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

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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

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

A Boudoir Shoot With Tiahna | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos Mi Photographer

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful woman by the name of Tiahna! She's a stunning 22 year old who recently began modeling, and brand new honorary aunty! Her friend actually ended up in labor during our photo shoot and we got to hear all about it. 

The setting, the light.. everything was perfect and the photos were gorgeous straight out of the camera. Sometimes I do boudoir in the studio, but this shoot was in a guest room at my house where the natural window light is just absolutely lovely. That, and we had the added perk of a real bed! 

thong & heels

Boudoir is one of my favorite types of photography. It's beautiful, empowering, and shows women how gorgeous they really are. Below is a story I think perfectly illustrates this from a fantastic photographer by the name of Kate.. 

"I visited one of my dearest friends in New York last year and suggested we did a shoot whilst I was there.  We had a lot of fun – drinking vintage champagne and laughing together over a long afternoon.  I remember telling her how beautiful she looked and that this (ie what I was seeing through the lens) was how her husband saw her.  I immediately saw that she doubted what I was saying – that’s women for you. As soon as her husband returned to the apartment she wanted to show him the images on the back of my camera.  She was clearly on a high and as he flicked through the images he turned to her and said “stunning, darling, but that’s how I see you”.  It was a very special moment and I just kept quiet.  

The next day as we wandered through SOHO he stopped me, looked me straight in the eye and said a heartfelt thank you for what I had done for her.  I asked him to comment for this column and he wrote to me saying: “My wife has always been beautiful to me but I have learned over the years that how women see their bodies and how men view them are two very different things. The revelation through the boudoir experience, is that for the first time in 14 years, my wife now understands exactly how I see her body. The impact this realisation has had on her has been very liberating and the photos which are tasteful, natural and in my view stunning, are an added bonus”. " ~Professional Photographer Magazine, Kate Hopwell-Smith


Beautiful Legs Boudoir

For this shoot I used primarily my 50mm 1.4 lens on my 5D Mark iii. I love the soft, beautiful look I get with that lens. It can be a little tough shooting in close quarters, but on a full frame camera like the Mark iii it works beautifully. If I were still shooting with my 7D, a crop sensor camera, it would be near impossible to shoot like this without a larger room. A different lens would enable me to do so, but then  the entire look of the shoot would change. 

Window Boudoir


In wild lands of golden trees
Friends are found in grasses sweet,
He'll lead the heart astray... a hissssss
A fruit so sweet to tempt the lips
Beguiling love to taste so rich
It's done...

Eve and the Snake

Model/Hair/Makeup: Brittany Jackson
Wardrobe/Snake Wrangler/Photographer: Alyssia Booth
Snake: Kipp The Car Snake

Brave Shoot

Last night I watched the movie Brave. Mother’s day just passed, and it’s a great example of the dysfunction and love in mother/daughter relationships. I think it’s a great film, with beautifully done animation and artwork. I’ve always loved crazy hair like Merida has and the fiery personality they wrote her matches that hair perfectly.

Merida Brave

Shortly after seeing the movie for the first time not too long ago, I did a Brave inspired photo shoot with a cos-player I know.  Ashley had made a perfect replica dress by hand and did a fantastically huge wig up, long wefts and untold amounts of time curling individual strands included!

Meridas Bow Curwood Castle

After getting together, an adventure to Curwood Castle followed! It’s a beautiful little place out in Owasso where I love to shoot. Built in 1922 by a dreamer and author, James Oliver Curwood, it's a museum now. He used the turrets for his writing studio...

Congrats to the Fedewas!

Congratulations to Becca and Craig!

This past fall I did a maternity photo session with them. It was fantastic! Seeing the glow in a beautiful woman when she’s excited and nervous and expecting her first little bundle of love is amazing. Becca was no exception!


 With a little boy on the way, we did a beautiful photo shoot on Flashpoint Ranch (A.K.A. my photo park!) and had a great time with different looks in the field, near the woods, and various other places. Becca’s belly was beautifully round, and with only a couple of weeks to go before her due date, it was the perfect time for our shoot. 

Since then Becca and Craig have welcomed Connor, their new little bundle of trouble into the world!

Congratulations you two!