Trent Grasse understands that in his photo shoots, he is the constant and his subjects are the variable. Because of this, he lets his subjects guide each shoot. Clients not only determine the location of their shoot, but they regulate the pace and mood of the day's adventure. Two weeks after most sessions, subjects come to Trent's studio to view the pictures and create a custom package of their favorite images to share with family or to win favor with stubborn parking meters.
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."
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.
Christina Marie Williams helms Nonchalant View Photography, where she blends classic portraiture and modern photography into her own picture-taking style. When she captures a photograph, she emphasizes the feeling and beauty of a specific moment, making a fleeting interaction, emotion, or scene permanent. Her portfolio includes striking nature scenes, animals, festivals, and people.
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.
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.