Hire La Luz to photograph your family! We were lucky to stumble upon Aly's website in 2007, and hired her to photograph our wedding after meeting her in person and loving how personable and creative she was. Three kids and numerous photo shoots later, we have a ton of beautiful moments captured on film thanks to Aly. Her work is inspired, modern, and genuine. We have always loved how she captures us at our best, but in a natural way that feels like "us". She puts love and care into her work, and it shows. Our family will never use another photographer. Aly is our go-to for life.
A colleague of mine recommended La Luz Photography to me when I was nearly 8 months pregnant. I told her we weren't doing newborn photos, and she was absolutely horrified. After looking at some of the newborn pics on the La Luz website, we decided maybe it was worth a shot after all.
Aly photographed our daughter when she was just 6 days old. We had no idea what to expect, or how on earth a photographer was going to get our baby to sleep through all of those pictures and poses. By the end of the session we were referring to Aly as "the baby whisperer." From the very beginning of the session, it was clear that Aly knew exactly what she was doing. She was so gentle with our little one, helping to rock her to sleep and offering a comforting "ssshhhh" or touch whenever she started to stir. As nervous new parents, it was a huge relief to see the photographer be so comfortable and at ease with our baby. It helped us to relax and enjoy the process.
The pictures themselves turned out beautifully. Not only did she pick backdrop and accessory colors that worked in our house, she knew exactly how to pose us so that shots of the whole family would be flattering (a big deal when you're a mom six days post-partum -- I still looked five months pregnant, although you can't tell at all in the pictures).
We now have these pictures all over our house, and on our desks at work. We'll treasure them for the rest of our lives. Thank you Aly!
Excellent photographer! I hired La Luz Photography to do my head shots for a webpage. Aly did an amazing job! The photos came out so great that it was hard to decide which ones to use! I found Ali extremely easy to work with. She is very funny and kind, and put me at ease immediately. She is full of bubbly energy and great ideas, too! I highly recommend this business for any photographic needs!
Aly is an amazingly talented photographer. She has photographed both of my newborns and many special moments in their lives. Friends marvel at her shots when they visit our home. She has a special gift to capture just the right moment, in a personal, vibrant way. Her photos are modern and stylish but will never be dated. She also did a beautiful job at a family wedding. She is also a lovely person which is important when you are inviting someone to capture your family on film. I can't recommend her enough!
Our entire experience with Aly was wonderful! We contacted her on fairly short notice, as we were visiting Seattle with our then 6 month old daughter and wanted to have family pictures taken while we were in town. Aly gracefully squeezed us into her schedule and was able to accommodate our requested photo shoot location despite her busy week!
I had seen Aly's work before, but was absolutely blown away when we received our images. She made us feel so at ease during the photo session, and it shows in the moments she captured. These pictures are true family heirlooms.
The icing on the cake for me was the presentation when our order arrived. It takes an artful eye to make a flash drive look beautiful, but opening that package was such a treat. Aly pours her heart into even the tiniest finishing touches, and the thought she puts behind her work made me feel like a truly valued client.
I'm so glad Aly was able to work with us and we hope to be back in Seattle so she can capture our family's images again!
Aly is well, awesome sauce! She did both our maternity and our son's newborn shoot; we were so delighted with the beautiful photographs she took, that we have booked another session for our son's first birthday. Not only is Aly amazingly talented and creative in her work, but she makes you feel at ease and comfortable with being photographed. She is down to earth, super funny and has an incredible eye for taking "real" photographs, one's that don't look staged or cheesy. Aly is also part Baby Whisperer as well, having kept our tiny guy asleep throughout his session, despite much positioning and changing of hats and blankets (she comes with a great big suitcase of ridiculously cute hats and headbands you can choose for baby to wear!). Our order arrived quickly, in pretty packaging with a personalized note, and a little something for our son, to boot! We look forward to working with Aly over the years to come!
