I remember the day very clearly. It was summer and school was out. I had a red Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot camera that I had gotten as a Christmas gift and the extent of its use was taking photos of my friends, myself (you know, the selfies before they were called selfies.. MySpace era!), and of my family's golden retriever, Roscoe. But, on this specific day after messing around with the limited camera settings and slowly beginning to understand depth of field, I realized this camera could be used for more. I decided to take some nature pictures. Some pictures that were made for art and self expression, not just snapshots. So, I took a walk in the woods behind our house and took photos of everything beautiful that I saw. There were photos of the clouded blue sky bordered with a field of switchgrass, photos of spider webs and deer tracks in the mud, and of course photos of Roscoe running through the dense woods alongside me. I picked up a camera with a different intention that day and I haven't put it down since.
Since then, I have studied graphic design and fine tuned my photography skills in both digital and film for 5 years between Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. At an early point in college, I officially started operating as a business. Originally named 'Natural Elements Photography', what is now Alexa Kay Photography & Design was established in 2013. My passion for nature photography still lives strong and often peeks out through my portraiture and design.
My goal for every shoot is to capture the individuality of each person and relationship, whether it is a wedding party, family, high school senior, or couple. I prefer to shoot primarily outdoors (I'll take a nice golden hour over a studio any day!) but I am open to working in indoor settings, especially during the the not-so-desirable midwest winters.
When designing, I love to combine my photography skills and fine art experience with graphic elements to create a truly customized piece. I take pride in my ability to thrive during all parts of the design process, from sketching to printed pieces to web based work.
I can't thank you enough for taking the time to peek into my life and business. I look forward to hearing from you if you ever find yourself with a photo idea that you want to make a reality.