Sean Kurdziolek Photography » Northern Lights Photographer in Fairbanks AK

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A Girls Adventure in North Pole, Alaska

It was a girls trip! A girls adventure to Fairbanks, Alaska! Mom had a little work to do in the area so she decided to bring her girls along for some sightseeing and an adventure. What a great way to make some family memories than a trip to Fairbanks Alaska.

The Schirmer girls called us last minute at the end of the 2015-2016 season in mid April. We had stopped taking bookings and were winding down from a busy season when we got a call from Jackie who was trying to find something for her and her beautiful girls to do with the short time they had in the Fairbanks area.

As luck would have it, a look at the data from the satellites and the local weather report said we were in for a partly cloudy night with the likelihood of a huge Aurora storm. What luck!

Breakup was upon us, the snow was disappearing fast with the approach of spring and we had officially lost complete darkness. The Schirmer girls were excited and came over for a chat.  They didn’t quite have the right layers to wear but fortunately our days of below freezing were behind us and their jeans and jackets were suffice.

The Chena River was to be the backdrop with its fading snow and the flowing water no longer frozen. We had hoped the Aurora would reflect upon its breast and it did not disappoint us. We saw brilliant dancing greens this night that made for an amazing scene with the sun still in the distance making its last salute for the night.

What memories will you make with your daughters, Mom? One that can be displayed as beautiful wall art for decades to come? One that will last long past your presence here?

CALL US TODAY to capture this for you and your daughters. 

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Brian and Sandra are two of the most caring people we have ever met. And we should know, they watch our children every day. Our son and daughter adore them! So we were ecstatic that they wanted to have their own Northern Lights Adventurers Portrait created by us.

We invited them over for coffee and designed a special and unique portrait. We learned that they are not only caring people, they are also very adventurous. So needless to say we had a lot of fun creating this very unique experience.

It was September, the leaves we peaking and the nights were getting darker and colder. We were experiencing our first nights of the Northern Lights being visible. Combining our creative juices led us to a night on the lake under the Aurora.  Kayaking on a lake in the dark certainly had its challenges for Brian, Sandra and myself. Staying still was one of them. Navigating a lake on a dark moonless night was another. In fact, to date, it was one of my most challenging sessions. Waders were needed and a lot of patience and skill.

We asked Sandra about her experience. Here is what she had to say:

Being stationed in Alaska has provided us with so many once in a lifetime opportunities and we wanted to take advantage of the beauty this state has to offer! 

Kayaking when it is below freezing is pretty insane! However, this speaks to the adventurers we are. Brian and I like to try new things, push the envelope, and make memories! We appreciated Sean going along with what we wanted and making it so memorable! The Aurora is beautiful, unique, and breathtaking and now when we move we have something to always remind us of our time in Alaska.  We feel lucky to be able to experience the Northern Lights and we love sharing our experience with our friends and family!

We absolutely love our wall art! Every time I look at the portrait I smile! My mother in law and my grandfather both squealed when they got their copy for Christmas! They show everyone that comes over to visit. 

This experience has left me feeling very blessed. I was able to stop and take in the beauty. It reminded me of how lucky I am to live this life and how beautiful the world is! 

Sean is fun, easy, and professional! He worked really hard to capture these memories for us and we are very thankful.  If you want to have this for yourself I recommend you think outside of the box! Be bold and do something fun…Sean will make it work! 

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A Wanderlust Portrait

This young woman is a wanderer. That is, she is seeing the world with her own two eyes. She is brave, adventurous and free.

Our youth is such an opportunity. If we are brave enough, if we are open-minded enough, the world can show us so much more than we could ever have imagined. Wanderlust. It means a strong desire or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. Sarinya has wanderlust. She called us up on a whim as she decided last minute to visit Fairbanks Alaska. She found us online and decided she wanted to gift her parents a portrait of her enjoying all that the world had to offer. So here she is near Birch Lake, just south of North Pole witnessing a spectacular Aurora show. The clouds drifted slowly across the sky parting ways to show off the Lady Aurora’s dance.

Sarinya’s adventures remind us of our times before we had children and we had the luxury of time. We too traveled the world and saw amazing places and learned how other people live. Travel is something we should all do. Exploration enlightens us, challenges us, molds our character and gives us perspective. Traveling changes us.

Sarinya, may your days of wandering never end. Enjoy these portraits and remember the moments you witnessed in the beautiful Interior Alaska!!! Best wishes for your future adventures.


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Check out this Behind the Scene shot. This is me in action. I set up an outdoor studio for every shoot using state of the art equipment.
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Aurora season is over until September but we are taking a select few clients on for Alaska Landscape Portraits.

Call us today if you are interested in one of the few remaining spots in July. 253-254-3271
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Family Memories. Priceless.

Creating memories is why we got into this business. We believe that capturing our moments in time is one of the most valuable gifts we can give ourselves and our children. Family memories such as star gazing under the Aurora is a beautiful way to remember our moments and our childhood. We had great pleasure in capturing this moment for this beautiful and kind family. The Madden family do so much for our community and we were very happy to help them capture this moment for them.

I recently read a blog somewhere about how important family photos are. A woman recently lost her home due to a fire. Before her house was engulfed she managed to retrieve some of her most prized possessions…her family photos. Family memories captured are treasures. They are worth more than gold, more than a Prada bag, more than the newest Mustang. Our cars will rust, our bags will go out of fashion, our iPhones will become outdated, but the images we capture of our loved ones will always be a treasure. This is why this sweet family came to us. This beautiful family wanted what we have…heirloom portraits on our walls. They didn’t want another disc to sit in their office draw, they didn’t want another USB that would become a useless piece of technology like the floppy discs of old. They wanted to see their children’s sweet faces every time they walked into their living room. And so this is where these portraits stand, in a living room surrounded by the people who cherish and adore them the most.

