Food Drop 2015

We’re 17 days away from the Iditarod Anchorage ceremonial start day. More and more preparations are going on. Last night I photographed a pilot planning meeting. Today a group of over 40 volunteers, including a large contingent from the Alaska Military Youth Academy, helped to unload, sort, tag, stack and move thousands of musher’s food…

Straw Bagging

Iditarod is coming around the corner. It felt like “old-home week” again today when I went to Airland Transport and saw many of the same volunteers bagging over 1600 bales of straw. The assembly line precision made short work out of unloading, bagging, tagging, palletizing, shrink wrapping, labeling and reloading the straw. Amazing !! Here’s…

February 27, 2014

It’s crunch time. Yesterday began with a 6:30am departure from the office to set up for the Musher’s Meeting at the Millenium Hotel. Finding mushers and getting them to sit for their portrait this time of year, so close to the Iditarod race start, is a bit like herding cats. However, all portraits were captured!…

Iditarod Dogs Get Their Vet Check

It’s pretty busy here at Jeff Schultz Photography! We are less than three days from the 2014 Ceremonial Iditarod start in Anchorage. I spent the morning photographing the ‘Vet Check’ at Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska. Volunteer veterinarians, some from as far away as Australia, gave the dogs thorough examinations to be sure they are…

Iditarod Time

Yes, the Iditarod start is almost 3 full months away, March 1st.  BUT preparations are beginning behind the scenes now. This past Tuesday night over 20 of the best bush pilots in Alaska met for the first of several pre-race Iditarod Air Force planning meetings. I was there to photograph their “mug shots” for use…

Saturday in Nome

It’s Saturday in Nome.  The last couple days has been spent mostly editing the 10,000 plus photos taken during the race, getting them captioned and sorted for the www.iditarodphotos.com website as well as putting together my annual slide show that will be shown at the Iditarod volunteer potluck dinner next week in Anchorage.  It’s been a brain-drain…

Jeff in Action

My little tribute to Jeff Schultz. This is Jeff’s 33rd year photographing the Iditarod and he’s a man who knows everyone and how to get things done. I was privileged enough to join him for my first and his 33rd adventure and get to experience real life in Alaska, meet all the wonderful and friendly…