I’m Araka (pronounced like Erica!), a traveling photographer in Georgia, based in Augusta with frequent excursions to my hometown of Pennsylvania. In essence, I’m a destination photographer with industry connections across the east coast and southern states.
I’ll travel to you and document your awe-inspiring adoration. I love hearing everything you dream of for your wedding — no holding back! Trust me, I am rooting for you. In a world that throws out disheartening marital statistics, I am a cheerleader for love. It begins with a wedding that overruns with romance — traces of Europe, nostalgia all around, stunning blooms and expressions of devotion. The photographs we’ll take will help you savor this rare love you found.
I’m more than a photographer in Georgia, I’m an asset for couples across the country. Your photographer and wedding confidant, you can rely on me!
As a young girl, I loved my time with Grandma on her farm in West Virginia. We’d go outside and pluck the flowers lining the forest. I’d gather a fistful of zinnias, roses, mint and rosemary. When I came inside with dirty hands and a full heart, we’d line the window sills up with tiny milk glass vases full of flowers.
I spent the best summer of my life studying abroad in Turkey and Greece in 2008. #MammaMia! I ended up joining the military in 2010 hoping to see more of the world. The Air Force took me to Georgia instead, but that's okay- that’s where I met my husband!
I moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2012 after receiving orders to Fort Gordon. I met my husband at the Vineyard of Augusta in bible study and worship team (I was on keys and he is a drummer). We got married in Aiken, South Carolina in the summer of 2015 with 100 of our closest friends and family. It was sweet and there were lots of happy tears and BBQ!
As a Pittsburgher who moved to the south, I went from saying yinz to y'all. My heart holds a combination of pierogies + steelers and hydrangeas + sweet tea.
Our daughter, Noelle, was born in March of 2017. She’s sweet, smart and sassy. She wants to be a scientist when she grows up. Oh wait- now it's a pilot!
In 2018 I transitioned out of the Air Force and began my photography journey, diving head first into camera courses and mentorships under the best in the business. I've been blessed to serve dozens of incredible couples and counting!
This year in 2021 we received the biggest surprise of all- baby #2 is on the way! Baby Samuel is expected to make his debut November 2021. Catch me with a baby in one hand and turkey in the other this Thanksgiving.
In retrospect, love and art were always anchors of my life — it just took military service, motherhood, and European getaways to truly reveal that fact to me.
It started in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA where I romanticized the idea of a career in fashion design. I spent my days sketching wedding gowns and felt a pull towards everything in the wedding industry. Though through life’s twists and turns that wasn’t my path, I realize that I still get to bring design into my life, just not with a thread and needle. I plan engagement sessions, style editorials, and curate photography galleries.
I was in the Air Force for 8 years as a translator. War broke me and photography was the only thing that restored my love of life and goodness. When I look at couples like you and see the love you have for one another, I experience firsthand what is good in the world. It’s everything I could ask for. I enjoy supporting you and your love story while soaking up the reminder that humanity is good.
Alyssa and Aaron
Alison and Brandon