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.
Arctic Edge’s Lynn and Delamour Kriley, a dynamic husband and wife shutterbug-duo whose work has been featured multiples times in Alaska Home , capture personalities during one-hour indoor and outdoor photo shoots. At their 1,000-square-foot studio, the photographers snap images of families while drawing upon skills honed in photography classes taken around the world and on a lunar module. Lynn and Delamour also capture poses in their scenic backyard portrait park to incorporate natural lighting and dramatic woodscapes. After their sessions, the team helps patrons pick an image for a deskworthy 8”x10” print ($72), snag a pair of 5”x7” prints ($66), or select eight wallet-size pics ($16) that are perfect for gifting to orthodontists. Prints are not limited to one pose.
Chance and Roxie Mayberry take any opportunity to get out of the studio and into vibrant real-world scenes. As the duo behind Anchorage's Mayberry Studio, they shoot families as they slice down the slopes or bond with animals, and as instructors at Alaska Photography Academy, they take students deep into wild local landscapes. Photo safaris adventure to such destinations as Matanuska Glacier and Hatcher Pass, with some shots even accomplished from the backs of sturdy ATVs. Although these intensive excursions are open to all, more experienced clickers can pursue more in-depth classes or private lessons. No matter the level, courses emphasize practical, professional-grade tips and avoid technical jargon and risqué language such as "flash."
Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
A professional nature photographer for more than 25 years, Ray Bulson captures images of Alaska?s pristine country. As a fine artist, Bulson has exhibited with the North American Nature Photography Association, the Ptarmigan Arts Cooperative Art Gallery, and the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. As a stock photographer, he has contributed images to print magazines and electronic media, including panoramic shots of peaceful Alaskan landscapes and paparazzi shots of Mother Earth?s fashion don?ts for celebrity rags. Bulson passes on his knowledge in photography workshops and presentations.
Buzzbizz Studios founder Michael Buzinski brings 25 years in the entertainment industry, as well as 23 years of marketing experience to lead a full team of media production professionals as they develop marketing campaigns and produce media for businesses, entrepreneurs, and marketing professionals. They perform more than 85% off the production in-house, with services ranging from graphic and web design to audio production, video production, and full-color print services for items such as brochures and posters. The company can also assist families and businesses with audio clean up and audio and video conversion services, creating DVDs out of footage pulled from antiquated formats such as reel-to-reel tape, VHS, or cartoon flipbooks.