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Future Gamer Liam, 3 month old newborn | Anchorage Portrait Photography, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Welp, if you don't have baby fever you may have it after this post! This blog post has too much cuteness to handle and literally has my ovaries crying for a baby. Liam was a treat to capture, he gave me so many funny faces and was full of so much character and life which is a surprise because from what I've seen in the past the men in his family do not like to get their picture taken and scurry from the camera! Liam had the coolest hair and so much of it and his warming brown eyes are going to melt your heart!
Side story, I have photographed this little guys parents engagement, wedding and now his milestones up to three months so far. Growing with my clients is dear to me, I absolutely love it and there is no bigger honor.
Scroll down, if you dare! Don't blame me if you catch baby fever! #sorrynotsorry

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Balloons and Engagements, Studio & Downtown Anchorage Engagement | Dolce Vita Photo Boutique Anchorage Wedding Photographer

What's more hip than having your engagement portraits taken in a old historic downtown bank building turned studio and out and about around historic landmarks in beautiful Anchorage? NOTHING! This gorgeous couple contacted me about doing a session and had a studio session in mind at first I was hesitant only because I haven't photographed a engagement session in my studio and I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to plan it out. After Ryan contacted me with an idea and had sent over several bouquets of balloons, I had no worries! My studio was flooding in beautiful white and clear balloons and it was dreamy!

Ryan & Joe had beautiful chemistry, the way Joe looked at Ryan was the sweetest and you could tell that they love to laugh together. Both work and live in the Downtown area so a Downtown engagement session was right up their alley. We first started in the studio and then headed out and around the corner to the 4th Ave Theatre where I had them practice dipping, haha. We had a great time and as you can see for yourself we had a successful engagement session!

Here are a few of my favorites from the session, enjoy!

Sonja

 

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Balloons and Boudoir, Valentines Day | Dolce Vita Photo Boutique, Anchorage Boudoir Photographer

boudoir (bo͞oˌdwär/noun: a woman's bedroom or private room.

Boudoir sessions are not just about "risky photos" in your underwear, they are so much more. Boudoir sessions are invigorating and full of fun, glamour and a experience that every woman should experience not once but several times in her life time. Boudoir is romantic, it's sexy and it's classy. 

I don't normally display much of my boudoir work but after a client left my studio full of balloons, I figured I'd take advantage of being able to be creative. Alisa Marie is a colleague and friend of mine and was all in to model for me last minute and this is what I came up with. The studio fled with natural light and the body suits Alisa had chosen were perfect for the soft "Valentines" elegance I was trying to bring to the table. 

Take a look because it's not typical you see a boudoir sesh on the blog! 

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Sweets, Blush and Glitter | Inspired Bridal Shoot | Anchorage Wedding Photographer | Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Hello there, I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! I am kicking off 2017 with this gorgeous Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shoot brought to you by some of Anchorage's best wedding vendors. When Laurel of Ido Events contacted me about collaborating with her and a few other vendors on a idea that Tara at FabFrocks had came up with I was all on it! Any chance I get to use my creativity for something personal and to network I jump at the moment.

Tara had this beautiful dress at her shop and vision was desserts and fresh pinks on a pure white backdrop with a natural light and airy setting...  After meeting at my studio we gather props and talked more about the set up and boom, this is what we came up with! The creative and wonderful Natasha of Alaska Knit Nat came up with the idea to include lolly pops in to her bouquets and boutonniere, Laurel included the balloons, champagne and fixings. 

Ardy of Ardy Cakes provided all the beautiful desserts and they tasted as good as they looked. My favorite part of the shoot was after when we all had champagne and ate desserts. My favorite dessert would of been the covered Oreo, they were perfection! Well, now that I am starving for desserts but can't have any because its after the New Year, I must go! Feast your eyes on this beautiful shoot and leave some love! 

