Alissa Ferullo Photography | Sheridan, Wyoming Portrait & Wedding Photographer

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Big Reveal Part 2 | Sheridan, Wyoming Studio Photographers


As I celebrate 10 years in business, my heart is so full of gratitude…gratitude for God’s leading, my incredible clients, and friends & family who believed in me; your love and support has meant the world!!!  You have made my little dream of capturing memories as a hobby, become a full-time career of documenting people’s lives as a professional wedding and portrait photographer.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  The support of this small community has been tremendous, and so many of my clients have become friends through the years; how lucky am I?!  Truly, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.  When you support local businesses like mine, you support our livelihood, our children and our families!

As business has grown, my dreams & vision have grown too.  Studio renovations began in December 2015, but shortly afterward I was diagnosed with a rare, large (benign) vascular tumor behind my knee.  And so began a year of trips to Denver, multiple surgeries (9 and counting), difficult recoveries and dreams put on hold.  Temporarily, that is.  ;-)  Although my plan was an early 2016 launch, God had other ideas.  I’ve learned that He’s in charge, not me (thank goodness) and so…the time is now!!!  And I couldn’t be more excited!!!!


the Natural Light Studio, a sanctuary of sorts where beauty is captured in its best light!

Open by appointment only for: Glamour Portraits, Boudoir, Babies, Maternity, Children and Business Headshots.

I cannot wait to create beautiful portraits of you, your belly, your baby, your child.  The light is gorgeous!!!  Beyond gorgeous, really, it makes me so happy and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Stay tuned TOMORROW for a chance to WIN A SESSION in this brand new space!!!!

(Drawing will be held over on FB:!!!!)

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{Sweet Volunteer} Photography Mentoring + Classes in Wyoming + Montana

I got to reconnect with a high school classmate through a mentoring session recently, and enjoyed every moment with her!  She doesn’t yet have a website for me to link you to, but she is absolutely talented and heading for great GREAT things in her business ventures!  Sonya, thank you for coming all that way for a session with me, and I hope it takes you to new heights in your photography and new direction with your business plans.

We also had a lovely model to work with, and to her and her mom, a big thank you for coming out!!  We appreciated it so much and M, you are absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  Know that.  Own that.  ;)

Thank you again to both Sonya and this sweet volunteer – it was fun!!

If you are interested in a mentoring session with me, either online or in person, use the contact form at the top to send me a message.  I’d love to connect with you and help you with your photographic adventures!

Faces, Mentoring, Seniors, Workshops
  1. Jennifer says: Miss M looks gorgeous! I told Katie she needs to lock her in a tower for the next 10 years. Beautiful pics! on 10.20.11 @ 5:45 pm

{New Friends} Sheridan, WY + MT Photography Mentoring + Classes

I met up with a photographer from MT last weekend for a mentoring session, and I always walk away feeling so energized and excited about this business.  But even more, I get excited to see my students have things click, to get passionate and to expand their personal and business goals.  I love sharing my knowledge with others and helping other photographers grow.  I know from experience that getting education and expanding on what you already know truly does take your work to the next level.  None of us are done learning when it comes to photography, in fact, I believe with experience we get bigger dreams and want to develop as artists even more.

I believe that mentoring others helps me grow, and I also get to meet such incredible people along the way!!  Thank you so much, Lisa, for coming all that way!  You are going to be great and have big successes in your future!!

Here are a few shots from our morning together.  (Big thanks to these lovely volunteers for being so great to work with!!)

Faces, Mentoring, Seniors, Workshops
  1. Lisa Kelly says: Alissa, THANK YOU!!! I had such a wonderful time with you...and yes, I walked away with so many "AHA" moments! Thank you for allowing me to ask anything and be an open are a wonderful mentor. I will keep you posted on my new adventures. Thanks also to our beautiful models...they were great! on 09.1.11 @ 9:05 am

  2. Mimi says: Wow! What beautiful photos of the girls. Darling! on 09.5.11 @ 8:22 am

  3. Jennifer King says: Love these! You are still my favorite! I love how you always capture how real people are! Amazing! Can't wait to get ours done in October!!! :o) on 09.7.11 @ 9:01 pm

{Felicity Huffman, Carrie Underwood, and a Beautiful Senior} Sheridan, WY + MT Senior Photography

Not only did I get to photograph one very gorgeous senior girl late last week, but I learned an interesting little tidbit about their social connections.  ;)  Apparently her mom is close friends with Felicity Huffman from the hit show Desperate Housewives …say whaaaaaaat?  I LOVE her.  I love the show.  And I really couldn’t quite grasp the fact that she had recently been to little old Sheridan, WY to visit this sweet family.  I somehow missed the party, :-) but nevertheless, I thought it was a pretty incredibly cool connection.  Or maybe I’m just a little star-struck, but either way, I think it would be such a kick to meet her.  And speaking of celebrities, when I started editing these images I realized there was a very strong resemblance to Carrie Underwood, but you can decide for yourself.  Her own appeal and ease in front of the camera made my job so. very. easy.

