MY NAME IS ALYSSA MCELHENY.
I AM A WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN THE MIDWEST AND WILLING TO GO ABSOLUTELY ANYWHERE TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR DAY. I TRULY LOVE WEDDINGS. IN FACT, JUST THE PHOTO SIDE OF THEM WASN'T QUITE ENOUGH FOR ME; I OWN A BOHEMIAN EVENT/STUDIO/BRIDAL SPACE (ANY BRIDES OUT THERE LOOKING FOR A BEAUTIFUL, WHITEWASHED SPACE TO GET READY IN ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING OR TO RENT OUT FOR A SHOWER? GET IN TOUCH.)! I TRY MY HARDEST TO LOVE OTHERS AS I AM LOVED (GRANDLY). I'M MARRIED TO DANIEL MCELHENY, WHO IS MY FAVORITE PERSON IN LIFE IN SO MANY WAYS. I RUN A LOT. I COACH CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK AND FIELD. I LOVE FOOD. I SING LOUDLY WHILE DRIVING. HABLO ESPAÑOL CON FLUIDEZ. BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR YOU, I LOVE TO TAKE PHOTOS.
I'LL KEEP THE REST OF THIS BRIEF. I BELIEVE IN MEANINGFUL, QUALITY, EMOTIONAL, PRETTY PHOTOS. I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY AN ARM AND A LEG TO GET SUCH PHOTOS. I CAN'T IMAGINE A TIME WHEN I'M MORE COMFORTABLE AND AT PEACE THAN WHEN I'M BEHIND MY CAMERA, MAKING IMAGES OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU. OUR INTERACTIONS WILL BE NATURAL. HOPEFULLY YOU'LL FORGET I'M THERE MOST OF THE TIME (GOOD LUCK!). I WANT TO SEE YOU IN YOUR MOST EASY STATE. I WANT TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE LOVELY BUNTING THAT YOU AND YOUR GIRLFRIENDS SPENT HOURS PUTTING TOGETHER BUT EVEN MORE OF YOU, TEARY-EYED, HUGGING YOUR MOTHER AFTER WALKING BACK UP THE AISLE AFTER MARRYING THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. PICTURES ARE PERHAPS MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD AND I WOULD BE HONORED TO TAKE YOURS!
WEDDING COLLECTION (2018 - $3.500) (2019 - $3.750) ,
PORTRAIT COLLECTION (2018 - $400) (2019 - $450)
SETS OF 10 OR 20 POLARIOD IMAGES FROM YOUR DAY ($30 OR $60)
PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILED OR MORE FLEXIBLE PACKAGE INFORMATION.
Alyssa was an absolute dream to work with. We knew we had to have her as our wedding photographer the day we met for our engagement shoot. She was so effortless, sweet, and down-to-earth. Aside of her easy-going personality, we knew her style was truly special. She found unique spots to take pictures of us as we walked the streets of downtown Chicago. She did this at our wedding, as well! Some of our favorite images from our wedding day are the ones where she used her creative eye to use different parts of the city as our backdrop. Our wedding party, friends, and family were blown away by her work! The moments she captured on our wedding day are ones we will forever treasure, and we feel so incredibly lucky to have had her as our wedding photographer. We would love to work with her again in the future. She has our highest recommendation! - Adam and Sandra
Alyssa is everything you want in a wedding photographer. Her work is creative, imaginative, and detail-oriented. She is passionate, enthusiastic, and committed. She captures every hidden glance, every soft touch, and every stolen breath within each important moment. Her photos perfectly encapsulate every moment of bliss that you remember and a million other precious moments you never even knew occurred! She is kind and thoughtful and easy-going. Nothing ever felt forced or uneasy. She is natural and reassuring. Having her photograph our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. She felt like a best friend even though I didn’t know her and cannot recommend her enough! She was an absolute delight on our wedding day and her photos are absolutely stunning! She truly makes the magic happen. - Eric and Lydia
Working with Alyssa was hands down the easiest and best decision we made in our entire wedding planning process. The organic, rich and moody aesthetic of her beautiful photography speaks for itself, and her easygoing and encouraging demeanor makes even the most camera-shy couple feel (and look!) like total rockstars. While Alyssa’s skill behind the camera is what led us to her, it’s the person she is beyond her photos that made working with her such an incredible experience. Alyssa has a true talent for all things wedding, and a heart big enough to share that passion and knowledge with her clients. If you want a photographer who will double as a florist, a bridal gown consultant, a therapist, and a friend, hire this amazing human. I will always be grateful to Alyssa for the special moments she captured so honestly and beautifully, for being a badass boss lady and a serious style inspiration, and for playing such a big role in making our big day so special. I’m looking forward to so many more of life’s moments memorialized through Alyssa’s lens. - Courtney and Kristin
Alyssa creates magic - our wedding photos were incredible and leaves a lump in my throat whenever I open our album. For our Detroit Institute of Arts wedding in October 2017, Alyssa was my first "vendor" I selected and I had already written the check before we had set an official date. With a wildly kind talented eye, her images are dramatic, editorial and belong on every boho-style bridal page in print and online. Her work is of such high caliber, and she remained professional throughout our day, capturing the most warm and lovely images that my husband and I treasure. - Matthew and Alyssa
