Our Team of Alaska Photography Guides

Our team of guides and instructors are a mix of lifelong and longtime (20+ years) Alaskans with varied backgrounds and levels of experience in photography, representative clients and publications, and awards. But the one thing they all share is a passion for photography and the beauty of Alaska. Meet your Alaska photography guides!

Amber Johnson

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Amber is a professional commercial photographer, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her BFA from University of New Mexico with emphasis in fine art photography. She works with numerous local and national clients, and sells stock images through Alaska Stock. Her passion is outdoor and nature photography, which she brings as your Alaska photography tour guide.

In 2006, she was recognized with a “Highly Honored” distinction in the Plant Life category for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards (sponsored by Nature’s Best Photography and the Smithsonian Institution); her image was featured in an exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. She has exhibited her photography at the Anchorage Museum and Alaska State Museum in Juneau as part of the All Alaska Biennial, Alaska Positive, and Rarefied Light juried shows. She’s also been featured in Alaska Magazine, and participated in many solo, group, and juried shows. Amber currently serves on the Alaska Society of Outdoor Nature Photographers‘ Board of Directors and as the organization’s secretary.

When she’s not working, she’s usually busy documenting her wilderness adventures backcountry skiing, packrafting, and mountain biking. See her work and learn more at Amber Johnson Photography.

Amber guides our day treks and assists in the office. 

Glenn Aronwits

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Glenn Aronwits is a multifaceted professional photographer and marine scientist with over 40 years’ experience creating visual representations that enhance the understanding of the world around us. Glenn has been a resident of Alaska since 1981.

At the age of nine Glenn’s interest for photography began when he purchased a Polaroid 110A Land Camera at a garage sale with earnings from a paper route. He shot countless rolls film until 2000, when he bought his first digital point-and-shoot camera. The digital age rekindled Glenn’s passion for photography since images can be viewed instantly and adjustments can be made during image capture. His passion for photography grew stronger than ever with the ability to have a virtual darkroom in his home by utilizing computers and printers. What started out as a lifelong hobby developed into a photography business in 2005, and is currently his full-time occupation.

Glenn’s images have been published in a variety of print and electronic media including Newsweek, Alaska Beyond, Backpacker, Alaska and Alaska Home, as well as publications and media produced by clients such as the Alaska Railroad, Municipality of Anchorage, State of Alaska, University of Alaska Anchorage, ConocoPhillips, Oil Search, Alaska Communication Systems, The Alaska Club, Hotel Captain Cook and Alyeska Resort.

Glenn has worked with Alaska Photo Treks since 2016 as guide. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers since 2009 and the treasurer since 2011. You can learn more about one aspect of his commercial work at GA Panorams.

Monica Whitt

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Monica Whitt was born and raised in Mexico but has lived in Anchorage with her husband and three children since 1998. She calls Alaska home.

Monica’s interest and education in photography began while earning a BA in Communications at Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. Spending most of her professional career as Web designer, she has always been inspired by many talented photographers, not to mention, the stunning beauty of Alaska. After receiving her professional photography certification with the New York Institute of Photography, she has specialized in environmental portraiture.

Her passion is capturing the essence of people while doing what they love, whether it’s adventuring around Alaska, practicing outdoor adventure sports, or celebrating a special event. Besides her freelance and commercial work, which you can view on Monica Whitt Photography, she’s also part of the Chugach Peaks Photography team and considers it an honor to photograph weddings all around Alaska.

Monica primarily assists with guiding our Anchorage Aurora Quest

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Ben Traylor

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Ben was born in Texas but moved to Alaska in the early 80s. He primarily loves to photograph the beautiful landscapes and wildlife Alaska has to offer. He is most passionate about capturing the aurora borealis during the long, dark winter nights. The thrill of capturing the ever-changing northern lights is what you will find him doing most winter nights.

Ben’s most notable photo credits include the November 2016 cover of Alaska magazine. He has had several photos published in the Alaska Railroad calendar from 2016-2019. He was also one out of the thirty selected Rarified Light winners that were on display in 2015. Most recently, he won the grand prize for the 2020 Yakutia Airlines Photo Contest, which included a round trip airfare to the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.

Ben is a member of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. You can see his work online at Traylor Photography.

Ben guides our Sunset Photo Safari and Anchorage Aurora Quest, as well as assists in the office. 

Jamin Hunter Taylor

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Jamin grew up in in the heart of the Matanuska Susitna Valley of Southcentral Alaska in the 80’s and early 90’s, which was still wild and untamed. Being the only boy out of a family of 6 kids, he often found himself on his own, either doing something creative indoors or in the woods near their house letting his imagination run wild.

Jamin’s father was an outdoorsmen, always out hunting, trapping, or fishing depending on the season. He grew up in a home filled with taxidermy on the walls. When he was born, his father wanted to name him Jamin Hunter Fisher Trapper Taylor. His mother, being a bit more sensible, said he had to choose one, so Hunter it was. Being his father’s only son, it was only natural for him to want Jamin to follow in his footsteps. Jamin, however, had desires of his own and was always more interested in drawing or a number of other things that sparked a young boy’s imagination. Drawing was one of the ways that Jamin developed to express himself as a lifelong artist.

Jamin’s love of birds and nature is rooted in his childhood, as his father would always record the first Robin sighting of the spring and would talk about all the colorful warblers and thrushes. It wasn’t until he had a son of his own that things came full circle. Jamin discovered his latent love of birds first, then decided to try photographing them. His photographic talent improved with more time in the field, and his camera gear upgraded to match his skill. Jamin notes:

I found myself back in the woods, hunting critters on my own terms and in my own way. Instead of a gun, I carry a camera. Instead of taxidermy on my wall, I have photos. Photography is always in season and there is no bag limit. I love what I do and being in the woods makes me feel alive. I chose J. Hunter Photography because it connects me to my roots and with what I love to do.

