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.
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.
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.
Since 1984, Alaska Business Monthly has documented, analyzed, and promoted the mercantile health of the 49th state, from Alaska's multimillion-dollar industries to its single proprietors and small businesses. Experienced journalist, publisher, and business-magazine manager Jim Martin leads a team of intrepid reporters and writers, talented artists, and a discerning editorial staff, all with strong roots in the region and a deep interest in the inner workings of the state's monetary engine. Like John Maynard Keynes' surprise guest appearance on Deadliest Catch, each article and editorial places a thoughtful economic focus on some of Alaska's most important industries, from construction-employment reports to oil and gas developments to tourism news. Far from mere number-crunching and pie charts, the pages of Alaska Business Monthly also celebrate the real-life humans that make up the companies and mom-and-pops throughout the state, with special reporting on the importance of Alaskan Natives in some of the region's top businesses, and profiles that reveal the interesting stories behind a neighborhood burger joint or a thriving tech outfit.