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Wasilla Alaska Wedding Photographers – Tie Dye fRENZY! – Lance & Ariel

Alaska Wedding Photographers

Tie Dye fRENZY!  This is what Lance & Ariel’s wedding was about.   A nice small gathering of friends & family in the woods of the grooms’ parents  house in Wasilla, Alaska.  The wedding included awesome tie dye flowers, her friends in tie dye dresses, and the flower girl in a fairy tale tie dye dress.  It was “Legend…wait for it…dary!”   This was one of the most visually attractive weddings I have photographed.  The great outdoors, mixed with the fun, colors made it awesome.  For Wedding Photography Portraits headed down the road to an old abandoned warehouse, a sand & gravel pit, & train tracks to top off this Awesome Tie Dye Alaska Wedding! =)

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Throw-Back Favorites

I was looking through our photo collections, and I stumbled upon these photos.  Since I over hauled the website for this design, I have been wanting / needing of creating lot many more blog posts about wedding photography from all of the years we have been doing it.  However, haven’t had the time to get it all up there.  So, I thought “Hey!  Let’s give a little throw-back blog post of some of our favorites wedding photos from several years ago.  I am hoping to eventually add these weddings into our blog post collections.    There are also several photos from engagement photography as well. =)   Please enjoy all of the wedding photography & wedding photojournalism from around Anchorage & Alaska:

Anchorage Wedding Photography – Faith Lutheran Church – Paul & Jeanne

This winter I had a wonderful opportunity for wedding photography at Jeanne & Paul’s wedding at Faith Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska.   It was a wonderfully inviting group of friends and family that greeted them on their new journey.  I was happy to be a part of it too. =)

Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photography – Damien & Shaun: Before, During, & Formals of Ceremony

Anchorage Wedding Photography – Damien & Shaun:  Before, During, & Formals of Ceremony from Cooper Landing. I took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska.  The scenery there was amazing!   The mountains are right on either side with the beautiful Kenai River rushing on behind us.  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 – 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

 

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Joe & Elizabeth – part 2

Here’s round two of the wedding photography taken at Joe & Elizabeth’s wedding.  There were so many great moments from their wedding.  I loved how much they showed their real love for each other throughout the ceremony and day. =)

wedding – these two posts are just the beginning. Enjoy.

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Joe & Elizabeth – part 1

Here’s a little preview of the wedding photography taken at Joe & Elizabeth’s wedding.  If I take just one thing away from this wedding, it is that these two people love & cherish each other.  It was so evident throughout the day their joy from being united. =)  What a wonderful experience it was to be there with these two wonderful people who I know have chosen & will continue to be with each other the rest of their lives!   On the photography side of things, they were a ton of fun for wedding photography as they were willing to do whatever & have a lot of fun doing it too! =)  Their smiles, fun personalities & crazy antics helped me run through all of my cards & 70 GB worth of photos in just 5 hours!   More to come in another post, as there were too many photos for this blog to handle!  Enjoy

 

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:

Wedding Photography: Kamaria & Wilmoth – Part 1

I really enjoyed meeting & photographing Kamaria & Wilmoth.  They were so pleasant to get along with & had wonderful friends and family at their wedding.  I really enjoyed the strong values & conviction they shared about their commitment to be with each other that they made before God & other people.  =)

Wedding Photography by Sweet Action Photography

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

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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 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

(If you would like to see the full wedding photographs please click here.  You can order pictures there as well. =))

Jason & Sheila DeJarlais – Anchorage Wedding Photography

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. =)

If you would like to ORDER pictures or see the full wedding please click here.  Here’s a quick preview of the wedding day:

-Stephen & David

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Alaska Wedding Photographers – Girdwood, Alaska

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! :)

-Stephen

Alaska wedding photography – Wasilla, Alaska – Emily & Cory’s Reception

Emily & Cory’s reception took place at the same place as their ceremony (but NOT outside! =-) )  It was a nice mellow & relaxed reception with very welcoming and warm people.  I enjoyed photographing everyone there.   Most people were really welcoming to have their picture taken by the “wedding photographer”, and even if not, I usually was able to sneak in a quick shot with a nice smile as they talked with someone else ( “Thank you, Zoom lens!”).

