Posts with tag: "Family Portraits"
Friday, January 12, 2018
By Alissa Williams
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May your blessings be as deep as the ocean, May your life be as calm as the waves, May your happiness be as much as sand on the shore!

The Brown Family Portrait Session

The first time I met The Brown Family was on the side of Heckscher between Amelia Island and Jacksonville. We had several phone calls leading up to our portrait session which made meeting them feel like we already knew each other. 


Kim is a Full-Time yoga instructor, and has  been for the last 25 years.  Her husband Jeff loves to boat and fish, their daughter Brittney who is very successful working in California as an events coordinator and Conrad is currently living and working in Virginia also very successful,  I can not forget their family puppy Mya and I walked the mile to the Drift wood beach. 

The entire walk was filled with laughter and stories as if we had known each other for years! The love and bond between the whole family was beautiful to see! 

I knew right away that the portraiture we would create together would be breathtaking. 

Our whole session was like I was photographing old friends!

As we walked, talked and photographed I kept thinking of my own family and hoping that  I can instill this same love for family, the same level of importance that the children placed on their parents and how they lifted one another up in every conversation. 


To me that is what family portraiture is about.. preserving these moments, our families lives, who we are, our testimony, our actions, what we have done,  how we have treated one another. All of this transcends time in a family portrait. 

Please take a moment to check out the beautiful portraits we created. I am so happy with the results. 

Photographing beautiful people with amazing personalities and attitudes makes my job so easy!

I would also like to brag on Kim for a minute and talk about how amazing and in-shape she is. If you are in the Jacksonville area and are looking for a personal trainer or yoga instructor,  please call her!

She is an all around cool and amazing person!

Kim Brown



Thank you Brown family for sharing your family, your love and your evening with me! It is families like yours that makes my job what it is!


Monday, January 08, 2018
By Alissa Williams
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How much is a portrait worth? That is the question....

I begin this post by referencing a shoot I did about 13 years ago..

The subjects: Twin sisters

Age: About 29

Had not had their portrait taken together since they were kids. Vanessa was visiting her twin sister for the week so they thought it would be a great opportunity to be photographed together. It started out as usual neither one REALLY wanting it done. However, their mom pushed them to do it.

The session went great Vanessa as always was her normal hilarious self making every laugh as usual. The photos turned out to be really nice and the family bought 2 8x10s 2 different poses. The family received their 2 8x10's framed them in some cheap frame and called it a day.


Fast forward 12 years....


Vanessa the one everyone loved and made everyone laugh and was filled with so much zest for life past away. October 23rd, 2017 her sister went searching for all the photographs she could of her sister she sifted through all social media, all her boxes of pictures. She thought back to the picture she had hanging on the wall in the other room and wished she had more images form that session. She had never thought about that session since receiving the 8x10's until now.. Now was when all she wanted was to see all of those images again.


Unfortunately, the digital files had not been backed up correctly and EVERY picture from that session was GONE FOREVER! With the exception of the 2 8x10's purchased.


Now how much are those 8x10's worth?


Vanessa's twin's name was Alissa (yes that is me). I am a photographer and can honestly admit back then I did not value photography as much as I should have. I haphazardly purchased those 8x10s put and them in a cheap frame as if they were meaningless. The digital files.. Well I could always reprint later right? Well even as a photographer and the many systems put in place to keep the unimaginable happening happened to me.. I lost all my digital files on my computer... All those memories..


Thankfully, with technology I was able to photograph one of those 8x10's and am able to create an heirloom art piece, just like the ones I encourage all of my clients to get.. Because you see  in the moment money seems like it matters.. You think oh my gosh that is expensive.. But take it from me, in the moment when you hear of your loved ones death you are not thinking about money and how much that portrait cost you. You are thinking about how grateful you are to have it.. I promise you, the moment you lose someone the first thing you do is cling to the photographs you have of them..


It is in that moment you realize that that Portrait is truly priceless.


I want to encourage you to learn from my story. Please have your portraits taken frequently! Cherish them, frame them in beautiful frames and present them on your personal art gallery called your home! You do not want to regret it when you receive that dreaded phone call when it is in that moment you realize there is nothing else you can do.