This is our job. This is our passion. We create portraits. Call us today to schedule your session, whether it be under the Aurora or on Alaska’s great landscape. 253-254-3271
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Enjoy the photographs!

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A Fairytale Proposal

Friends, you’re going to love this fairytale proposal! We recently got a call from a young gentleman, who was staying at our friends cabin, The Moose Walk Cabin. He was in need of someone to capture a very special moment. He was going to propose to his girlfriend and he needed help! So help we did. Between Rod and Terri Pangborn (Moose Walk Cabin owners) and us we secretly set up a surprise proposal at the Fairbanks Ice Park.

A few details needed to be set up behind our soon to be bride’s back. We needed permission from Fairbanks Ice Park and we needed to be set up ready for the soon-to-be newly engaged couple. All of this happened while Cody, our romantic groom, snuck away to the bathroom to text us the details. In the end the proposal all took place in front of the cinderella carriage ice sculpture. A real fairy tale proposal.

We asked Cody and Beth some questions about their amazing moment and here is what they had to say. Enjoy!

Why did you want to visit Fairbanks, Alaska?
Beth and I chose Fairbanks primarily to see the Northern Lights.  We both had time off for a spring break, but we didn’t want to go to the traditional spring break locations with sand and sun.  We prefer deep snow and plenty of stars filling the sky.  We are also working on checking off items on our bucket lists, and the Northern Lights was one that we shared.  Fairbanks was just as beautiful as we’d imagined it, and the Northern Lights were life changing.

Why did you choose to capture this moment?
I wanted to have the surprise on Beth’s face and the pureness of our love captured forever.  I knew it would be a memory to last a lifetime; they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case it is absolutely true.  These images will remain close to our hearts for the rest of our lives.

What were your favorite moments during the session?
Cody (groom): My favorite moment was easily when she said yes (of course!).  But other than that, I really enjoyed how amazing the backdrop was and how perfect the plan came together.  Sean played his role perfectly and really helped me keep the element of surprise.  So seeing her face once she realized what was happening was just simply amazing.
Beth (bride): My favorite moment was when I realized what was happening (Cody was down on one knee!) and putting all the pieces together from the night. I was decidedly unsuspicious that night, which is unusual for me, so actually being surprised was the best!

Tell us how the surprise happened.
We went to the ice carving championship in Fairbanks.  We’d never even heard of such a thing before, so the intricacy of some of the work was mind-boggling.  We worked our way through the park admiring the works of all the different artists from around the world.  The last piece that we got to was an incredible life-sized sculpture of the scene from Cinderella where she’s running down the staircase to Prince Charming as the clock strikes midnight.  As we approach the sculpture, Sean bumps into us pretending to be a photographer working for the park.  He asks us to pose for some photos for the park catalog.  Unbeknownst to Beth, he’s setting the stage for the surprise.  As he sets us up for the picture, I turn around behind her and get her attention.  And that’s when it happened!  Surprising Beth is a monumental challenge that no words can accurately describe, so seeing her so surprised that she couldn’t even get the word out of her mouth at first was a huge success.

Cody, tell us what you were thinking throughout the whole process.
Truth be told, I can’t remember what I was thinking exactly.  I must’ve blacked out from anxiety!  The predominant thought was “don’t screw up, don’t screw up, don’t screw up!”  I had a general idea of where the Cinderella sculpture was, but it definitely snuck up on me.  So when we happened upon it, my heart rate doubled and all at once I started feeling every emotion known to man.  I could barely contain myself by the time Sean had us positioned for me to make my move.  I’m a very verbose person, so I didn’t think asking the question and making the perfect proposal speech would be very difficult.  However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth!  I was barely able to squeak out six words, “Hey Beth, will you marry me?”  Beth can tell you more about that, but thankfully that was enough!  She said yes, and from that point on I was on cloud nine!

Beth, give us your side of the story.
I was convinced that Cody was going to propose the next day, so I was completely relaxed as we were walking around the ice sculptures. We were taking a bunch of pictures, just having fun and I was babbling on and on about life (which made me not even notice Cody’s nerves). We walked up to the Cinderella scene and I was pointing out all the little details—the clock, the pumpkin, all the details on the stairs. Then I almost ran into a photographer, who looked at me and Cody as if he was debating something in his head. Then he asked us to go up to the sculpture to get an interactive picture for the park catalog. I totally fell for it, and jumped right in. Cody took off his hat and gloves (which should have been the first sign!), but I decided not to take mine off. Sean posed me facing Cinderella and Cody facing Prince Charming. I waited a few seconds and then I wanted to do a goofy pose. As I was about to ask Sean if we could get a fun photo, I heard Cody say, “Hey Beth…” So I turned around and he was down on one knee asking if I would marry him. I was completely shocked! It took a few seconds to fully realize that I had been completely surprised and then recover from that surprise, but of course I said yes! Sean took some amazing photos during the whole thing. It was a very positive experience and I’m so happy to have as a lifelong memory.

How was your experience working with Sean Kurdziolek Photography?
Working with Sean was awesome.  He played a pivotal role in the proposal, so he was part photographer, part actor in our shoot!  He really made us feel at home and comfortable as he was taking our pictures!

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Engagements are not usually our forte but giving a young couple this experience to treasure for the rest of their lives was something we couldn’t pass up and as night photography experts we were pleased they chose us to capture their Fairy Tale Proposal.

As always we are open for creativity. Schedule your session with us today and capture your moments forever!
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