Seattle Family and Couples Photography | Our Photos!

Recently, my partner-in-crime and I had the great privilege of being photographed by one of Seattle’s outstanding wedding and portrait photographers, Alex of Alexandra Knight Photography. We wanted to bring our two dogs along, which was an idea that Alex was instantly on board with and pretty excited about as well! We met her at Discover Park, and I think all of us felt so lucky that the clouds opened up about 30 minutes before our shoot to reveal a beautiful late Spring Day.

One thing that makes Alex’s photography business stand out amongst the rest of us is that she primarily shoots film. I just love and admire how passionate Alex is about it. She made it a goal awhile back to shoot film on nearly every photo shoot she is involved in and she has been sticking to it!

Alex has such a fantastic array of film cameras in her bag, and I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a little jealous! I have one film camera that I bought awhile back, a Canon 1N, but I think I will look around to add a few more to my camera collection in the near future.

Below are some of my favorite shots from our little shoot with Alex. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. If you’re interested in seeing more of Alex’s work, check out her blog and while you’re at it, become a fan on Facebook. 🙂




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Macey SnelsonJune 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

Great images! How fun to have the camera turned on you for a change!

Bonnie RaleyJune 25, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Such sweet images. I will definitely check out this photographer too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

SarahJune 25, 2013 - 6:09 pm

What cute photos. I love these Ally.

Tara ColburnJune 26, 2013 - 6:51 am

Cute! Photographers really should get in front of the camera more often!

Shayna HardyJune 26, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Love that you incorporated the doggies, they are so cute! Very sweet images!

Seattle Family Photographer | Happy Father’s Day!

It’s easy to say that I’ve always been a “daddy’s girl.” My Dad is someone I idolize for his caring heart, quick wit, and strong determination to live life to the fullest. To me, he is one amazing person, and the best dad a girl could ever ask for! Unfortunately, I can’t be with my Dad today, but I hope that he knows that I love and miss him.

I took the photo of him that you see at the bottom of this post last summer during our family vacation, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to take this image. I know that it will be a picture that my family and I will treasure forever.

Well, Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and to all of the amazing father’s out there! Whether you are away or at home with your loved ones, I hope that today can be special for you in one way or another. 🙂

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CathyMJune 16, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Too bad you can’t be with him today… What a great picture of your father!

Perth Newborn PhotographerJune 17, 2013 - 3:59 am

What a great photo of Dad! He sounds like an amazing guy and you sound so very proud of him!

Seattle Family, Couple, and Child Photographer | New Albums!

Our photo albums are one of my favorite products that we customize for our clients. Maybe you remember my post a few weeks back about our albums and how beautiful they are. Well, our albums are about to change to be even more amazing with even more great features!

New features include the following:

New leather & linen cover colors

New chevron pattern for the dust buster cover

Covers without padding for a slick design

Sharper corners, but designed not to damage easily

More fonts to choose from for the front cover engraving

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Make sure to check out our blog often because you won’t want to miss more pictures of the new albums and some of the other great products we offer! A great way to stay in touch is to like Allyson Photography on Facebook. 🙂

“A favorite product” was the topic of my blogging group this week. Travel around the world with my group as we all share our favorite products in our posts today. Start with Huong of Huong Forrest Photography in Reno, Nevada. I bet she has a great post on her favorite product to share with you!

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Reunion CO Newborn PhotographerJune 11, 2013 - 5:51 pm

EEK! love albums, the new options sound devine!

SarahJune 12, 2013 - 11:55 am

I love the look of your albums. And new options is always great for your clients.

Vancouver BC Newborn PhotographerJune 13, 2013 - 8:05 am

Love these albums!

Seattle Pet Photographer | 2013 Walk with Friends

Last year, I teamed up with one of Seattle’s lead dog training companies, The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc, to provide photography sessions for my client’s pets. I’ve really enjoyed my partnership with The Pawsitive Packleader, especially because they make such a strong effort to support our local community. A couple weeks ago, they set up a booth to support the 4th annual Walk With Friends at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, benefiting Team Survivor Northwest. Just under $30,000 was raised that day and there were 25 teams who showed up. Congratulations, everyone!

I was there that day photographing the event. It was a lot of fun meeting everyone, especially all of the companions who came out with their owners to walk and run the 5k. I took a lot of photos that day, but I think the photo below says it all about how supportive everyone was of this fun event. 🙂

Well, I can’t wait to be a part of more events like this, so we are already starting to put together details for our It’s Raining Dogs event in the Fall, where if you bring your dog in with a 15 lb bag of dog food, then you receive a photo session and an 5×7 print for free! All dog food that is donated will be dropped off at the local Seattle Humane Society a few days after the event.

Until then, if you’re curious about a photography session for your companion, send me a message when you get a chance at We can’t wait to start planning your amazing companion’s shoot!

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Cherilyn HJune 6, 2013 - 8:50 am

What a fun event! Super cute picture. 🙂

JasonJune 6, 2013 - 11:56 am

Such a great cause Ally! My hat’s off to you, and awesome photo as well.

Perth newborn baby photographerJune 7, 2013 - 6:51 am

What a cutie!

Keely JulsonJune 7, 2013 - 2:56 pm

What a great organization put together. Cute picture!

Seattle Photographer | Finding and Understanding Light

Whether you take photographs with a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR, we are all looking to improve our photography and to produce photographs that are visually interesting. In order to achieve these goals, it is important to understand how light is hitting our subject.


Over the past few years, I’ve learned a few tricks when dealing with natural light, and today I’m going to lay them out on the table. Even if you are a casual shooter, you can most likely pick up a few of these tips listed below. Please keep in mind that I am writing this as a portrait photographer.

1. Take a look at your hands — I take a look at my hands every now and then during a shoot. I have found my hand to be a great tool because it is easy to see how the light is falling and where to expect shadows.

2. Look at your subjects eyes — I love giving my client’s nice catchlight in their eyes. If you don’t already know, a catchlight is a highlight from a light source that you see reflected off a person’s eyes. I would like to think that catchlights bring a person to life in a photograph and almost make their eyes jump off a print. I pay particular attention to my client’s eyes, and if I’m not getting catchlights, then I will turn the client until his or her eyes start to glisten.


3. Light is neither good nor bad — Look at the available light around you as neither good nor bad, but rather as how can I place my subject in the location to get the results I’m looking for.

For example, harsh sun is often not preferable, but for some photographers it may be just what they are looking for. I love to place my client’s back to the sun. It lights up his or her hair, creating what’s called a kicker or a rim light, and I think it’s just so beautiful. To bring in those catchlights and light up the client’s face, I have either the client or my assistant hold up a reflector.


These few tips help me to set up my shots easily, so I can spend my time focusing on my clients and achieving the images they have hired me to take. Do you have any tips to add? I’d love to hear it! Leave a comment below.

Light and what a difference it can make was the topic of my blogging group this week. Travel across the globe to South Africa to see what my friend Christine of Chriscross Photography wrote this week!

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NatalieJune 4, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Great post and awesome tips on how to find the right light for the situation!

MaggieJune 5, 2013 - 6:45 am

Great examples and post on light.

Cherilyn HJune 5, 2013 - 6:46 am

Great tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Perth baby photographerJune 5, 2013 - 7:16 am

Awesome tips!

SarahJune 5, 2013 - 7:23 am

These are some great tips on finding the right light. 🙂

ChristineJune 16, 2013 - 10:55 am

Love the tip about the hand! And your rim lighting is beautiful!