught her with her eyes open for the baby portraits.  We took our photos down at the Cuddy Midtown Park near the Loussac Library.  There are some really amazing baby photos in here!  I’m super excited about the newborn pictures! =)

 

Anchorage Family Portraits – Peter’s Creek, Alaska – Beautiful Fall Foliage

What a wonderful family portraits session I had with Richelle & her family at Peter’s Creek, Alaska.  They were very friendly & the kids were full of expression.  I loved meeting with them for this Fall Anchorage Family Portrait session.  The leaf fight was by far my favorite scenes to shoot!

Alaska Anchorage Family Portraits from Cuddy Midtown Park

Alaska Anchorage Family Portrait photographers with a family portrait session at Cuddy Midtown park in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska Anchorage Family Portraits – Huffords round #2

This is the second set of Family Portraits from the Hufford family.  Their son had a much better time being inside & running around in the play area.  The stairs were easily his favorite as this 18 month old conquered the world by reaching the top!  The family was a joy to work with & we are praying them the best as he is headed overseas to serve our country in Afghanistan for the third time.

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

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!

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.

Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photographers – Katie & Russ Reception Part 2

Here is a second dose of wedding photography pictures from Katie & Russ.  The wedding pictures that I took from this wedding were some of my favorite pictures I took all summer.  It probably helped that Katie & Russ were amazing people that are friendly, and knew how to throw a lively wedding reception party! =)  There were lots of opportunities to try blurred shots dancing shots.  Dancing photographs have always been tough to capture what’s going on, but not make it look akward.  I think I’ve found a style that works well for me. =)

Speaking of dancing, you’ll probably notice some rather risque photographs in this section.  Well, they decided to do a “Hawaiian money dance” which I guess includes placing the money on the wedding couple, and then they have to remove it from their partner’s body….WITH THEIR MOUTH!!!  It started out kinda innocent, but quickly changed its tune thereafter.   (Warning the content you are about to see is rated PG-13. =)  )   It was actually really akward as a wedding photographer to photograph this.  A lot of the times I just put on a wide angle lens, turned on auto-focus, held the camera close & clicked — didn’t even look through the view finder.

I say all of this with the understanding that I realize this was all in good & fun too… =)

Enjoy the wedding photography! =)

Stephen

Sweet Action Photography

www.sweetactionphotography.com

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 2)

 

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. =)

Enjoy!

Stephen

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Fisheye Fun! (180 degree views)

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! =)

Stephen

Sweet Action Photography

www.sweetactionphotography.com

Mandanas Dental – Commercial Office Photography

Yesterday, I got an opportunity to do something a little different in the field of photography.  I got to go photograph a dental office!  It was my first time trying something like this.  We did the photo shoot after hours, so there weren’t many patients there.  Dr. Mandanas preferred that we got shots to make her dental practice look appealing and welcoming.

I found that as a people person, I prefer some of the shots with Dr. Mandanas and her assistant in the photos, but I am excited that we were still able to get quite a few interesting shots.  The biggest difficulty was having enough space to shoot the angle that I wanted to get the picture at.

Here are some of my favs:

-Stephen

http://www.sweetactionphotography.com/

Sweet Action Photography