joe is the first cousin to get married on our side of the fam. i couldn’t image anyone more perfect for him than megan.

among us youngin’s. we’ve all thought about it. how could it possibly go so smoothly. our side of the family can get a little crazy. but honestly, who’s doesn’t?

as soon as we’re all in the same space together, no matter how crammed or loud, goofy & obnoxious we all may be, it’s easy to enjoy the moment. we laugh, call each other out, make fun, remenisce about childhood & bring up silly nicknames (love ya joe joe).

what i love about weddings is everyone makes the effort to show up (which really isn’t difficult) but sometimes we lose sight of why we need to be there. maybe it’s not that convenient & your initial thought is you have your whole life to spend time with your family and lifelong friends. that’s not the case.

everyone grows older & the younger generations get on with their own lives. which is totally overwhelming with responsibility. life is scary & being caught up in it, we tend to forget how to spend time with our entire family.

to me holidays & special occasions aren’t enough. there’s no excuse for it. we’re all guilty, but i don’t understand why in most cases it takes getting married to get the whole family together.

this day was a great wake up call & reminder. at the end of the day nothing compares to spending time with those you care about most. it’s simple.

on that note, what better way to hold on to these precious memories than to capture them with photographs. it is such a privilege & honor to not only be apart of this family, but to be the one to shoot, & witness this day. where two families become one & especially apart of mine.

  1. Jessica Alvarado-Graham

    You are so talented Alyssa! I can’t thank you enough for shooting the Joe-Joe’s wedding. I am extremely grateful. You capture raw emotions like no other. I wish the night never ended!
    Jessica Alvarado-Graham

  2. Mary Faw

    you did an incredible job. The pics are wonderful. Meg and Joe are a great couple, and their day was perfect. Thank you, Mary

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we on a roof.

audrey is lookin’ like an angel.

we had been planning a shoot a few months back, but with rooftop access last minute, some wine, a few other lady friends ready to join us…we had to make it happen.

& i’m so glad it did.

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sweet & simple.

this time of year i always get the question…what if it rains on our shoot?

a little rain never hurt anyone.

so we wait it out. sure enough we always seem to get a break…with that perfect gray seattle light we all love.

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here’s my slap in the face for the day.

or instead, a reminder of why i carry such a strong drive to live my life as a photographer, no matter how much is piled on my plate. i’m only human & sometimes i put too much on my to do list. yes, the stress catches up with me, but it’s nothing i can’t handle.

i think everyone goes through this. we lose sight on those days we are buried deep in a pile of tasks that need to get finished pronto, with hope it doesn’t grow into a mountain too steep to climb.

shooting & sharing a good time with my couples is what i live for, in order to do that there’s gotta be a lot of heart behind my work. i’m dedicating my days toward strategizing, marketing, editing, answering a shit ton of emails, learning from mistakes…etc. it consumes me & i love to be 100% hands on, but when wedding season rolls around it overwhelmingly snowballs into something i can’t turn off. finding that balance between my personal life & work can be tricky.

when i first started out, i always & still more often that not, said yes to everything. some of my greatest fears have been putting myself out there, hounding myself to always do better, pressure to achieve these sky-high expectations, or not being good enough for certain people. i don’t think there is any way around the negativity some bring into life, but i’m realizing it toughens me up nonetheless. so instead i’m learning to face those damn fears.

what i’ve understood on this journey is being myself makes me a more focused & determined person. i choose who i’m surrounded by & there’s specific reasons for that.

as i continue to build & modify my brand, i’m learning to be more selective with my work. yes, there’s always something to do, but i don’t want to lose sight of myself. simple as it sounds. if i can continue to remember what i want, reflect & see growth in myself, then i must be doing something right.


now to leave you with some shots of this sweetest gal audrey. one of the first afternoons that felt like fall…all you want to do is laze around & sip wine. that’s just what we did!

now it’s time to go grab another coffee & get back on my editing game before i head to san fran’s wedding tomorrow. yeee

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strictly shooting weddings that portray the couples’ personality. that’s what it’s all about.

danielle & john clearly delivered. every detail screams these two.

i don’t think i’ve ever had a more precious first look. they didn’t hold back any expressions. john cheated & snuck a peek too soon, but the spontaneity made it all the better. they couldn’t even smooch each other they were so giggly.

the traditional way of seeing your bride walk down the isle for the first time is glorious, but what i love about the “first look” is it’s more emotional. It’s private. no one else is watching you.…so be in the moment & let those tears start rollin’ down them cheeks. that’s what your day is all about.

talk about the most gorgeous, classiest, timeless, bridesmaids ever. those bouquets set with those dresses. mmm. i couldn’t pair anything so effortlessly elegant myself.


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