Celebrities aside, this beauty was so much fun to photograph.  I enjoyed every moment with you Miss K, and look forward to maybe another winter shoot with hats, scarves and snow-dusted trees.  You are absolutely beyond gorgeous…

The one on the right below,  is the one that really reminded me of Carrie Underwood…wish I could be her look-a-like too…;)

Thank you K for allowing me to come explore your property and have some fun photographing your beautiful self!  I hope you love them!

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Faces, Seniors
  1. Holly says: Alissa: These pictures are absolutely amazing! It makes me wish I had you do my Senior Photos (6 years ago... lol)! on 08.22.11 @ 2:09 pm

  2. Chelsie says: These turned out so good! I couldn't pick a favorite :-) on 08.22.11 @ 2:41 pm

  3. Amanda says: Oh my beautiful little baby cousin, definitely all grown up now. Great job Alissa! on 08.22.11 @ 3:00 pm

  4. Noelia says: Alissa, just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your work. We "met" at Detra's workshop a few years ago (I don't suposse you remember) and I have been following your blog ever since. It's obvious now form your images that you have found that "perfect place" in your work where you have a distinctive and recognisible style and you know exactly how do get it, a place so hard to find for us photographers! I only wish that I lived closer to your town so I could go for a mentoring session (especially on your gorgeous editing) but unfortunately Sheridan is a little too far from Spain! on 08.23.11 @ 12:47 am

  5. Yvonne says: SO perfect. Love the location and your processing. Lovely work as usual! on 08.23.11 @ 4:12 pm

{Mentoring 1:1} Photography Mentoring + Classes Sheridan, Wyoming

Over the weekend I made a new friend from Montana – she came all the way here on a cold Saturday morning to learn from me, which was so humbling and flattering!  But the thing is, I got just as much or more out of it than even she did – it was such a great morning.  Sometimes you just discover those kind, hard working people that you just click with, and Jennifer was one of them!!  She is going to new places with her business and I cannot wait to see that happen!  We just spent time shooting together, working on exposure, backlighting and composition.  We didn’t get a chance to do any editing or Photoshop work, but in my opinion, getting your images to be spot on straight out of camera is the secret to beautiful editing anyway.  Photoshop and other editing software simply enhances what you’ve captured in camera.  Anyway, I have realized over the past year just how much I love to teach – I have had the privilege of working with so many wonderful photographers and I have grown myself through the process.  And now with the workshops coming up, I must admit I am SO EXCITED to take this new venture in 2011.

Speaking of the workshops, I am still booking for the CASPER WORKSHOP (click for more details) and will open registration for the SHERIDAN WORKSHOP next month.  I have a contact list that will receive all the info first – if you want to be in the know, send me a message and I will add you!  Thanks!

So back to Saturday…this is the gorgeous little face we got to work with.  Isn’t she stunning?!!!

You are beyond beautiful, girl…

Thank you so much to Jennifer for coming all that way to hang out with me, shoot with me, learn from me and have a little fun on a cold winter morning!  And a HUGE thanks to this beauty for coming out to model for us and her mama for making it happen!!!  How could we get anything but incredible shots when we had this face to photograph?!!!  =)

If you are interested in 1:1 mentoring, please send me a message through the contact link at the top!  I’d love to hear from you and help you take your images and/or business to new places!

