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Alexandra Elise Photography

Hi, i'm Alexandra of Alexandra Elise Photography!

When I first got into photography I dabbled in both film and digital. I first learned on my dad’s 35mm Minolta that he had in college. I then learned digital and film photography in high school before heading to Ithaca College where I mostly focused on large format photography and dark room processing and editing. Immediately following college graduation, I began working for Tammy Swales Studio which was solely digital. I continued shooting odd rolls of 35mm and 120mm that I had at home until it ran out. Before I knew it, it had been about 4 years since I touched any of my film cameras.

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So with all that being said… I wondered if I should start shooting film again and become a hybrid shooter to develop that image quality. But also with that being said, I was so scared out of my mind because I feel like I have been so detached from film for a long time. And film is crazy expensive and I didn’t want to screw up!

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So… what did I do? I signed up for an intensive 2-day film photography workshop with Jacob of Brumley & Wells in Colorado and New Mexico, bought so much film, a light meter, a professional medium format camera and started to slow down. Once I started to train my mind, my body, and my eye to slow down I truly started to see the beauty in my photography that was missing before. My relationships grew stronger and my images more beautiful.

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I flew in to meet Jason & Alyssa where we started their engagement session at The Harlem Meer. Spring was abundantly around that day with the bright blue skies, sunshine, and birds chirping-- and the fresh & colorful spring blooms. We spend a large portion of the day at Lincoln Center which is where Jason proposed to Alyssa. I love photographing my couples at places that mean a lot to them-- it adds to their story. We spend some more time in Manhattan before heading to Brooklyn for some frozen yogurt and skyline photos of the city. Absolutely gorgeous. We headed back into the city so I could catch a cab to JFK and I had to fire off one last roll of film of Jason & Alyssa in front of the flat iron building with the gorgeous light. I can't wait for their wedding this Summer!

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