From California to Central New York

Patterson has a BA in commercial photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in California, but she's quicker to describer herself in other terms: dog lover, dreamer/doer, hoarder of Elle D (c)cor and Metropolitan Home Magazines, big on recycling. She likes the friendliness of Central New York and living close to family.

Another plus from making the move to CNY is being able to have her sister as studio manager. Beth was the first in the family to move here some 20 years ago with husband John Nelson. They've raised their five kids, who range in age from 9 to 22, in Baldwinsville.

"I never introduce her as just my studio manager," Alice said of Beth. "It is even better that she is my sister."

Baldwinsville has been good to the Pattersons. After Beth and before Alice, another sister moved here, as well as their mother.

Alice didn't really get started on localizing her business until this year. She lost an entire year of work after slipping on a snowy porch during her very first CNY winter and breaking her arm in five places. It was a long recovery, with surgery and physical therapy - and questions about if she'd use her arm again. Determined and tireless, she worked for recovery -- despite radial nerve damage and screws and metal in her arm -- so she could do what she loves most: wedding and portrait photography.

She recounts her journey back to wellness and her work with clients in a fun and entertaining blog found from her web site, agpphoto.com.

Having a web site and a blog has intensified the joy of photography for Patterson.

"My favorite part about photography is sharing," she said. "My web site shows photos but the blog is especially fun because it's instantaneous."

The blog tracks her as she travels to various states, including back to California, to photograph events and clients.

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