Allow us to introduce ourselves
Hello! Meet the Denali Photo Guides team. We all have lived in Alaska for many years. Some of us migrate like the birds when it gets too cold, and some of us stay through winter, but all of us call Alaska home. And we’re thrilled to share a little bit of it and a little bit of ourselves with you. Meet the creative individuals behind our Denali photo tours.
- Terry Boyd, Owner
I grew up in Arkansas and spent my younger years mountain biking and fishing as if my life depended on it. But, in my early 20s, I decided that I might not make it to “the pros” in either of those fields, so I walked into a pawn shop and bought a used 35mm camera. I knew absolutely nothing about photography and had never even touched a camera with more than one button before – all we had growing up was an old Polaroid. The first time I photographed a sunset from a bluff over the Arkansas River, I knew this was the path for me. Since then, I have dedicated my life to the light, doing my best to be in the right place at the right time. I first traveled to Alaska in 2003 and have returned every summer since, working in a variety of positions until I started offering photography tours in 2010. I am truly living my dream, sharing my passions with others, all while in a setting I consider to be one of the most captivating places on Earth.
- Bethany Boyd, Administrative Director
Unlike most people who visit Alaska during the summer, I first arrived in late fall – planning to visit my cousin in Anchorage for a month and heading back south to the lower 48, but I ended up staying through winter and the following summer. I fell head over heels for Alaska and I have returned every summer since 2009 guiding hikes in Denali National Park. There was one year when I thought I was not going to return – not that I didn’t want to, but it just wasn’t going to work out. My friend Terry caught wind of my plans and changed them, for which I am forever grateful because we are now married and I get to spend half of my life in the most wonderful place on Earth. I help with all the behind-the-scenes stuff here, so you likely won’t meet me, but you might talk to me on the phone or through email. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of this special place with you and helping you make the most of your Denali visit.
- Eva Capozzola, Guide
I developed a deep appreciation for light early on as my father was a photographer for Sports Illustrated for 30 years. He taught me the language of f.stops and shutter speeds and opened the world of photojournalism and action sports photography to me when I was very young. I combined my love of photography with a passion for social justice and spent 8 years in South Asia and East Africa working in International human rights and food security. I returned to the USA in 2014 and as fate would have it, I made my way up to Alaska the following year and I knew immediately this was a place I would need more time in. I have since lived in Alaska year-round and revel in the wilderness here. The lifestyle, culture, and landscape of Alaska enable me to combine my love for photojournalism and action sport photography through documenting landscape, wildlife and backcountry expeditions; skiing, climbing and mountaineering and the Alaskan lifestyle. I am grateful every day to be able to continue exploring my passion of photography and hone this craft in such a magnificent part of the world while sharing my passion with others. I look forward to exploring Denali with you.
- Cory Bagley, Guide
I started photographing with point-and-shoot cameras at a young age – mostly landscapes and candid photos of friends and family. In 2002 I got my first “real” camera, a 35mm Nikon SLR. The clarity of those new images and my newfound control over the photographic process turned my long-time hobby into a bit of an obsession. I soon started taking a variety of photography classes, including a photography certificate program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Over time my love of hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest helped me to refine my landscape photography skills, and later working as an architectural photographer enabled me to advance my digital photo editing knowledge. I’ve been enjoying the natural beauty of Alaska since 2008, with the last three years being devoted to the grand landscapes and sweeping vistas of central Alaska and the Denali area. I feel lucky to be able to help people with their photography while sharing with them this wonderful place.
- Todd Whetstine, Guide
Photography is a hobby that had forever peaked my interest, buy my day job is pipefitting & plumbing. It wasn’t until late 2007 that an impulse buy led me down a path I could never have imagined. My camera has opened many doors for me and I’m thankful for everything it has blessed me with. Shortly after my impulsive buy the economy tanked and the company I worked for had a massive layoff. I spent my time of unemployment learning about photography, and hiking the Ozarks shooting photos. I soaked up all I could about photography and could see improvement every day. At the end of 2008 I won Photographer of the Year for an Arkansas Photography Club, and shortly after that I landed a job as an outdoors photojournalist and became a freelance photographer traveling as much as possible. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and South Dakota were a few of my favorites. It has long been a dream of mine to not only make it to Alaska, but also to explore the Denali region after meeting Terry Boyd and seeing one of his slideshows. It lit a fire under me that has never gone out. When Terry called me to join his team I promptly quit a good job where I was building laboratories that built our nuclear missiles. My boss said I was crazy to quit my job and asked what I was going to get paid. I think I confirmed his suspicion when I told him I didn’t know what I’d make. I didn’t care. It’s not about the money. I worked half a season last year and was so excited about my days I couldn’t sleep at night. I guess I’m still crazy because I’m even more excited about returning for my second year.
- Justin Mason, Guide
I moved to the land of opportunity (Alaska) in 2001 from Montana, and have lived in the far north, south east, and currently the interior of Alaska year-round. From summer fly fishing and family fun, to fall hunting and hiking, these two seasons keep me outdoors the longest under Alaska’s midnight sun. In the winter, you find me snowshoeing, skiing, and and traveling to hockey games that my two children play. In the spring, I enjoy camping, photographing the Northern Lights, and antler collecting. I have a camera and a set of binoculars on me at all times because there is always a chance to spot wildlife and an opportunity shoot photos of Alaska’s majestic land and animals. Living in Cantwell year-round gives me access to shoot photos right from my kitchen window of Denali, caribou, moose, bear, lynx, and birds. My motto is, “You’ll get enough sleep when you are dead, so get up and make the most of every single day.”