hi – I’M ALYSSA

& I am not just a photographer; I serve couples craving a deeper connection with both each other and their photos through experiences

Intimate Wedding & Elopement Photographer

Upstate NY | Traveling Worldwide

5-Star Rated on Google

LGBTQ Friendly

Meet Alyssa – Upstate NY Elopement Photographer

⟶ My Why

When I was planning my own wedding, I felt so disconnected from everything I was ever told a wedding day is supposed to look and feel like. Everyone, including myself, kept getting caught up in the rules and details that before you knew it, the meaning of the day was buried.

This photo from our honeymoon is one of my favorite things I possess because it embodies every little sight, sound, and emotion we were feeling at this point in our relationship. The roaring wind, the open landscape, the gigantic mountain range behind us making us feel so small… all of it painting an allegory of our new marriage and all things to come. No trending details distracting us; it’s just effortlessly us and where we were in this moment, and that’s what I love so much about it.

Being married will challenge you as a human and shift your perspective of what it means to love and provide. It will change you as both individuals and as a team, and will show you that you are capable of so much more than you ever envisioned possible.

Your wedding day is the beginning of something, but it’s also the end to something. To celebrate and preserve this transformation takes so much more than details; it takes an experience that not only allows you to connect with each other on a deeper level, but also reminds you of what brought you to this day and why you chose each other.

Celebrating who you are and preserving the versions of you and your relationship that exist right now, without distraction… that’s what my business is all about.

⟶ Things I Love

I’m a wife, a cat-mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. I’m inspired by rainy and foggy mornings, golden sunsets, the sound of thunder, candlelight, and a hot beverage in my hands. I value a minimalist and eco-conscious lifestyle, but traveling to new places will always warm my heart. The unknown is where I come alive, and the open terrain is where I shine as an artist.

I love the smell of lavender and chai (separately of course, together would be weird), and the smell of the Earth after it rains. I’m a vegetarian who loves a good lemon-gin cocktail – better yet, put some lavender in it.

I’m 28 years young, a Gemini, and a type 5 enneagram (in case those are the kinds of things you want to know about me). I’m outgoing but deeply introverted, and will always prefer real one-on-one conversations as opposed to small talk. I never take myself too seriously; I’m random, clumsy, and always want to laugh.

I live in the same town I grew up, but I’m honestly not too attached to it; home is just wherever my cats are. Down comforters, fluffy cocks, and oversized sweaters are all so cozy. I collect t-shirts for every place I travel. I’m a full-time, professional photographer but I’m terrible at taking personal photos because I love feeling present and experiencing places and moments with my entire being.

Earthy, Soft, Natural, Emotive

⟶ My Style & Approach

I want you to come in your truest form; messiness, laughter, silence, and humility are what we’re here to capture. Close your eyes and explore each other with your hands. Part your lips, breathe each other in. Find the sun with your face and feel her warmth. Play with your dress and feel the texture in it’s weave.

No one here is judging you. You’re here to look ridiculous and experience this place or this person in all their entirety. Run, frolic, explore, play. Love and be loved just as you do. We’re here for connection, experience, and preservation above all else.

 

What I care about most is how you remember this moment. This isn’t about me, or even just about photos; it’s about exposing your unique personalities, dreams, and values and preserving it all in a way you can enjoy and revisit for the rest of your lives.

I don’t heavily pose my subjects and instead encourage you to arrive with a story you want to tell. I dive deep to discover who you are, and work with you to build an itinerary that provides something worth photographing – worth preserving.

Connection, Experience, Preservation

⟶ My Process

After working with so many couples and getting married myself, I’ve discovered that my skills as an artist go beyond seeing color and composition. What I excel at is seeing who people are on a deeper level, how they interpret and connect with their surroundings, and what their love leans into. My process depends on unearthing who you are, planning our time together with intention, then capturing moments as they naturally happen:

Step 01 ⟶ Discover

The foundation of my process depends on a discovery phase, where I learn who you are and what brought you to this day.

Step 02 ⟶ Plan

From there, I’m able to provide resources and suggestions for locations and activities that encourage you to focus on each other and the deeper meaning of your day.

Step 03 ⟶ Document

Nothing is more beautiful than how you already interact with one another, which is why I’m not going to tell you how to do any of that. And because we’ve already designed a day so authentically and effortlessly “you,” we’ll be able to capture this experience and how it felt without manipulation.

Why elopements & intimate weddings?

On a day so personal and pivotal, you deserve to feel valued and heard. For some, this level of intimacy only comes with a quiet and distraction-free atmosphere, and intimate celebrations give us just that – they offer the space some need to speak and give permission for unbounded vulnerability.

Intimate celebrations suppress the noise that so often clouds our perspectives, and instead allow us to experience wholly the love and meaning behind this day.

I didn’t build this business just for the love of marriage or travel, but instead around my love for the human connection.

My job is to encourage an atmosphere for deeper connection, then preserve that connection with a candid product you can take with you. You’re going to leave this experience with not just photos, but a time capsule to relive the story of who you were in that moment.  Together we will co-create an intentional experience that leaves you with timeless photos of who you are your best.

This was not an experience where you need to be posed and told how to look. Instead what you’re going to get from Alyssa is real, authentic, fun, romantic photos that are glimpses into who you and your partner are.  How special is that?

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Want to learn what it takes to create your own meaningful experience?

Alyssa Vanzo is a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Upstate NY. Serving areas of New York State such as the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley, but also frequently traveling worldwide.