Aly photographed my newly born son about a year ago. I had no idea what to expect but the experience was an absolute joy. Aly is a natural with babies and it was so much fun watching her work. The photographs were absolutely beautiful. What I didn't realize at the time was how much I would cherish these photos even a year later. They capture such a special time for our family and I know I will continue to love looking at them to see how much my son has changed, and hasn't changed, since he was a mere 5 days old. I highly recommend Aly and would absolutely work with her again.
I just received the cd of images from my son's first birthday photo session, and was reminded of how talented Aly is! She shot my maternity photos a little over a year ago, and we had her back to do his first birthday shoot last week. I had so much fun hanging out and talking with her, and I am in love with the images she took. I'm so relieved I purchased a whole cd of all the images, because I can't imagine having to choose which ones I wanted out of all the amazing ones! Aly is the sweetest, so much fun, and works hard to ensure that her clients receive photographs that they will adore and cherish forever!
As good as it gets!" is completely spot on. Aly is not only wonderful to spend time with, perfect at responding to the moods of young children and generally lots of fun - she is truly an artist. Her work amazing. Working with her is so easy: she is very helpful and flexible, and I highly recommend her to anyone. You will love the way she captures your special moments. I know that we will treasure our La Luz photos for years to come, and look forward to many more wonderful sessions with Aly. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a session with Aly - you will not be disappointed!
I love, love, love La Luz Photography! Aly was super easy to work with. She took our family pictures and they turned out beautiful. Our three year old was very active during the session and somehow Aly managed to keep up with him and get some great shots in the process. We have pictures from the session in our dining room and people tell me how great they are all the time. More importantly, they make me smile each and every day. I look forward to working with La Luz Photography again!
What more can I say that hasn't already been expressed in the other reviews? Aly is gifted. She captured the joyful essence of our family and was such a pleasure to work with. As someone who is not all that great about having pictures taken of myself, I had lots of stress about this photo shoot but she really put me at ease.
I continue to feel elated every time I look at the photos that she took of my family. These are images that my husband and I will swoon over for the rest of our lives. I'm thankful that we found La Luz. Photography and I will without question use them again.
We've had Aly at La Luz Photography as our family photographer since she began her business 11 years ago because she is simply the best out there. She has been with us for engagements, weddings, maternity, newborn and many family photo shoots. The result is consistently stunning heirloom photos that we treasure even more with each passing year. She is a master with composition, light, putting us at ease - and doesn't miss a single detail. She is also such a natural with children (they love her!) and she brings out their true innocence and playful nature.
Aly Medina is the best: she strikes the perfect balance between being professional (always on time for shoots! Edits photos with lightning-fast ease!) and personable (kids and adults universally LOVE her). Most importantly, she has that magical touch with infants and little ones that makes all the difference when it comes to capturing candid and lasting photographic memories. We can't wait to work with her again!
My husband and I have counted on Aly, and La Luz Photography, to capture three of the most meaningful moments in our lives - our wedding, my pregnancy, and our newborn son. Prior to each shoot, Aly took the time to understand what we were looking for and arrived prepared. She treats each shoot as the most important thing she is doing, and manages to be both professional and friendly, putting us at ease in front of the camera. I cannot say enough about the quality of images she has captured, she truly has an eye for the right angle and the best light. Images are candid and manage to capture the personality of anyone in her frame. We receive regular compliments from family and friends, and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Aly has a bag of tricks when it comes to getting a 4 and 6 year old to smile. She was a pleasure to work with and took amazing photos. She was able to handle a 6 year old who did not want to smile and captured some incredible photos of my kids when I did not think there was hope.
We are delighted with the pictures.
We have worked with Aly over the past few years, both for my sister's high school senior photos, and a family session. Aly is hilarious, down to earth, and beyond easy to work with! She knows how to make you feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera, our photos came out so natural looking (not staged or pose-y). Aly is quick and gracious with her service, we received our photos back only a few days later and the editing and lighting was absolutely stunning. I know Aly personally outside of her business and it's easy to tell how she is so successful. Portraits can feel awkward and intimate (honestly who is used to looking so happy all the time), but that's never been the case with Aly--she is a natural people person and knows how to capture the true essence of your personality with her camera. We will absolutely be utilizing Aly in the future for any additional photo sessions.
