Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Phillips.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up making silly videos and styling photo shoots with my siblings and cousins. My love for film and photography has since grown. I purchased my first DSLR in high school and spent most of my Senior year teaching myself (and my photography teacher) how to edit and the basics of my Canon Rebel T3i. Through nursing school, I stuck with it more as a hobby and side hustle. I have done everything from births to weddings, to seniors, to non-profit events. I love it all. I began filming weddings in 2017 when a friend asked me to film their wedding day, and from there, I became passionate to capture the unique God-given qualities of each individual, whether it be through film or photography.
Please tell us about your art.
I work hard to make sure my clients don’t feel like they’ve just been at a portrait/film session. I prepare before each meeting to ensure I cultivate unique interactions and moments that give them an experience they can remember for the rest of their lives. Whether it be through film or photography, I want my clients to feel comfortable and safe, and for that to reflect in my work. I pray and work hard that each image I deliver will take my clients back to that exact moment and remind them of what they were feeling. Intentionality is something I have been trying to focus on, whether that be while I am posing and prompting a couple, taking images without just letting my shutter roll and hoping one shot will be good, or during the editing process. I want to ensure that outsiders are invited into the moment two newlyweds shared minutes after they said ‘I do’ or the joy of a mother holding her newborn for the first time. There is so much life around us designed by God that I can’t help but be drawn to these beautiful moments.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Keep pushing. Keep practicing. Keep creating. Keep SAVING. I work full-time as a pediatric RN to support my dream of one day being a full-time creator. It has already been close to 8 years of this passion being a side hustle, but it is in my bones and my soul to create, I just can’t stop. I have been called to something much bigger than me. I have been called to love people, capture moments, and give all the glory to my Creator. I recently went through a rough time where I wanted to give up photography altogether. I felt defeated. But I picked myself up, went on a walk and played some worship music to clear my head, and when I came home, I made two lists: why I started photography/filmmaking and reminders to read when I get discouraged or down. The most important reminder I wrote down was that I am using a gift God has given me, and I need to use it well. This has been my main motivation through financial, emotional, or physical discouragement. Create a list on your phone, bathroom mirror, or in your journal to read when you’re frustrated and wanting to throw in the towel. Having something to look back on that reminds you of why you started in the first place can re-center you and push you that extra inch you need to keep going.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, I am very active on social media and my website. This Is Alyssa Phillips on Instagram, my website, Facebook, or Vimeo are all places my work can be viewed.
- Website: thisisalyssaphillips.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisalyssaphillips/
- Other: https://vimeo.com/thisisalyssaphillips