Using Alyssa for our day, was one of the best decisions we made. We live in Arizona and were married in Michigan, so we didn’t have the chance for much face to face contact with Alyssa prior to the morning of the wedding and I really didn’t give Alyssa any direction or input into what we wanted captured for the day. We had to cancel our rehearsal due to storming( it was an outdoor venue and ceremony) and the morning of the wedding was still storming so it was “all hands on deck” as we scrambled to set up. It was not the peaceful, relaxing morning I envisioned as a bride, but Alyssa was an absolute god send. She stepped right in, knew exactly what she was doing and what she needed to get good shots, without any direction. She kept us on schedule, and was efficient in getting pictures naturally. My bridal party kept commenting on how easy and fun getting pictures was. I had also asked Alyssa to do some floral, and she went completely above and beyond. She made several options for the bridal floral crown to I made sure to find one I liked, and she ended up decorating more of our ceremony “just because” and it was beautiful. Alyssa was key in making our day run smoothly, and her presence put me at ease knowing our day would be captured beautifully. She is passionate about her work and it shows in the care and attention to detail in her work. Outside of her professionalism and beautiful work, she was so fun, easygoing and felt like a part of our family/friends throughout the day. I would (and have) recommended her to several friends and family who have used her and they have been as equally impressed with her work. - Matt and Meg
Working with Alyssa could not have been any better! Not only is she incredibly talented probably the best part, she made an awkward girl like me feel totally comfortable in front of the camera! Alyssa is warm, easy going, silly and has an eye for the most beautiful moments. On my wedding day I was able to sit back and relax and let her do her thing! My pictures are somehow more beautiful than I even remember my wedding day being! She is simply the BEST! - Chris and Emily
Before I was even engaged, the only thing I knew I for sure wanted in my wedding was to have Alyssa photograph it; I shamelessly booked her months before Konrad proposed and I am SO glad I did. Working with her was everything I hoped it be: both creative and breezy. I trusted Alyssa to capture the day beautifully without needed me to worry about anything. She brings a joy with her that is incredible; she is present, attentive, and sincerely right-there-in-the-moment with you savoring this precious day. I cannot recommend her enough! - Conrad and Lauren
When I was looking for a wedding photographer, I wanted to find someone that could capture our day in a real way - full of life. Looking at her pictures, this piece of Alyssa's talent is quite obvious - her photos clearly belong in a magazine, or hung as art on your wall (which we have done with several of her photos). Working with her is where the real magic happens. I honestly have no idea how she does it. My husband and I are not models by any means, and he especially feels quite uncomfortable in front of a camera. This panicked me for our wedding day, so I knew I needed someone that could guide and direct us in a non-static way. From the first second we met her, she made us feel SO comfortable, like we had always been friends. In an environment that seems impossible to shoot, Alyssa manages to find the spots and angles that create pure perfection. I always walk away from a session feeling confident that her work will be beautiful - and it always is. We intentionally booked our wedding day based on Alyssa's availability, and it was the best decision I made (second to marrying my best friend) for capturing gorgeous memories that will be passed on to our children someday. - Matt and Alexa
Working with Alyssa was an absolute dream! She was quick to respond during our initial correspondence. Everything that I had dreamed up for our wedding came true. Her flower work was exquisite. She put so much time, effort and care into the flowers. Her photos captured every moment of the day so that anyone who looked at them would not only feel as though they were there but could feel the love and happiness from the day. She was so easy to work with, and her direction during pictures could make even the most non-photogenic look natural and good. I cannot thank her enough! I couldn’t recommend her highly enough! - Mark and Hannah
Alyssa and her photography are unmatched. Her style is completely her own, yet every event she photographs is completely in tune to the personal style of whoever she’s working with that day. To put it simply: she’ll get you. You’ll book her for her gorgeous natural photos and obvious talent, but for Alyssa, that’s not even close to where it stops. My husband and I were lucky enough to have her photograph our wedding, so from personal experience, here’s how it all goes down: She’ll get to know you, so well that when your big day has finally arrived, it feels like she’s a close friend who just so happens to snap a photo your way every so often. She’ll be squealing right along with your bridesmaids when you put on your dress, she might even tear up during your vows, and she makes it so natural that you’ll hardly even know she’s there during your first look. All of this contributes to photos that are you. Photos that matter. Photos you’ll look at twenty years down the road and they’ll still be as meaningful as the moment they were taken. I’d book Alyssa over and over again for any and all photo needs, not just because I know the images will be beautiful, but also because I know she cares about them just as much as I do. - Matthew and Carlie