• Alyssa Clayfield

How Becoming a Mom has Influenced Me as a Photographer

Updated: Jul 23



I started my photography journey many years ago as a hopeful teenager that wanted to make beautiful art with a camera. I fell head over heels for photography after we had traveled to Japan and I watched my brother shooting in film while all I had was a cheap digital point and shoot. After seeing all of the incredible images we created, I knew photography was something I needed in my life.

I received my first digital SLR, a Canon Rebel T3, from my father as an eighteenth birthday gift and I've been fueling my passion for photography ever since. Even though I knew I had to have photography in my life, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take with it. Over the years, I tried shooting so many different things to figure out where my love truly lived. I've taken photos of nature, animals, buildings, vaguely artistic close ups of indistinguishable items, but none of those things felt quite right to me. It wasn't until I welcomed my beautiful baby girl, Ella, into the world that I found the direction I needed.


When Ella came into my life I knew immediately that I would be taking a ridiculous amounts of photographs of this stunning little creature. My heart was so beyond full when I saw the images I captured of my child and I knew babies and children would be something I needed to capture as much as I possibly could. I wanted other people to feel the same joy I feel when I look at photographs of my daughter. Being on maternity leave gave me the freedom to start offering photography sessions to families of all kinds; moms and dads with their kids, parents with a baby on the way, and couples looking to show off a little bit of romance. After many sessions of different types I've realized that I have two main purposes in life, one is to be the best mother I could ever be to my daughter, and the other is to take amazing photographs for people and their families. One of my all time favourite things is hearing clients tell me how much they love their photographs, that they feel the same way I feel when I see a photograph of my daughter.

I will forever be obsessed with making kids & families smile and laugh and with being able to immortalize those moments, and I feel as though being a mom helped me realize that this really is what I live for. To book a portrait session with Alyssa click here!



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Based in Halifax, NS Canada