Jianna + Matt | Engagement Portraits

This couple made my job easy! Not only are they so incredible sweet together, they look like Barbie and Ken, but they were super comfortable posing in front of the camera for their engagement shoot.

I photographed them last month when I was back in Florida. We covered a lot of grounds in the River District of Fort Myers, FL capturing their engagement pictures.  And we lucked out with some awesome natural lighting, thank you clouds! :)

It was hard to narrow down my favorites engagement photos to put up here, so warning..there’s a lot!

Congratulations, Jianna and Matt…looking forward to your wedding day! :)

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Jill + Craig | Outdoor Wedding | Wedding Photographer

I just got back from Florida, photographing Jill and Craig’s beach wedding at Sanibel Harbour.  March weddings in Florida at the beach = perfection!  :) LOVE this time of year!  The icing on the cake for me was this super sweet couple.  From day one they have been wonderful to work with and get to know.  On their wedding day, they were so relaxed and went with the flow on everything, which in turn made their day nice (no stress! or at least I saw none! ;) ).

So here is a little sneak peek of their beach wedding day…enjoy!

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Congratulations Jill and Craig!  I enjoyed photographing your beautiful outdoor wedding…the rest of your photos are coming soon!

Meet Noah | Child Photography | Wyoming Portrait Photographer

This little guy was absolutely adorable to photograph.  It did take a little convincing, a lot of bribery, and a smidge of trickery (hee, hee) to get him to agree to taking some photos (wait a minute, my husband’s the same way…hmmmm), but in the end I feel as though we both won. :)  I got some cute kid portraits and he had a little fun (or at least I hope he did! haha).

The weather is a bit chilly right now in January here in Wyoming, so we did opt for the studio on this particular day.  Thus, since we were in my studio, we had perfect lighting and the weather was ideal! ;-)  (The benefit to studio portraits!)

And… I now think we can all agree that little boys clothes can be as cute as dressing up little girls…seriously LOVED all of Noah’s adorable little outfits.  Such a little stud muffin, right?!

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This one cracks me up…little boys don’t always want to be kissed by their mamas!

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And here are the rest of my favs…enjoy this cutie’s expressions!

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Baby and Family Portraits | Wyoming and Montana Family Photographer

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love the 6-9 month stage for baby pictures…they are sitting up, maybe crawling a little, but definitely not running yet! Plus it is a great age to venture outside with them and get some outdoor baby portraits.

I loved photographing this sweet little munchkin…who has the most beautiful blue eyes!  We took photos of this baby girl and her family portraits near Cody and Powell, Wyoming off Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy.  Then ended with a few studio portraits here in Baby A’s little cow costume, adorbs!  Although I’m not sure how much she enjoyed her little outfit. ;)

Here’s a few of my favs…

2This smile just melts your heart… <3  And I love the pink camo vest!

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13 14 15I can only imagine what she may have been thinking by this point…haha. But I do love her serious look!16 16a

NOW BOOKING in 2015:

Southwest Florida – Jan. 23-30, March 2-9, April 7-15, May 2-9

Wyoming and Montana – anytime except those dates above!

Can’t wait to plan your next photography session!

:) Alison

 

Child Portraits | Wyoming and Montana Family Photographer

It’s 2015 already!  Christmas is over :( and I’m seeing not much point to the snow anymore, haha!  But since it is here, I might as well stay warm inside and catch up on a little blogging.

I’ll start with this girl, my niece, who I’ve been photographing for 10+ years now, who still loves to challenge me when it comes to taking her pictures!  Haha…it has always been her idea vs. mine (she wins 90% of the time). :)

She was our first official visitor out here in Wyoming and she got to stay with us for a couple weeks.  In addition to crafts, exploring, and four-wheeling, I talked her into doing outdoor portraits at a couple different locations (ok, I had to beg and bribe her!).  We ventured up Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy for the fall foliage along a stream, emphasizing those golden autumn colors here.  Then we headed for Clark Canyon for that old western backdrop (I’m pretty sure John Wayne was nearby).  And finally, we ended at sunset in my backyard with the beautiful Beartooth Mountain Range and Heart Mountain in the background (swooning!!!).  I’m in love with all the different amazing locations out here for family and wedding photos, endless options!

So here are a few of my favorites from our fall photography session… <3

1AI think this one is my all time favorite…

1B 2a 2b 3I fear that one day she may not find my jokes funny anymore…but for now, I love getting this kind of laugh out of her!

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At least once every 10 frames she’d have to wink at me ;)

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NOW BOOKING in 2015:

Southwest Florida – Jan. 23-30, March 2-9, April 7-14

Wyoming and Montana – anytime except those dates above! ;)

Can’t wait to plan your next photography session!

