HELLO, MY NAME IS ALANNA Fine Art and Architectural Photographer

Hello and thanks for visiting my photography website! I am a self-taught photographer who first delved into the medium back in 2007. In 2011 I quit my full-time job as an academic advisor to pursue photography full-time. My work focuses on architecture and the city, abandonment, night and light painting.
 
This past year I have embarked on more travel adventures than at any other time in my life. One goal was to visit abandonment in other locations (and also capture night photography). Places I’ve traveled to shoot recently: New Orleans, St Louis, Memphis, Chicago, Toronto, Michigan’s UP, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville KY, Grand Rapids and several locations in upstate New York and New Jersey. I just booked my first-ever trip to NYC in the fall. And I also recently purchased a drone! Images coming soon…
 
Other pursuits I enjoy besides photography: reading,  cooking, health, spending time with my sister Dana and friends, drinking green tea, shopping at thrift stores, Halloween, and our cats Jinx and Zuko.

Why abandonment? People have asked me why I choose to photograph abandoned buildings — at first, I tell them I have always appreciated beautiful architectural details and been fascinated with their history. But, it really goes further than that. As I walk around these forgotten spaces, I sense a peace and stillness that once was busy and filled with people and activity. Also, I cherish aspects such as rust, peeling paint, deteriorating wood, brick, graffiti – many of these which can be found in abandoned settings.
 
One other reason photographing abandoned buildings appealed to me was to live out my childhood interest in becoming an archeologist, one who digs around in old places. So, in a way, I feel like I am pursuing that interest with my abandoned building explorations.

My purpose in photographing Detroit specifically, not only its abandonment but also its historical buildings, is because the past calls to me, to capture these old, historically beautiful buildings that will never be built again, and I want to capture and highlight these beautiful buildings. I already have many images of buildings that have been demolished or burned down, and that is important, to have this history of what used to be.
 
I also search for the beauty that is still there in these old abandoned, neglected buildings and this is what I most strongly attempt to convey in my work: the details, light, textures, colors…its all beautiful to me.
 
But it isn’t only abandonment I enjoy capturing, I love everything about the city, but it’s most magical at night. Night photography and long exposures bring a drama and energy to the images. Light painting, more specifically “spinning wool”, is fun and I continue to experiment with it.

SERVICES

FINE ART IMAGES

My fine art images are available for purchase in my website galleries and at local art fairs (see my art fair schedule for upcoming fairs). If you do not see an image you are looking for or a specific size you need, contact me and we can discuss a custom order. I also offer both canvas and metal frames, which you can find more details about here.

FREELANCE / PROJECTS

You can hire me to take images of Detroit or the surrounding areas for your project. I also photograph interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces. Or perhaps you have a project you need images for? Take a look at my portfolioContact me to discuss your project needs.

WORKSHOPS

I have joined Creative Vision Photography Workshops to bring Detroit-oriented events/workshops to photographers in the Southeastern Detroit area. I offer workshops such as: Night Photography, City/Architecture, How to Sell Your Images at Art Fairs and Artist Markets, Post-Processing Workflow and Light Painting. Visit our Meetup page to view the latest events!

IN THE NEWS

SOME FUN FACTS

6
 Years of Art Fairs
55
 Happy Clients
3382
Prints Sold

What People Say?

We discovered Alanna’s photography a few years ago at the Wyandotte Street Fair. We decided to purchase a beautiful photo of the Packard plant for our mantle with the full intention of eventually purchasing more. We recently did a small renovation in our kitchen and we knew we wanted a conversation starter for our wall. We decided to browse the website and discovered a print we both loved. It was easy to contact Alanna through the website and she was very helpful when it came to answering several questions I had about the metal prints. Once we placed the order it arrived very quickly and it fits our space perfectly. I’m extremely happy with our purchase and everyone who comes over comments on it! 
Pamela W.

What People Say?

I could not be happier with the final product and experience. Alanna’s stunning images of Detroit and abroad are only only matched by the personal attention, patience, and care she shows her customers. If you are on the fence or looking for that piece of home to hang in your own, I encourage you to take the jump with Alanna. What you see is what you get and more, you will not be disappointed.

 
 
Jonathon O., Client

What People Say?

You capture the spirit of the artwork and the dynamic of the city skyline.  And the photo itself was so carefully packed — it was delivered in mint condition.  I’ll be hanging it soon, and showing it to other Labor History Society members.

David E.

What People Say?

Even though our purchase was small, you made us feel welcome and important. Since then I have joined your site and enjoyed your vision. I (also) feel like you capture an important part of the cultural identity of the city. In some ways you cast a light on parts of my subconscious that have always felt connected to Detroit. Take care and thanks again!   

Paul R., Client

What People Say?

WOW!  Alanna is amazing. I am blown away by her work. Her compositions, her colors, her textures, all brilliant! She cannot only capture depth, but then pulls us into the middle of that space she’s just created.  I’m a fan!
Troy C., Children's Book Illustrator

What People Say?

Alanna, I thought you would like to know she liked the print so much she cried and told us a story about when she grew up and her aunt would take her to the (Belle Isle Scott) fountain and her sister would make her stay and stare at the changing colors. Thank you very much!

Amanda M., Client

What People Say?

Thanks we love the pictures!

Diana D., Client

What People Say?

Hi Alanna, the picture looks great in the waiting room! People have said that it is beautiful, gorgeous. Interesting that quite a few people can’t tell if it is a photo or a painting, and they touch it to figure out the difference! Also, the extra trim on the frame is really a nice touch! Thanks.

Jeannette N., Client

What People Say?

Was looking for some pictures of certain landmarks in Detroit and couldn’t find any for sale online anywhere. I instantly thought of Alanna to do the job. Since I had already purchased some of her work, I knew she would capture exactly what I was looking for. I am so happy with the work she has done and plan on purchasing more of her work in the future.

Andrew W., Client

What People Say?

I had the pleasure of helping make ‘Transcending’ the Labor Legacy Monument sculpture located at Hart Plaza in Detroit. For years I has thought about hiring a professional to photograph the art to hang in my home. When I ran across Alanna’s work, it dawned on me that she would be perfect for the job. I commissioned her to visit ‘Transcending’ and shoot the art from several different poses. She did a wonderful job and I was thrilled when I received the proofs. I could not be happier with her work or with the long-awaited artwork in my living room.

Lisa C., Client