Today we’d like to introduce you to Alixandra Renee.
Hi Alixandra, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have a passion for life, happiness, love, and human connection. I’m a half-full kinda gal and wouldn’t have it any other way. I would describe my photography as being bold, authentic, and full of emotion.
I grew up with my mom and younger brother in the metro Detroit area. I’m easygoing, bossy in the best way, and caring by nature. As a young kid, I knew I wanted to do something that was fun, creative, and beneficial to others. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would land me as a Photographer and Business Owner. This career path was truly a dream come true and I just love getting to meet amazing people along the way! When asked who my biggest inspiration is, I can say hands down, my mom. She is seriously my rock and I could go on and on with how she has shown me what true strength is and the meaning of resilience, but I’ll spare you all the mushy heartfelt emotions. For now.
I have a strong work ethic, putting myself through college while working multiple jobs. I truly believe that the amount of effort you put in is directly related to the results you achieve, with any and everything you do in life. One of the jobs that helped me along the way was working in the mental health field. I worked with intellectually disabled adults for 10 years. Working in that field really taught me patience, understanding, and what unconditional love really means. In 2018, I took a leap of faith and quit my 9-5 job to focus on my passion for creating and documenting others’ stories in an authentic and timeless way.
I put my heart and soul into my work, while striving to maintain a healthy work-life balance. It’s hard, but you’ll catch me traveling, hiking some of the most beautiful national parks, or enjoying some of the coolest restaurants around town.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I’d say it’s been pretty smooth. A lot of long nights, endless work days, and less time hanging with friends and family. Slowly and steadily, building up my name and clientele. The process of quitting my 9-5 to go all in on Photography was a nerve-racking experience but so worth it! Took a leap of faith, and it couldn’t have gone better. Hard work pays off! I went to school for photography. I worked several jobs to put myself through school, graduating with a degree in Media & Communication Arts -Photographic Technologies.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m based in Detroit, Michigan. I’m a wedding & family photographer! I am a storyteller in every sense of the word. I believe we can catch true art in every frame. I’m a sucker for a mixture of candid and portrait photography. I find beauty in raw emotions and often fall in love with those in-between shots.
I’m passionate about creating lasting and meaningful connections with my clients that allow me to capture every major milestone along the way. It’s so much more than just a photograph. I love being able read my clients, and I’m not a one pose fits all kind of shooter.
I’m most proud when I can make my clients not only feel comfortable but capture beautiful images that showcase who they are. I’m very proud to own and run my business.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy. I loved being outdoors and was the one all in to climb trees and get a little dirty. I loved singing and dancing. I took dance classes and ice skating until Highschool where I did cheer and gymnastics. I was happy, easygoing, inquisitive, sweet, and a little clumsy.