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Alyssa Banker

Alyssa Banker first bought a camera less than a year ago just to take pictures during her upcoming honeymoon. Since then, the 29-year-old South Florida native has become immersed in the Boston Instagram community, showcasing her admiration for the people and scenes of her Beacon Hill neighborhood. It turns out that a newfound love of photography is not the only big change in her life: Banker is in the midst of adopting her husband’s last name, Hiller, a shift she has already made with her Instagram handle @thebeaconhiller.

Q. What are some of your favorite locations in Boston?

A. Beacon Hill retains a lot of the charm and history from years and years ago, which I think is unique. The Back Bay area is a lot of fun too. The sights remain the same every day, but the people really differ, and the colors of the sunrises and the sunsets change. It’s really fun to see how the downtown area comes alive during the different seasons and the different hours of commuting.

Q. What’s your favorite time of day to shoot? Your favorite season?


A. I don’t have a preference, and here’s the reasoning: I’ve lived in Boston for a little over four years now, but I swear I see the city from a new lens since I got a camera. Everything really takes on a new look throughout the seasons. You have puddlegrams in the rainstorms, and you have snowflakes and light in the snowstorms, and I really appreciate every single season that this city has to offer.

Q. You joined Instagram in December. What made you decide to take the leap?

A . I hosted an Instagram meetup for my last employer last year, where several Instagrammers met for the first time in person. That really got me thinking. So fast-forward to the first big snow day in December; I went downstairs and got my very first shot with a camera I had bought for my upcoming honeymoon. That’s when I became The Beacon Hiller.


Q. Do you feel like you’ve become a part of the Instagram community?

A. I love the Instagram community in Boston so much. I’ve always been so impressed by this community and how there’s no competition. Everyone appreciates each other’s content and wants to teach one another. I’ve created genuine friendships where we travel and spend time together, so Instagram for me has almost evolved into a real-life platform. I’m living it. Some of my closest friends are people I’ve met through Instagram. They don’t care whether you have 300 followers or 300,000 followers, as long as you’re supportive of other people.

Interview was edited and condensed. Kaitlyn Locke can be reached at kaitlyn.locke@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ke_locke.