A lifelong Alaskan, avid outdoor and travel enthusiast, visual artist specializing in destination, adventure and events photography, Jody is the daughter of an Elmendorf Airforce based airman, and a mother who arrived in 1951 at age 10, when the region was still a U.S. territory.
The journey to eventually becoming a professional photographer and Alaska photography tour guide began early on. The natural beauty of the environment made its first impression when her family lived in Homer, Alaska. The days were spent beach combing along the Homer Spit, subsisting off wild caught seafood and handpicked berries, burning beach coal for heat and meeting visitors at Land’s End Resort. Her parents co-founded Gold Creek Salmon Bake in Juneau, and at 8 years old placed her in charge of identifying wildflowers for cruise ship passengers. As a young adult, Jody explored a a great portion of Southcentral Alaska, primarily living in communities including: 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.
Following was a 14 year career as Tourism Sales Manager for Visit Anchorage. She trained travel professionals, guided familiarization tours, designed marketing sales materials, and illustrated Anchorage’s city mascot, Seymour of Anchorage. An innate desire/need to capture the essence of the environment ignited an enthusiasm for photography. Jody subsequently created and co-founded Alaska Photo Treks, merging her love of visual arts, and the 49th state. Her passion for the great outdoors, learning, and sharing Alaska goes hand in hand with photography. Her photos have been featured by National Geographic, Alaska Magazine, and a variety of travel and tourism publications. You can view Jody’s 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 September through March.