My passion for photography was inspired by one of my own dogs, a golden retriever named Lindsay, more than 25 years ago. In fact, I loved companion animals long before I discovered the art of photography. These two passions eventually blended together and guided me to be the person that I am today. I'm easily one of the luckiest guys on the planet to be able to do this work.
None of this would have been possible without the support of Carol (my wife of 25 years), friends, staff and community.
When not holding a camera, you might find me directing the Front Row Seats Band (and playing the trumpet) at community events, tending to the vegetable garden in Memory Lane, or wrestling with a wrench and screw driver under the hood of my 1957 Thunderbird (often featured in Memory Lane during portrait sessions).
I was born in Fairbanks before statehood. Alaska is my forever home. I can't imagine a lifestyle without dogs and Alaska in the forefront. Occasional vacations are welcomed when I'm able to find quality dog time away from home. Unfortunately, I spend most of my time missing my own dogs.
Kelsey has worked here at the the studio for about seven years now, beginning right after graduating from South Anchorage High School (her senior portraits were created at my studio, of course!)
As the studio's manager, Kelsey spends most of her office time assisting me with sessions, fine-tuning images (digital touchup and artwork), managing our part-time staff and keeping my head above water with all of the day-to-day tasks and inquiries that keep the front doors open.
Away from the studio, you can find Kels playing softball, riding the slopes of Alyeska, playing photographer herself, or getting bossed around by her Miniature Pinscher, Murphy. He makes occasional appearances at the studio, usually without Flash's permission.
Most of our clients only see Carol during their sales presentations but she also works behind the scenes and handles the bookkeeping, supply purchases and too many administrative tasks for anyone to keep track of. You'll also find her at most of our community outreach events for local animal-related organizations such as Friends of Pets, SPCA and Alyeska Canine Trainers Club.
While doing all of this she also manages a full-time job for a property management company.
When not taking care of David, four dogs and a cat, she daydreams of being lost somewhere between the Bellagio and Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip.
Our Community Relations specialist, Flash has an amazing fan club and knows how to work a crowd. I'm surprised she doesn't have her own Facebook Account (that I'm aware of....).
A seven-year old Golden Retriever, Flash has her professional (office) demeanor and her playtime attitude which is usually reserved for the studio parks or at home. Flash always has her mind made up before you ask her to do anything (never tell her what to do!). Her favorite activity is borrowing (caring for) random shoes or slippers.
Flash is at my side 24/7. If I'm at the studio, Flash is at the studio. If she's bored, Flash will find a toy or open mail - it doesn't matter if it's addressed to her or not.
We love our baby Flash. She also goes by the extended name "Splish Splash Flash Dash," especially when jumping into any lake.
A golden retriever, Layla is our Activities Coordinator.
Layla is a rescue. And at just four years old, she's establishing herself as one of the smartest and most athletic/agile dogs that has ever owned us. She rides along on many sessions, never lays down and especially enjoys riding with her dad while she sports Doggles in the '57 Ford Thunderbird.
Layla is tryng to undercut Flash's authority and it's a rare day that you'll find her without two or three tennis balls in her mouth at the same time.