Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photo Shoot

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Three women hikers taking photos of Portage Glacier with iPhone smartphones

Three women hikers photographing Portage Glacier with smart phones

We just produced and completed one of the biggest stock projects in a long time. Truthfully, the pressure of stock productions can be greater than some of the commercial assignments we’ve done primarily because we are financing EVERYTHING. Spending thousands on a stock production can seem like a huge risk and a crazy way to generate income but when I think about it we are not doing anything different than, say, Toyota. Actually, they spend millions researching and producing vehicles with hopes they will sell enough to keep them sustainable. We take the same approach with the help of some very smart and talented people on our team. It really is a team effort and the quality of the people you work with (in addition to my own creative ability) largely determines the quality of the imagery.

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Young woman motorist taking in the view along Turnagain Pass

Young woman motorist taking in the view at Turnagain Pass

When we lived in Anchorage, by the time March came along we were like most residents – sick of winter. But March is a great winter month in Southcentral Alaska. Usually there is still plenty of snow, the days are longer, and afternoons can be delightful – all with the great scenery and backdrops right off the roadside. The snow amount was unusually low when we arrived but we luckily got a significant snowfall just before we started our 11 day straight photo shoot marathon. All in all we shot over 20,000 frames and worked with 20 models. We did everything from roadside sightseeing and road tripping to fitness and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. We had a variety of weather from soft warm snow to beautiful soft bright light and some crisp clear mornings. We were blessed to catch a couple of signature long lasting Alaska sunsets.

The project was exhausting but a blast and I’m optimistic about the sales potential. Here are a few samples.

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Snowshoer on Portage Lake

Snowshoer at sunset on Portage Lake

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - female hiker enjoying sunset along Turnagain Arm

Winter hiker at sunset – Turnagain Arm

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - snowshoer in snowfall at Turnagain Pass

Snowshoer in snowfall – Turnagain Pass

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Friends snowshoeing at Turnagain Pass

Friends snowshoeing at Turnagain Pass

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - low level view of road race

Low level view of racers on plowed road – Anchorage

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Father and sons hike across Portage Lake

Father and sons strike out across Portage Lake for winter hike

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - man taking sunset pictures with iPad tablet

Photographing a Turnagain Arm sunset with a tablet

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - young adults on scenic road trip

Young adults on ski/road trip admiring mountain views along the Seward Highway

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Family cross country skiing at Hatcher Pass

Family with adult daughter cross country skiing at Hatcher Pass

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Guys enjoying a beer after cross country skiing at Hatcher Pass

Cross country skiers enjoying a beer at sunset at Hatcher Pass

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Ski technician with iPad

Ski technician with iPad in ski shop in Girdwood

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - Young couple climbing with backcountry skis at Hatcher Pass

Young couple climbing with backcountry skis at Hatcher Pass

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos - women running along Coastal Trail

Young adult women running partners along the Coastal Trail – Anchorage

New Mexico Photographers Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photos -  trail runners selfie with Anchorage background

Runners along the Coastal Trail doing a selfie with an Anchorage backdrop

3 Responses to “Alaska Winter Lifestyle Photo Shoot”

  1. Terry Thompson says:

    Beautiful work Michael. It would be very surprising if it didn’t pay off big time. All the images are commercial material, good luck with them. Bravo! Terry

  2. Michael and Lauri – After all these years, your work continues to amaze, impress, and inspire me. I love working with you both and want to thank you for all the hard work you put into each shoot. Great shots like you produce come with talent, professionalism, hard work and getting up early (or going to bed late!). Keep it up!

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