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Love story: Chelsea & Chris in Dana Point, CA

resized-38I was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago when i stumbled upon Chelsea’s page. I sat there confused for a few seconds wondering to myself who this person was and how we became friends on Facebook. We had a few friends in common, but I didn’t recognize her or her name. A week later Chelsea and I were planning her love story session with her boyfriend Chris! We planned the shoot for about a week, we decided on the Dana Point Harbor. We really wanted to emphasize the love and romance between the two of them. So we chose an intimate location which fit perfectly into the theme. Once Chelsea and Chris showed up for the shoot, I instantly FELT the love they share for each other. Hand in hand, sneaking kisses, I melted! Talk about the sweetest couple ever! We began the shoot and immediately I could tell this shoot is going to be publish material. What is better than beautiful colors, gorgeous location and a star-stuck in love couple? Nothing. I am SO elated to have met both of these incredible humans. With Chelsea’s contagious smile, to Chris’s unique mystery, they balance each other out, and I can’t wait until I can photograph their engagement session and eventually, WEDDING! From Chelsea:

 It all began at the innocent age of 11. Chris and I met on a warm summer night at
a local youth group bonfire located on the beautiful beaches of San Clemente. I had
attended the church long enough to recognize an unfamiliar face, so when Chris arrived, I
knew that His was a face I wanted to get to know. I was easily captivated by his welcoming
smile, piercing blue eyes, and his gorgeous blonde locks. As the night progressed, we
exchanged a few smiles and even some laughs while engaging in innocent, yet playful
conversation. We sang worship songs, splashed in the ocean with our friends, and sat
around the fire making s'mores all night. Before I knew it, hours had passed and it was
time for everyone to go home. I couldn't have been more excited for Sunday to come so I
could see him at the 9 a.m. service.
        At church on Sundays and at youth group on Wednesdays I found that somehow Chris
and I always ended up sitting close to one another. It wasn't until our youth group took a
trip to Universal Studios when everything fell into place. I was looking forward to this
trip because I knew it was another day I got to spend getting to know Chris. We spent the
entire day in each other's presence. I remember chills being sent down my spine the moment
when we held hands for the very first time, and the way my heart raced the entire car ride
home as I rested my head on his shoulder. After the trip, Chris and I spent the next few
weeks talking every moment that we could— even sneaking in late night phone calls where we
would make up our own language and wonder if we were looking up at the same night's sky
from our bedroom windows from two separate cities. It was puppy love!
        Unfortunately we began to lose connection as the new school year approached us and
eventually stopped talking all together. There were moments where I would think about
Chris and wonder what he was doing.
        On a summer afternoon, eight years later on the same beach where Chris and I met
when we were just kids, a handsome boy caught my eye as I was walking on the wet sand with
a few of my closest friends. Our eyes met and we exchanged smiles. This boy looked so
familiar. As we passed by each other, I couldn't help but turn to take a second look at
him— only to find that he was looking back at me too. Just moments later, this handsome
boy turned around and began to walk in my direction. We uttered a few words, and before I
knew it, I was being asked to coffee.
         That evening was one I would never forget with the boy that I never forgot, even
after all those years. We spent hours in the coffee shop catching up, reminiscing, and
learning about each other. With every word that he spoke, the only thought that kept
running through my head was wow, he is absolutely perfect— and completely out of my
league. He walked me to my porch as the night came to an end. I closed the door behind me
and released a deep sigh, feeling a mix of emotions knowing that it was the first, and
probably the last time I would be seeing Chris since were both heading back to college,
separated by a six hour drive in two completely different states.
        I was dazzled with Chris's charm and couldn't help but wonder what he thought of
me. He was more alluring than I remembered. I spent the next few days packing for school,
but every so often, Chris would cross my mind.
        I was able to see Chris one last time as he accompanied me on my drive back to
school in San Diego, where he would be meeting with one of his roommates to make their way
to school in Arizona. The whole car ride I wanted nothing more then to reach over and grab
Chris's hand, but I didn't want to come on too strong. After an hour drive together, I
dropped Chris off at his friend's house, regretting not making a move. We went our
separate ways.
        Chris and I continued to keep in touch while we were away at school. Our casual
once-in-a-while texting conversations turned into an every day thing, gradually turning
into phone and video calls. We let our guard down and I found out that Chris was
interested in me too! As things got more serious between us, we began to plan trips where
we could see each other. His second trip to San Diego was magical. Chris shared with me
how he felt and even told me that he LOVED me! We continued to date long distance and made
time to visit one another. I got excited for holidays because I knew it meant that Chris
would drive to San Diego and we would drive back home together to visit with our families.
Chris asked me to be his girlfriend just before Christmas. I had been waiting for this
moment for what felt like a lifetime! FINALLY! We have never been more in love and have
been inseparable ever since.
        Chris and I are two peas in the pod. We share all the same interests, many of the
same experiences, and even finish each other's sentences. He is my best friend, my other
half, my rock, my comfort, and my world! I have never been so certain about something in
my life—  with Chris, it was love at first site and it was destined to be a love that will
last forever.
         Our future together is something that we discuss often. Our goals are to stay
together through college and continue to build our relationship with God to ensure that He
is the center of our lives and our relationship. We also plan to get engaged, move in
together, and eventually get married and travel the world as husband and wife. Right now
we continue to work on ways to perfect ourselves so that we can have a perfect
relationship with each other by focusing on Ephesians 4:2, " Always be humble and gentle.
Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your
love." It is only a matter of time before Chris pops the question!

