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Jessica & Jesse (and Jeter too!) | Esther Pederson Photography

July 23rd, 2012

What a beautiful couple! I loved this shoot for many reasons. I love maternity sessions, especially when Dad is involved and willing. The weather was amazing! And the couple brought along their fabulous dog- Jeter! While still young, he was very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the session as well. He was a typical 2 year old, running around while Mom and Dad got their photos done, and when it was his turn to be involved, he was more than willing to pose! haha. What a cutie. I also loved this session because both Jess and Jesse put a lot of effort into the shoot. They were comfortable in front of the camera, so natural and made my job very easy. This is definetely the case of “you get out what you put in”…they have a lot of amazing images to choose from. Their baby is already blessed to have such loving and fun parents. Not to mention gorgeous. I remember the excitement and anticipation when I was carrying my first child, and I feel honored to capture those same special moments for these two before their sweetie is born. Enjoy guys and thank you so much for being patient for this reveal! I hope it was worth the wait. xoxo


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What a beautiful couple! I loved this shoot for many reasons. I love maternity sessions, especially when Dad is involved and willing. The weather was amazing! And the couple brought along their fabulous dog- Jeter! While still young, he was very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the session as well. He was a typical 2 year old, running around while Mom and Dad got their photos done, and when it was his turn to be involved, he was more than willing to pose! haha. What a cutie. I also loved this session because both Jess and Jesse put a lot of effort into the shoot. They were comfortable in front of the camera, so natural and made my job very easy. This is definetely the case of “you get out what you put in”…they have a lot of amazing images to choose from. Their baby is already blessed to have such loving and fun parents. Not to mention gorgeous. I remember the excitement and anticipation when I was carrying my first child, and I feel honored to capture those same special moments for these two before their sweetie is born. Enjoy guys and thank you so much for being patient for this reveal! I hope it was worth the wait. xoxo

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McKenzie & Denny | Esther Pederson Photography

July 18th, 2012

Sooo, it has been a whirlwind of a couple weeks. Between house guests, and super sunny weather, and birthday parties and camp trips, and photo sessions, my computer decided to go kaput on me. Ahh, yes, right in the middle of a memory card download! Eek, thank goodness all my treasures are safe. BUT, it has been a hectic couple weeks, as I was pulling my hair out knowing I was getting further and further behind in my editing and orders. But, I’m back, and that means the blog will start to be a little more active again and galleries will finally be opened up for my clients! YAY! I met up with these two, or should I say three (Bo counts right?) and just as luck would have it, the weather cleared up just when we needed it to. I was crossing my fingers, because we really didn’t have any chance to re-schedule as these two love birds have since moved away. And it was sort of bittersweet for me too, because I’ve photographed Kenzie before, so this was a fun way to say goodbye, for now. We had our fun, and I want to thank Denny especially for playing along with all of the ideas, and also a good scratch on the ears for Bo, who is definetely a crazy two year old dog! haha. I had a lot of fun guys. Best of wishes for your future together in your new life! See you again soon I hope.


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Sooo, it has been a whirlwind of a couple weeks. Between house guests, and super sunny weather, and birthday parties and camp trips, and photo sessions, my computer decided to go kaput on me. Ahh, yes, right in the middle of a memory card download! Eek, thank goodness all my treasures are safe. BUT, it has been a hectic couple weeks, as I was pulling my hair out knowing I was getting further and further behind in my editing and orders. But, I’m back, and that means the blog will start to be a little more active again and galleries will finally be opened up for my clients! YAY! I met up with these two, or should I say three (Bo counts right?) and just as luck would have it, the weather cleared up just when we needed it to. I was crossing my fingers, because we really didn’t have any chance to re-schedule as these two love birds have since moved away. And it was sort of bittersweet for me too, because I’ve photographed Kenzie before, so this was a fun way to say goodbye, for now. We had our fun, and I want to thank Denny especially for playing along with all of the ideas, and also a good scratch on the ears for Bo, who is definetely a crazy two year old dog! haha. I had a lot of fun guys. Best of wishes for your future together in your new life! See you again soon I hope.

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adopted | Esther Pederson Photography

August 1st, 2011

We are back from our little vacay to my hometown Elim (90 miles by airplane east of Nome, on the beautiful NW Alaskan coast). A trip which yielded lots of happy memories–and amazing photo opportunities (those will come in a few days)! It was so hard to put myself back onto the plane to come home, but I feel blessed to have had almost 2 weeks there. Going home is always amazing, but this trip was extra special. My family and Mom were there, along with my sister and brother-in-law and their boys. We spent some good quality time together boating, 4-wheeling, fishing, eating and laughing. The last night of our stay ended with a sweet surprise for the kids and I. We decided to adopt a puppy from my cousin who lives next door–OK, after I held her I kinda got attached and begged the kids if we could keep her. LOL! And what a cutie too. We named her ‘Sadie’, after a special dog we met in Elim towards the end of our trip, and boarded her onto the plane with us as we left town. Larry was surprised as well when we landed with an extra member to our family. LOL. But I think it’s safe to say that we all love her and are thrilled that she is our ‘baby’ now. Even our 11 year old lab has taught her a few things so far. They are going to be good buddies! :) Here she is on her first camping trip to Council….gettin comfy on Daddy’s boots.


