based in traverse city, michigan

Hi, I'm alyson

I never had any outside influences that pushed me to be a photographer. As cliche as it sounds, I think photography found me. When I would think about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life there was never a definitive answer but I did know that I was born to be independent and create a life that fueled my creativity.

When I was thirteen a family friend asked me to take a few photos for their Christmas cards. With little to no background experience I gave it my best shot and within a year I was asked to photograph my first wedding. 

I became very passionate about photographing others and telling a little piece of their life story with the short time I was able to spend with them. So much so that I decided on specializing in marriage & motherhood photography. 

Weddings take the cake for me. I genuinely enjoy the rush of being tossed among strangers' family and friends and going with it.

I love creating intimate connections with my couples while laughing and having a great time. I live for quirky best man speeches and grandpa's best dance moves. But also get choked up as the wedding vows are exchanged. I cannot think of a greater feeling than being welcomed with open arms to one of the greatest celebrations in life and feeling like I have become a part of the family.

Which is why I aim to maintain that level of comfort for my couples far beyond their wedding day. There is just something so incredible about watching my couples become parents. Watching them transition their roles from husband and wife to mom and dad from a photographer's standpoint is something I cannot put into words. I feel so humbled to have built that trust and friendship enough to watch their love evolve into something greater than themselves. 

As these moments are fleeting, my one hope is that in finding a photographer and friend in me, you feel as if the many milestones you are walking through now are being documented exactly how you want to remember them for the years to follow.  


my little family

These two are the reason I continue to do what I do every single day. My boyfriend Joe has been the greatest supporter to me through all of my excitement and struggles. He's often the one that gives me the push I need to do something I don't believe I can do. He's the motivation that someone like me needs when I need a reminder of why I started this business in the first place. I truly lucked out when meeting him and I don't know where I'd be without him.

Together, we have a sassy and insanely lovable golden pyrenees puppy that we love with our entire beings. I have never met a dog that makes me laugh so hard on a daily basis and drive me crazy just the same. He is a little over a year old and is the best thing that has come into our lives thus far. They say we don't deserve the love we receive from our pets and it's so true. His unconditional love keeps me going day in and day out. 

Baking/Cooking

This is relatively new for me, but I really enjoy making a good, hardy meal. Food just seems to taste better when I know what's in it, how it was prepared, and how much time I spent on it. 

01/05

Lounging

I am a homebody at heart. My ideal Sunday is to be locked in at home in my pajamas, snuggled up in a plush blanket, munching on a snack while scrolling through Pinterest. Oh, and getting my pizza delivered of course. 

02/05

Working Out

Okay, I'll admit that I fall off the wagon and get back on time and time again. But I genuinely enjoy the rush I get when completing a difficult workout. I continue to be on a journey to loving myself through all of the seasons of change.

03/05

Time With Family

I find myself craving that bonding time with my family most days. It was so strange going from living in a home with six people to moving out and not seeing them as often as I'd like. My favorite is when we're all just sitting in the living room talking about life. I miss them.

03/05

Design

I have a passionate heart that yearns for all things creative. I spend way too much time looking at color palettes and get indecisive when it comes to decisions because I love too many styles of design. I can live with that.

03/05

A few of my favorite things

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