Coffee drinker. Optimist. Feminist.
Hi there - I'm Alyssa, a Minneapolis boudoir photographer and the artist behind Illuminate Boudoir. Most days you can find me working from home in my little yellow house - if it's before noon, I'm probably still in my PJs with a giant cup of coffee in hand.
How do I describe myself? Lover of patio happy hours with my besties, weekend farmers markets, and afternoon yoga class. Happiest when I'm making art with my camera or making dinner with my partner Tyler.
I got my start doing professional photography nine years ago, when it was my summer job during college. Today, photography is my full-time career and I'm more passionate about it than ever.
My heart for empowerment
I started creating boudoir portraits because I believe that our world needs a change.
In our society, women are told over and over that they aren't good enough - they need to be photoshopped in order to be beautiful, they need to dress or walk or live in a certain way... there's a lot of pressure and a lot of control that is taken away from us.
In my boudoir sessions, I partner with my clients (I work primarily with women, but welcome folks of all genders) to consider how they want to be photographed, what they want to say to the world, how they want to document themselves. I work to naturally, elegantly capture your personality and your body so that you can see yourself as the beautiful, strong, amazing person you are.