We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, can you talk to us about the impact the Covid-19 Crisis has had on your business.
I have multiple couples that work in different hospital fields and are going through so much hardship to stay safe right now. The pandemic forced some of my brides and couples to reschedule. One of them included a wedding and my heart goes out to her and her family for having to go through that. It’s stressful enough planning a wedding that’s on time, but to have to do it under these circumstances? That’s so unpredictable and I can’t imagine having to cope with that wide range of emotion. Luckily, I’m already a go-with-the-flow type of person. But I definitely had to slow down with scheduling new sessions or consultations. But I’ve still been able to help by having lots of phone calls and face time calls! I also needed to stay updated with the changing state mandates but overall I’ve been able to find the silver lining. I was able to stop and appreciate all of the little things that go unnoticed and probably take for granted. I got to spend more time with my family outside instead of editing for hours on a computer.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always thought of myself as a chameleon during sessions and am proud of how fast I can adapt to certain things. I encourage my couples to find locations that have meaning to them and are true to them and I love being able to find my groove with them in that setting. It’s a fun challenge but I feel like it shows my couples how serious I am about making that connection to turn their love story into art through my photography. The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my photo journey is that you have to put yourself out there and be vulnerable. It’s HARD. If I had known I would have to do that 10 years ago I definitely would not be here today haha. I’ve grown really comfortable with my vulnerability and I’m not afraid to ask for things anymore. It has opened a lot of doors and I’m excited about that!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My husband and I LOVE to take our friends to Undertow in Phoenix. An amazingly, fun underground tiki bar! Our friends took us there years back and now we’re hooked, it’s so good. Another great spot we love is Saguaro Lake. We have a ’77 Sleekcraft Executive jet boat and it’s such a nice and close getaway to get out on the water and float with friends. If you’re looking for good sushi in Arizona (which seems difficult to come by), check out Mido Sushi in Chandler! You won’t be disappointed!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can narrow it down to two. My husband and my full time job with Shutterfly. Kyle is my greatest support when it comes to my photography work. He’s always looking for new camera gear online for me and just recently surprised me with a new camera bag for Mother’s Day! My previous one was unfortunately stolen. He also rescued me when I lost my car keys at a wedding in Sedona and he drove up that same night at 10pm to give me our other set! With Shutterfly, I work in Training and Development and I can’t thank my department enough for always giving me support with likes on Instagram or just talking to me at the office about what I do. I’ve also photographed lots of Shutterfly events for them too! They provide so much flexibility and support and it’s so heart warming and life saving!
Other: My personal Instagram account is www.instagram.com/alyssarizona
The photo of mine (family of 3 with girl in red dress) is by Ashley Rae Photography