My name is Alanna, and I am so happy you stopped by!
Here are the top ten quirky facts you need to know about me, in no particular order:
I am a Vermonter.
Okay, so I grew up in Massachusetts. Born and raised in western MA: home to the Big E, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Yankee Candle Flagship Store. But I moved to Vermont almost 3 years ago, and I have never felt so at home in a place. Except Ireland... which leads me to my next fun fact...
I am an Irish American.
And I am very, very proud of my Irish heritage! I live and breathe all things Ireland. In 2013, I went on a three month solo trip there, and officially became the annoying girl who starts half my conversations with "When I was in Ireland..." I even published a travel book of photos from my time there... it is just a gorgeous country. I love it there so much and would love to live there someday.
I collect Christmas tree ornaments...
I love Christmas and I love Christmas trees. Years ago, I started collecting a Christmas tree ornament from every trip I would take, every special event in my life. I got one when I was a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding, I got about 10 when I was in Ireland (hey, I was in many different spots- it's justifiable!)... I just love being able to take them out each year and remember that special time in my life.
...I also collect tattoos.
You would never know it to look at me, but I have tattoos. Four. And I regret three of them. So basically, I am a perfect cautionary tale if you have teenagers you want to scare!
I send out yearly Christmas cards... with Ben Affleck.
A few years ago, I had some news I wanted to share with friends, and decided to send out a Christmas card to do so. I popped a picture of myself on the front... stared at a few minutes... and realized it needed something. I googled photos of Ben Affleck in a tux, and boom, a tradition was born. Our relationship has evolved from hiking on the Isle of Skye in Scotland to getting engaged on the shores of Lake Champlain this past Thanksgiving (both shots pictured in the collage above). It's my response to my parents constant pressure to get married and have babies already... but it's also because Ben and I are madly in love. Duh.
I have a niece and a nephew who I adore.
In 2011, I became an aunt, and every moment since then has been better because of the existence of these two amazing humans. Juliana is four and Callen just turned two, and I am borderline obsessed with them both. Seeing the way they interact with the world, and being able to teach them new things (like how snow tastes better when you pour maple syrup on it) is just the best feeling, and I can't imagine my life without them.
The Brimfield Antique Fair is my paradise.
Literally, give me fields upon fields of amazing antiques that I don't actually need but have to have anyways and I am in heaven. I go twice a year with my photographer friend Erica, and together we made the investment to buy a cart to haul our goodies. And that cart is probably the biggest commitment I have ever made to another person. It's like a child to us. I think we named it, but I can't remember what the name is. Oh god, I am a horrible parent.
I keep a full sized wall calendar in my purse at all times.
Yes, I own an iPhone. And an iPad. And every other device that Apple makes. And yes, I know they all come with functional calendars and different scheduling apps. But for some reason, there's this one really old-fashioned piece of my personality I just can't let go of. I have to physically write everything on a wall calendar. Of course, it's not convenient, because I am always on the go, so I carry it in my purse. And get made fun of daily.
I speak in movie and TV quotes.
I quote The Office, Seinfeld, and about 400 different movies in a given day. It's strange, because I haven't had cable in years and will watch maybe one movie a week, but I retain that stuff like no one's business and I love pulling it out of the archives to make people laugh. I can recite entire scenes from movies like Friday or Ace Ventura (soccer style kicker, graduated from Collier High June 1976...)... you get the idea.
I love photography and I would love to photograph your special event.
I can't believe it, but I have been doing this for eight years. At times, I have been a full time photographer, and at times, like now, it has been a side business while I pursued other dreams. The one constant in eight years has been that I have loved photography every step of the way. To be able to document my life this way has taught me so much about who I am, where I've been, and where I want to go. To be able to document your lives and your precious moments has been the greatest gift of trust and love I could ever imagine. I love doing this "job" and would love to get to know you, your families, and what makes your lives special.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. It's nice to meet you.