Alysse Gafkjen is an American portrait photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work is featured in publications around the world, and has served as the artwork for countless albums and promotional content for musicians of all genres. Hear Alysse in episode 90 of the podcast.


If your life were a novel, what would be the title? 

Through the Eyes of a Midwest Woman


Where were you born?

Marion, Ohio 


Where is the place you call home?

the Universe


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

an ad agency owner, a criminal lawyer, or a fighter pilot 


What is your profession?

Portrait Photographer 


What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

Interior Design


What is your favorite quote(s)?

Fear less, love more. 

“It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free” 


What is your preferred form of creative expression?

visual arts, music, and dance


What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?

Dirty Dancing, Love Man by Otis Redding, and The Birth of Venus by Botticelli


Who do you admire most?

those who take their struggle and turn it into strength


Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?

letting go


What historical figure would you most like to meet?

Annie Oakley


What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?



What do you consider your greatest achievement?

starting my own business


What quality do you admire most in a person?



What is something you would like to learn about?

how to use a bow and arrow for hunting


What do you wish more people knew about you?

I love to sing and dance


What is your idea of success?



What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?

I was an artist with a mission to use my work to help others love themselves more.



A native of Ohio, Alysse received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. She began her professional career in New York City as an assistant art director and photographer for various arts and fashion companies. Alysse’s dedication to the arts community and commitment to the collaboration and development of artists’ visual expression is what makes her work distinct.