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Faces, Mentoring, Seniors, Workshops
  1. kim g says: Such pretty images! What fun, good luck on your new adventure! on 01.19.11 @ 11:18 am

  2. Jen says: Oh Alissa! Your work never ceases to inspire me!! These are amazing and the light is so, so beautiful! And one of these days, I really will make it up to visit you! on 01.19.11 @ 12:16 pm

  3. Sonya says: Your magic + A's natural beauty = GORGEOUS!! She's gonna be a heartbreaker! on 01.19.11 @ 12:47 pm

  4. Jennifer says: Ohhh....3rd one from the bottom is my favorite! She is so beautiful! These are awesome! Thank you so much for everything!!! I really enjoyed meeting you...we will have to keep in touch!!! And I will definately be booking a session for my family very soon! on 01.19.11 @ 3:29 pm

  5. Yvonne says: Beautiful images as usual!!!!! on 01.20.11 @ 3:26 pm

  6. Mimi says: Beautiful and sweet! Now that would be a hard decision about what to order!! on 01.21.11 @ 7:47 am

{Just Because: A Sneak Peek} Photographers in Sheridan, Wyoming

This pretty lady is my friend, someone who I have gotten to know over the past 4 years and have grown to love.  She is not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside – you can tell by the way she mothers her little people, the bond she has with her man and the solid friend that she is to me.  I am so grateful for her!

We went out the other night for dinner and drinks, but shot these before kicking our feet up for the night.  Mel, I hope you love them and that you see just how gorgeous you are!

Thanks for stopping by, and leave her some comment love!

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Faces, Personal, Seniors
  1. melanie says: Thank you! For these. For making me feel pretty again. For the gift of your friendship...which all mean the world to me. I'm actually a bit teary that I finally have a photo of myself that doesn't make me cringe. I had fun as I always do with you, and laughed a lot at the spectators ;) Thank you dear friend! on 10.22.10 @ 3:20 pm

  2. Mimi says: You're looking fantastic, Melanie! Beautiful photos. on 10.22.10 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Mike Roberts says: Nicely done by photographer and photographer/model. on 10.22.10 @ 3:35 pm

  4. Wendy says: WOW, WOW, WOW. Such beautiful photographs of such a beautiful woman by a beautifully talented photographer. I especially love how Mel's sassy shoes sneak their own attention. on 10.22.10 @ 3:36 pm

  5. Sonya says: Mel, look at those eyes! You look marvelous! What a fun way start to the evening! Very nice composition Alissa! Loving the brick and the shoes and the green accents! on 10.22.10 @ 4:22 pm

  6. Karla Heny says: Wow Mel and Alissa! These are beautiful! You should never feel camera shy. ;) on 10.22.10 @ 8:24 pm

  7. Carrie says: Mel, these photos are STUNNING! Seriously, you are so SO pretty! Alissa, you are amazing! :) on 10.22.10 @ 10:47 pm

  8. Suzanne says: Mel, you are pretty. Alissa just knows it and sees it. on 10.23.10 @ 8:22 pm

  9. Jen says: So so stunning!!! What beautiful eyes! i think every mama needs some shots like these!! :) on 10.24.10 @ 8:28 pm

{Graduating Class 2011: Sneak Peek} Sheridan, WY Senior Photographer

I shot a senior the other day (that pun never fails to amuse me…) and I was happy to discover he was laid back, up for anything and generally nonchalant to my entirely indecisive behavior.  ;)  My clients typically come to realize within the first 10 minutes of the session that I change my mind a lot.  I’m indecisive and I move and I’m a little nutty sometimes.  But you know what?  I always have fun with my clients, and am so grateful to be blessed with the ones I am.

And this year’s seniors have been nothing short of incredible.  This gentleman was the third of this siblings to graduate and I’ve been lucky enough to photograph all 3 of them – and there is one left, the lone girl.  =)  I can’t wait to meet her!  And honestly, every single time I meet up with one of one of these “kids” (I still consider myself a kid, hence the parenthesis) ;), I leave thinking that these are the most well-behaved, polite, well-rounded teenagers I’ve been around.

Thanks again to this family!

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  1. HOlly says: Great pics Nate. The black and white plus the one by the red building are my faves. Holly Legerski on 10.20.10 @ 3:42 pm

  2. Dad says: Thanks for the positive comments. Sometimes I forget how special they all are. I really like the ones by the colorful leaves, and I can't wait to see the rest of them. on 10.20.10 @ 5:12 pm

  3. Mary says: They are all great... but I agree... the black and white ones and the one against the red building are my favorites. As usual Alissa... great pictures! on 10.20.10 @ 5:46 pm

  4. Elizabeth says: Very nice! Love the colors of fall. on 10.20.10 @ 6:05 pm

  5. Raien says: My fav. is the one with all of the trees in the background....jeze i almost never see my brother smile this much! Haha jk love ya Nate! on 10.21.10 @ 5:30 pm

  6. Mike Roberts says: Great work with this young man. on 10.22.10 @ 3:37 pm

{Rock Stars + Sweet Light} Sheridan, Wyoming Senior Photographers

Last night I got to hang out with my family – the real, genuine incredible people in your life that you are privileged to call family.  This gentleman is my nephew – born into our family a little later than we would have liked, and although I’m still getting to know him, I can see incredible changes in the past few years.  He has gone from a boy just a few years back, to this incredibly strong, confident, respectful young man who defies the norm in all the right ways.   I loved doing these shots and wanted to create a bit of an edgier feel to what would better fit with his alternative, but far from rebellious personality.

