Business spotlight: Amy Elisabeth Photography

For of all of you Facebook and instagram users out there, you may have seen these extra-awesome photos floating around facebook and instagram a few weeks ago:

Photo by Amy Elisabeth Photography.
Photo by Amy Elisabeth Photography, flowers by Classic Designs by Doreen Thomas.

This stylized, bohemian photo shoot was a collaboration between many downtown businesses and individuals– some of which you may not have known were located in the downtown.

Over the next few blog posts, we’d like to take some time to get to know some of these downtown businesses that collaborated on the photoshoot, starting with the photographers, Amy Elisabeth and her sister, Lisa, owner of Teton Girl Photos.

Amy Swinson, or as you may know her by, Amy Elisabeth Photography, got a start in photography in 2008, beginning by taking pictures of her children, pets, landscapes, and documenting every day life. As “her passion for photography grew into something bigger,” Amy Elisabeth Photography was born in 2010, and a year later, she photographed her first wedding and dozen high school seniors. Each year, she welcomes new brides and grooms, documenting their “greatest love story,” and young men and women who are beginning their high school senior year.


Her signature photography style is bright and airy, using natural light and northern Michigan’s scenic landscapes as backdrops. Amy “puts her clients first and foremost,” as she “recognizes the importance of documenting emotional, sentimental, and personal memories they will forever treasure.”


Some of Amy Elisabeth’s wedding photography, as featured on her Facebook page.

Amy’s sister, Lisa, also collaborated on the photoshoot and owned a successful senior portrait business in St. John’s, MI,  located near Lansing, before moving back to Alpena last summer. Her philosophy, similar to her sister’s, is that “everyone deserves beautiful photos and that images should be printed and treasured.” As someone who is “very uncomfortable in front of the camera,” she always thinks of that when photographing someone. She learned most of what she knows about photography from her mother– as well as the value of photographic memories.



When asked why she is in the field of photography, Amy said she believes “everyone should surround themselves with what makes them happy- and what better way to do this than by filling their home with perfect photo memories to share their story?”


Amy Elisabeth is a wedding and portrait photographer in Alpena area who specializes in high school seniors and couples. Her indoor studio is located in Downtown Alpena in the upper floorof the Maltz Block on Water Street. Like her page on Facebook or visit her website here to see more of her photography.

Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry. The next few blog posts will be highlighting businesses that collaborated on the photoshoot, so make sure to follow Blog Downtown Alpena on Facebook and instagram to never miss a post. 

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