Camping Under the Aurora in Fairbanks
with Sean Kurdziolek Portraits
Life is a gift! An amazing and beautiful gift. We implore you to make the most of every single day. This young couple reminds us of the absolute beauty of being young and in love. Sadie and Tyler are young and in love with each other and adventure. These two have everything in the palms of their hands. They have the ability to boldly take life by the reigns and experience all it has to offer. Sadie and Tyler wanted to capture this love of life and adventure in an Aurora Portrait. They wanted to camp under the aurora. So that we did.
We hiked up to Wickersham Dome, which is 39 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s on the road to the arctic circle. The middle of absolute nowhere. The last frontier. It’s breathtaking. It’s quiet. It’s perfect.
Alaska is a land of wonder. There are miles and miles of barely touched land that is full of great smelling earth, berries of all kinds, animals that will eat you and a sky so large it will cease to amaze you. We love Alaska, and most who are adventurous that come here, love it too. Our nearest town to our camping location hosts only 30,000 people making it very easy to get away from civilization and relax.
Capturing the aurora, or northern lights, requires us to go where it’s dark. It was really dark hiking up Wickersham dome. With our headlamps on though it was quite an exhilirating adventure. The hike itself is relatively easy, we’ve done it ourselves before in daylight with our three kids in tow. What isn’t so easy is carrying all my camera equipment up said mountain. But we did it and we found a great plateau that looks out over the land and a great spot for watching the stars and whatever else may drift across it.
Sadie and Tyler spent the night up here. Are you jealous? What an adventure. What an amazing experience to wake up to a sunrise with this view. Sadie text me in the morning glowing about her sunrise experience. Next up they have their images to view. We can’t wait to show them what they look like on our new handcrafted canvases. Check back for the reveal coming soon….