we've moved...come with me!

When my portfolio website was created, it was done without a blog...primarily because at the time, I wasn't blogging. However, as time progressed, so did my blogging. I felt this was as good time to move on from blogger and have my blog and portfolio reside in one place.

So, my brand new blog can be found at alyssaballisty.com - check it out! If you're currently subscribed to this blog, you'll need to update your subscription, which can be done here. If you aren't currently subscribed, you can find the subscription button on my new blog in the top right corner or go here.


micaela & kevin | sacramento engagement photographer

I absolutely love Apple Hill - so I was pretty excited when an old school mate, Micaela, asked if I'd shoot their engagement session in Apple Hill. I don't care what time of the season it is, Apple Hill always provides a gorgeous backdrop. What's better than this you ask? Oh, Micaela & Kevin are also tying the knot in Apple Hill next month!

We didn't need much more than a mini-bucket of apples & a blanket...

Well, maybe a couple of bikes...

Congrats you two, I can't wait to see you say "I do" in a couple of weeks!


aaaand we're back!

To sum it up: our European vacation was beyond AMAZING!

For those who weren't aware, Eddie & I took a wonderful 3 week vacation exploring Spain, Italy & France. Not going to lie, I kind of forgot about the blog on our trip. It was nice to not worry about posting photos & just enjoy our time!

But then it hit me, I really want to post photos, but that currently seems like a large task considering I took around 4000 photos. FOUR THOUSAND. I'm shaking my head because that's a ridiculous amount! So, I'm going to narrow it down (big time) and only post those photos that are my fav's.

Until that time comes (cut me some slack time wise, pleeeease!), here's one we took with the almighty iPhone4 on our first night in Paris (and my fav memory of the trip).

And until I get a chance to post more, I have some wonderful engagement shoots to post over the next week.

au revoir!


gpofw | 08.25.10

gratuitous photo of Finn Wednesday

Finn & Sammy (the blur) playdate
(iphone4 photo)


foto friday | wickedly amazing

I've been dying to see Wicked in SF and when I heard the show was coming to an end, I begged my mom for tickets for my birthday. This was by far one of the best musicals I've ever seen. I don't even have the words to describe how amazing everything was - the theater, set, costumes, props & cast. It was just...well, amazing. If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you do before it comes to a end on Sept. 5.
Details here - Wicked


casey & yelena | sacramento engagement photographer

We've known Casey & Yelena for a couple years now & they are two of the most artistic people you'll ever meet (I have two pieces of Yelena's art hanging in our home sweet home). They've been married for four years and until recently never had professional photos taken of them. Casey contacted me over the Christmas holiday to purchase a session as a gift to Yelena. So once the weather turned warmer [warmer is an understatement, the sun was SO hot we were sweating half the shoot], we headed out to no mans land for our session.

Side note: These two are troopers - not only was it a billion degrees out, but there were mosquitoes & ticks everywhere & still they smile & pose like its no big deal - amazing!
I highly suggest you check out their artistic sides
his & hers


gpofw | 08.11.10

gratuitous photo of Finn Wednesday

he loves car rides - whether in his crate or head out the window


gpofw | 07.28.10

gratuitous photo of finn wednesday

Finn & Sammy finally got to meet today


hi, I'm cute

Look at that smooshy face...this pup needs a name tag that says "hi, I'm cute."

My parents brought this little guy home yesterday and I spent all day giving him kisses on his cute face. He's only 10 weeks but super mellow compared to Finn.


foto friday | an apple a day

This was taken at a recent engagement session (which will be posted soon).
It reminds me of two things:
  1. apple hill & the beautiful fall season
  2. twilight - the series, not the time
    (call me crazy, I don't care)
In other news, life is getting extremely busy & it's getting harder and harder to keep up on GPOFW & foto fridays.
So, here's my new disclaimer - I'll try to post twice a week, if I don't, sorry!


GPOFW | 07.14.10

someone's got a sweet tooth, just like his mama

(iphone photo)


Dylan | Sacramento Senior Portrait Photographer

I first met Dylan and his mom Kim in Old Sacramento for our session. I arrived with images in my mind of where to shoot and what backdrops to use. But Old Sac was a total fail - not only were the trains absent, but it was packed to the brim with people. I have never seen Old Sac this packed before. So, a last minute location change had us shooting in an empty parking garage. Dylan was a senior at Capital Christian School who is planning to attend Azusa Pacific in the fall. Dylan's also a proud new member of the Azusa football team.

The sun (and heat) was out in full force that afternoon which forced me to become even more familiarized with shooting AGAINST the sun. I'll admit that prior to my last few shoots, I was a little afraid of shooting into the sun, but I absolutely love the glow and the brightness it brings to the images. Once I found my rhythm & Dylan warmed up to the camera, we were on a roll.


foto friday | take a seat

I found this beauty while wine tasting & loved how the sun hit the chair so elegantly


GPOFW | 07.07.10

stick muncher


foto friday | red, white & blue

Have a good weekend!


GPOFW | 6.30.10

When we're at work we normally leave Finn in his play area which is in our huge entry hall, blocked off with a gate so tall that I can't even get my legs over it.

We came home the other day and what do we see?
Little Finny, on the other side.

Little Houdini. So plan B was to keep him outside (which we have yet to do for this length of time).

We came home the other day and what do we see?
Little Finny, and a destroyed screen door.

Ooooh, Finn!


heading out | I Never

I'm about to head out on an amazing trip this week - meaning, no posts this week.
Here's what I'll be up to:

Last year the Equal Start team took 20 inner city Sacramento students from our after school run club on the trip of a lifetime. On this trip, affectionately called ‘I Never’, the students were exposed to higher education and a lifestyle that they have never considered possible. The students’ eyes lit up as they received a tour of the University of Oregon and the Nike Factory headquarters. You could see the dreams forming and ideas rolling around in their minds.

This year the I Never trip is heading down South. We will be touring USC and making a special surprise stop at Disneyland. Our goal is to see even more dreams birthed in these 4th, 5th and 6th graders as they escape the confines of their neighborhood. From June 21st thru the 24th the students will no longer be worried about where their next meal will come from or where they will sleep that night. On this trip we will be crossing off a list of ‘I Never’s including:

-I’ve never been to the beach

-I’ve never slept in a hotel

-I’ve never eaten at a restaurant

- I’ve never been to Disneyland

-I’ve never believed I could go to college

See you next week!


poor little guy

I missed foto friday, but I missed it for a good reason...

Poor little guy had a 3 in 1 surgery, but he's recovering well!


GPOFW | 06.16.10

He loves this raccoon like no ones business.


foto friday | lime on the side, please

A while back I posted our his & her mugs (which we love to use on weekend mornings lounging outside). But we also have his & her cups which are frequently used for delicious margaritas on hot summer days.