These photos may be some of my favorite photos, though I have a small team of sled dogs, I love visiting dog yards and kennels. Each kennel is unique in the same way that each dog is unique. Some mushers share methods, and some vary greatly. On these photo tours, I get to follow, (or chase) the teams on a snowmachine or on another sled, I also get to meet most of the dogs in the kennel. Capturing photos around the kennel is similar to race photos, but different at the same time, there is no pressure, the dogs are excited and know their routine, the mushers are relaxed and enjoying their stroll through their usual trails. I get to work with the other members of the mushers human team to determine good photo locations and I get a real look into the lives of the mushers and the dogs.
The sled dog kennel of 2017 Yukon Quest Champ Matt Hall in Two Rivers, Alaska. The Smokin’ Aces compete professionally in mid to long distance races throughout Alaska and Canada. Matt shows his skill in mushing in some of these photos and it was so great to witness the relationship with his dogs when I watched Matt step off his sled, command his team to gee all the way around. The dogs did so without Matt on his sled and not leave him in the dust. Matt might have been showing off for the camera just a tad in some of these photos, but you can tell he’s been on the sled much of his and feels most at home here.See the Gallery
White Mountain Kennel is owned and operated by a couple friends of mine, and though they no longer race, they still run their dogs recreationally. Each year for the past few years they have called on me to watch their kennel when they go to visit family in the lower 48. It is my favorite little mushing get away where I get to pretend I live off grid and take care of 20 or so sled dogs for a week. Its my reset into mushing at the end of a busy summer and it is great!See the Gallery
Will Troshynski and his small dog team live in Two Rivers, Alaska they are building their kennel with aspirations of running the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. There is no doubt Will’s best intentions are for the heath and happiness for his dogs.See the Gallery
Established in 2013. Black Spruce Dog Sledding is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Jeff and KattiJo Deeter. Their kennel is located outside of Fairbanks with an awesome view of the lower valleys. I have made multiple trips to this kennel and enjoyed every visit. Jeff and KatieJo ensure that their visitors are well educated with everything mushing. With multiple tour options, and an awesome team of happy dogs this is a must visit kennel for a tour, summer or winter, its a great destination!See the Gallery
These photos were taken along the trails near Lisbet Norris’ kennel, Arctic Dog Adventure Co‘, where Mike Loades, director and author learned to mush so that he could document it for his upcoming book where some of these images may appear; Dogs –Working Origins and Traditional Tasks .’See the Gallery
Along the 2019 Race this year while in Eagle Alaska, I caught wind that a few of the Veterinarians (100% volunteer their time for the race) along the race had never been mushing. I asked a couple kennels that I knew might be able to accommodate, and Ryne Olson, Matt Hall and Amanda Brooks said they could make it happen. Here are some photos of their first times on a sled.See the Gallery
Noble Paws is a local non profit located in the Goldstream Valley, though I have always loved dogs and photographed many, Noble Paws was one of my first introductions to mushing photos aside from the Yukon Quest. Volunteering with this organization allowed me to get closer to sled dogs, learn to mush, and gain valuable experience capturing sled dogs with my camera.See the Gallery