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Photographer Captures Fleeting Moments

Alison Wachstein's job is to capture life's fleeting moments. As a portrait photographer in Weston, she freezes time with her photographs of families and children.

"I'll never retire because I love what I'm doing. It's like I've never worked a day in my life although I've had my studio for over 30 years," said Wachstein, a certified professional photographer. She was once a staff photographer for the Aspen Times in Colorado and a freelance wedding and event photographer, but Wachstein decided to focus on families and children.

"I see how important my work is to my clients because it's capturing fleeting moments," said Wachstein, who has won awards, including a Kodak Gallery Award and the EPCOT award. "I have portraits of my daughter on my wall. I remember when she was she was a teenager, pointing to a portrait of her when she was 2 years old, saying, 'That child doesn't live here anymore, I have a teenager.' And before I knew it, she was in college and gone, so I didn't even have her living there. But I have her portraits there. You smile when you see them." This is the feeling she wants to give others.

Co-publicity chair of the Weston Women's League , Wachstein has photographed families as large as 30 members. "I love multigenerational families because it's not that often that they get together and it's so important. I love families and seeing the relationships between people," said Wachstein, who has written books on photography and taught photography at Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson and Fairfield universities.

Her hobby is traveling and documenting the places and people she meets. When she travels, Wachstein sees people selling souvenirs to tourists.

"I explain that I'm not a shopper and that the photographs that I take with my camera, those are the jewels and silks that I bring home to share with my friends and family," she says.

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