My name is Alyssa Keys. I have lived a life of magic and beauty traveling the west coast and beyond chasing waterfalls and beautiful nature. I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I filled my life with creativity and began my love for photography. I now reside in Nevada City, Ca where I have fallen in love with the land here within the last six years, but I will travel anywhere for love. Photography is more than just an art for me, it is a spirit of self-discovery and connection that fuels my life in powerful ways. I am a total dork who laughs at life and dances through grocery aisles to the music. My deepest loves in life are Photographing beautiful humans in love, Nature hikes with expansive views, River dips in the Yuba River, Paddleboarding majestic lakes & Thrift store scoring! I am so excited to Meet you and create the most amazing images of you!
I often get asked what made me first fall in love with photography. This has been an ongoing love of mine for my whole life. I was always an artistic child growing up and loved to create beautiful photos with our film camera and my absolute favorite was those disposable cameras, for the surprise of you never knew what you were going to get. But when those photos were revealed I was always so excited by how good they were. I became a photographer naturally. I wouldn’t say that there was ever a day that I just decided “I am a photographer now!” I have always had a camera in my hand and capturing people in their true spirit has always been the thing that makes me the most excited. I spent time in college studying photography fundamentals and dove deeper into the understandings of beautiful lighting. Then in my adult life, I just began naturally filling my life with more photoshoots. I bought the equipment I needed and have been pursuing my dreams ever since. I have been a professional photographer for around five years now. I am always just so grateful to live in these foothills I so deeply call home while getting to capture beautiful love stories, ones between couples, families, and your own personal love story.
I am a lover of adventure and seeker of beauty. I find magic in movement and never fail to be one of the most excited people in the room. I love a glass of wine to end the day, a good audiobook while I clean the house and snuggling with my little dog, Uji. I have a strong connection to music, it fills my life constantly and I surround myself with it always. I am always very fascinated by history and seeing the story being told through eyes now.
I want to personally say thank you for making it to this point and reading a little bit about who I am. I would absolutely love to be your photographer! It is my deepest joy to capture photos of your life. Send me an email, introduce yourself and let’s create some magic together!