Many of you know, or have met within the past couple of years, my studio manager, Brian. You may have also seen his framed image hanging in the studio celebrating his “employee of the month” status. Even though he is my ONLY employee, it is a great honor to be awarded this status every month.

However for the past 6 months my two year old niece has been coming to my studio to “work”. She is showing real promise. I don’t know what she is doing when she is on the computer or the phone but she does move boxes around from my lab,

updates my schedule on the white board and, overall, improves the work environment. Her downfalls are she requires CONSTANT supervision, I can’t read her writing and I don’t think she actually DOES any work.

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Now that you have some background on Verena-I’d like to introduce you to December’s EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!

Since awarding her this status a few days ago, she has become very lax about her responsibilities and has started calling the studio “her room”. This new generation hitting the work force has a lot to learn about the time and accomplishments required to climb the corporate ladder. I may be creating a monster.

One of MY favorite things about the holiday season is CHRISTMAS CARDS!! I just love going to my mailbox every day and getting that little gift from my friends and family. As many of you know, my family goes ALL OUT with our Christmas card. So I thought I’d put together some a short list of tips to create an amazing holiday card.

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Everyone loves to see how your kids have grown and changed. If possible, use a professional photographer (of course) and showcase your family!! In 2011 we created this lenticular card that showcases how much the kids have changed from 2009 when the old Memorial Bridge was taken to 2011 when the new Memorial Bridge was built.

 

Have fun with it! This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl.

Have fun with it!

This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl. I put my own spin on it by adding the pictures of the family-including our dogs-because as you recall in the first tip, people want to see your family!!

This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl. I put my own spin on it by adding the pictures of the family-including our dogs-because as you recall in the first tip, people want to see your family!!

Get nostalgic. The advent calendar card we created reminded me of my own childhood Christmases.

Get nostalgic. The advent calendar card we created reminded me of my childhood Christmases.

Share the big milestones in your life.

Share the big milestones in your life.

Last years card was inspired by my daughter’s favorite childhood book. We took the look and feel of the book and told our own story about sending her off to her first year of college. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. I hope you find these tips helpful. You don’t have to go crazy, like we do every year, but keep in mind a few of these tips and I’m sure your holiday card will be one that people look forward to getting year after year.

 

 

 

So far this year I’ve photographed some really amazing high school seniors! The best part of my job is capturing what makes these kids tick. For some, it’s sports, others art or fashion or just pure happiness. So, class of 2017, here are ways others have added their own flare to their senior sessions. I hope it inspires some ideas for your portraits.

It is always so much fun to play around with lighting and a sports theme. The Portsmouth High School baseball team is going to miss Kyle as he makes his move to Exeter High.

It is always so much fun to play around with lighting and a sports theme. The Portsmouth High School baseball team is going to miss Kyle as he makes his move to Exeter High.

 

Abby, recent graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy, was just HAPPY! She has such a great laugh and she can find humor in just about anything. She is SO much fun to be around.

Abby, recent graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy, was just HAPPY! She has such a great laugh and she can find humor in just about anything. She is SO much fun to be around.

 

Meghan is outdoorsy and likes a natural look. She also has a collection of vintage cameras. I'm so glad she brought a few of them along for her shoot.

Meghan is outdoorsy and likes a natural look. She also has a collection of vintage cameras. I’m so glad she brought a few of them along for her shoot.

 

John, from Exeter high school, likes to hang out in urban environments. He used to be into BMX biking. He doesnt ride so much anymore, but he still has that look.

John, from Exeter high school, likes to hang out in urban environments. He used to be into BMX biking. He doesnt ride so much anymore, but he still has that look.

 

This image isn't quite so recent, but it's a great example of adding personality to your senior portraits. Hunter's thing is soccer. This images doesn't scream soccer but it gets the point across.

This image isn’t quite so recent, but it’s a great example of adding personality to your senior portraits. Hunter’s thing is soccer. This images doesn’t scream soccer but it gets the point across.

 

Here are a couple of my all time favorite images. AJ is serious about his music. I think we have an album cover here-don't you? So as you think about your own senior portraits, try to think of ways to express parts of your personality and passions in your images. Are there certain clothes you LOVE to wear, is there a sport your passionate about, is there a special place you like to hang out? Your senior portraits, after all, should be all about YOU!

Here are a couple of my all time favorite images. AJ is serious about his music. I think we have an album cover here-don’t you?
So as you think about your own senior portraits, try to think of ways to express parts of your personality and passions in your images. Are there certain clothes you LOVE to wear, is there a sport your passionate about, is there a special place you like to hang out? Your senior portraits, after all, should be all about YOU!

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t picked up the latest issue of HarborGuide magazine then you haven’t seen my INCREDIBLE class of 2017 featured in it. The opening spread features Exeter High School’s Callie (FEARLESS) and Julia (INSPIRED).

 

Both of these girls are wearing fashions from LIT Boutique here in downtown Portsmouth.

Both of these girls are wearing fashions from LIT Boutique here in downtown Portsmouth.

What I love most about these girls being featured in our local magazine, is that the editor decided to print the word that each girl most identifies with from my tagline ORIGINAL, INPSPIRED or FEARLESS and WHY they chose that word. Thank you Mary Jo Brown!

What I love most about these girls being featured in our local magazine, is that the editor decided to print the word that each girl most identifies with from my tagline ORIGINAL, INSPIRED or FEARLESS and WHY they chose that word. Thank you Mary Jo Brown, owner of Big Brown Books, for working with me to inspire and empower these young woman!

 

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Evelyn and Rachel from Portsmouth High School modeling clothing from Onyx Boutique, also here in downtown Portsmouth.

Evelyn and Rachel, from Portsmouth High School, modeling clothing from Onyx Boutique, also here in downtown Portsmouth.

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I am in awe of the fact that so many of my girls chose the word “FEARLESS” as the word that best describes them. Also, they chose that word, not because they are never afraid, but that they don’t let that fear stop them.

Meghan and Brittany , from Portsmouth High School, modeling clothing and accessories from Kittery Trading Post in Kittery ME.

Meghan and Brittany , from Portsmouth High School, modeling clothing and accessories from Kittery Trading Post in Kittery ME.

This location was just stunning for this shoot!

This location was just stunning for this shoot!

Rachel, again, from Portsmouth High School but this time modeling for the Flower Kiosk here in downtown Portsmouth. I'm not sure about Kittery Trading Post, but all the other businesses that took part in this project are WOMAN OWNED, including myself and Big Brown Books. Thank you all for supporting our local kids and community!!

Rachel, again, from Portsmouth High School, but this time modeling for the Flower Kiosk here in downtown Portsmouth. I’m not sure about Kittery Trading Post, but all the other businesses that took part in this project are WOMAN OWNED, including myself and the publisher, Big Brown Books.  #girlpower!! Thank you all for supporting our local kids and community!!

Everything you need to know to prepare for your senior portrait session with Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography!

Graduating in 2017? If so, it’s time to schedule your senior portrait session. It may seem early but most schools require yearbook portraits in October. We suggest scheduling your session in the summer to avoid scheduling conflicts with school, sports, drama etc.

Call today to schedule your session with Alyssa 603.373.0098. #originalINSPIREDfearless