I'm a mother, wife, creator, and dream-chaser. You can often find me with my head in the clouds, feet in the mud, and a third (or fourth) cup of coffee in my cup. I call everyone dude, I randomly break out into song, and I will wade in freezing water to get THE shot for you.
When you work with me, you can expect to dance, run, piggyback, motorboat, swear, laugh, and get messy. So what I'm saying is: wear comfortable shoes, throw the rulebook away, and don't take life too seriously (none of us get out alive).
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At Wild Iris Studios, our mission is to create a space where people can embrace their raw and authentic selves while empowering them to prioritize experiences that light their souls on fire, free from the constraints of societal expectations. We specialize in capturing wild souls in wild landscapes through elopement and boudoir photography, curating experiences for the rebels, risk-takers, and free spirits who value self-expression and the thrill of adventure. Our goal is to unveil and celebrate the extraordinary within each of our clients, leaving them with breathtaking images that tell the story of their unique journeys.
Strong & Resilient Women
That feeling you get when you spin in circles
When the wind catches your hair
This isn't my first rodeo. I've had a camera in my hands for as long as I can remember, and I've been in business professionally since 2017. This is more than just a job or a creative outlet for me, it's a passion, an obsession, and I freaking love what I do. Ask me anything throughout your planning process. I have loads of resources and advice to share that will help make your day amazing!
Before starting my photography journey, I studied the social sciences. After starting my business, I took an online mentorship about the art of emotion in photography. I've always been fascinated with human emotion and interactions, and when I photograph couples, I'm very intentional about capturing genuine emotions and those in-between moments and details that really speak to who you are as a couple.
I'm not a big fan of those cheesy and staged photos that don't look genuine. For the majority of your day, I prefer to take a step back and capture your day as it unfolds. Then when it comes time for portraits, I like to take a lifestyle approach, which means giving you things to do rather than just poses to stay in. You'll be too busy spinning and laughing and snuggling and swaying to wonder where to look or what to do with your hands.
I get it. seriously, I do! You are not alone. I've personally been in front of the camera many times at various stages of life and always feel some sort of way about it; whether it be stiff and awkward (wtf do I do with my hands?) or super self conscious (do I look as bloated as I feel?). The secret sauce to looking comfortable in front of the camera, is feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and I'm here to make the whole process feel fun, relaxed, and genuine.
Sierra is amazing! Her lighting style immediately drew us to her when looking for wedding photographers as we wanted to capture the vibrance and joy of our big day. She met those expectations with her beautiful photos and was also such a pleasure to work with. She is calm, organized, very approachable, and a great communicator, which allowed us to relax and just have fun. Thank you, Sierra!
- Leanora S. and Alex B.
We Hired Sierra Wilson's photography services, for our wedding on the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau AK As it is on glacier we had short wedding ceremony but we really appreciated Sierra Wilson work when we saw final pictures! We don’t know how she could capture those amazing pictures in 40 mins on glaciers! Sierra is a professional and understanding person, she spoke to us for 30 min while booking about our expectations and delivered them 100% Great quality of work! We are happy that we hired her for our special day! Sierra made it beautiful with her creative skills. Strongly suggest her service.
- Sarahbeth and Sandeep H.J.
WOW!!! We are absolutely thrilled with all of our amazing photos! Sierra is such an awesome person and was able to capture every special moment throughout our day! She knew exactly what to do and say to make us feel 100% comfortable. Looking at our photos brings us right back to that moment! Thank you Sierra for being such an amazing piece of our wedding day! We can’t wait to come back to Alaska for our next adventure! For sure Sierra will be a part of it!
- Maggie B.
We booked Sierra for our Juneau wedding photos and WOW! are we ever happy we did!! Not only is she an amazing photographer (that’s clear from her website!), but she managed to make us feel relaxed and comfortable, and we had fun!! (and that’s saying a lot because we do not usually enjoy having our photo taken lol). Thank you so much Sierra for making the whole process simple, for going over and above, and for perfectly capturing us!!!
