About Alyssa


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!


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  • I worked on location at a wedding site in Maui for 3 years and have met many wedding photographers. But few have impressed me like Alyssa. Her presence is joyful and contagious. I went on a photo shoot with her recently and within the first 5 minutes of shooting we were all laughing and continued to have the funniest easiest and incredible photo shoot. If you look through her portfolio you will see she has an incredible eye which is backed by high end cameras and editing but in my opinion it is Alyssa that will make your wedding day shine. She is an open hearted and genuinely beautiful human.
  • Hello! I am Amy I live in Oakland and got married in Grass valley June 18, 2016 From start to finish Alyssa really did an amazing shoot for us. from Contacting via email Alyssa was and has been fantastic! She made me feel very easy and relaxed and i really don't like getting my photos taken but she captured the magic of our wedding day while putting me at ease and made it so much FUN!! All of our friends and family around adored her! as did we! Alyssa was SO Wonderful and knowledgable so flexible and I am So glad she was a huge part of our day! So Nice to work with! I can say her professional and artistic skills are phenomenal. My husband and i really want to do another shoot with her just for fun!! Alyssa is a talented warm and charming Sweet and gifted artist book with her!!! Perfect Fit for anyone!! wedding or otherwise! Thank you Alyssa Keys for making us so happy being a part of our day you really brought out the magic in us!! thank you! With gratitude, Amy & Sam Zuehlke
  • Working with Alyssa was absolutely heart opening. I started off nervous because I hadn't had photos taken of myself since my senior portrait in high school, but by the end I felt like a full fledged professional. She was encouraging and supportive in ways I would never expect from a photographer and it was well worth pushing through my initial discomfort, cuz when I got home I loved around 50 photos!
  • I needed headshots for my website and pregnancy photos but was feeling super shy about being in front of the camera. Alyssa was amazing. She was gentle and supportive of my shyness, as well as knowing how to inspire me out of my shell. I was impressed at how many useable shots came out of our session - I can't choose what to use! I highly recommend her for any occasion!