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Thursday, February 01, 2018
By Alissa Williams
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Salon EllaPar's 1st Seasonal Model Search!


Attention women all shapes and sizes! We NEED you! 

Have you ever had the desire to model? Have you ever had the desire to model while getting really cool discounts on all the stuff you already want to buy? Then we need YOU!

We are so excited to announce that we will be working together on our first Seasonal Model Search.



Salon EllaPar Spa & Boutique is looking for 4 female models ages 16 and up, all shapes and sizes, to be the faces for their Spring season!

Alissa is looking for 6 girls to be High School Senior Models for the Senior Year 2019!

As a Thank You for signing up, you will be given a one time 20% discount off items in the Boutique valid for THAT DAY ONLY.

What is included in this 15-minute session?

• Your very own exclusive photo shoot

• Hair and Makeup Touch-Ups provided by Salon EllaPar

• Boutique Bucks for Boutique EllaPar

• Discounted Portrait Package options

Starting February 2nd, come into Salon EllaPar (located at 888-C Kingsbay Rd St. Marys, GA 31558) and sign up for our model shoot.

There is a $20 CASH ONLY sign-up fee in order to reserve your spot!

Time slots are limited and guaranteed to fill up fast.

The preliminary photo shoot is

Saturday March 3rd from 8am-5pm

Located at Alissa A Portrait Artist



  • After your preliminary photo shoot, you will come to Alissa’s on
  • Monday March 5th to select your favorite edited image that will be used for social media voting.
  • On March 7th, your selected image will be uploaded to Facebook and Instagram.
  • We will then send you an email with the direct link to your image that can be shared on all of your social media outlets. The top 4 photos with the most likes will be the winners of the Salon EllaPar Model Search.

Alissa will choose 6 girls to be the winners of the Senior Model Search. If you are interested in being a Senior 2019 model please fill out the application by clicking here

  • March 7th - March 12th is when voting happens. The more you share the more likes you will get!
  • March 13th the winners will be announced




The Top 4 winners for Salon EllaPar will get:

• An in-depth EXCLUSIVE photo shoot modeling the latest spring clothing collection for Boutique EllaPar. This will take place on MARCH 17th, 2018.

• FULL hair and makeup the day of the last photo shoot done by Salon EllaPar.

• Your images on posters that will be displayed in Salon EllaPar Spa and Boutique.

• A discount on Portrait Packages/Sessions from Alissa’s A Portrait Artist.


The 6 Winners of The Senior 2019 Model Search for Alissa-A Portrait Artist will get:

  • Senior experience session customized to YOU!
  • $100 print credit to be used at your senior experience ordering session
  • Custom photo app with your images to show off to your friends!
  • Behind the scenes videos/instastories of your senior photoshoot
  • Your images will be on the website and social media!
  • Team shoots 
  • *You must be a local Class of 2019 high school student to qualify!

Please check out these websites and social media locations for more information on all that Alissa-A Portrait Artist and Salon Ella Par offers and more information!

Alissa-A Portrait Artist Website


Alissa- Portrait Artist Facebook


Alissa- A Portrait Artist Instagram


Salon EllaPar's Website


Salon EllaPar Facebook


Salon EllaPar Instagram

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.


Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Alissa Williams
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Alissa's Ballerina Portrait Party

March 3rd, 2017


I am so excited to invite you and your beautiful ballerina over to my Portrait Boutique for an exclusive invite only Portrait Party. 

Being a highly visual creative person, I frequently have ideas for artwork. Well I have to create this art or the idea just goes into the land of LALA!

So here is the latest idea that popped in my head.

The Title:

The Little Ballerina

The description:

I want a beautiful emotion provoking portrait of a little ballerina. She does not have to be super smiley or overly happy. I want to capture the little chubby fingers, trying to slip on her slipper, or attempting to plie, or even holding her little teddy bear. 

The overall piece will be very traditional in nature. The final piece will be a photographic print on a Giclee' Canvas digitally hand painted then finished with an oil painting overlay. This will be hung in my Studio Gallery and used as an example on my website and social media.  

The winning ballerina will be able to have her own Gallery reveal party where you can invite your friends and family over to the "reveal" of the final art piece. 

Each child will receive a complimentary 8x10 of the original portrait (before the painting is applied) You will have an opportunity to purchase (if you wish but not necessary to participate) 

Please call me at 904.339.5889

or email me at

To reserve your session. This is an invite only event so please be sure to reserve your session time. 

SO EXCITED about this and thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to capture your beautiful ballerina.