All Florals by : Natasha Price at Alaska Knit Nat 

All Florals by : Natasha Price at Alaska Knit Nat 

Hair & Make-up: Sasha Weaver @ The Beauty Room

Hair & Make-up: Sasha Weaver @ The Beauty Room

Dress & Accessories: FabFrocks Anchorage

Dress & Accessories: FabFrocks Anchorage

Cakes & Desserts by: Ardy Cakes

Cakes & Desserts by: Ardy Cakes

Event Planning & Decorating: Ido Events

Event Planning & Decorating: Ido Events

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Andrew Beckett | c/o 2017 | Chugiak High School | Anchorage Senior Photographer

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Andrew Beckett | c/o 2017 | Chugiak High School | Anchorage Senior Photographer

Oh, Fall sunset you are amazing! We had the best lighting for Andrew's senior session what now feels like, what was way back in Fall! Andrew was great to work with and was easy to direct and I loved how he just went with the flow. I loved the character his truck gave to the shoot and how he brought his style, 110%. 
Andrew is active has been active in hockey since he was preschool age and loves Michigan State. For Andrews shoot we started out at the Eagle River Nature Center and then stopped along the the river and wrapped our session up at the MAC in Eagle River where were caught some amazing sunset light up there!  Check out his session here:

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Lisa + Ryan | Eagle River Engagement Session | Anchorage Wedding Photographer

Photographing couples must be one of my favorite things to photograph. There is just something about capturing the chemistry between two fresh lovebirds that keeps me on my toes in excitement! Lisa is no stranger, I've worked with Lisa before in her friend Becky's wedding a couple years back, she was a bridesmaid. I remember her photogenic likeness and was eager to know that she had wanted me to be her photographer! 
Working with Lisa and Ryan on their engagement session was a breeze, I mean they could totally be Patagonia models right? For our location we chose the Eagle River Nature Center. The weather was chilly and cloudy but the tones were still so warm and the wide open spaces of the park provided plenty of warm light.
I am looking forward to working these these again on their wedding day July 23, 2017 at the gorgeous Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood, Alaska! It's going to be stunning and I can't wait to see all your plans come to life. 

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Georgia Robinson | Juneau Douglas High School, c/o 2017 | Anchorage Senior Photographer

What better day to blog than on this perfect snowy day? I decided to #flashbackfriday and flash back to early August when I visited Juneau and shot Georgia's senior portraits. This was my first time visiting Juneau, I tried once back last December and it just did not go well, I got stranded in Sitka! 
When I arrived in Juneau it was of course raining but at the same time it was sunny, I was extremely excited that I just might have sunny Summer weather in beautiful Juneau, Alaska! After about an hour after landing the rain stopped and the sun was shinning and shun the entire time I was visiting. 
I went on a drive around and scouted locations and I knew I wanted to walk about Downtown because the town had so much character, I proceeded over to Douglas Island Beach and then back over to Juneau into the Forrest where I found a great scenic park! 
I first met up with Georgia over at Agape Salon where she got her make-up done by the very sweet Brie, we met up Downtown  after and then began our shoot. It was lots of fun wandering around Juneau with Georgia and hearing all of her stories! 
Juneau had a lot of beauty to offer and Georgia was such a pleasure to work! Georgia, I hope your having a fabulous senior year!

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Alec + Molly | Abbot Loop Park Wedding | Anchorage Wedding Photographer

This gorgeous wedding was right up my alley! It was a hot summer day and the weather was just gorgeous. There was a nice breeze and it was perfect because the sun was shining so bright. This bride and groom were a treat to work with and were beautiful inside and out, I really loved the laid back feel they brought to their wedding day.
When I first met with Molly I had already knew I'd love her, I mean her name is MOLLY and so is my daughters. During our consultation we began to discuss her wedding details and I immediately fell in love with her wedding style too. She began to tell me her decor/theme included beautiful antique china, tones of blushes, antique furniture, and chandeliers and my heart began to fill with so much joy because I am a sucker for fine details and EVERYTHING antique. It was amazing to see all her planning come to life and  I am blessed to have been able to capture Molly & Alec's big day and I hope they enjoy these images for a lifetime. 
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All the vendors that helped in making this wedding such a success: 

Antique Furnishings: BeVintage Rentals 

Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery

DJ: Jen//Spin Entertainment 

Dress: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Catering: 

Flowers: 

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Marcelinda Estrada | 2017 Bartlett High School Senior | Anchorage Senior Portrait Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Hello Ya'll! 
I had a great time photographing Marcelinda for her senior portraits. She is an absolute stunning girl with a incredible future in front of her. Marcelinda, you are going to rock your senior year like, just like you rocked this senior session!
What I love about this session is all of the color and pops of Summer, I am so glad Marcelinda decided to get her senior portraits done in the peak of all the blooms!  Here are a few of my favorites were ABSOLUTELY almost impossible to choose! 

