This is a project that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a long time.
As a small group photo tour guide, you might think that publishing detailed breakdowns of locations throughout Alaska would be detrimental to my business. And you might be right.
But the truth is, I love sharing Alaska.
Whether that means personally, while guiding a small group of adventurous photographers, or by helping other photographers plan their own self-guided photo vacations, I still get to share Alaska. I also fully realize that some people would rather explore on their own. These are the people that will likely never join me on a tour. So how best can I assist people like that? By offering my extensive knowledge as a resource, in a written format. Allowing them to pick and choose their own path, and experience Alaska in their own way.
I’m also a firm believer that information should be made readily available, that’s why I’m keeping this part of my site completely free. I am including a Paypal donation button (at the bottom of each location’s page) – for those that find the information useful, and are ‘so moved’. Of course, it is completely voluntary, and you can donate (or not) as little or as much as you like. I’m hoping it might help cover some of my travel costs, as I continue to add more information to the Guide. Gas is expensive up here – so if you’d like to buy me a gallon – awesome:) Or you could donate enough that I could buy myself some coffee, to keep awake on these road trips:) Either way, donate or don’t. This is a project I’m going to enjoy either way.
I’ll be breaking down the State of Alaska into regions for organization. Those regions are further broken down into locations. Since many people that visit Alaska, do so by driving our major roadways, I am also writing travel guides for some of the major highways in Alaska. Even though many guide books (and maps) use the US Highway system road numbers, most Alaskans use highway names, rather than the assigned numbers. So that is what we will do here as well. For example, if you are flying into Anchorage and plan on driving to Seward, you may find the ‘Seward Highway Photography Guide’ beneficial. On the other hand, if you are going from Anchorage to Valdez, the ‘Glenn Highway Photography Guide’ & the ‘Richardson Highway Photography Guide’ would be a good place to start.
Looking for an itinerary to help with your personal Alaskan photography trip? I am creating sample itineraries with just that in mind – in multiple variations to help with different trip lengths, subject needs, and seasons.
As I re-visit locations, I’ll be adding new information (in the form of updates) on these locations. The goal is to keep the guide(s) as up to date as possible.
I have also enabled commenting on each page. If you have a question about a featured location, or a personal experience to share/update, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
I’m also going to be featuring some of my favorite logistics partners in this guide. Some have helped me with logistics in the past (guide services or lodging), others I just keep returning to because they do such a fantastic job. I also love food, so you’ll find recommended restaurants listed, where appropriate. If you have had positive experiences with businesses, I’d love to hear about it. I invite you to email me with your reviews. If they are applicable, I'll post them here with proper credit, or anonymously - if you wish.