“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”   — Aaron Siskind

A love for outdoors, photography and animals has always resided with me. Alaska has been my home since 2005 when I moved here with my family from Montana. After a short time away attending college out of state, I was drawn back to Alaska for its beauty and opportunity. I began working as an Archeologist during the summers in Delta Junction and attending classes at UAF in the winter. Photography started as an elective for me in school but resulted in a new passion.  It became a great way to share my many adventures of mushing, northern lights, wildlife and archaeology. 

I spent countless evenings hunting for the Northern Lights and in 2014 I followed the Yukon Quest alongside a fellow photographer capturing an amazing journey of man and dog on a 1,000-mile race. I was hooked. The Yukon Quest combined so many of passions that I had grown to love. This opened my eyes to dog mushing!

At this critical point in my photography journey I adopted two Alaskan Huskies. I couldn’t help but capture their personalities and document their growth. To own one husky is to have a companion, to own two is to have a small pack. At that point why not have a team! I am now “owned” by eight loveable huskies. After photographing my own dogs, as well as dogs of friends, I had found my niche. Photographing dogs became a passion. Alongside photographing the Yukon Quest, dog portraits became a great way to capture that passion for everyone who loves their dogs as much as I love mine. I also photograph weddings, engagements, families, couples, boudoir, and seniors. 

Now based in Fairbanks, Alaska, I own eight dogs, two cats and love mushing, hockey, archaeology and spending time with family and friends. I have been an official photographer for the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race since 2014.

Whitney McLaren, 2019

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