Photographers preserve subjects' precious memories, abolishing the need to hastily scoop reflections out of nearby fountains. Seek permanence with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a family photo-shoot package at Fitzgerald Photography in Eagle River (a $225 value). The package includes the following:
- A 30-minute family photo shoot (a $75 value)
- Choice of two 5"x7" prints or one 8"x10" print (a $25 value)
- Five low-resolution digital images (a $125 value)
Fitzgerald Photography owners Scott and Alicia Minor—both members of the Professional Photographers of America—conduct each photo shoot with an artful approach and professional demeanor honed through more than 10 years of immortalizing their subjects. Families of any size can choose between a session inside Fitzgerald's studio, which offers professional lighting and props, or an open-air shoot in an area surrounding the studio amid a backdrop of vibrant trees, natural sunlight, and photogenic ant colonies. Select photos are then preserved on either two 5"x7" prints or one 8"x10" print, and are also made available in five Facebook-ready digital images that are ideal for instant dissemination but cannot be used as tender by grandparents in retirement homes.
From the moment he began snapping shots for his high school's yearbook, Scott never stopped. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he honed his craft at several Anchorage studios before opening Fitzgerald Photography in 2000. He took amateur shutterbug Alicia under his wing, teaching her all his behind-the-lens tricks. As their business blossomed, so did their romance; the two married in 2005.
Together, they capture portraits of families, seniors, newborns, expectant moms, and wedding guests. Scott and Alicia build each snapshot around candid interactions between kin rather than forced poses. Though they have a studio for digitally tweaking images, printing, and shooting, they also like to take full advantage of Alaska's beautiful topography. During on-location shoots, their lenses capture subjects framed against mountain landscapes, posed along woodland trails, or throwing fistfuls of butterflies into tranquil creeks.