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We are back from our little vacay to my hometown Elim (90 miles by airplane east of Nome, on the beautiful NW Alaskan coast). A trip which yielded lots of happy memories–and amazing photo opportunities (those will come in a few days)! It was so hard to put myself back onto the plane to come home, but I feel blessed to have had almost 2 weeks there. Going home is always amazing, but this trip was extra special. My family and Mom were there, along with my sister and brother-in-law and their boys. We spent some good quality time together boating, 4-wheeling, fishing, eating and laughing. The last night of our stay ended with a sweet surprise for the kids and I. We decided to adopt a puppy from my cousin who lives next door–OK, after I held her I kinda got attached and begged the kids if we could keep her. LOL! And what a cutie too. We named her ‘Sadie’, after a special dog we met in Elim towards the end of our trip, and boarded her onto the plane with us as we left town. Larry was surprised as well when we landed with an extra member to our family. LOL. But I think it’s safe to say that we all love her and are thrilled that she is our ‘baby’ now. Even our 11 year old lab has taught her a few things so far. They are going to be good buddies! :) Here she is on her first camping trip to Council….gettin comfy on Daddy’s boots.

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our trip…San Diego, CA | Esther Pederson Photography

March 5th, 2011

We fit a lot of fun into our trip to SoCal. It rained the first couple days we were there, but the sun popped out the last few days and we were able to enjoy ourselves. The zoo, the beach, Disneyland, shopping, good food (and lots of it!). It was also great to see my friend Shylah and her family, as they drove from Phoenix to see us and vacation as well. As I was editing these photos, it made me happy because there is so much color, something we don’t see very much of in Alaska in the wintertime. It was a much needed break from the cold for me. I enjoyed every bit of it. I hope you enjoy seeing it through my lens as well.

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We fit a lot of fun into our trip to SoCal. It rained the first couple days we were there, but the sun popped out the last few days and we were able to enjoy ourselves. The zoo, the beach, Disneyland, shopping, good food (and lots of it!). It was also great to see my friend Shylah and her family, as they drove from Phoenix to see us and vacation as well. As I was editing these photos, it made me happy because there is so much color, something we don’t see very much of in Alaska in the wintertime. It was a much needed break from the cold for me. I enjoyed every bit of it. I hope you enjoy seeing it through my lens as well.

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old beasts | Esther Pederson Photography

October 30th, 2010

The musk-oxen are like permanent fixtures in our town. You can bet that if you come to Nome, you’ll see them. A lot of times, they are just a few feet off the road. And even though I see them all the time, I never get tired of watching them. They are incredible. Large, hairy and pretty calm. Occassionally you’ll see them duke it out and head butt each other, or see the little babies run and play. But for the most part, they eat, lay down, or just stand there and stare back at you. They make for great subjects for my photography! All from the comfort of my car, with heated seats……… :)


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The musk-oxen are like permanent fixtures in our town. You can bet that if you come to Nome, you’ll see them. A lot of times, they are just a few feet off the road. And even though I see them all the time, I never get tired of watching them. They are incredible. Large, hairy and pretty calm. Occassionally you’ll see them duke it out and head butt each other, or see the little babies run and play. But for the most part, they eat, lay down, or just stand there and stare back at you. They make for great subjects for my photography! All from the comfort of my car, with heated seats……… :)

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Kasha | Esther Pederson Photography

October 29th, 2010

My Mom recently adopted this little fur baby from my cousin Paul. She is a mix of breeds I’m sure as any village pup is bound to have a little of this and a little of that in them. :) But whatever her genes, she is sure cute and lovable. She doesn’t sit still for long, and I seriously had to bribe her pretty bad to get this shot. (Just call me the dog whisperer!) HA. Don’t you just want to scoop her up and let her shower you with slobbery kisses? I do.


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My Mom recently adopted this little fur baby from my cousin Paul. She is a mix of breeds I’m sure as any village pup is bound to have a little of this and a little of that in them. :) But whatever her genes, she is sure cute and lovable. She doesn’t sit still for long, and I seriously had to bribe her pretty bad to get this shot. (Just call me the dog whisperer!) HA. Don’t you just want to scoop her up and let her shower you with slobbery kisses? I do.

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the fair | Esther Pederson Photography

October 28th, 2010

These images have been sitting on my EHD for a while now. I hadn’t even really looked at them since we got back from Anchorage at the beginning of September! But it just seemed like the right time to pull them out. We are in the middle of our first snow storm (and believe me when I say storm!) in Nome. It’s nice to see a little vibrancy, color, and I am re-living our excitement when I look at these. We always have fun at the fair. I don’t know what other State Fairs are like elsewhere since I’ve only really been to ours in Alaska, but it is awesome. There is so much good food, awesome local vendors, fun rides, and the cute animals (who could resist, not me!). I’m already looking forward to next years adventure. Enjoy this burst of color and have a great week everyone!


