About Alyssa

photographer, designer, blogger, traveler | animal + nature lover | wanderlust : chasing dreams + adventure

In Short

I have always loved animals of all kinds, but particularly horses. Growing up, they sparked my curiosity and need to discover. In high school I used to dread sitting in class and would count down the minutes until I could head to the barn and ride. The spirit and majestic appearance of the horses there led to my passion for photography. Any chance I got I was outside, taking in the fresh air and natural beauty—always with a camera nearby. Every day offered new adventures and once-in-a-lifetime chances to capture awe-inspiring moments.

My creativity and curiosity continued to grow during college, leading me to design. I graduated from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design. My graphic design education and skills are complemented by a year of specialized training in photography/visual arts from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.

Since graduating, I am still driven by these passions—animals, the outdoors, photography and design—along with traveling. The more I see, explore and take in while traveling, the more I am realizing there is nothing else that allows me to experience life as intensely and openly.

Starting with riding, I have always had an incredible need for discovery and new experiences. I hope to inspire you to do what makes you feel alive. Discover what makes you tick and pursue that passion with determination! Check out About + Adjust Your Focus® for more.

  • Happiest when outdoors
  • Love picnics, hiking, horseback riding and anything by/in water
  • Always with a camera, always taking pictures
  • I have a fraternal twin
  • On a gluten free diet, diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2006
  • Big supporter of “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” I rescued both my horse, Bailey and dog, Sammy
  • Enjoy (weekly) bubble baths
  • Gerbera daisies are my favorite flower. Protea, which I discovered in South Africa, are a close second

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