Who we are
Scott grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, covering his walls with snap shots of his friends and their adventures. He's an avid international traveler, having been to every single continent except Antarctica (a future expedition). Scott has scaled the mountains of Peru, backpacked through Europe (where through his great power over sunshine managed to escape every single European flood in the summer of 2003), lived in the jungles of Ecuador, conducted field research in the forests of Africa, driven the coasts of Australia, bargained with vendors in China, helped build a rainwater catchment system in Kenya, and hung out with the boobies, iguanas, and hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos.
Julia was raised on a flower farm on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she had ample room to climb trees and run around with no shoes on. She used to cut out pictures from old National Geographic magazines, paste them into her "portfolio", and pretend she was a world-renowned photographer. Julia also enjoys traveling and is proud to have been to more places in the US than Scott. Julia also rocks the viola, clarinet, and piano and dabbles in hula and belly dancing.
We have lived along the California coast for the past 10 years. However, longing for the adventure that brought us together, we decided to venture to Alaska in 2013. We're new to the area and excited to explore its hidden treasures!
How we met
We met through our passion for travel. Scott first laid his eyes on Julia while studying abroad in Tasmania, Australia. We explored the beautiful and strange wilderness of Tasmania together while honing our photographic styles. We parted ways after a few short months unsure of whether we would see each other again. However, life found a way to bring us back together in the coastal town of Santa Barbara. And in 2007, Scott asked Julia to marry him on the black sands of Punalu’u on the Big Island of Hawai’i. One year later we shared our first kiss as husband and wife on the same black sands. We are romantics and would love to hear your stories of how you met and became a couple!
How we got started
Since children, both of us have loved photography, often to the chagrin of our friends and family who have been inundated with our travel photos through the years! We made our first foray into wedding photography in 2007 when a friend asked us to shoot a Catholic wedding followed by their reception in Hermosa Beach, California. Julia acted as Scott's "assistant" photographer, shooting on a basic Canon point and shoot, while Scott shot with his DSLR. As our friends began to get married, we discovered that we were being asked over and over again to fill in as their photographers. We quickly developed a passion for wedding photography, and in June of 2010, we shot our first wedding as Bear and Penguin Photography!