Happy New Year,

Alison

Jodi + Russell, a Southwest Florida Wedding

I just got back from Florida, photographing this gorgeous wedding at the Estero Country Club at the Vines.  I do love winter weddings in Florida, such perfect weather and Jodi and Russell’s wedding was no exception.  They did a First Look, which was great because we were able to utilize A LOT of the scenic grounds around the country club before the ceremony and a few more after.  :)

Here’s a sneak peek of a few of their portraits…

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2a 4a 5 5a 6a 7 8 9 10 14 14a 15Congratulations Jodi and Russell…more to come soon!

Cheers,

Alison

Wedding and Commercial Photographer of the Year

I was so humbled and honored to receive once again “Wedding Photographer of the Year” as well as “Commercial Photographer of the Year” with the Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida and “Outstanding Service Award” with the Florida Professional Photographers.  This was my last year with the PPSWF and FPP since I’ve moved out west, so I’m happy to go out with a bang!  I told my husband I should get a REALLY big bonus now from my boss (yours truly) and my office Christmas party (consisting of me, the cat, and the dog) is going to be epic, Haha… He’s not amused and probably really worried.  :-D

I’ve now joined the Wyoming Professional Photography Association and am excited to get involved out here in Wyoming and Montana in the field of photography.  Cheers to the new year!

Here are a few of the images from the past year that got me those awards…

01 02 03 04 05 06With love and gratitude,

Alison

Photography Competitions – Wyoming and Montana Photographer

I finally got the results back from the competition I entered last month with my local photography guild back in Florida.   I’ve enjoyed being a part of the local SWFL chapter (Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida) of the PPA and FPP for the past 4 or 5 years. This year I served as the Vice President and Program Director, but now with my move to Wyoming, I will be stepping down.

Being a part of this group has helped me in all areas of my photography business…but being a part of the competitions we held 3 times a year, definitely helped with me with my skill level. It also allowed me to photograph personal projects for myself, not just for clients.

The photography competitions and I definitely had a love/hate relationship! It was completely nerve-wracking getting my prints ready to be judged live in front of all my peers. And every competition, without fail, the judges would completely dissect all my hard work! AH! Haha. But I definitely think it made me a better photographer.

So before I get back to Christmas orders and my never-ending editing (haha!), here are a few of my pieces from my last competition…

Allure: (we had to name our pieces, which proves to be the absolute hardest for me!)  Allure

Harvest Hunt:

Harvest HuntOff the Beaten Path:

Off the Beaten Path

Golden Grandeur:

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5 Things to Do to Prepare for Senior Portraits

Preparing for Senior Portraits:

There are lots of lists and tips out there but here are a few things I recommend, as you get ready to have your senior portraits taken.

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  1. Find a Photographer.  First things first, you need to find the right photographer for YOU! I definitely know my style isn’t for everyone, so it is important you check around and see what you like best. Ask to see the images of an entire senior session (not just the one photo that is on display). It’s also important that you are comfortable with your photographer, someone who puts you at ease. I remember when I was having my senior portraits taken (a couple years ago…?!) how at ease they put me…and even to this day I keep in touch with them and love them to pieces!
  1. Decide What to Wear and What to Bring.  “What should I wear?” is the main question I get. I recommend around 3 outfits. Layering is a perfect idea…that way we can get a few different looks with just one outfit. I also suggest that you pick one solid outfit (nothing too busy). It tends to be a bit more timeless (think about the 80s, any regrets there?!). ;) Above all though, we want these images to represent you…so what do you like on yourself? When in doubt ask a friend or text me a picture! In addition to your outfits, I always encourage my seniors to bring props! Whether it is your tennis racket, flute, dog, or best friend, it’s a great way to express you!
  1. Hair and Make-up.  For girls: I think getting your hair and make-up done professionally is a great idea. It alleviates the stress from you having to have THE perfect hair day.  And even if you don’t wear make-up, I recommend a little – any good make-up artist will know what photographs best. For guys and girls: don’t get a haircut too close to your session and don’t start tanning a couple days before your session!  I think we can all guess why this would be a bad idea. ;)
  1. Pick a Location. Definitely discuss this with your photographer. I’m constantly looking for new locations so that I can recommend a scene that would fit my client’s vision. Be mindful of what time of day your chosen location’s lighting will be best. When I lived in Florida, the beach was a popular choice…but the beach lighting is only best around sunrise and sunset! You don’t want to be squinting in all your photos.
  1. End Result.  Think about what you want to get out of these photos. Get your parents involved in all this! What do they want and what is the budget?  In this digital era we now live in, it is so easy to ask for all the images on CD and then you go home with the CD…and then what?

Voilà….

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Ok, that photo is just a joke, not a recommendation! ;)

So I challenge you to think of what you want as an end result…an album, gallery wrap for the wall, wallets to hand out to friends, framed prints for your grandparents, announcements, etc. One of my absolute favorite products we offer seniors is our Senior Memory Book. It is a great way to show off ALL your senior portraits to your friends and family, AND have them write you a message or answer a fun question.

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Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.

1 3 4 6 6a 7 7a 8 9 11 12Ready to get started?  Feel free to give me a call (239-634-4191) or email me (alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com) to set up your consultation and get planning!