Nick name: Peanut
Which word best describes you? INSPIRED
tell me why you chose that word. Because I am constantly being inspired by things around me?
What is something that makes you feel proud of yourself? When I was able to inspire/mentor younger dancers at my studio
What is the most beautiful thing about you? My big blue eyes
What is unusual talent that you have? Popping my finger
Your dream job? Helping others
Your favorite place on Earth? My lake house.
Name a song that makes you want to dance. Shake it Off
Who is a person you look up to? My brothers
What is your favorite thing in your closet? Summer dresses
What is your favorite brand? Pacsun
What TV family would you like to spend a week with? Modern Family
Name 3 things you can’t live without. 1. Phone 2. Car 3. Family/Friends
Name something you always have in your purse. My phone
What is your favorite app on your phone? Snapchat
Goal after high school? College
Favorite thing to do after school is? Dance & hang with friends
What do you want to be when you grow up? A child psycologist
What is something that’s not being taught in school but should be? Leadership
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen in class? My teacher doing a back handspring
What are you most excited about for senior year? Senior trip!
Tell us a random fact about yourself. I saw Beyonce in concert
How would your friends describe you? fun-loving
Tell us 3 things that no one knows about you. 1. I LOVE ice cream 2. I have never been out of the country 3. I do theater, dance and aerial
You love Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography because- It is so fun and everyone is very kind and welcoming!
Nick Name: Manny Clair
Which word best describes you? INSPIRED
tell me why you chose that word. I always have an idea – without vision we have nothing.
What is something that makes you feel proud of yourself? How hard I work.
What is the most beautiful thing about you? My eyes
What is unusual talent that you have? Australian accent
Your dream job? Doctor
Your favorite place on Earth? My blanket in Prescott Park
Name a song that makes you want to dance. History by One Direction
Who is a person you look up to? Jess Graham, Camp Counselor
What is your favorite thing in your closet? Long dresses and flowy skirts
What is your favorite brand? Free People
What TV family would you like to spend a week with? The Pearson family
Name 3 things you can’t live without. Iced coffee, water colors, ukulele
Name something you always have in your purse. Bobby pins!
What is your favorite app on your phone? Domino’s Pizza
Goal after high school? College, med school, tiny apartment in the city
Favorite thing to do after school is? Listen to music
What do you want to be when you grow up? Someone I can be proud of.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen in class?Donuts with “just take one” sign
What are you most excited about for senior year? graduation!
How would your friends describe you? Passionate and composed
Tell us 3 things that no one knows about you. 1. I make the best grilled cheese EVER. 2. I love opera music 3. I can eat a pound of bean sprouts in one sitting.
It is almost here-the 7th annual Big Reveal Party. This is the biggest party I throw all year! It is where my new batch of senior models see their first images from their first big shoot with me. It’s exciting, it’s super fun and, hopefully and most importantly, it’s empowering for these young girls.
What started out as a way of reaching out to the high school market to grow my senior portrait business has turned into my life’s work, my mission. ORIGINAL, INSPIRED, FEARLESS became my tag line 3 years ago and has changed every aspect of my photography business. My mission has become to help people to STOP focusing on their perceived flaws, to recognize their strengths, and to celebrate their unique beauty!
Yes, it starts with how we look-we all compare ourselves to images of celebrities and models we see in the media. What we forget, however, is that the celebs and professional models have an unfair advantage in this comparison. These celebrities have a hair and makeup team, they have stylists, they have a professional photographer telling them how to move, how to pose and they also have the wonders of Photoshop at their photographers disposal. So, the first thing I do with my models is provide them with the same tools that the celebs and models have. This Big Reveal Party is the first step in showing these girls that they ARE as beautiful as the people in the images they see on TV, online, in magazines etc. I help them to see that their perceived flaws are actually what makes them unique, makes them stand out in a crowd, and makes them memorable. MAKES THEM BEAUTIFUL!
Once they can see this, it is my hope that they can then begin the life long journey of focusing on their strengths. Are they ORIGINAL-why do they consider themselves original? They need to think about it and articulate it. Are they INSPIRED? By whom? By what? How has that pushed them forward in life? Are they FEARLESS? How? and Why?
Over the next few weeks I will be introducing each on of my models here on my blog. Come back and read why they consider themselves ORIGINAL, INSPIRED OR FEARLESS.
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.
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.