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Hello sweet people! 


I am Alena Hope and I couldn’t be more thrilled that you stopped by! You may be wondering about the girl behind the camera and what she’s all about. Well, I can tell you this. I love life. I love God. & I love “love”…plus a few other things!


I grew up in the Midwest but have an adventurous soul. I dream of mountain tops and pine trees; there’s a desire to explore and stand in awe of creation inside of me. I love a good hike with a camera in hand. {so… YES! I am available for travel!!} Let’s find a beautiful spot to capture YOU and bring to life who YOU are. No two couples are alike; each story is unique and your photographs should reflect that. I want to get to know you and hear your story - the good, the bad, the dreams - what made you you. I am a dreamer, so I love any out-of-the-box creative ideas you may have! 


Originally, I was trained in film photography using the darkroom to develop prints. There I found my passion for both the art and the science behind photography. Now having moved to mostly digital work, my heart skips a beat when I see the light dance between my couple as they walk in a field of wildflowers. I notice the little moments from start to finish. I see the joy between a family, the excitement of what lies ahead for a senior, or the anticipation of a lifetime together. I will do a “happy dance” throughout our session, cry as the vows are read at your wedding, and sing along with you to the music! 


When we meet, I’ll ask you random questions to get to know you better.. so here are a few of my own answers! 


Favorite Food: Chicken tacos, Donuts, Sour Patch Kids/Watermelons, La Croix, Coffee, Blueberries, Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Turkey Burgers, Elk Burgers


Hobbies: Hiking, Swimming, Napping, Football (go Bears!), Traveling, Painting, Reading, Writing, Attempting DIY Projects, Dreaming/Planning, Baking, Decorating, Exploring New Cities, Introverting at a Coffee Shop, Any Type of Water Sport


Random Things You Should Know: 

  • I am engaged to by BEST FRIEND and cannot wait to be his wife! We are getting married in June 2019! I love walking through this season of life with all my brides. Lets talk weddings!!

  • I have two dogs: Gracie, 125 lbs Bernese Mountain Dog, and Gloria, 5 lbs Shorkie. I will talk about them. 

  • I am an INFJ and Type 2 Wing 1 (enneagram) for you personality type people (I am one of them!) 

  • Dream Travel Destination: Hawaii, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Alberta, Canada, Norway, Italy, Greece, … Ok I want to go everywhere! So, take me with you!!  

  • Being reflective, I often journal what I am experiencing or learning and will (occasionally) share a piece of my heart over on the blog/journal. Check it out! I want to encourage, challenge, and inspire my readers. 

  • I currently teach second grade right outside of Chicago and love it! I love waking up each morning knowing I get to spend my days with some of my favorite people! They bring so much joy to my life and I am crazy about those kiddos. I want my classroom to be a safe and inviting place for them to come to each day and where a love for learning and reading is cultivated. 


So, there is a little about me. I want to know your story and what makes you YOU - Please feel free to contact me at any time. 


Only by His Strength,

Alena Hope