Interview on the All In with Pauline Hawkins Podcast, August 19, 2018

"Alexandra Chan has an amazing array of accomplishments under her belt with even more on the horizon. Alexandra Chan Photography was awarded the Best Photographer of 2017 for the Portsmouth region; she has spoken all over the world about her work in archaeology; and she is currently working on her second book. Alexandra also shares her personal philosophy that is as inspiring as it is beautifully stated. Song selections: 1st song: "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone; 2nd song: "Love is Making its Way Back Home" by Josh Ritter; and 3rd song: "Change" by Tracy Chapman. "  If you missed it live, you can listen to my interview (embedded below) on August 19th, 2018. I’m still buzzing from the free-wheeling, wide-ranging, high-vibing conversation we had. Pure positive energy, folks, and some damn fine music too. Check it out while you’re folding laundry or something. You won't be sorry.

"Alexandra Chan has an amazing array of accomplishments under her belt with even more on the horizon. Alexandra Chan Photography was awarded the Best Photographer of 2017 for the Portsmouth region; she has spoken all over the world about her work in archaeology; and she is currently working on her second book. Alexandra also shares her personal philosophy that is as inspiring as it is beautifully stated. Song selections: 1st song: "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone; 2nd song: "Love is Making its Way Back Home" by Josh Ritter; and 3rd song: "Change" by Tracy Chapman. "

If you missed it live, you can listen to my interview (embedded below) on August 19th, 2018. I’m still buzzing from the free-wheeling, wide-ranging, high-vibing conversation we had. Pure positive energy, folks, and some damn fine music too. Check it out while you’re folding laundry or something. You won't be sorry.

"Meet Alexandra Chan from Alexandra Chan Photography"

"Meet Alexandra Chan from Alexandra Chan Photography"

What do you do best and what sets you apart?

"One of my specialties is to work with solopreneurs and small businesses to tell a story, evoke a mood, and create a need. I help them build or update their personal brand and to connect more naturally and organically with their clients using eye-popping visuals.

What many people don’t realize is that your photos are telling a story about you and your business whether you intend them to or not. I help my clients figure out what that story should be (if they don’t know already), and then make sure that their pictures really capture and communicate the qualities of their company that make them successful in the first place.

When I am working with families, I am known for the candor and whimsy I am able to capture. People come to me to see themselves and their families in natural action, and they can feel the emotional difference that makes when they see the results. "

What does "success" mean to you?

"To me, success means finding yourself able to take action from a place of integrity and love. If the decisions you make are rooted in those two things, you simply can’t go wrong, and abundance of every kind will follow.

The opposite of love, contrary to what one might expect, is not hate or anger; it’s fear. So if things aren’t working out the way you had hoped in something – be it work, relationships, achieving certain goals, etc., it isn’t necessarily because you’re a bad person, or aren’t working hard enough, or don’t deserve it.

It is probably because you are afraid. 'Of what' is the inner work we all must to do for ourselves. It may be tough, but it is absolutely necessary in order to clear the way for growth."

 
"The Thing about Family and Lifestyle Photography"

"The Thing about Family and Lifestyle Photography"

Watching People and Telling Stories

I have been in the family and lifestyle photography business for 8 years. But I have a Ph.D. in Archaeology and worked for over twenty years in college classrooms, consulting companies and archaeological sites. In 2007 I even wrote a book on the archaeology of slavery in the north, based on my excavations outside of Boston.  So I’m a scientist. But as an anthropologist, author and teacher, I also like to tell people that while I might have put down my shovel and picked up my camera, I'm doing the same thing either way - watching people and telling stories.  

It's Not What You Look at that Matters, It's What You See...

I have a theory that we don’t see the people we love with our eyes as much as we do with our hearts. That’s why pictures often leave so much to be desired. A camera can capture anything you look at. But does it capture what you SEE? One of the things I’m good at is capturing people the way their friends and loved ones really see them.