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Jesse Boese | 2017 Dimond High School Senior Model | Dolce Vita Photo Boutique, Anchorage Senior Photographer

Todays rainy and gloomy weather makes for bloggin' type of day! Meet Jesse Boese he is my 2017 Senior Model for Dimond High School. Jesse is a athlete and enjoys to play basketball and baseball. Jesse enjoys hiking, four wheeling, camping, traveling and spending time with his family!
I really enjoyed strolling around Downtown, Anchorage with Jesse and his mom. We got quite the exercise in walking all the way from G street to the museum and around. It was a bright sunny day and then the clouds started rolling in dramatically and I am so happy that they did! Check out Jesse's senior session right here! 
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Location, Location, Location... | Anchorage Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

One of the very first questions I get asked when chosen to photograph someone, where should we go? You may think location is everything but in some circumstances you don't need a whole lot. Alaska is beautiful enough... Clients sometimes stress about the location that I am going to take them or want to know exactly where we should go... Sometimes, I don't have a answer for them right away.
Often I am inspired by what the subjects plan to wear and their fashion style, after I see what they have chosen to wear I can put together more of a scene in my head. I also have to hear my clients story, hear about how they met or what their lives plans are and what their hobbies are. Getting to know my client helps me in capturing their story through my work and in picking my locations. After we arrive to the location I am then inspired by the light and what is at that time going on around us.... 
Below are some examples of random locations I have used and how the before and after turned out! The below locations include a flower bed on the sidewalks of Downtown Anchorage, the Downtown Cemetery and a random spot in the middle of a neighborhood in South Anchorage that was close to our first location. 

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Alaska Traveling Vintage Dress Project | Anchorage Portrait Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Hello Peeps! 

Look at me on a complete roll, bloggin' and stuff! This session is totally different than any other shoot I've done before. This shoot allowed me to use all my creativity to the fullest and create my session off of one thing, a vintage wedding dress. 
The dress is part of a project called, "The Alaska Traveling Vintage Dress Project" and I had the privilege to participate in it. The Project is put on by the a wonderful creative artist herself in MULTIPLE ways, Jessica Steele. Jessica is the owner of several amazing Alaska businesses including Beehive Beauty Shop, Be Vintage Rentals, and Steele Photographer. Not only is she an amazing business owner she is talented in all her crafts. Thanks Jessica for allowing me to participate! 
When first braining storming ideas for my time with the dress I knew that I wanted to use all the flowering trees that were blooming everywhere, I was inspired by all of the vibrant colors. I was also inspired by a chipped red painted ladder that I found on the roof top of my building. I wanted to portray that we were in a flower garden and create a very light, colorful and airy flow to the session.
We started with a studio session using the ladder and some garland I purchased from Michaels and then headed outdoors. We didn't go anywhere spectacular as far as outdoor location just to the good ole cemetery and random flowering trees on the side of the city streets around town. Sometimes you don't need a big extravagant location to come up with something pretty... maybe i'll write a blog about that since most of my locations are in the most random spots. Meanwhile, check out my shoot with the Traveling Vintage Dress. 

Model: Sabrina Simons

Hair, Make up, Coordinating & Photography: Sonja Stafford 

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Back in time with Class of 2014 Senior, Willa Forrest | Anchorage Senior Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Taking it back to Summer 2013 this gloomy and rainy Tuesday. I thought to blog this session because we had to reschedule our first session due to a unexpected downpour about 15 minutes into our shoot. Crazy weather and all, Alaska is great!  I love all of the blooming flowers here, although fireweed is a weed it is so vibrant and beautiful and it is blooming everywhere right now. Check these images on this bloggin' Tuesday! 

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Sarina Mancari, 4th of July/Boho Inspired Shoot | 2017 South High School Senior Model | Anchorage Senior Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

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Sarina Mancari, 4th of July/Boho Inspired Shoot | 2017 South High School Senior Model | Anchorage Senior Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Happy Tuesday Ya'll! 
Meet Sarina Mancari, she's Dolce Vita's 2017 Senior Model for South Anchorage High School. Sarina is simply amazing and I am just not saying that. I am blessed to have her represent Dolce Vita. First off, she has a 4.0 GPA, I mean rock on beauty and brains! She loves to spend her extra time hiking, fishing, traveling around the state and she absolutely loves her state of Alaska. Sarina plays varsity volleyball for South and loves dogs, she even puppy babysits and walks for her job. 
When discussing with Sarina her senior session she was down for anything, I had bought a pair of heart American Flag sunglasses and they inspired me to do a Americana/Boho themed shoot and I knew Sarina would be perfect to model for it. The night was perfect, it was sunny and warm and the lighting was just perfection. As we were shooting King Salmon fishing was going on all around us and fishermen and women were everywhere down by Ship Creek. The creek was running hot because I saw catches everywhere, it was quite nostalgic to the evening. It was seriously just a gorgeous evening in Alaska. 
Everyone take the time to look around and enjoy your surroundings and remember freedom isn't free. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July and Happy Independence Day! God Bless America. 

