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Carey Milestone Session

Babies!! I can’t get enough of the babies in my studio! I somehow book the cutest ones in town, with the best temperaments. Seriously! This sweet girl is no exception.

Brezlinn is celebrating six whole months Earth side. Doesn’t she look really excited about it? I’d love to take credit for all that excitement, but her mother Kate did all the hard work. I can definitely be a clown for kids, but the moms and dads who jump in to make their kids giggle for my sessions are often rewarded with a happy-go-lucky gallery. Carey Six Month Milestone - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska Carey Six Month Milestone - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska Carey Six Month Milestone - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska Carey Six Month Milestone - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska Carey Six Month Milestone - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska Half Half-Birthday, Brezlinn!

Krupa Maternity Session

I had the pleasure of shooting the Krupa Family Maternity session recently. Since this session, Candice has welcomed her second baby girl to the world; no doubt a sweet baby girl, who I will have the pleasure of photographing this weekend. Krupa Maternity Session - Yea Yea Photography | Fairbanks, Alaska

When approaching a session, I like to mentally prepare myself for the shots I’d like to take, and where. Knowing that we’d have a toddler included in this session, and that the temperatures weren’t particularly warm (that’s our reality in Alaska!) I was particularly glad to have the downtown studio location to fall back on. For that reason I picked the Chena River to shoot at. The sweet big sister in the session wasn’t feeling so good, so I turned this into a hybrid session, shooting the second half in-studio. It worked out quite well. After our littlest participant warmed up inside, she was absolutely ready to show some love to Mama Candice for the camera.

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Yea Yea Photography Studio Grand Tour

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaAs you may have gathered from my previous post, Yea Yea Photography now has a studio space! We’ve teamed up with Dori Elizabeth Photography to snag a sweet little studio space in the Historic Co-Op Plaza of downtown Fairbanks. It’s just the right amount of room we need for a rotating studio space / office, and separate client seating. It worked well during our Grand Opening Event, where we had a Photo Booth set up in the corner office.

Check out our adorable sign. Dori is the multi-talented Artist behind it. She crafted it by hand!

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska We are currently operating on an appointment only basis, but may open up one day or one weekend per month for walk-in clients.

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaAll of our furniture is refinished, repurposed, or otherwise second hand. Our benches were scores (if you want to call them that) from Craigslist. They were in awful condition before we stripped the fabric, sanded off the mildew, and applied a new coat of paint. Our friend over at Jax Harmon Photography and Designs is a whiz of a seamstress; she taught us how to create basic patterns from furniture pieces and sew up new upholstery covers. I was a diligent listener to her tutorial, but I know if I were to attempt a project like that again, I’d call her immediately. The Shibori throw pillows were also Jax’s doing — what a friend! Dori, Jax and I all got together a month or so ago to have a Shibori dyeing party. It was really rewarding to bring some of the hand dyed fabric into our studio space.

Our desk is the same writing desk I used in college – previously painted a monochrome silver back when that was all the rage. It houses office supplies, naturally.

Have I mentioned how lucky Dori and I are to have supportive Husbands? A couple of nights before our Grand Opening, we impulsively decided that the dated carpet running throughout the studio just wouldn’t cut it, aesthetically. Least of all in the client seating area. We pulled the trigger on a laminate flooring install, which took our guys one evening to do. They worked well into the night to get it done, doing an exceptional job! It doubles as a newborn backdrop as well, bonus! 

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaFairbanks has a rich tradition for the Art community called First Friday. The First Friday of the month, small businesses and galleries around town showcase the art of local artists. We’re proud to be one of the town’s newest participants!

Our first Artist featured is Laura Hughes, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. She has a diverse portfolio; the textile art and the water color portraits in this blog post are all her work. I’m the proud owner of one of her pieces — a portrait of my son Woodrow in a ring sling. It was gifted to me on my son’s first birthday – and it took all the self control I could muster to not mewl and cry when I unwrapped it. It’s a truly gorgeous piece. I’ll treasure it forever.

If you’d like to commission her for a water color portrait, shoot me an email and I’ll get you in touch!

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaWe have a mini fridge. I feel compelled to bluntly mention that. We also have a coffee maker to keep our clients caffeinated while in the studio. Creature comforts!

There’s also a great view of 2nd Avenue & Downtown Fairbanks right outside our second story window. Most days you’ll see tourists pacing the streets below with cameras dangling from their necks. They often stop to point their lenses up to our building. It’s a really exquisite old theatre built in 1925 that was converted into a cooperative of shops in 1961. The exterior retains much of its Pioneer charm.

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska Our Grand Opening Event was an exciting launch for us. We hosted a Photo Booth and handed out souvenir prints to our guests who participated in the festivities. It’s a tradition we may have to maintain: it was such a joy to see the brightened faces of friends and clients when we handed them their one-of-a-kind prints.

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And many thanks to all the friends, family and clients who supported our expansion efforts! We hope to see you all in our studio often!