Their love video :) 

Victoria - This is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous session. ‘Nough said.

Prints + Products

I am beyond elated to introduce my clients to their personalized boxes that will contain their prints! I am so happy with the results from Jamie’s boudoir session, and she and her husband lit up when I presented them with their box and prints!:D




Orange County Photography | Pick the price you want for your boudoir shoot


Every woman should celebrate being who she is, for her beauty and uniqueness. I offer a studio space that is safe, and incredible for us to capture you, and your personality! Many clients have come back with comments such as they were so happy they went through with their shoot, even through the nerves they came to celebrate and rejoice in their femininity. Let’s show off just how fabulous each and every one of your truly are.

A boudoir shoot offers up self-confidence, empowerment, and a reassurance that you are daring, and can live your life to the fullest. I know that sometimes it is just simply out of the budget at the time, but now you can afford it, because you choose your own price!

I am offering up 10 spots to 10 ladies that can “name your own price” for their boudoir shoot.

Yes, you read correctly. Go ahead an send me an email of what you are looking for in your package (hair, make up, digitals, prints, ect.) and what you are hoping to purchase it for! If I cannot photograph you for what you offer, I will come back with a collection that will hopefully fit and work for both of us.

Sessions have to take place between now and August 20th

There are some guidelines to think about:

1. I highly recommend that you receive hair and make up from my staff at the studio to best compliment your session. It’s a small added expense that will add a world of difference.

2. Sessions will be held Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday sessions starting at 8:30am

3. You MAY get a few girlfriends and come on the same day and do back to back sessions

4. What is a reasonable offer? Keep in mind that I will need to cover my expenses at the minimum.

5. I offer packages that include prints, canvases, albums, and digitals only as well. I accept Visa, Mastercard and cash/ personal check

6. I promise an amazing experience no matter what you pay!

7. My studio is in Laguna Beach but you are welcome to choose a different location as well for your shoot!

My email is: photographybyalyssamichelle@yahoo.com | Want a shoot? Now is the time!


My new adventure {studio}!

I have always wanted a space to call my own, to be able to meet with clients, photograph my boudoir sessions in, and have the space represent me as an artist.

Now I can! I am not a proud member of SOURCED. COLLECTIVE. My studio is in Laguna Beach (basically on the sand!)

I am so ecstatic and elated about this new adventure I will be embarking on, and I can’t wait to start building relationships with these talented individuals that I will be working along side! So happy to be a part of the SOURCED family, and I can’t wait for what the future holds!




