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.
Growing up in the lakes area of northern Minnesota, Colin developed a connection with the natural world at a young age. Upon moving to Alaska in 1996 to pursue what would be a short-lived career in human services, he soon discovered the art of photography after receiving a camera for Christmas – a gift that would change the course of his life. He ultimately resigned himself from the career he had studied for so diligently to pursue a new purpose; a decision that he has never regretted, and as a result, his life has been filled with a wealth of experiences, adventure, and subsequently, gratitude.
After attending a beginning photography course at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, as well as a class at a local community education organization, Colin began to find satisfaction in creating beautiful, unique images of wildlife and natural scenes. During the first year of discovering his new camera, Colin was grateful to have a photograph published with the Anchorage Daily News. That same image would later be published in Alaska Magazine.
Since that first year, Colin has had numerous images published and his work is represented by two stock photo agencies. Publications include the Associated Press, Alaska Magazine, US Postal Service, Anchorage Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lake Country Journal Magazine, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine, American Essence Magazine, and AT&T. Additionally, he has written editorial pieces for publications including Alaska Magazine and the Lake Country Journal of Minnesota. His photography has received numerous awards in juried competitions and three of his images were featured in the 2021 AlaskaWild exhibit. One of his most cherished accomplishments was having an image featuring the aurora borealis and Big Dipper over Denali used by the US Postal Service on the “International Polar Year” commemorative stamp sheet in 2007.
In recent years, Colin’s desire to explore and create has taken him to international destinations where he’s had the opportunity to witness beautiful, exotic locations and wildlife, and interact with foreign cultures, in places like India, Cambodia, New Zealand, Australia, Cuba, Iceland, and recently, Namibia. Perhaps the greatest lesson he has received from the art of photography is what it has taught him about himself and his desire to explore and create. Colin has now taken that desire and launched a photo tour company, Nat Expo Tours, with a fellow photographer from Montana. They currently lead groups in Cuba, Iceland, Namibia, and more. When he’s not traveling, he lives at the Eagle River Nature Center in Alaska’s Chugach State Park and serves as the center’s Assistant Manager. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers, and North American Nature Photography Association.
Colin will always find the means to explore, create, and share the magic of the natural world. It is not only his dream; it has become his purpose. You can view his images at Colin Tyler Photography.
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.