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These images have been sitting on my EHD for a while now. I hadn’t even really looked at them since we got back from Anchorage at the beginning of September! But it just seemed like the right time to pull them out. We are in the middle of our first snow storm (and believe me when I say storm!) in Nome. It’s nice to see a little vibrancy, color, and I am re-living our excitement when I look at these. We always have fun at the fair. I don’t know what other State Fairs are like elsewhere since I’ve only really been to ours in Alaska, but it is awesome. There is so much good food, awesome local vendors, fun rides, and the cute animals (who could resist, not me!). I’m already looking forward to next years adventure. Enjoy this burst of color and have a great week everyone!

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The Smiths | Esther Pederson Photography

October 20th, 2010

It’s always fun to meet new people. Meeting Mel and Aidan were no exception. They are young, fun, beautiful and happy. I had so much fun capturing their free spirits and hope they had fun as well. Now it wasn’t exactly picture taking weather when we started out (unless you are dressed like a marshmellow in winter gear). Right before I headed out, the thermometer read 20 degrees (at 10am), and I knew it was colder because of the wind. But Mel showed up at my front door looking cute AND stylish!! I was pretty impressed right from the get go. (I only felt slightly guilty wearing my comfy fleece gear and thermal underwear) :) Well, as the morning went on, and as we headed to lower ground and out of the snow, it was actually pretty comfortable and we got some grrrrreaaat shots. They brought along their cute dog, Coho, who is totally photogenic as well! She was so cute as a matter of fact, I almost wanted to stash her in my camera bag and take her home. lol. Well, just as quickly as I met them, they will be leaving our small town and on to new adventures. Best of luck to you three, and I am so glad we fit a session in before you all left. I’ll be in touch soon with more proofs!


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It’s always fun to meet new people. Meeting Mel and Aidan were no exception. They are young, fun, beautiful and happy. I had so much fun capturing their free spirits and hope they had fun as well. Now it wasn’t exactly picture taking weather when we started out (unless you are dressed like a marshmellow in winter gear). Right before I headed out, the thermometer read 20 degrees (at 10am), and I knew it was colder because of the wind. But Mel showed up at my front door looking cute AND stylish!! I was pretty impressed right from the get go. (I only felt slightly guilty wearing my comfy fleece gear and thermal underwear) :) Well, as the morning went on, and as we headed to lower ground and out of the snow, it was actually pretty comfortable and we got some grrrrreaaat shots. They brought along their cute dog, Coho, who is totally photogenic as well! She was so cute as a matter of fact, I almost wanted to stash her in my camera bag and take her home. lol. Well, just as quickly as I met them, they will be leaving our small town and on to new adventures. Best of luck to you three, and I am so glad we fit a session in before you all left. I’ll be in touch soon with more proofs!

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a girl and her dog | Esther Pederson Photography

September 15th, 2010

I was pretty excited when Amy, a local nurse, contacted me about doing photos of her and her dog. I mean, come on, what could be better? I love doing doggy glam shots! Our own dog is victim to a lot of camera love. (See previous post) :) A gorgeous nurse and her german shepherd, some yummy fall colors and beautiful light were all on the menu. We had a great time, and I was really proud of Boston’s willingness to model for me. He was sometimes all over the place and stuck his tongue out at me a lot, but he also showered me with kisses and hugs from time to time. He was a sweetie. Thanks Amy! It was great to meet you and your “toddler dog”! I hope you enjoy the preview. See you again really soon!


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I was pretty excited when Amy, a local nurse, contacted me about doing photos of her and her dog. I mean, come on, what could be better? I love doing doggy glam shots! Our own dog is victim to a lot of camera love. (See previous post) :) A gorgeous nurse and her german shepherd, some yummy fall colors and beautiful light were all on the menu. We had a great time, and I was really proud of Boston’s willingness to model for me. He was sometimes all over the place and stuck his tongue out at me a lot, but he also showered me with kisses and hugs from time to time. He was a sweetie. Thanks Amy! It was great to meet you and your “toddler dog”! I hope you enjoy the preview. See you again really soon!

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the Jessup family | Esther Pederson Photography

July 30th, 2010

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

The Jessup’s were a fun family to photograph. They are all so photogenic. Just look at mom and dad! Both lovely people who make amazingly gorgeous kids! Couple that with beautiful surroundings and a day that started out gray but ended in sunshine. Who could ask for anything more? Ahhh, magical! Of course, it was also packed full of energy, water fun, stick swords, sand, tundra flowers and oh, did I mention puppies? Yeah, it couldn’t have gotten any better. I got to meet Judith’s new puppy Trooper, who at 8 weeks old is a ball of fluff. What a cutie. Thanks Jessups for a great night. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak. :)


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When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

The Jessup’s were a fun family to photograph. They are all so photogenic. Just look at mom and dad! Both lovely people who make amazingly gorgeous kids! Couple that with beautiful surroundings and a day that started out gray but ended in sunshine. Who could ask for anything more? Ahhh, magical! Of course, it was also packed full of energy, water fun, stick swords, sand, tundra flowers and oh, did I mention puppies? Yeah, it couldn’t have gotten any better. I got to meet Judith’s new puppy Trooper, who at 8 weeks old is a ball of fluff. What a cutie. Thanks Jessups for a great night. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak. :)