A lifelong Alaskan, avid outdoor and travel enthusiast, visual artist specializing in destination, adventure and events photography, Jody’s journey to becoming a professional photographer and Alaska photography tour guide began early on. The natural beauty of the environment made its first impression as a young child living in Homer, Alaska, when days were spent beach combing on the Homer Spit, eating more fresh seafood than she cared to, burning beach coal in bonfires and meeting visitors at Land’s End Resort. After the family moved to Juneau, her parents co-founded Gold Creek Salmon Bake and at 8 years old, her duty was to identify wildflowers for cruise ship passengers. As a young adult, Jody explored a great portion of Southcentral Alaska and lived in Wasilla, Soldotna, Sterling, Seward and Kenai. Eventually, she capitalized on a skill acquired early on, becoming a PSIA Certified Ski Instructor, which in turn led to directing the busiest ski school in the state. A 14 year career as Tourism Sales Manager for Visit Anchorage followed, and Jody trained travel professionals, guided familiarization tours, designed marketing sales materials, and illustrated Anchorage’s city mascot, Seymour of Anchorage. It was these tasks that help reignite an earlier passion for photography. Jody subsequently created and co-founded Alaska Photo Treks, merging her love of the outdoors, visual arts, and Alaska. Her photos have been featured in National Geographic, Alaska Magazine, and a variety of travel and tourism publications. You can view her work at jodyo.photos.
Jody is the primary guide for Sunset Photo Safari and its winter counterpart, Twilight Photo Tour ; 4-hour excursions designed to make the most of the best light of the day. She also leads Anchorage Aurora Quest, providing opportunity to see and photograph northern lights from late August through April.