{Excuse the cell phone photos!}


Why hiring a professional photographer is the best choice

Okay, I know we ALL have budgets we need to stick to, trust me! But you also can’t put a price on your memories of your life that will be passed down for generations. As a photographer, I have grown more and more throughout the years and learned along the way, that one of the most important things in life is to preserve your memories, and to relive them as much as you can. Like I said, I understand budgets, but the one thing on your wedding day that you leave with and hold in your heart forever are the photographs, isn’t that worth investing for? My top 10 reasons that hiring a professional photographer for your big day will be the best decision you ever made:

Ruppelwedding-16610. Top notch computer equipment & backup knowledge: We know how important this day is to you, one of our many jobs on your wedding day is to make sure your are at ease, and not worried about anything on our end. We bring multiple CF & SD cards to your wedding so that we can capture your images TWICE on two different cards, just in case (knock on wood) one of the cards fail, no worries, we’ve already duplicated the images as we take them! Same with our computers as well, we have intense set ups… trust me. When we stick your cards into our computers, we save them on multiple external hard drives, just in case of a hard drive failure. We even bring at least two camera bodies to your wedding in case something were to happen to one of them. In other words, we are prepared for ANY situation that MAY happen!


9.  Lighting: We are here to work with any lighting situation that hits us. Weather forecast said sunny day, but ends up raining? No problem! We are trained and have the experience to counter act anything mother nature will shove at us! You need a professional that is going to know how to work with difficult lighting situations and still create beautiful stunning images.


8. Consistency: You want to make sure that your photographs are going to turn out the way you are expecting, you don’t want any surprises! We have our portfolios that hold up to our style, and our execution should be just as beautiful as the rest of our portfolio!


7. Personal level: I’m going to be honest with you, photographers are like superman on your wedding day. Not only are we the professional photographer, but we can sometimes act as a wedding planner, coordinator, person addresser, supporter, advice giver, and sometimes personal assistant! I love being able to give my clients whatever they need on their wedding day, and we take the time to get to know YOU & your groom. We become a friend, and get all the details of your big day months before hand so we won’t miss any single beat!


6. Experience: Most of us started out our wedding photographer career second shooting for a professional. We get our experience from 20+ second shooting weddings, then breaking into photographing our own weddings. We know the day is chaotic. It’s a very high pressure job, and we love it. We know how to handle crazy family members, lighting, and keeping on time with your schedule!


5. Retouching: We do all the culling (choosing your BEST images from your day), retouching, and beautifying of your images with knowledge and dedication. We have professional experience, and programs to ensure that you photographs are handled and delivered with the utmost care.


4. Attention to detail: We are here to document your entire wedding day… that doesn’t mean just you + your new husband. That means we get your family, flowers, decorations you spent so many hours to make, kiddos that are dressed up so cute, food, and special memories that you may miss.


3. Creating tangible memories: We use the BEST labs to print your images though albums, canvas, or prints. The point is the live through those memories so you want to make sure that your photographer knows exactly how to end product will turn out, so you can display your favorite images throughout your home.


2. Take is seriously: We care about you. We care about your wedding. We want to document these memories that will last lifetimes for you. We take our jobs very seriously, and we do our very best to produce stunning images for you that you will cherish for generations to come. I had a couple contact me a year after their wedding (I did their engagement session, and had already “hired” a friend of theirs to be the designated picture taker) they told me that her dad just passed away from cancer, (he was diagnosed a few weeks before their wedding) and that their friend JUST delivered their wedding photographs because the pressure proved to be too much for him to handle. The bride was in tears when we were on the phone, and told me that he got no images of her and her dad together, no father/ daughter dance photos, no candids of them hugging or him giving her away. She told me that the biggest mistake in her life was not hiring a professional photographer to capture these unbelievably special moments for her. Please know how much we want to capture every single moment for you on your big day.


1. You won’t miss a thing: The final reason is that once you receive your photographs of your day and will be going through memories that you didn’t even know happened on your wedding day. We are there to capture every moment that we can, including things you weren’t around for. Clinking of glasses, laughter of friends, dances, funny moments, and surprises. We are there to ensure you can remember every bit of your wedding, even the parts that you were unaware of!


It’s more important of a decision than you may think, I’m here to document the most important day of your life and to not only hand over photographs, but to tell your story. Let a professional tell your story.




Hilary Cam - There is so much truth in this! Amazing how so many people compare photographers based on pricing alone without considering important issues such as backing up, consistency, retouching and experience.