March 21, 2013

Kenai Backcountry Lodge

    Last Summer I was asked to photograph the Kenai Backcountry Lodge (KBL) for Alaska Wildland Adventures. This lodge, accessible only by boat, sits near the shore of remote Skilak lake, a part of the Kenai River system in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
    I was very excited to have this opportunity. As a photo guide for AWA I had been out to the lodge before but always "on duty" with our clients. Helping our guests with their photography is always my priority so I don't have the time and freedom to take as many images as I would if I was traveling on my own. Being hired to take promotional images for the lodge and the upcoming new website was a real treat. I had most of three days to just concentrate on image making! I was luck in that there was a great group of folks staying at the lodge that found it fun to have a photographer tailing them half the time and occasionally asking them "Can you hold right there for a second?", "Can you do that again?", "Can you take off the black coat so I can see your red fleece?". Etc. Etc.
 here are a few of my favorites that should give you a pretty good feel for the place!

Dining Hall, Kitchen, and Library.


Interior lit with a strobe via wireless trigger.

Activities (Kayaking not represented but is an option as well!)


Beer and Sodas kept ice-cold by the small creek running through camp.


March 2, 2013

Kikkan's on Fire!

Three time U.S. Olympian and 2012 World Cup Sprint Champion Kikkan Randall

   Anchorage's own Kikkan Randall is having another amazing year on the Cross Country and Sprint Skiing World Cup circuit and I couldn't be more excited for her. I've had the pleasure of working with Kikkan and her husband Jeff Ellis (an incredible athlete in his own right) several times over the last five years or so. Last summer we went up into Chugach State Park to just have some fun taking photos. Kikkan and Jeff are happy to get some updated photos of themselves and they both indulge me as I try out new ideas with lighting etc.  Kikkans racing color is pink. It's in her hair and in her racing gear. I picked up a long piece of pink silk material at a local fabric store to play with in the wind in the mountains. Jeff was game and repeatedly threw the ends of the fabric up into the air as I clicked away! I used two strobes, one on either side to light Kikkan.

    With Kikkan in the news every week right now with another outstanding World Cup finish I thought I'd share some of my favorite images from our shoot.

    You couldn't ask for a better individual to represent our country as an athlete and I can't wait to see what else she accomplishes this year and in the Olympics in 2014!