March Madness Alaska Style

  Well, it’s #March Madness time again, and as much as I’d like to be out in the sunshine, it’s also great fun to be shooting the march to the state championships. Here, Chugiak’s Derryk Snell survives a hard foul from West’s Ayual Dak during their 45-43 semi-final CIC playoff win over the Eagles Friday, March 9. They’ll be doing battle again later this week in the state playoffs.  

Iditarod 2018 Photos for the Associated Press

I shot the Iditarod this morning for the Associated Press. This photo was named one of their top photos for the day. So there’s that to be grateful for. Rookie musher Matt Failor of Willow, Alaska gets friendly with Pantera, a female dog in his team prior to the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen) See more photos here.

Top 20 Best Wedding Photographers in Anchorage 2018 by

Michael Dinneen Photography is incredibly honored by the recent award as one of the Best Wedding Photographers in Anchorage in 2018, as selected by created lists of the best local professionals in each US city to provide their readers the confidence they need to make the right choice, particularly when choosing a wedding photographer. To do so, analyzed and scored 103 wedding photographers on more than 25 criteria across five categories, to create a hand-picked list of the best wedding photographers in Anchorage, AK.  The five categories being evaluated included: Reputation: A history of delighted customers and …

My wife, the Master Gardener

My sweet wife is a Master Gardener.  I am allowed to haul bags of dirt, and work from a distance, which is probably a good thing for all concerned.  Usually, I  work at  

Happy Bride

Working with Michael was a pleasure!  After viewing his portfolio, I contacted him via his website and he responded within 12 hours.  We immediately set an appointment to meet and make sure that our expectations were in line and discuss the details of my wedding.  Within a week of my wedding, we met at the site to go over specific day of the event timelines and solidify our rainy day options.  Michael was kind and courteous with our guests and captured our event professionally and wonderfully.  His assistant was also courteous and effective.  Our photos were lovely and delivered very …


When the Anchorage School District discovered that a number of children were arriving at school with empty stomachs Monday mornings, the Food Band of Alaska launched a weekend food program at Mt. View Elementary via the Children’s Lunch Box. The program has grown to include seven Title 1 schools, and for the past four years, an eclectic group of volunteers led by Children’s Lunch Box super volunteer Clark Browne has met twice a month to spend a furious two hours packing lunch bags. In that short time, the group of 20-some volunteers will assemble 2,500 – 3,000 lunch bags filled …

February Volunteer of the Month: Joy Thompson

February’s Volunteer of the month is Joy Thompson of Eagle River. I met Joy at St. Anthony’s during the holidays, where she was guiding a group of Chugiak/Eagle Rive Food Bank volunteers in distributing Christmas gifts and food for those in need. She’s run several food banks and pantries over the years, currently you can find her at Eagle River Presbyterian church parking lot on Saturdays helping distribute food with the pantry. She’s been at it for some 14 years, planning to quit when the hunger ends.

Volunteer of the Month – January 2017

Now in their fifth year of volunteering for Straw For Dogs, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide supplies and resources for outdoor pets, ReAnn & Tom Johnson are January’s Volunteers of the Month. ReAnn and Tom began with the Straw For Dogs by fostering and then adopting a dog. Their volunteer work covers the Mat-Su Valley, loading up their truck once a month or so for a weekend of delivering straw, insulated doghouse kits, food and other supplies to their regular clients, or to make calls based on new referrals. Along with most of the other offerings, the …

Super Moon Over Anchorage, Alaska November 14, 2016

Luckily, I decided to check anyway after the weatherman said that we would be too cloudy to see the Super Moon, a lunar display which was scheduled for the final time in many of our lifetimes.  The cloudy atmosphere only added the mystery of this photo, captured near Turnagain Arm above Anchorage.

Senior Photo Shoot with Lauren Holzinger

Lauren and I used two locations for her senior portrait session in Anchorage.  I found the first outdoor session, which emphasized her love of the outdoors and included her gymnastics background, and she found the scenes in the industrial area of Ship Creek, to give a more moody effect to the images.  You can find more photos of her in the We Graduate gallery.

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