Oh man, Aly is where it's at (and it's not just because of her rad name - LOL). Her talent as a photographer speaks for itself. Say goodbye to overly canned pictures, the more personality you show, the better! She is awesome with kids who get photo fatigue SO quickly...and you should see what kind of extremes she will bear just to snag that perfect shot! But that's not all. Not only does her expertise shine during the shoot, she is a consummate professional until your photo is on the wall and beyond. From classy packaging to efficient ordering processes, to super-high-quality prints, Aly is excellent. And, she's fun, creative, smart, and very easy to get along with to boot. What more could you want in a photographer?
Aly was prompt and easy to schedule for a family photo shoot. She was able to meet us at an outdoor location that was convenient to us. We hired her to take photos of our family, which includes two small children. She knows how to make the best of any situation to get good photos of little kids. Her rapport with kids is good -- so good that my older child ran around the house pretending to be a photographer for the rest of the day...and...the photos turned out great! We especially like our canvas print.
Aly took our family photos last year. At the time our kids were 18 months and 4 years old and just getting them dressed and out the door was a project in itself. I was sure they were going to scowl and be uncooperative but once I met Aly, I knew I was in good hands. I got to relax and she was so good with the kids. We had a great time and I was so pleased with how the photos turned out. I love them. She was also really great to work with after the session when she was delivering the images to us. She was willing to make changes to the black and whites and allow me to pay for the digitals. I'm so appreciative of her skill and flexibility.
OMG! I love La Luz Photography! Not only have I used La Luz myself and been completely wowed by the results; each time I've recommended Aly to a friend, they've quickly become devoted clients using La Luz for all their family and personal portraits. Aly is flexible, timely, personable and very creative in her work. La Luz did my son's senior pictures and they came out better then I'd hoped. My son thinks he's funny most of the time so it's difficult capturing real moments. Aly was able to engage him in conversation and get to know him while shooting which made him feel very comfortable. I look forward to booking my next session with La Luz!
I would highly recommend Aly Medina of La Luz Photography for a family photoshoot. I used her in 2008 when my kids and grandkids (then ages 4 and 1) were visiting Seattle, and was so pleased with the result that I called her again in Summer 2010 when the family was here again. The grandkids are now an energetic 6 and 3, and I wanted outdoor shots of them, and family shots with their parents. Getting 4 people to all look great is a challenge for a photographer, and even more so with rambunctious children. Aly chose Volunteer Park. The setting was beautiful. My 6 year old grandson didn't want to cooperate. She was calm and patient, and asked him all about his Star Wars interest, told him she wanted to capture him doing head shots in soccer and invited him to climb a tree. He relaxed and became so animated and interested that all of the shots of him (including posed family shots) came out great. She doesn't rush, and she understands kids. Her packages are great, including the fact that you can purchase digital images of the entire shoot for a very reasonable price and use them as you see fit. I also order prints from her and seek her advice on cropping, color touchup etc. I was again very pleased with the result and will definitely use her again. She's great!
Aly is amazing. AMAZING. I met Aly through a mutual friend and on a whim decided to hire her to do my oldest son's 18 month pictures. Wow. I was completely blown away at the photos. They were gorgeous. Since then, she's done pictures for my two younger sons, in addition to our annual family pictures. I would never think of hiring anyone else to photograph my family because there is not another person who captures those wonderful, quirky, special moments that fly by when the kids are so young. No matter what your special occasion - engagement, wedding, maternity, etc - you will not be disappointed in Aly.
Another reviewer docked her a star because of her prices but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. If you want to pay $7.99 for 300 pictures from Walmart or Sears, then that's fine. But they aren't going to be near as good as Aly, nor are you going to get the same kind, personable, and tailored service that she provides. But if you want a photographer who is going to be gracious and thoughtful and creative and blow you away with your portraits, then call La Luz.