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.
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.
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.
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.