I remember thinking, as a child, it was taking forever to grow up. I counted each milestone – teen years, learner’s permit, license and finally, adulthood. I finally grew up. I met my husband, and we had our own children. And now, as a parent, I can’t believe how fast time is going. It’s too fast, and while I want to remember every minute of it, I’m often surprised when my husband reminds me of something I’ve already forgotten.
I’m Alyssa. My husband, Rich, and I have been busy running Nickel City Studios for the past five years, while raising our boys. We started our careers as photojournalists in the military, got out, came back to Buffalo and started our family and the wedding photography studio. But a few years ago, I started shooting families, and I absolutely fell in love with it.
I don’t take photos of families in matching khakis, all smiling at the photographer with perfectly coiffed hair. I take photos of real families.
I take photos that capture the love a family has for each other. Playing, laughing and loving. I want to capture the feeling of a family, and my biggest hope is that twenty years from now, someone will hold one of your photos in their hand, shot back in a time they hardly remember, and be able to see exactly how much their parents loved them.