Massachusetts photographer Alyse Gause's focus is portraits: corporate, executive portraits, business headshots, publicity, events and family portraits. Alyse Gause creates relaxed looking family portraits in MA. Her senior, kids, pet portraits, lifestyle portraits are photojournalistic. Alyse Gause's photography travel in MA includes: Gloucester, Manchester, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Boston, Beverly, Beverly Farms, Prides Crossing, Andover, Annisquam, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Hamilton, Ipswich, Marblehead, Marblehead Neck, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham. Portrait photographer Alyse Gause creates beautiful child, high school senior, and family beach portraits at sunset and sunrise, at the golden hour at: Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, Coffin's Beach, Bass Rocks, Magnolia Beach, Crane Beach, Crane's Beach, Singing Beach, West Beach, Lynch Park, and Winter Island. Her lifestyle portraits are well-suited for musicians and actors.
Alyse has received awards from:
The Commercial Industrial Photographers of New England (CIPNE)
The Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
The Professional Photographers Association of New England (PPANE)
Here is some more info about my philosophy about portraits. We all look our best when we are happy and relaxed. I understand this and have a way of helping people trust that I will help them look good and help them feel at ease. I often hear people say, “I don’t look good in pictures” and then afterward they tell me they are so pleased with their portraits. One of my secrets is my training in portraiture and lighting. In order to show someone in their ‘best light’ I know which lens and focal length to use, which camera angle to use, which side to light from, the angle to light from, how soft or hard the light is, whether to use natural outdoor light, ambient room light, a mix of studio light, or all my own light.
For businesses, this is all really the second step in photography. The first step is “what is the portrait for”? When a company is rebranding or rebuilding their website, “get new portraits” is a single item on their project’s task list. My job is to understand what the business is trying to achieve and convey this in my work to show a consistency in message. I am often asked to provide creative direction, which then gets tweaked until a consensus is reached. The rest is all on my shoulders to help all of the employees prepare for their sessions. My on location (on-site) service allows companies to keep up their productivity and stay in the office. I blend into companies unobtrusively and am welcomed in as a consultant as well as photographer. I make recommendations for clothing and background. My favorite background is a natural office environment. I enjoy finding interesting spots to photograph employees that they might never have realized would make a great setting. I am the only photographer on staff and maintain high standards of quality in all of my workflow from start to finish. I provide images that are carefully retouched yet natural looking in the format that is needed.
For families, often people have a location that is special to them that we use as a backdrop for their portraits. I know my favorite locations like the back of my hand and make suggestions for the best time of day for the session. For unfamiliar locations I try to visit them at the preferred time of day in order to plan the lighting beforehand. Helping with clothing to keep the look simple is an important step. I am comfortable working with people of all ages and am very patient. A beautiful portrait is our mutual goal.
After the images are chosen for wall portraits, albums and gifts for family, I carefully assess and subtly interpret my images digitally into finished work. In terms of prints, my favorites are archival inkjet portraits, made with pigmented archival inks on archival cotton rag paper. Museums, galleries and photographers herald this process for revolutionizing color photography’s archival properties. My passion for prints on fine art paper stems from the days of my childhood, watching my mother paint watercolors on textured fine art paper and seeing her and others' original framed artwork on our walls. Outdoor color portraits lend themselves to archival prints that have a watercolor feel and enhanced depth. Black & white portraits have a timeless feel and allow the viewer to focus on the person's expression. B&W's made with pigmented inks on archival paper are believed to be close to silver gelatin prints for longevity. Out of need for complete artistic control, I print my own archival pigment portraits on fine art paper and outsource large sizes and other products only to professional labs with the highest standards. I use state of the art color calibration tools for my post-processing and printing to achieve beautiful skin tones in color and dynamic tonal ranges in B&W. All of my portraits are subtly crafted to create depth in a similar way to how we burned and dodged in the darkroom. I create tests of my wall portraits until I am satisfied that I have done my best work and have my bon à tirer, French printmaking term for 'good to pull'. For me, quality and true colors that will stand the test of time are priceless.
I am welcomed back because of my desire to create great work that pleases my clients and because of the relationship we created together. With familiarity and trust comes the mutual desire to work together again in the future.