Cheers To A New Year! Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Hooray! It's January! A bit mucky but it's a new year, filled with promise for wild adventures and new stories to tell. This holiday season Jake and I went to Canada, found a small castle, and saw Niagara Falls alight in the evening darkness. It was a grand adventure, and not actually that far from home! This summer I'll wonder out there again in search of that shipwreck we drove by... wardrobe and wild concepts in tow...

Who's going to join me?!

Niagara Falls At Night | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

The website is under a little maintenance this month with some updates, so if galleries or pages mysteriously disappear for a little bit, that's what's happening. 
I hope everyone had a grand holiday, and the new year is brilliant for you! 

A Photoshoot With Molly The Mermaid | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing, Michigan Photographer

Life is a fairytale. Live it.

The Blonde Mermaid | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer

My photoshoot with Molly the Mermaid was amazing. We did several locations, and at each one we had an audience. It was splendid, and children were definitely in awe. One little girl walked over with her mother. Super nervous and excited that there was a mermaid at HER beach, she just had to say hi. It was so adorable! Inspired by that, we're getting together soon to do mini sessions, so anyone who dreams of meeting a mermaid can do so and have amazing photos of it! Click HERE to check out the event page on our Facebook for full details. 

Mermaid Lagoon | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer

Below is a Before and After of the Mermaid Lagoon with Molly Cunningham (I love Before and Afters!). We shot this in Okemos at a local park in the river. Be careful of rocks! Those were actually REALLY difficult to get around on and the rushing rapid in the middle of the river was intense. Molly is a very brave mermaid!

Before & After | Molly the Mermaid | Photoshoots | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan

You never know who you'll meet at the beach! My absolute favorite photo from our shoot was of Molly meeting a hatchling dragon... He's the same breed as Dany's dragons from Game of thrones, lovingly hatched for me by the magical Ravendark Creations. 

Mermaid And The Hatchling | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer | Fantasy

Shout Outs!

Mermaids: Molly Cunningham 

Mermaid's Crown, Starfish Hairclip, & Shell Bra:

Dragon Hatchling: Ravendark Creations

Wigs: RockStar Wigs 

Tail: Mertailor Mermaid Tails By Eric Ducharme 

Photographer: Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Assistant & Videography: K Booth Media

Happy Holidays!

It's been a great year at Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio! All of our Holiday shoots are done, mischief is managed, and the studio is a sparkly decoration filled mess! 

Davy  | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Pet Photos | Papillon | PetX | Howell Michigan

Prints, disks, keychains and other gift items ordered at our Pet-X Holiday Photo Day have been dropped off with the lovely ladies at the main register in Pet-X. If you were at our events on the 12th or 13th of December and haven't picked up your order yet, it's there waiting for you.

The raffle winner for a Location Photo Shoot has been chosen and will be contacted in January after the holidays.

Click the video below to see more adorable pups who came out to meet Santa!

And for a peek at last year's photos... 

The studio is now closed for the holidays until January 12th of 2016. I will be out of the country on a photo safari (yay!), and will respond to any emails or messages when we get back. 

Lion | Photo Safari | African Portfolio | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Adventure! | Lion | Cubs | Safari

Happy Holidays! 

Marisa & Garrett's Engagement Photo Shoot | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Kalamazoo, Michigan

This Friday I have the honor of photographying this beautiful couple's wedding! I can't wait! 

Marisa + Garrett's Engagement Photo Shoot | Kalamazoo | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

A perfect pair, this is how Marisa and Garrett found each other (in her words)...  "He met me at my absolute worst, lol. It was a 8am Monday morning computer business class in January of 2013. I noticed his tattoos. He was one row ahead of me, several people down. I must not have had my glasses on because I was squinting trying to see what his ink was. He went home and told his then roommate there was a girl staring/glaring at him, hahaha. 
It turned out that he was really terrible at computers and that is what I'm getting my degree in. I offered to help him in class and shortly after he called and asked if I could help outside of class. I went over to his house that day, and I think we've seen each other every day since." 

Marisa & Garrett | Engagement | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

The above photos are on a little island in the middle of a wide river. Marisa and Garrett were brave enough to venture out to it for a few photos! We all got a bit damp... and had a lot of laughs! 

Marisa & Garrett | Cute Engagement Photos | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer
The Ring! Engagement Photo Shoot | Kalamazoo Mi | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Marisa & Garrett | Cute Engagement Photos | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer

JJ + Julianna | Secret Ninja Proposal | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos Mi Photographer

This summer I found a beautiful field of purple wild flowers. It was a perfect location for a dreamy romantic proposal. I sent out a few messages and found a couple of willing models! 

JJ and Julianna had perfect chemistry right from the start, and amazing acting skills. It was like they'd known each other forever, they were THAT convincing.

Engagement | JJ&J | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Lansing Mi |  Couples Photographer

While I was doing photograhy, my sister, Kristina, was shooting a Love Story and Announcement Video.
When we shared the photographs and videos, JJ and Julianna's friends and family were very surprised! They had missed that little faux engagement note! Both models got an insane amount of congratulations and comments, a few OMG notes, and some panicked emails from family. It was hilarious and a lot of fun! 

Interested in booking a proposal shoot? Contact me! 

Photographer: Alyssia Booth
Videographer: Kristina Booth
Models: JJ Butts                  
             & Julianna Blain
Location: Harris Nature Center, Okemos, Mi.

52 Weeks: Beginning

This year I have begun a 52 weeks project. Deciding on all the weekly themes was a bit crazy and very fun. I wrote down all the ideas, concepts, and themes that I've wanted to do but not actually gotten around to doing, then cut the list into individual pieces with an idea on each. After that I retrieved a top hat from the top shelf in my studio, dropped what was now essentially a pile of confetti into it, and shook it all up. To pick the final order I just drew out random papers, and turned them into a lovely little final list. Here's the result! 

52 Weeks

Week one I made a bit more interesting than a normal self portrait. In the middle of the night I did a ton of photos of myself by lamp light with a little fill flash, flipping my hair about to make it look like it was floating. Afterwards came photoshop, some fish, and voila! I'm a mermaid. 









Week two was flight. I love flying and levitation images. I have wanted to do one for a while, but other things kept getting in the way. I needed to escape from that constant barrage of things that distract me, which is super hard to do! Anyone else want to visit Neverland with me? I hear it's great this time of year... 

 Model:   Brittany Luther  .   (2/52)

 Model: Brittany Luther.   (2/52)