Real Couples // Elopement at the Rocks: Leonor + Katryna

Leonor and Katryna have a soft, quiet, comfortable but strong love. I could see it in the way that Leonor's eyes sparkled when she looked at Katryna when she was getting animated over talking about some adventure, or the way Katryna's hand held onto Leo's. They cheer each other on through challenges and hardships -- through graduate school life and military life and everything else. Katryna, a pilot instructor, volunteers to fly dogs from overcrowded shelters across the country with Leonor happily keeping the dogs comfortable in-flight. They have five dogs between the two of them and are more adventurous than even these elopement photos would suggest. Katryna is the live-life-to-the-fullest, no-holds-barred type of soul, with Leonor, her strong champion and companion, quietly but equally as passionate for life. 

Words and photos by Alyssa Campbell Photography

Get to know Alyssa Campbell Photography: I dabbled in photography as a business since the beginning of college. As the third generation of business owners, entrepreneurship is in my blood, even though I grew up telling myself that I wouldn’t own a business. I knew I needed “a real degree” in case photography didn’t quite work out for me, so I got a psychology degree because I’ve always had an intense interest in people. After working in a neuroscience research lab studying chronic stress, getting my name on a few published scientific papers, and the suicide of my only sibling, I realized that life is simply too short to not do what you love. After training under a very successful Scottsdale wedding photographer, documenting over 50 weddings anywhere from super high-end to equally awesome backyard weddings, making over 50 high school and college seniors see their own beauty and unique personalities, and photographing beautiful artistic underwater sessions, I think I’ve found what I love. Having had both a psychology background and traumatic loss in my life has made me sensitive and compassionate towards human emotion and impressed upon me the deep importance of documenting life -- real life, not the stylized versions of ourselves we put on social media. Every client I photograph tells me that they aren’t good in front of the camera, are awkward, hate how they look -- the list goes on. The key, I’ve found, is to give them the space and security to be themselves, and their inner beauty and light always shines through. I’m especially good at getting guys who are forced into a session by their significant other, mom, etc to open up and be themselves. One of the highest compliments I can receive is from a less-than-willing guy who says “wow, I wasn’t looking forward to getting photos done, but I actually had fun,” or from someone who is particularly hard on themselves who says that they loved the photos. I want every one of my clients, no matter what kind of session or event they are hiring me for, to walk away having a tangible, physical story of their meaningful life event and photos that show their real personality. I strive to take the kind of photos that you pass along to grandkids, and they'll say, “wow, I can see your personality in these photos and I feel like I was there.” That is what drives me to do photography. When I’m not photographing weddings, risking my camera by photographing underwater, or coaxing real smiles from camera-shy people, you can find me at home with my husband -- probably playing video games together with our two dogs, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and tortoise. I’m a homebody with a wanderlusting itch and dreams of having a homestead with chickens, a huge garden, and lots of rescue dogs.