Tell me a little bit about your business!
Hey there! I’m Alyssa, the face of Alyssa Vanston Photography. Meet your new favorite third wheel. I am a big fan of all things art making, traveling, 90’s pop, brussel sprouts, outdoors, and so much more . I am originally from York, PA but have resided in Pittsburgh for the past 13 years. As a lover of all things art, I naturally pursued a degree in Art Education at Penn State University. I have been a full time art teacher for the past 11 years, but decided in 2019 that I needed to express myself through a new creative outlet – photography. So AVP was born, and damn, I am so happy I took on this new adventure in life. Second shooting at weddings showed me all the amazing things about photography – the side where you get to interact, communicate, meet new people, and possibly make new friends. I knew at this point I really wanted to start photographing people and capturing moments. Capturing each couple’s genuine love story and most important moments in life honestly brings joy to my own life!
What makes your work unique?
I am super passionate about capturing your love and emotions. It is an overwhelming feeling to be chosen to document one of the biggest days in two people’s lives. I treat your day like its my most important day ever! I love love and capturing two people effortlessly and completely in love.
What is your ideal client like?
Couples who trust me! Give me your true selves! Give me the messy, the tears, the rawest, most vulnerable parts of your love for each other. I promise I will turn it into magic. Working together will most likely end with us being best friends. I am a laid back person that loves to talk and make you feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera. More than likely, your engagement session will end with a drink at local favorite in the area. I am extremely extroverted and have a large personality so I will probably act like I have known you for forever.
What is your approach to photography?
I’m here to capture that feeling and turn it into something you can look at for eternity! Show me moments of you two just being you. I want to document evidence of your love! When you do not know what to do, just be yourselves. Give me all the weird, quirky, fun, loving, emotional, and that feeling that sits at the depths of everything you two do. I will prompt you along the way when needed. Better yet, pretend I’m not there. I promise we will have so much freakin fun! Sound like something you are into…let’s chat!