I figured this day in Alaska deserved its own blog post.
Grace and I were so excited to road trip back to Hatcher Pass, a place that we had visited the year before in snowier weather. I was excited to see it in the summer, when the mountains would be greener and (I hoped) less horribly freezing. Grace and I had two friends come with us, Alexa and Anna, and they would serve as our models for the styled shoot we had planned for the day. From the moment I met those girls, I knew it was going to be a dang good adventure.
We gathered everything we would need in the car, and we headed towards the mountains. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the sights that we saw along the way were. Go, see for yourselves:
We finally reached Hatcher Pass, which is home to an old abandoned mining town from the 1800’s. Its the most gorgeous mountain range, with views as far as the eye can see in every direction. I was giddy with anticipation to start shooting.
It was definitely a lot colder than I thought it would be, and I have to give credit to our models for toughing it in that environment. Grace and I were dressed nice and warm, but these poor girls had to wear flowy, light dresses almost the entire time. Props to any model who can put up with the torture I put them though 😉
Here’s a little sneak preview, but I will be posting the full session to my other blog soon! Be sure to follow Whitney Justesen Photography on Facebook so you don’t miss it!
I took a few shots of Anna in between shooting with this gorgeous Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket. It was perfectly suited for the environment, and helped to warm up Anna and Alexa between shoots 😉
This mine is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. I love the mixture of dilapidated homes and railways with the remaining structures surrounded by mountains. It’s a strange feeling being there, to be surrounded by so many years of history–you can almost feel the ghosts of the miners and their families hanging in the cool, crisp air.
Our last shooting location was up at the top of the mine, where an old ramshackle railway winded along the skyline. It was the perfect backdrop for our shoot.
Oh man, it was so cold though. I’ve got to say, I am so proud of those girls for powering through our shoot. The wind was biting at our faces (and their poor bodies) the entire time, but they stuck it out and got some gorgeous photos for us. I can’t wait to share them all soon! 🙂
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to end my second trip to Alaska. The landscapes in this beautiful state make me want to just pack up my bags and live in the mountains forever! Good thing I’ll be coming back again next year 😉
Once again, I owe a huge thank you to the Adams’ family for letting me crash with them for another week of exploration and wedding festivities!
Grace, thank you for always being up for an adventure, and being one of my best and most inspiring friends! You are a gem, and your family is like a second home to me. ❤
Until next year, Alaska.