Jamin’s photography has been published in Wild Planet Photo and Alaska magazines. You can view his work at J. Hunter Photography and on YouTube.

Jamin guides our Focus on Feathers and Moose Photo Safari tours. 

Ray Bulson

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Ray Bulson is a full-time freelance photographer with 35 years of experience and owner of Wilderness Visions, Inc. based in Eagle River, Alaska. His fine art landscape prints have been exhibited at Ptarmigan Arts Gallery in Homer, Alaska; North America Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) Fine Art Exhibit in Palm Springs; Anchorage Museum (Rarefied Light exhibition in 2016); and the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers’ alaskaWILD annual juried exhibition. Corporate clients include Providence Hospital and Willow Medical in Anchorage and Ashland Chemical in Delaware. Two of Ray’s images were included in NANPA’s Top 250 winners for their 2020 Showcase competition.

Besides fine art, Ray also shoots stock photography. His images have been published in a variety of print and electronic media including National Geographic Viajes, Alaska Magazine, Anchorage Daily News, Digital Camera Magazine, Stern Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Nature Photographers Online Magazine, Delaware Beach Life Magazine, The Best of Nature Photography, Fire & Ice: Alaska, Greatland Graphics calendars, Alaska Forum on the Environment, North Pacific Research Board, NANPA Expressions 2007 & 2020 Journal, 2013 Audubon Annual Report, and National Environmental Trust. His stock collection is represented by Alamy and Panoramic Images and archived with Photoshelter.

Ray teaches digital photography as well as Photoshop & Lightroom workshops in the Anchorage area. His extensive and thorough teaching experience reflects a deep belief in expanding his students’ understanding of the technical and creative aspects of photography. He is a member of the Alaska Photographic Center and the North American Nature Photography Association. Ray is also a member of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers, where he served as president from 2015-2017. Visit his website to check out his images and style. Among the things you will find in his portfolio is expansive landscapes, intimate wildlife, and a re-envisioning of landscapes through use of selective color application.

Ray guides for our custom photo tours and provides instruction for our photography classes. 

Carl Johnson

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Born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Carl Johnson started his photography career while serving in the U.S. Navy, where he was a ship’s photographer for two commands and trained in a documentary and photojournalistic style. Early photographic successes included photographing the launch of a Tomahawk missile using a single-shot film camera. His later work as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, along with his exposure to the writings of Sigurd Olson and the images of Jim Brandenburg, inspired his passion for nature photography. They also informed his belief in using photography to promote conservation. Carl’s greatest photographic passion lies in coming to fully understand a particular location, photographing all of its wonders, from small plants to vast landscapes, and increasingly the people who live with the land and call it home.

 Carl has served as the artist-in- residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Badlands National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. He was the “Environmental Issues” winner for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards in 2010. In 2017, Carl was awarded the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Film, or Video by the Alaska Conservation Foundation. He has worked as a guest lecturer and instructor for Tony Robbins, Princess Cruise Lines, and several remote lodges in Alaska.

Carl’s first book, Where Water is Gold, was published by Braided River in June 2016. Recognized by Jim Brandenburg as a “masterpiece and a visual delight,” and PDN Magazine as “a love letter to a place,” Where Water is Gold explores the amazing ecosystem and way of life in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Carl owns and operates the only fine art nature photo gallery in the city of Anchorage, the Arctic Light Gallery. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Carl is also a member of Professional Photographers of America, Nikon Professional Services, the North American Nature Photography Association, and the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Michelle, who is a co-owner of Alaska Photo Treks. You can view his photography and learn more about his gallery at arcticlight-ak.com.

Carl is the owner of Alaska Photo Treks and primary guide for all tours. He is also the primary workshop leader for Alaska Photo Treks. 

Jody Overstreet

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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.

Jody is one of the founders of Alaska Photo Treks but occasionally helps out with guiding day treks when she is not too busy with her commercial work and travel. 

Wayde Carroll

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An award winning freelance photographer, Wayde Carroll is based in Anchorage, Alaska. His specialty is editorial assignments, lifestyle and travel stock photography, as well as on-location commercial and architectural photography. He has also led photography tours and workshops in Alaska and around the world since 2005.

Wayde fled to Alaska soon after receiving a B.A in Art with an emphasis in photography from San Jose State University in 1993. He spent a year with Yup’ik people in the bush village of Eek, documenting their lives, and then two years assisting some of Alaska’s top-notch photographers including Tom Bol, Clark James Mishler, and Keith Sutter in California. By 2006, he was ready to quit his “real job” to pursue a career as full-time photographer.

A pro member of the American Society of Media Photographers/Alaska Chapter, Wayde’s stock images are represented by several agencies and are regularly published in numerous regional and national magazines, books, calendars, websites, newspapers and annual reports. Reuters, National Geographic, Alaska Magazine, First Alaskans Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, VIA, Sierra Heritage, Anchorage Daily News, The Sacraments Bee, The Milepost, BP, Providence Hospital, HMS Host, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and Alaska Marine Highway are just of few of Wayde’s clients.

Wayde has a passion for discovering new places and providing unique perspectives on familiar places. He has led numerous photography tours and workshops in Alaska, California, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Tanzania, Ireland and Japan. His laid back personality combined with attention to detail and dedication to client satisfaction have secured Wayde a loyal customer and photography student base.

Check out Wayde’s gallery at Wade Carroll Photography.

Wayde occasionally guides our day treks but focuses primarily on our custom tours.