- Chelsea and Dan G.
“I had a lot of confidence in Sierra as a photographer but I was still pretty sure I would hate the pictures because I hate all pictures of me. I totally had a panic attack about it before arriving. And I LOVE these pictures so so so much. I adore them all, it actually made me cry”
“Taking photos with Sierra is fun and easy going. The experience was really special and intimate. No pressure to be perfect, and just capturing the moment in its most natural state. The final product turned out beautifully too! I would recommend any couple to schedule a session with Wild Iris Photography!”
- Kayla T.
“Working with Sierra was very easy. She was so sweet and very receptive to my ideas and added ideas of her own. When we got to the site she brought chocolate for my daughter as a special treat which was so thoughtful. She made beautiful maternity photos for my family to look back on for years to come. I would highly recommend her for your family photos.”
“After a lifetime of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin I was nervous and excited about my boudoir shoot. My partner and I were immediately at ease with the professionalism and direction that Wild Iris photography continuously gave throughout the shoot. A lifetime of uncertainty was turned into confidence! Seeing just a glimpse of our photos has us so excited to see the rest - we know without a doubt that not only photos will be something we cherish but the experience as well. Highly recommend!”
“Sierra is an AMAZING photographer and really catches the beauty in a photo. She is kind, sweet, honest and really cares about her clients. I cannot recommend her enough. I would give her way more than 5 stars. She makes you feel so comfortable, confident and gorgeous during the shoot. I’ve done 2 shoots with her so far and I CANNOT wait to do another one with her again. Sierra is a serious blessing! You will not regret getting your photos done by this gorgeous lady!”
I cannot recommend Sierra enough. We used Wild Iris for Senior Pictures. Our whole experience was about so much more than just pictures. My daughter has never been a fan of having her picture taken. Sierra really took the time to get to know her and what she wanted before the photo session. Sierra arranged for hair and makeup before the shoot which was so convenient and turned out amazing. She has an excellent eye for perfect photo spots and made sure my daughter was comfortable and enjoying the shoot the entire time. When we received the final photos I was speechless. They are so beautiful. They really reflect my daughter’s personality. Everything went above and beyond my expectations and I look forward to using Wild Iris Photography again in the future.
- Sonja P.
It has been an honor to work with Sierra. She works magic with her camera lens. I'm super excited to start sharing her creations from our branding photoshoot together last week. She made me feel at ease right away. And her images reflect me as an artist; fun, messy, colorful. I highly recommend her work!
- Christine K.
Sierra photographed our styled elopement and the whole day was just amazing! She is so easy to work with & gives the perfect amount of instructions and freedom to have as much fun as you want to with it. Her pictures turned out better than i could have imagined & really captures the love and joy from that day. We will cherish her work forever. EVERYONE should have Sierra photograph the big & little moments in their lives
- Paige & Xavier W.
Rocky Mountain Natl. Park, Colorado
Zion Natl. Park, Utah
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Cinque Terre, Italy
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Causeway Coast, Ireland
I'm so glad you asked! I adore travel and have photographed clients as far Las Vegas and Oklahoma City. See the Travel Schedule above to see where I am headed next. If you book a sessions with me there, during that time, there will be no travel fees. Otherwise, contact me and we can chat!
Will you travel to me?
The bucket list is a list of locations worldwide that I've been dying to visit and photograph. So much so, that if you book a session with me to take place at any of those locations, and you cover my travel and lodging, your session or wedding cost will be significantly reduced.
What is the Bucket List?
Travel fees vary depending on whether the destination is in Alaska, outside of Alaska, or outside of the US, and how many nights of lodging will be required. Please contact me about your session and I can give you a custom quote.
What are your travel fees?
You're asking the right gal! I've lived here for most of my life and I know Juneau better than most people. I have a list of preferred vendors and I would love to help you plan your visit, whether it's a few hours or a few days!
I'm traveling to Juneau, where should I go/eat/stay/play?