MUA: Sasha Weaver @ The Beauty Room

Posing & Styling: Sonja Stafford

Photographer: Sonja Stafford, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

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Tiffany Michels | 2017 Bartlett High School Senior Model | Anchorage Senior Photographer, Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Hey Ya'll! 
Meet Tiffany Michels, 2017 Senior Model for Bartlett High School. Tiffany is a all star athlete active in track, basketball, weight training and flag football and she is at the top of her class. She likes hiking and being outdoors and has quite some style. 
For our first shoot we stayed in the studio and went with a very posh portrait theme. She wore one of the dresses from our "Dress Up Closet" to give a little sparkle however she didn't need it, her beauty is plenty dazzling enough. I'm blessed to have Tiffany on my model team and I look forward to future shoots with her.  
Do you currently attend Bartlett? Ask Tiffany how you can save on your 2017 senior session with us! Meanwhile, check out this glam studio portrait session! 

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Saturday Afternoon Lifestyle Family Session with The Z Family, Party of FOUR! | Anchorage Family Photographer

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Saturday Afternoon Lifestyle Family Session with The Z Family, Party of FOUR! | Anchorage Family Photographer

Why not hop in the car and drive down to the Kenai Peninsula to capture the most gorgeous lifestyle family session, EVER??? I mean really... YEAH! 
I have been photographing this sweet family since Roudy was a little three month old. Aimee first came to me for a Mother's Day Mini I was having, she was dressed to a "T" with the cutest style and since then she has never disappointed! Anyone see those snap chats of her adorable home???
 I have since the Mother's Day session photographed her engagement, wedding, family and now newest newbie portraits! I love that I get to continue growing with my clients and it's a honor that they choose me to document their sweet memories. 

Bless you guys and Aimee come decorate my house, lol! 

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Kaytie Ridle DHS 2017 Senior Model | 50's Era Stylized Shoot | Anchorage Senior Photographer

Hello Everyone!
I'd like you to meet Kaytie Ridle, she is a 2017 High School Senior at Dimond High School and will be representing Dolce Vita Photo Boutique at her high school.  When Kaytie told me her likes were vintage clothes, cars and records... MY MIND WENT INSANE with great ideas!
I was inspired by a photo my friend Lenny had taken and posted on Facebook of his 1950's Buick and The City Diner. I gave Lenny a call he was all in for a shoot of his ride. Lenny even got in contact with Lori over at The City Diner to see if they were game for letting me use there restaurant as a location and they were! I knew having everyone all in that this shoot would be perfect! 
Check out this 1950's stylized shoot and big thanks to all of the help to make this happen!

Hair and Make-Up- Sasha Weaver at The Beauty Room

Photography, Posing, Styling: Sonja @ Dolce Vita Photo Boutique

Location: Anchorage City Diner

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April 8th, 2016 Headshot Mixer

Well, we had a successful first headshot mixer. I had a great time hosting my first open headshot meet & greet. I had a numerous amount of attendees and a great turn out. Big thank you to Katey Klem with Denali Credit Union for your help in spreading the word and THANK YOU to all of the attendees. I hope you had a great time at the mixer and hope that you love your new professional headshot. 

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Valentines Day with Misha & Tafeeq

Misha first contacted me back in 2014 with the idea of a Valentines Day shoot for her birthday and I was very entertained by the idea, our plans fell through and were we are over a year later... making Valentines Day magic. 
This couple knows their style from her red heel bottomed, Christian LouBoutin to his Louis Vuitton tie. I was in awl with their outfit decision for their romantic to say the least Valentines Day session.
I purchased these balloons for the shoot off Amazon and we ended up losing  them at the beginning of our session, I was sad but the shots we did get with them are pretty great! Check out this awesome session and feel free to leave me some love ;)

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