Today we’d like to introduce you to Alisha Light.
Alisha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started photography after being gifted a nice digital camera early in high school. At the time, I was living in a tiny little secluded mountain town. A couple of thousand people in the county and the closest Walmart over an hour away. I spent my free time wandering, taking photos of inanimate objects, portraits of my friends and frequently taking self-portraits. The alienation I felt in my small town morphed into calming seclusion. It was and is still the most healing and expressive practice in my life. Over a decade and several cities later, I now work as a full-time portrait and wedding photography in Denver and I cannot imagine a life without this art form.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey to where I am now has been everything but smooth. At 27, I find myself gratefully busy, making a comfortable wage that allows me to do what I love, travel, and be part of an incredible community of artists that push me to grow. While now I manage many new struggles, I often reflect on the hardships that brought me to where I am now, and the lessons these struggles have given me.
I have felt the constant looming sense of failure, I have been rejected, I have done free work, I have chosen jobs that had put me into uncomfortable situations, I have faced sexual harassment, I have maintained two full-time jobs while finding time to do gigs in any of my free time. I have broken down, cried, pulled out my hair and been told by people close to me I need to find a “real job.” I have worked without a vehicle, I have moved to a big city that I had never been to, I have been without food, without money in my account.
Yet, I have given it my all. I have seized opportunities when they have presented themselves. I largely believe that you receive the energy you put into the world, even if the timeline of reciprocation is a little off. I also believe that some opportunities weren’t presented to me sooner because I wasn’t ready for them, and I wouldn’t have done them the justice they deserve. All the many years of struggles have suited me for the success that I maintain now.
My advice to women, particularly young women is not not fear making mistakes. Stay humble, work hard, take failures as lessons, do not boast on your successes as they will speak for themselves. Do not worry yourself about the actions of others, as that is the energy you can be giving yourself. Know that people will want to see you fail. Do not dwell on those people, use them as motivation to succeed. Be patient with the fruits of your labor, but do not be still to act on opportunities when they present themselves. Do not wait till you’re “good enough”, just do. Fail. Learn. Grow. And as cliche, as it sounds, don’t let the world disconnect you from yourself. If you stray from the core of who you are, take time to find your way back. The world will appreciate your individuality and what that can bring to the world.
We’d love to hear more about A. Light Photography.
I’ve been a full-time photographer for about four years now! You’ll find me in the mountains often photographing weddings and engagements, but also in Denver photographing portraits, headshots, and models for conceptual work. I do a variety of work, and I love the difference in shoots throughout the week.
I am most passionate about working in intimate situations and creating photographs that people can relate to. I don’t think anything is more fulfilling than creating a photo of someone that helps them really see themselves. Not their face, but parts of their heart and soul that they love of themselves.
To be honest, I think taking a pretty picture of someone is generally easy. Learn the basics of a camera, find good light, get a good angle. Yet, to create a portrait of someone that makes someone *feel* something is truly special. “Pretty” photos rarely fulfill me. I want to tell a story, I want an emotional reaction. I want the viewer’s senses to all to intermingle and create an experience for the viewer or the subject. That’s what I’m working for, that’s what I’m striving to do.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
I try to find inspiration in everyone that I meet. Everyone is unique, has a story, knows something you don’t, and has a perspective you can learn from.
Since I’ve moved to Denver, I’ve been overwhelmed with support and inspiration. There is a vast network of creative women in Denver that I feel are part of my family. It would be impossible to list them all.
Though, when I reflect on my time in Denver growing my business, there are two women I’ve gained an insurmountable amount of personal and artistic inspiration from. Kyla Fear, who I am fortunate to call a friend, yet also one of my favorite photographers ever. Her emotional, dark imagery is absolute art, a reflection of her stunning personality. Also, Loria Carnefix who has the most unbelievable gift of capturing authentic, real, beautiful emotion and imagery. Both of these women are largely responsible for my standing in the community.
And, of course, my best friend Lorena Garcia, who has believed in me, supported me and who is constantly a positive light in my life.
- Website: www.alishalight.com
- Phone: 15593891459
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/alightp
A. Light Photography