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My main criteria for a wedding photographer was to find someone who could work beyond the posed photos, and capture the candid moments that truly make a wedding day special . . . From the beginning, Alyson was communicative, collaborative, professional, and fun. She asked questions and made suggestions to help understand and solidify my vision for the photos, combining my ideas with her expertise. We were planning the wedding from out of state, which was a hassle for me, but I never had any issues while working with Alyson.
SHE WAS FLEXIBLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC, AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL IN GETTING EVERYTHING TO COME TOGETHER. ON THE DAY OF, SHE WAS ORGANIZED AND ENERGETIC, (DESPITE THE 100° HEAT!). SHE WAS UNOBTRUSIVE DURING THE CEREMONY (I DIDN'T NOTICE HER AT ALL), WHILE STILL CAPTURING ALL OF THE SPECIAL MOMENTS. HER ORGANIZATION AND DIRECTION MADE THE FORMAL PHOTOS FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY EXTREMELY EFFICIENT: THE FAMILY WAS OUT THE DOOR AND ON THEIR WAY TO COCKTAILS IN NO TIME. WHAT I APPRECIATED THE MOST WAS THE WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO PUT MY PHOTO-PHOBIC GROOM AT EASE, WHICH RESULTED IN BEAUTIFULLY NATURAL EXPRESSIONS IN THE PHOTOS (UNLIKE HIS USUAL STIFF SMILE IN PHOTOS!). HER ATTITUDE AND ENERGY KEPT US HAPPY AND RELAXED, WHICH IS EXACTLY THE MEMORY I WANT TO HAVE OF MY WEDDING DAY. AND AS FOR THE CANDID SHOTS: EXACTLY WHAT I HAD HOPED FOR! WHEN SHE SENT THE SET OVER (IN AN ADORABLY PACKAGED FLASH DRIVE), I CRIED ALL OVER AGAIN LOOKING THROUGH THEM. I CAN'T THANK HER ENOUGH FOR CAPTURING THE JOY AND LOVE OF OUR DAY - WE WILL KEEP THESE MEMORIES FOREVER. ALYSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING. (P.S. GET THE SELFIE STATION. THE SELFIES OUR GUESTS TOOK WERE HILARIOUS, AND SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM THAT DAY!! DON'T SKIP IT!)
- Rebecca + Karl, 2015
Alyson did such an amazing job with our wedding photography! Our pictures are amazing and it really captured the day for us. One thing that we really appreciated was that while she got amazing shots (both up close and from farther away), she was never intrusive and we hardly noticed her taking photos.
WE HAD A TRADITIONAL JEWISH WEDDING WITH MANY DIFFERENT PARTS, AND WE HAD A LONG LIST OF DIFFERENT MOMENTS WE WANTED HER TO CAPTURE - SHE CAPTURED EACH MOMENT BEAUTIFULLY! AND FINALLY, SHE WAS PUNCTUAL, PROFESSIONAL AND ALWAYS RESPONDED TO OUR REQUESTS WITH ENTHUSIASM. WE HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND WORKING WITH ALYSON - SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE AND EASIEST PARTS OF PLANNING OUR WEDDING.
- Rikki + Jacob, 2015
You need to hire Alyson Levy! I couldn’t be happier with my experience with her as my engagement shoot and wedding photographer. She is talented, professional, and so easy to get along with . . . My engagement session was really fun; I highly recommend doing one. Not only were the pictures insanely beautiful (we did it at Lower MacLeay Park), but also, the shoot gave us the opportunity to get to know Alyson and to get comfortable posing and kissing in front of a camera.
