Over the years, I found my style (which I must say is a billion times better than those early days,) I found a collection of the best lenses (along with bettering my skills to use them,) and I found a more balanced sense of confidence (I like to think I'm more of a well rounded Leslie than an impulsive Tom.)
I've also been incredibly blessed to find my people. The Brides and Grooms who call themselves #apcouples. The ones who send me pictures of their new puppy because they know I'll send back 47 crying gifs about how cute it is. The ones who are fluent in The Office and Parks & Rec quotes (and who would literally give up pretzel day and never play Cones of Dunshire again to not have to choose between the two.) And the ones who are so unbelievably in love with each other that they make themselves want to throw up.
I accidentally became a wedding photographer back in 2010. I had a brand new camera, one lens, and the confidence that only Tom Havorford could relate to. I knew I loved photographing people, and I knew I loved everything that had to do with weddings, I just didn't realize you could actually make a living involving both.
My great-grandfather was an artist, both of my great-grandmothers were seamstresses. My grandfather was a wedding photographer, my grandmother was a seamstress, my father is an artist and musician, and my mother is a seamstress and fashion designer. So yeah, I pretty much had no choice but to inherit creative genes.
Alex, bride to be
"Just wanted to let you know how much we love the photos!!!! You did a beautiful job, we have been looking at them all evening and sharing them with family <3 Your work is fantastic and you were so easy to work with, thank you so much! Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate everything!"
"Working with Alayna was one of the many highlights of my sister's wedding! She gave clear direction the entire day, was flexible to any requests we had and her smile was always present! The pictures are beautiful. I would 100% recommend Alayna!"
"Thank you so much Alayna! I can not tell you how amazing you’ve been, throughout the whole day you were perfect. Everyone in the bridal party expressed to me and Adrien how comfortable you made them feel and how joyous and happy you were. You were one of the many highlights of the day, I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else. You have been an absolute dream to work with, everyone at the wedding fell in love with you."
“You blew us away with all the images! They still bring a smile to our faces and memories to our minds.”
“You are so great!!!!!! Omg there are so many that I love!!! Thank you so so so much!!!.”
“WOW!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERY PHOTO!! I cannot thank you enough and no words will ever describe how grateful we are to you! ”
“The pictures are beautiful! We really appreciate you working with us and you helped make the day truly special for us. Now we have the wonderful memories to look back on!”