I truly have been so overwhelmed with how much beauty I have gotten to witness this year. The passion that I get to call a job has allowed me to meet such wonderful people and travel to some of the most stunning places on the planet. I met my dear friend Paige 5 years ago at an “instameet” - we definitely laugh about this now, but Instagram has been such a cool platform for me to meet some of my dearest friends. We traveled to Seattle together in 2014, so another adventure was long overdue.
I can’t believe that this year I have been on two trips I would consider “once in a lifetime” trips. Paige and I explored Alaska by car, boat, and plane and I was in awe the entire time. It was amazing to be driving along and see a random overlook, park or lake, look at each other and say, “we have to pull over!”. It was a photographer’s dream and to be traveling with someone else who also loves photography was so inspiring. Fall in Alaska is probably the prettiest fall I have ever witnessed. The yellow trees mixed with evergreens, mountains and glaciers is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Traveling and getting to see so much beauty that this world has to offer always reminds me to be thankful - thankful for the wonderful people I know and for the experiences that I get to enjoy with them.
*Photos were taken with my Canon Mark iii + 50mm lens and my Leica Q. Any photos of me were taken by my talented friend + travel partner, Paige Becker.
Drive to MATANUSKA GLACIER
Drive to SEWARD
Photos shot on my LeicaQ
On our way to Seward we stopped to explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
As we were driving to Seward, we stumbled upon the most beautiful, peaceful lake (Upper Trail Lake). We were the only ones out there and the fog rolled in to create the perfect diffused light for photos. This is one of those magical places that wasn’t on our list, but I’m so thankful we pulled off to check it out!
Alaska by boat
We drove to Seward where we stayed in a cute cottage AirBnb and took a boat tour around the Alaskan Gulf. We saw so much wildlife including killer whales, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, and seal lions. We also got up close and personal with a beautiful glacier.
Drive Back to anchorage
As we headed back to Anchorage, we decided to stop at Upper Trail Lake again to see how different it looked in the morning sunlight. I am so glad we did because the photos look completely different from the ones we had taken just two days before.
Alaska by Air
Photos shot on my LeicaQ
Flying around Alaska in a tiny little plane was an absolutely amazing, slightly terrifying at first, but AMAZING experience. There is something about seeing a beautiful place from the air that makes you feel so incredibly small. We saw glaciers, landscape that we had driven through a few days before, a pod of beluga whales, and the sun setting over the mountains. Special thanks to Ryan + Jared for being the best pilots around.