Hi, my name is Alana (pronounced "a-Lay-na"). A bit about me :)
I am an artist and a photographer. I am a wife and mother. I love spending time out in nature hiking, camping, driving backr oads, traveling, quilting, and hanging out with my husband and playing with our cat and our dog. I appreciate good food and the small things in life. I love moose and puffins!
I operate a boutique residential portrait studio in western Maine photographing weddings, families, children, newborns, and pets. I have worked over the years to hone my skills as a photographer and artist. I will work with you to create a fine art portrait of the highest quality for your family or business. I also enjoy travel throughout Maine photographing the wonderful scenes including nature and landscapes.
I moved to Farmington in 2009 and married my wonderful husband, Mike. As of 2015 I moved to Strong, Maine just 15 miles North of Farmingotn. I'm working on creating unique natural setting on our property. Check it out! Outdoor Settings
I do not hold a degree in photography but I have studied with professional from across the US and have attended workshops throughout New England, including NEIPPP. I also participate in many online learning webanirs, and educational videos from top photographers, such as as Photovision and Shoot Smarter Dot Com and PPA to enhancing my skills and learn the latest techniques.
I participate in print competitions each year, to have my work critiqued by some of the best photographers in the county.
By competing through the Maine Professional Photographers Associates (MPPA) I have received the following awards. 2018 I was awarded the Maine Photographic Excellence Award. In 2017, I received the MPPA Presidents Cup, 2014, my image "Sailing" received the Masterpiece Creative Imaging Award, and 2016 & 2013 my images received a Judges Choice award. In 2012, I received the Award of Excellence Electronic Imaging from MPPA and a Blue Ribbon for my photograph "Orchids". Over the years I have won many other awards as well. My work has also been published locally in calendars, guides, books as well as regionally in magazines.
I've been accepted into the Maine Photography Show 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013.
I’m a member of the High Peaks Artisan Guild a co/op gallery located in Kingfield.
In the past I have volunteered by help raise funds for my local animal shelter by hosting a pet portrait contest and a calendar each year and donate my photography and time to a few worthy causes.
Photography is very rewarding and fun to me. I have been fascinated by photography for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother was an avid photographer and in California, with her old Kodak 3A and when she showed me her photographs I became intrigued. My parents owned an old 110 camera and I always wanted to take pictures, for as long as I can remember . When I was 13, I traveled to Oregon with my mother and took many pictures of our trip. I was hooked! In the 8th grade I went with my class to Boston where my camera never left my hands. In high school I was the year book editor and took my first photography class. I loved creating images in the dark room and took many photographs though out my high school years. My dad gave me my firs SLR camera when I graduated from High School and I was off and running. I raised my family and have photographed along the way part time. Back in 2000, while working full time and raising my family, I started my photography business photographing weddings, high school seniors, nature and landscapes, and commercial work in the Downeast area from Calais - Jonesport.
Thank you for checking out my photography!! I would love to hear from you. I do offer a few workshops or private photography lesons.
Give me a call or email to talk about your portrait session, today!!!