Alaska winters are cold and gorgeous. There’s a certain light photographers chase called the golden hour, and in the lower 48 I’m always having to do research and scouting to make sure I’m not going to miss it during a wedding or portrait session. Sometimes we’ll get it for a half hour, sometimes 5 minutes, but I’m always making sure my couples get portraits in that soft, golden light if the weather makes it possible.
I’m originally from Southeast Alaska and just moved back up north, this time to Anchorage. What I didn’t realize up here is that the winter sun is at such a low angle that the golden hour will actually last for hours… which is total DREAM. On the day of this bridal session it was overcast in town, but as soon as we got up in elevation we had the most amazing light all around us and were above a beautiful sea of clouds. Alyssa London, who was recently crowned Miss Alaska USA and is a fellow Ketchikan girl, was our model and wore the Dipped in Gold Gown by Marchesa Notte. Her hair and makeup was done by Karen Waldron, who took inspiration from the gorgeous and fierce wildness of Alaska. We kept everything else minimal and simple, you don’t need much for beautiful wilderness portraits. I’m looking forward to creating more wedding inspiration for Alaska brides!