Thank you to my sis, my other better-half (haha) and the other cousins who kept my kiddies in check while we searched for color and light.  I had a great night and am always reminded in those moments how much I adore what I do.  ;)

And this image below is some happy accident that I just happened to love.  Out of focus?  Yup.  Love it?  Yup.  =)

Thank you again to my incredible family – I am so grateful to have such amazing, supportive, loving, real and forever kind of people in my life.  Truly, I’m blessed.  And I think this young man is blessed too.

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  1. Leah says: LOVE them ALL, but the out of focus one is actually my favorite! LOVE, LOVE your work! on 10.11.10 @ 7:36 pm

  2. Mimi says: Really beautiful, Alissa and Damon! Love the color and the light! on 10.11.10 @ 11:43 pm

  3. Skye says: Alissa, I love the feel of these!! And that flare - NICE!!! on 10.13.10 @ 11:30 am

  4. Aunt Mary says: I can't believe how great these pictures! You are soooo grown up and handsome! Alissa did a great job! Thanks for all your artistic influences. They are great! Hugs, Aunt Mary on 10.18.10 @ 12:48 pm

  5. Aunt Mary says: I just had to look at these again. They are truly wonderful and capture the inner Damon. I love the black and white, the one where he's in front of the orange wall and the one where he's by the tire. The "tire one" is so great because of the sense of proportion. The items in the front gives so much more depth to the whole picture. Great job! Hugs again, Aunt Mary on 10.18.10 @ 4:29 pm

  6. kamee june says: happy accident? SO SO SO COOL AND GOOD!!!!! i agree! love it! on 10.24.10 @ 12:58 am

  7. anya says: beautiful, alissa!! I really think he looks like a grown-up version of Jackson!! on 11.11.10 @ 8:20 pm

{Fashion & Beauty} Sheridan, Wyoming Senior Photography

This beauty graced my lens over the weekend, and she was nothing less than a fashion model in real life…ummm, yes please!  =)  Needless to say, we had so much fun going from place to place and digging through her goodie bag of clothing.  ;)  I told her I need her to come shopping with me.  Ha.

She was this fashionable, beautiful, down-to-earth woman who seems more than ready to take on the world.  Here are some highlights from our session…you might need to grab a beverage as we had a *little* too much fun…;)

Thank you so much to this little fashionista and her mom for coming out, having some fun and exploring with me!  Oh how I love what I do!!!!

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  1. melanie says: gorgeous work!!! what a beauty to work with! on 10.5.10 @ 1:36 pm

  2. Sonya says: LB you are gorgeous, love all the outfits, and different settings! Thanks Alissa, for sharing, you've sure gotten some good camera time with this family in 2010! I love what you do too! on 10.5.10 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Chelsie says: So pretty! Love the urban feel to these and then the little hint of nature towards the end. Fabulous work as always! on 10.5.10 @ 4:24 pm

  4. kim g says: I love all the different angles you used in this session! Beautiful and simple. on 10.5.10 @ 7:07 pm

  5. Elizabeth says: So hard to believe she is already grown! Love the pictures--you are the best, Alissa! on 10.5.10 @ 8:36 pm

  6. Seth says: Absolutely beautiful! They all look amazing to me! on 10.5.10 @ 8:54 pm

  7. Sarah Jo says: a beautiful girl with a beautiful personality to match! you captured her so well Alissa. (glad Seth approves:)! on 10.5.10 @ 8:59 pm

  8. Alan says: You hit it out of the park Allissa... Absolutely stunning, and an equally stunning subject! BTW... LOVE the red shoes Lauren. on 10.5.10 @ 9:02 pm

  9. Rita says: I like the look with the brick walls in the background. They provide a stark contrast to the beautiful young lady sitting nearby. Again, artistically pleasing. Thanks for sharing. on 10.5.10 @ 9:23 pm