THIS PROVED REALLY USEFUL LATER! ALYSON WAS TRULY EXCEPTIONAL THE DAY OF THE WEDDING. SHE FIT RIGHT IN AND HUNG OUT WITH ME AND MY GIRLFRIENDS WHILE WE WERE GETTING READY. SINCE WE WERE HAVING SO MUCH FUN I ACTUALLY HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS TAKING PICTURES THAT WHOLE TIME. THOSE CANDID GETTING READY PICTURES ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES. DURING FAMILY PHOTOS, WHICH I HEAR CAN BE QUITE CHAOTIC, ALYSON DID AN EXCELLENT JOB DIRECTING EVERYONE AND THE WHOLE DEAL WENT REALLY SMOOTHLY . . . I SIMPLY CANNOT EXPRESS THE LEVEL OF GRATITUDE I HAVE FOR ALYSON. I WOULD HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY LOST WITHOUT HER. AND THE PICTURES! MY WEDDING DAY WAS THE MOST FULL-OF-LOVE DAY I’VE EVER LIVED IN MY LIFE . . . EVERY EMOTION WAS CAPTURED. THAT’S THE THING THAT’S REALLY SPECIAL ABOUT ALYSON… YES, SHE TOOK BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE TINY DETAILS THAT I HAD AGONIZED OVER IN THE WEEKS PRECEDING THE WEDDING, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE REALLY CAPTURED THE HUMAN ELEMENT AT MY WEDDING. IF SOMEONE CRIED, THERE’S A PICTURE OF IT. IF SOMEONE THREW THEIR HEAD BACK IN LAUGHTER, THERE’S A PICTURE OF IT. THESE PICTURES DO MORE THAN CHRONICLE A DAY. THEY TRULY EMBODY THE FEELING OF THE DAY. I JUST COULDN’T ASK FOR MORE.
- Tina + John, 2014
Nothing short of a phenomenal experience with Alyson Levy Photography . . . On the wedding day itself, Alyson arrived bright and early and stuck with us through a long but very fun day. She adapted well to rapidly changing situations (e.g. candid street shots, subway pictures) and maintained a lighthearted, casual, and incredibly friendly attitude all day long. Her smile and warm words of encouragement helped us maintain the laughter and joy of the wedding ceremony straight through to the last picture, as our final album bears witness.
AFTER THE EVENT, ALYSON WAS QUICK TO COLLECT A SMALL SELECTION OF MOMENTS FOR US TO SHARE WITH SO MANY WHO COULDN'T BE THERE IN PERSON. THE COMPLETE SET OF PICTURES CAME LATER AND SO PERFECTLY CAPTURED THE DAY THAT WE EXPERIENCE THE EMOTION OF THE WEDDING ALL OVER AGAIN EACH TIME WE VIEW THEM. AS HER PORTFOLIO CAN ATTEST, ALYSON SHOOTS INCREDIBLE SCENES WITH HER CLIENTS, BUT SHE ALSO HAS AN EYE FOR THE LITTLE DETAILS THAT MAKE A MOMENT EVEN MORE MEMORABLE - THE SIDEWAYS GLANCE OF A PASSER-BY, A UNIQUE MURAL OR ARCHITECTURAL ACCENT THAT COULD BE MEANINGFUL TO THE COUPLE, A MIXTURE OF STYLIZED AND NATURAL POSES THAT FIT THE SURROUNDINGS, THE UNIQUE POSITION OF A DECORATION OR RING THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE ESCAPED NOTICE. WE COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE RESULTS: A RICH SET OF PICTURES THAT BEAUTIFULLY DOCUMENT ONE OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALYSON LEVY PHOTOGRAPHY. HER WORK ETHIC, PERSONALITY, AND EYE FOR THE PERFECT SHOT LEFT US WITH MEMORIES THAT WE'LL CHERISH FOR A LIFETIME.
- Chad + Hans, 2014
We couldn't be happier with how the photos turned out! Throughout the whole wedding process, Alyson was friendly, responsive, helpful, thoughtful, and artistic. Unprompted, she drove down to our venue (30 miles outside Portland) before the wedding to scope it out. Before the wedding she worked with us to come up with a list of portraits and other photographs that were particularly important to us. Alyson guided us through the process and made us feel comfortable every step of the way.
WE THOUGHT THAT ALYSON WAS AN INCREDIBLE VALUE: WE LOOKED AT SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT WERE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN HER AND WE THOUGHT HER WORK WAS BETTER . . . DURING THE WEDDING SHE WAS ABLE TO QUICKLY HERD ALL OF THE FAMILY AND WEDDING PARTY TOGETHER FOR PHOTOS AND LET US GO BACK TO CELEBRATING SOON AFTER. WE WERE ESPECIALLY HAPPY WITH HER CANDID PHOTOS OF US AND OUR GUESTS. MOST OF THE TIME WE DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE HER TAKING THE PHOTOS! IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH ALYSON, AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!
- Neon + John, 2014