The catering was awesome, as I was very familiar with KFC.  =)  The reception had a very nice & intimate feel to it.  The laid back atmosphere was a nice change for me, as it meant I had a bit of a chance to get to know the guests.  Typically at receptions I’m so busy taking pictures because of all the activities going on that I’ll grab some food to eat, but then will immediately have to set it down & take pictures.  From time to time I’ll be able to scoot back to the table to grab something, but only for a minute or two because I see something that would be great to photograph. =)

Below is a smattering of the wedding photography pictures taken at the reception.  If you would like to order any prints of these pictures, I will be posting a link on this blog post soon, once I have all of the software uploaded & ready to go. =)  So feel free to check back when possible.

Enjoy the wedding pictures! =)

-Stephen

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding on December 30, 2009.

This is the fourth post in a series of 4 posts of the wedding photography from their wedding on Dec. 30, 2009.  These are the photographs taken at Emily & Cory’s reception.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding agin, I would definitely jump at the opportunity

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)

Alaska wedding photography in Wasilla, Alaska – Formal Poses

Immediately after the ceremony we moved back down the hill to take some classic wedding photography shots.  Since it was cold outside, we got many shots of people in jackets–depicting the “REAL Alaskan Wedding!” as Emily had told me when she first described her wedding ceremony.

The formals shots turned out pretty well, but I do have to say that there was this piece of light that really made things tricky.  Shots that I thought would be great, weren’t up to my expectations, but I’m happy to say there were still plenty of other wedding photography shots that turned out well.  As a photographer, it’s frustrating when something you visualize in your mind not be depicted in the picture that I have taken.  Despite all of that to say, I feel that the photographs for this Alaska wedding turned out really well overall. =)  My #1 goal is to give a great service and product for all of the wedding photography that I do.

My favorite wedding photography poses had to be the whole party jumping at once.  In the sequence of photos it looked like a wave was being created by the jump.  The left part of the line jumped first, and it followed progressively throughout the line til the end on the right side. Finally, The wedding party decided to brave the cold momentarily & take some nice formal shots with their beautiful dresses & tuxes.

I hope you enjoyed,

Stephen Bahner

Sweet Action Photography

Alaska wedding photography

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding.

This is the third post in a series of 4 posts of the wedding photography from their wedding. There are a few of the pictures from photographed after the ceremony.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding agin, I would definitely jump at the opportunity

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)

Alaska wedding photography in Wasilla, Alaska of Emily and Cory – The Ceremony!

The ceremony turned out really well. It was beautiful doing wedding photography at such a beautiful location as Wasilla outdoors. When I first heard about the wedding being an outdoor wedding in December, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to photograph the wedding. I thought “What a cool idea to have an outdoor wedding in December.” As I got to thinking about it more & more, I realized that the word cool really meant what a COLD wedding this would be to photography.

Thankfully, the wedding ended up being during about 15-20 degrees F (-5 C for those Canadians not watching the Olympics :) ) so it wasn’t too bad. Of course, I had the luxury of wearing a jacket & looking ridiculous with two hats on my head. That’s right–two hats on my head! I looked ridiculous, but stayed warm! =)

The ceremony turned out really well & we got some really beautiful wedding photography shots, including some awesome shots of the couple walking down the aisle & confetti flying everywhere. It was an awesome moment to be a wedding photographer. =)

 

Sweet Action Trumpeter to usher in the party!!!

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding on December 30, 2009.

This is the second post in a series of 4 posts of the wedding photography from their wedding on Dec. 30, 2009. There are a few of the pictures from photographed from the ceremony.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding agin, I would definitely jump at the opportunity

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)