  10. Anne says: Lovely photos! on 10.6.10 @ 6:06 am

  11. Sarah says: Very pretty, Lauren! on 10.6.10 @ 7:23 am

  12. carol lee swager says: Thanks for sharing pictures of my granddaughter....will be excited to see more. on 10.6.10 @ 8:14 am

  13. Jenny says: Gorgeous young woman - love the shoes! on 10.6.10 @ 5:41 pm

  14. Bob says: You caught Lauren in who she is, relaxed, deep and simply elegant. Great shots! on 10.6.10 @ 7:49 pm

  15. Linda Breidenthal says: Love the photos, especially the black and whites and pale pink shots. All reflect Lauren's natural beauty. on 10.7.10 @ 7:00 pm

  16. Angie says: These are awesome! You should go again just to have fun! on 10.12.10 @ 5:39 pm

  17. Kerry says: Beautiful! I love the red shoes and the yellow polka dot pair since LB and I bought those together. My favorite one is the last one in the white dress with the back lit hair. She looks like a Scottish lass in that one. Wonderful work Allissa. Thanks for sharing with us. on 10.14.10 @ 7:40 pm

  18. Lorna Carlson says: Beautiful young lady!! on 10.14.10 @ 8:26 pm

  19. Kali says: BEAUTIFUL pictures! I love the settings. What a beautiful girl! on 10.14.10 @ 8:37 pm

  20. Sarah S. says: These are lovely pictures--such a pretty young lady! (I agree with Seth!) on 10.14.10 @ 9:11 pm

  21. OhDawg says: Words elude me on how to copiously elucidate the magnanimity and wondrous pulchritude of Ms. Lauren Buyan. Her prodigious allure and scintillating charisma is truly salient. In each portrait she tingles with interminable mirth that one cannot help but feel copious exhiliration upon beholding them. Truly chimerical portraits, Lauren. on 10.14.10 @ 11:17 pm

  22. joel says: sweet pics there sis. on 10.15.10 @ 6:49 am

  23. Kathleen says: Beautiful girl...both inside and out! Your pictures will make it difficult for her mom to narrow down her selection...every photo is amazing! on 10.16.10 @ 12:05 pm

  24. Amanda Reimer says: Such great pictures! I love the shoes! on 10.17.10 @ 9:38 pm

  25. Mary Gifford says: Lauren these look so pretty. I love your choice of footwear! I can't believe what a beauty you have become! Hugs, Mary Beth on 10.18.10 @ 12:43 pm

  26. Dmore says: Great looks. So happy to be able to see your work and her pics. LB what a beautiful lady inside and out. on 10.23.10 @ 7:50 pm

{Picture of a Portrait Artist: Mara Schasteen} Wyoming Photographer

A few months ago, this fabulously talented portrait artist, Mara Schasteen, contacted me to do some head shots for her, and although I have known her for years and am grateful to count her a friend, I always feel honored to do any type of work for HER.  Because she is amazingly talented and oozing with all sorts of creative energy, and well, I just think the world of her.  And so we scheduled, then cancelled over and over as we are both busy stay-at-home moms with a creative outlet we call “work” to schedule around.  Speaking of, if you have not checked out her incredible artwork, do it!  Click, run, look and be inspired.  =)

And so we finally met tonight just before sunset, and just walked around her neighborhood finding beautiful light and gorgeous color.  As you can see, it is impossible to take a bad shot of someone this insanely beautiful.  Truly.  ;)

And on this next one, I liked it in bw…

but I think I adore it in color…;)

Thank you, my friend – I had so much fun parading through yards and landscaping of every variety finding beautiful pockets of light!  ;)  Whoever your neighbors are, thank you!!!

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Faces, Seniors
  1. Mara says: How do you do it? Everything magically falls into place when you are behind the lens. I am so pleased with these photos, Alissa. You are so artistic. on 10.3.10 @ 7:06 pm

  2. Jennifer says: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pics! I think the last one is my favorite. Alissa you are amzing and what a gorgeous subject : ) on 10.3.10 @ 7:36 pm

  3. Jen says: oh my gosh!! LOVE these!!! So amazing, and what stunning light! Just adore the feel of these- so inspiring, my friend!! :) on 10.5.10 @ 12:08 am

  4. Contact Form says: It took me a while to search on the web, only your site explain the fully details, bookmarked and thanks again. - Laura on 10.5.10 @ 4:59 am