Honest, Authentic Arizona Wedding & FAMILY Photography
Based in Phoenix, Arizona
It’s not enough to simply take beautiful photos of people in epic scenery and bring forth their personalities. Nearly every photographer can do that these days. What I think matters most is being an mirror, a witness to people’s small and big moments in their lives and capturing those for them. I want to capture moments and photos that mean something to my clients throughout their lives- the photos they hang on their walls to bring them joy when they are going through a tough time and the photos that bring them comfort at the funerals of their loved ones.
For the independent free spirit who loves the wind in your hair. For the person who loves nature but hates trends, who wants to be authentic and real, but not #liveauthentic, down to earth, not a princess. For the person who craves depth and vulnerability, for photos that show who you really are, to look at on the wall and smile and be proud of because “this is me, this is us”. Real.
Weddings are my jam. I’ve been shooting weddings in Arizona for over 10 years and have photographed 100+ of all sizes. My style is documentary- I want to tell your story so when you are 80 and your memory is fading, you still feel like you were there at your wedding.
I’ve been photographing elopements & small weddings (micro weddings, intimate weddings) before it was cool because of COVID. Want to elope but don’t know where to start? Let me be your guide to make your Arizona elopement dreams come true.
My experience shooting moments happening rapid-fire at weddings, coupled with my own very active, fast 3 year old daughter, means I can definitely photograph your crazy family and love doing so! My style is documentary lifestyle, leaving you with true to life, beautiful family photos that will stand the test of time, showcasing your connection and relationship as a family.
Seniors & Couples
Over 10 years ago, I got started with photography shooting high school & college graduate sessions. I love providing my clients beautiful, authentic portraits of themselves during one of their best accomplishments- graduating! I work very well with shy, nervous to be in front of the camera types of seniors and work gently to bring out their personalities in an authentic way.
And, although engagement sessions are included in most of my wedding packages, or heavily discounted in my elopement & small wedding packages, I love capturing engagement and proposal sessions for couples getting married out of state. Engagement sessions are a great way to document your relationship as a couple and have an experience together, not only to look back on but to calm your nerves before the big day.
Yes, I shoot underwater! I love photographing creative underwater sessions in pools for many reasons: underwater maternity, underwater engagement sessions, trash the wedding dress, underwater senior sessions- you name it! I am one of the very few photographers with this specialty in the US and have been shooting underwater for over 8 years.
Alyssa and her team did SUCH a great job photographing our wedding. We are thrilled, our mothers are thrilled, my Instagram feed has never looked better!! Alyssa did such a great job of listening to what we wanted our day to be like, first and foremost. We hired her for her awesome “documentary” kind of style, and came out with the most gorgeous, natural pictures that we didn’t have to spend half our day schlepping around to get. She really captured the natural beauty of our venue and the happy, fun vibe of the day, plus a little extra magic. I can’t thank her enough!
-Jessica & Jason
-Andrew & Summer
From the moment we first had contact with Alyssa we knew she would be perfect photographer for our elopement. We fell in love with her style of photography and ability to capture the beauty in a moment. She was very helpful with suggesting locations and the timeline of our wedding. I love that she’s able to direct us with the poses and made us feel very comfortable, especially having our furbabies in the wedding. All our photos turned out amazing and couldn’t have asked for a better photographer on our special day. Thank you Alyssa!!!
I love helping maybe to the point of pathology. I’m a (hopefully) recovering people-pleaser.
Check out my wedding & elopement resources
95+ Wedding Venues in Arizona
Some of my favorite wedding venues from all across Arizona.
Arizona Elopement Locations & Guide
Thinking of eloping? I have you covered. Here are tons of incredible locations all across AZ, plus what you need to know about eloping in this beautiful state.
Arizona Small Wedding Venue Guide
Having a small, intimate micro wedding and looking for some venue ideas? Here are some great suggestions & tips for small weddings!
Arizona Engagement Photo Guide
Want to have an engagement session here? Here’s nearly everything you could want to know!
Take photos of the good times before you realize they were the good times.
Hey there, I´m Alyssa and want to capture your real moments and connection with the people you love.
Honesty & authenticity is one of the bravest and daring things. It is vulnerable because society tell us who to be, what to think, how to act from the moment we are born, implicitly or explicitly. Sometimes, the message is “hide your true self behind what’s expected” and do what you’re told. Doing what’s expected is often the forced smile and posey photos that everyone expects, but isn’t a reflection of who you really are. It’s a fake smile, a hollow laugh.
“But I’m not photogenic!” I hear you, I understand. Authenticity isn’t about stiff poses, it’s about connection to each other, and yourself. It’s about having the bravery to be your genuine self without fear of how you’ll look. Because I promise you, when you are authentically yourself, you’ve never looked so good. And best of all, it makes being photographed FUN. Yes, I said the f-word. If you’re ready to be vulnerable, real, honest & brave, scroll through my work and see if it speaks to you. Then email me to get the conversation started.
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