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Alaska | Part 3

Bloopers and Mini Highlight Reel
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The

thing about vacation is that I take A LOT of pictures… a lot. And whenever there are a lot of pictures being taken, there are always some bloopers! I don’t know about you but I always love a few great bloopers!! The annoying thing is that a lot of the out-takes are of ME! There is good reason why I’m on the over side of the camera most of the time!! Today’s post is very humbling… and hilarious at the same time! As funny as the bloopers are, the true treasure of this post is at the very bottom! I attempted to throw together a few clips of our trip!

Alaska | Part 2

Denali & The Sound
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was one thing we had been told to do in Alaska by my parents. They had recently visited Alaska and they advised us to try our best to take a tour of Denali by plane!! So we did! Andrew drove us to Talkeetna and we signed up for a plane ride!! In a tiny little plane! It actually wasn’t THAT small. It could have been much smaller! … But when you’re used to commercial sized planes, this was a whole other world!! It was amazing! The views were incredible and even though McKinley was covered with a cloud, it was still SO worth the small fortune that it cost. Some experiences are worth an extra splurge and we’re really thankful that we decided to make this happen!!

Alaska | Part 1

Matanuska Glacier & Other Adventures!
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Before

I get started, I think you should know just how this whole trip came about!! Michael and I grew up together with some awesome families with kids our age. We went to different schools and had different lives but somehow, we always stayed close and we’ll forever consider the Beale’s, Alsop’s, and Terry’s family! So Andrew Beale move out to Alaska with his wife Kayti several years ago and now Katie Beale and her fiance’ Tyler are staying with them before their big day. Katie and I joked about this trip. I remember standing in my living room after congratulating her and saying “oh my gosh! How amazing would it be to shoot your engagement pictures in Alaska?!!”

Tyler + Katie | Engaged Part 2

An Alaskan Coastline Engagement Shoot
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It’s hard

to beat a glacier but I’m equally excited about this second part of Tyler and Katie’s engagement session because we were TOTALLY at the right place at the right time! If we had been just 5 minutes later, we would have been rained out and the shots on the water would have been hazy and grey. We pulled off of the Seward Highway just in time to catch some of the sun’s final rays because the storm clouds rolled in. You can actually see the storm coming in the background of the images! Tyler and Katie are such pros! We took ALL of these in a total of probably 45mins and that’s including travel time! Whew!

Tyler + Katie | Engaged Part 1

An Engagement Session on a Glacier
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As

many of you know by now… we’re currently in Alaska!! Anchorage to be exact! We flew up here to visit friends and to shoot an engagement session for a couple that we love to pieces! Sadly, our trip is coming to an end soon but this is just the BEGINNING of the excitement for you guys!! I think I have about a WEEK’S worth of images to share and you’re going to love them all!! I’m just beside myself with excitement! I rarely proclaim that I have any “favorite” wedding or engagement shoot because I don’t want to show favoritism and be unfair… but I’m going to go ahead and admit that this has been my favorite engagement session to DATE!