Backpacking Alaska – Day 4: Rain

Day 4 of our backpacking bear adventure was a bit damp.  We woke to moisture on the tents, and we really couldn’t avoid packing up wet gear. The tides once more amazed me.  While I had been brushing my teeth fairly close to camp the night before, the morning routine required a decent stroll.  We were in no hurry, so we took our time eating breakfast after sleeping in; we didn’t hit the trail until almost 2pm.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Continue reading

TWOI: 12/22/18

Happy holidays, everyone!  We’re so close to my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas.  For us, it’s a time of coming together with family I only see once a year, eating far too much of my mother’s amazing cooking, boisterous laughter over drinks and games, and the excitement of seeing someone unwrap a lovingly-prepared gift.  I wish you all a very happy Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate it.  I hope the holidays bring much joy, fun, and relaxation 🙂

Continue reading

Phono Photos: December Challenge

Welcome to the third month of musical photo challenges!  I hope your holidays are shaping up well and you’re a little less busy than I am!

You can see last month’s submissions here.  You’ll have until the end of the month to submit your responses for December’s challenge.

This Month’s Prompt

“Giants” by X Ambassadors
The Reason

Continue reading

WC: Making it as a Photographer

Starting a photography business is hard.  Some think it’s a simple matter of taking good photos.  My friends and family think my pictures are great; I bet I can sell them!  But in actually going through the steps myself, I can tell you there’s a lot more to it.  I’d like to share with you some insight into that world.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017 Continue reading

TWOI: 12/15/17

Happy Friday!  This week featured quite a bit of Alaska.  I took so many photos there; I hope you don’t mind.

I’m also just beginning to play around with Instagram stories.  They’re all the rage nowadays, and I haven’t really used them before, so we’ll see how it goes!

This first photo is from my most recent post on crossing the Red River during our backpacking trip in Lake Clark National Park.  The scenery is beautiful, but the water sure is cold!  Check out that post here.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Continue reading

Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: The Red River

Day 3 was all about the Red River.  This was our major obstacle.  We knew it was coming, and we knew it would pose a challenge.  I’m told when our fearless leader divulged our planned course to a bush plane pilot, his first question was, “do you have a floatation device for crossing the Red River?”  Um…. no?

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

See the black bear just outside the trees on the far side?  This was the only black bear we saw the entire trip.

Continue reading

WC: The Good Kitty

My kitties are my kids.  With how active we are, and with how much we love to travel, cats are the perfect companion, as they can survive a few days alone with only an ample supply of food and water and a clean litter box.  We don’t like to leave them behind, but we have the freedom to do so.  And they’re all the more lovey when we return.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

They’re also the perfect photography subjects.

Continue reading

TWOI: 12/8/17

This week went by very quickly, but this time of year, I’m so busy that they all just seem to blend together.  You may have noticed I did fewer grid photos this week.  I felt I was slacking a bit on my quality, so I’m toning it back a bit in favor of posting better pictures.  I hope you like them!

This first one was from our backpacking trek through the backwoods of Alaska.  I was fascinated by the angled layers here, betraying geological shifts of the earth.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Continue reading