Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Irwin.
Alyssa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
On my 14th birthday, my mom got me a point-and-shoot digital camera. We were at the park playing frisbee, but meanwhile all I could focus on was taking photos of acorns on the ground. What excited me was how the acorn would be in focus while the background was blurred. I did not know that was possible in picture taking. From there, I took more and more photos, always looking out for the blur in the background, or what photographers call, “bokeh”. I took breaks from photography throughout 7 years, but throughout that time I took photos of mostly nature and then broke into the world of portrait photography. Now, at 21, most of what I do for photography is portrait photography, which includes engagement shoots, fashion shoots, couple shoots, and much more! I love portrait photography because it is something people are willing to pay for, so now I can view photography as a 2nd job rather than just a hobby. Portrait photography is also a great way to achieve bokeh. In my free time I still take photos of nature on my own, as a way for photography to still be a hobby rather than just another job. I think I will be doing photography until the day I die.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I either take photographs of people or photographs of nature. With people, together we choose a location either deep in nature or somewhere urban. Once chosen, we meet in the location and I take photos of them for about an hour. I make sure to move them around so that each photo has a different and unique background. I love taking photos of people because those photographs are something they can actually use. Whether the photographs be used for hanging on the wall, sending to family, pasting into a scrapbook, or posting on social media, I know that in a way, I have “created” a product for them they might even keep for life. I want my clients to be inspired by the photos I take of them; I hope they can look at their photos and think of them as artistic moments in time. For my photographs of nature, I aim for them to help people see the beauty of this planet Earth. I try to take photos of nature from angles that people have not tried yet. In this way, my nature photographs can turn out a bit abstract. I am so obsessed with bokeh that sometimes I will take landscape shots focusing on something in the front, with the rest of the landscape background blurring out. This is definitely something I have not seen other photographers do, but that is how interested I am in a shallow depth of field.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
As an artist, I would define success by feeling content with your own work. It is very difficult to become a successful or famous artist, so sometimes you have to commend yourself for simply creating great work, even if you are not recognized by thousands of people. If you can look back at your own art and feel a sensation of happiness, I think you have grown into a successful artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work on either my website or my Instagram:
People can support my work by booking me for photoshoots! I can do photoshoots for anything: portraits, events, or product shots! People can also support my work by simply following me on Instagram and looking through my work.
- Website: www.alyssarosephoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alyssarosephotography/
All photos taken by me, Alyssa Irwin.