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From California to Central New York

Bi-coastal wedding and event photographer finds home is where the heart is

Alice G. Patterson loved California and had a thriving wedding and event photography business there. She never expected to move to Baldwinsville, where her family members had begun locating, one by one.

But during a visit here a couple of years ago, there was this house she kept passing on Canton Street as she walked from her sister's house to where she was staying at the Red Mill Inn.

The arched porch on the old Edwardian house seemed to call to her.

She started thinking about living near family; about living more comfortably in a place without clogged highways and a skyrocketing cost of living.

After returning home to California, she learned that the house on Canton Street was for sale.

Within months, she had moved her photography business, her unique collection of antiques and her three dogs Lulu the pug, Franny the shepherd mix and Darla the Pomeranian into the 90-year-old house.

In the almost two years that she has been here, she has discovered a gentler, friendlier way of life and learned that she was a bit more stressed in California than she knew.

"There is so much I love about California but when I moved here, I realized I was decompressing," she said. "I didn't miss the driving. I remember telling people 'the only honking you hear is the geese.'"

While she still photographs weddings and events in California (and in many other states), Central New York is now a part of her business, too. Event by event, portrait by portrait, she has gotten to know us through her lens, and she has taught us about ourselves as well.

"She doesn't just get great images," said her studio manager and sister Beth Patterson. "She tells a story."

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