Month: May 2012

Cordova, Alaska

I recently went to Cordova, Alaska for a few nights to photograph a wedding of an awesome local couple, Vivian and Jared. I went by myself and it was such a fun little adventure! It was really great exploring Cordova, a town of 2400. It rained most of the time but that didn’t take away from its charm at all. The town had a lot of character. Vivian loaned me her car and it was entertaining listening to the radio. I had a lot of laugh-out-loud moments while alone in the car, especially at the public service announcement reminding Cordovians to “Lock your car and take your keys!” I also loved the incredibly random song selection – pop one song, country the next, then rock, then an oldies song…. pretty great. : D Cordova had a lot of character and interesting nooks. There was also a shorebirds festival going on while I was there. Shorebirds are small birds that fly in large groups and in perfect synchronicity. Really beautiful to watch. I had planned to get some photos of them the day after Vivian and Jared’s wedding but there was a very windy rainstorm all day and I wasn’t able to.


Many roofs in Cordova got crushed by the “Snowpocalypse” they had this winter. I love that cool boat on the right!The three shots below are of the super neat boathouse I got to stay at. It had so much character – I loved it! Thanks to my lovely hosts Neil and Anne!The neighbour’s dog liked to accompany me on walks.Vivian’s friend, and Cordova photographer, Chelsea Haisman (below, with her daughter Isla) was so sweet and gave me a tour around Cordova.Thanks for taking these few pics below of me Chelsea! Despite being a photographer, I still never know what to do in front of the camera. haha.I “otterly “love this li’l guy. This old cannery was so beautiful.My last morning in Cordova, a few hours before my flight home, Vivian called me and said, “The weather is finally good enough for a plane ride! Wanna go?” I happily accepted with a, “Heck yes!”The airplane Jared flew us in was a Cessna 185 that seated four people. Jared piloted the plane, Vivian flew shotgun and their friend Pete and I rode in the back. The plane belonged to Jared’s best man, Brad, who had just finished restoring it this winter.First, we flew out over the town and Orca Inlet. Well hello there, Mr. Bear.Vivian’s friend, Pete, and I. I think Vivian took this photo right after Jared did the “roller coaster” and we were all giddy! It was so cool experiencing being almost weightless for a few seconds as Jared dove down with the plane. Right after, I was giggling like a school girl and squealing, “Again, again!” Vivian set a lens cap on the dashboard one of the times we did it and it floated up as the plane dove down. So cool. Sheridan Glacier. I didn’t even know we were going to see a glacier until we were flying over it! Amazing!Pete snapped this shot of Jared, myself and Vivian. We started the plane ride at a smaller landing strip in a different part of town and they dropped me off in their plane at the main airport for my flight home. That’s how I roll. Haha.

Here are a few instagram pics I took of my trip with my iPhone as well:

Vivian & Jared – Alaska Wedding

When Vivian first wrote me last summer asking if I would be interested in coming up to photograph her wedding in her hometown of Cordova, Alaska, my first thought was simply, “Alaska? Heck yes!” Ten months later, I was on a plane headed to Alaska to capture Vivian and Jared’s big day!

The day of their wedding, it poured buckets. Vivian and Jared, along with their wedding party were all troopers though and went with the flow and totally made the best of it! They had initially wanted to have their ceremony at the gorgeous Boswell Bay since Jared is a bush pilot and could have flown us down there, but weather pushed them to change locations and do it in a cute little local church. However, I did get to go for a plane ride with Jared and Vivian the morning of my departure from Cordova, which was awesome! I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon.

I lucked out so much because Vivian is friends with a local photographer, Chelsea Haisman (Haisman Photography) and she came and assisted me the day of the wedding, not to mention showed me around Cordova the day before! With all the rain, she was a huge help the day of and I was so grateful for all her assistance and positive personality. Thanks again Chelsea!

Vivian and Jared have known each other since they were little kids. Vivian told me, “With both our families in aviation, we grew up together, but it wasn’t until after I came back from college that I said those 4 special words….”I don’t date pilots.” Jared responded, “Well, I ain’t lookin’.” Two years later we married.”

Click here to see photos from the rest of my trip to Alaska!

The ring pendant below has a really sweet story that goes along with it. Here it is in Vivian’s words: “My grandparents met back in Minnesota. I remember my mom telling me how my grandpa used to tie nanny’s ice skates when they were little kids. They started dating around college and eloped before WWII. The gold band was my grandmother’s original wedding ring. Being very poor, my Papa Jack sold a pint of blood in order to pay for the simple gold band, before going off to serve as a medic. Later he had it made into a pendant.”Ringing the church bell.

Photo below by Chelsea Haisman. : )

Erin & Mike – Kelowna Engagement

I had so much fun doing Erin and Mike’s engagement session! They had suggested we do the shoot at a friend’s home in Joe Rich and I was so excited when I pulled up and saw the beautiful setting we had to work with! There was even a tree-house! The light pooling into the forest was so stunning as well. Erin and Mike were so sweet and accommodating! It was a pleasure to capture them together. : )

Erin and Mike’s nicknames for each other. Pretty cute. = )