I'm a filmmaker & photographer in the Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana region. My wonderful husband Michael is my #1 sidekick and - so be prepared to say Hello! We also had our first child February 2019 and are having his Irish Twin February 2020!
I was born in Okinawa, Japan on a US Navy Base. My father is a Marine and was stationed there.
I’m a full-blooded Filipino born in Japan, raised in Chicago (crazy, right?) I have many family members who served in all branches of the military. My whole life I thought I was going to enlist in the Marines or the Air Force - I even went to a Military School on the South Side of Chicago. But then we moved to a small country town down south and I met Michael in high school. I then went to community college, graduated, and practiced Dental Hygiene for a few years. However, going into the dental hygiene program, I knew in my heart that cleaning teeth was not going to be my passion, but I was using it as a stepping stone toward what I really wanted to do: create touching films.
I “accidentally” came across wedding filmmaking when my friend Megan (McKenna) Goggins asked me to film her wedding, stating she wanted “just a point and shoot” video. Knowing me, I went way past that and made a project out of it, and I loved every minute of it. From picking out just the right music, to color grading to the mood of her big day, to the subtle transitions. After I posted her wedding, I got a huge influx of inquiries from brides for wedding films.
Wedding photography is an absolute MUST. But when it comes to video, there is a lack of understanding on how important it is to see the motion of the day. On your wedding day, you will not remember everything and everyone who was there. You WILL miss events; and it’s my job to capture that in motion. The irony of all this is that my husband & I did NOT book a wedding filmmaker because of our tight finances. That is the one thing I regret from our wedding day, but I’m happy to be the girl to make sure you don’t regret missing out on your very own wedding film!
My name is Michael. I am Michael. Hi.
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Having a wedding photographer is a given when it comes to planning your wedding day. What many brides don't seem to realize until after their Big Day is how important having a Wedding Film is too!
Know it or not, your wedding day goes by in a FLASH and photos can capture the most beautiful moments of your day, but your own personalized Wedding Film will bring you back to the motion of that day in years to come.
We work your whole day to make sure you see the moments you missed while you and your life-long partner get lost in each others' eyes. From getting ready in your bridal suite, to everyone doing the cha-cha slide on the dance floor, we'll be there to capture it all.
Now where do you start? You're in the right place!
WIFE, MOM, HOME DESIGNER, MARIO PARTY PRO & PINTEREST FANATIC
Filming love stories & collecting memories of a lifetime
We both grew up down the street from each other in a south suburb of Chicago, but did not meet until we both moved a block away from each other in a small country town as teenagers. We had math class and band together and the rest is history. We went to 3 proms together, dated through college and got married just last year. Now we have our son Maximilian, and one on the way!
When Alyssamay started filming, Michael was always there, carrying equipment, second shooting and being her #1 support system. Now we shoot everything together and get to dance our butts off at every wedding we go to!