Seattle Couples Photographer | Per and Dawn Engaged!

Every day, I feel so blessed to be a photographer in Seattle, WA. From the city skyline to the lush forrest and lighthouses on Puget Sound, this is such a beautiful area to live in and it makes for some gorgeous locations for outdoor photo shoots.

I have wanted to photograph an engagement shoot at Discovery Park, down by the West Point lighthouse, for quite some time now. When Per and Dawn approached me about engagement photos, we threw some ideas around and then decided the lighthouse was a perfect match for them.

That week up until the shoot, both Dawn and I watched the weather like a hawk. We were worried it was going to pour buckets when there was an 80% chance of rain lined up for their shoot. We came prepared with umbrellas, jackets, and determation to make this shoot happen! Luckily, the rain settled down to a light drizzle for most of the afternoon.

Per and Dawn, I had such a great time with the two of you and I hope you will enjoy your images for many years to come. If you ever need a photographer in the future, it would be my absolute pleasure to photograph the two of you again.

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DawnFebruary 8, 2013 - 6:04 am

This just made my whole morning! What a fun afternoon and great pictures!!

David GFebruary 8, 2013 - 7:17 am

What a cool location. Looks as if you made the most of the “iffy” weather!

NatalieFebruary 8, 2013 - 11:37 am

Oh my! What a beautiful location and couple! Her hair is absolutely stunning.

Tina BeckettFebruary 8, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Beautiful images! LOVE her hair color!

Cherilyn HFebruary 8, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Beautiful location! I love the cozy feel to the pictures. 🙂

ElainaFebruary 8, 2013 - 12:56 pm

This location is just beautiful and I LOVE that umbrella!

Ciril MathewFebruary 8, 2013 - 2:44 pm

This location is really great choice!

Melissa JeanFebruary 8, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Such a cute lighthouse! Lovely location!

SarahFebruary 9, 2013 - 7:31 am

Beautiful work Ally. I love this location.

Angela Douglas RamseyFebruary 9, 2013 - 3:15 pm

What a lovely session. The couple is so cute. The location is to die for and that umbrella!!! LOVE.

[…] Below is a sample album that I printed a few months ago for my studio. It is the largest album that I offer (12×12″) and I printed it with a brown linen cover because I thought it really complimented the images from this session. […]

Seattle Pet Photographer | Music in a Slideshow

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for my weekly blogging group to share what we have been talking about this week. The topic is music, and we are supposed to give an interpretation of our favorite song. Well, I don’t have just one favorite song, I have many! I couldn’t narrow them down, so I wanted to take this opportunity to still talk about music, but also talk about how I have started applying music to how I run my business.

It all started with a recent conversation with Leaha Bourgeois, a destination wedding and portrait photographer in Fort Worth Texas. Leaha has taught me a lot in the past few months and I can’t thank her enough. She is an amazing photographer and a great friend and mentor. One of the cornerstones of her business, Popography, is her “Popfusion” videos that she works hard to offer each client. These videos are a mix of still shots and video of her client’s shoots. It is a great way to show her client’s their images and market her business. She wrote a great post about it on her own blog that she writes almost weekly to share her knowledge with other photographers and you can view all of her amazing Popfusion videos on her YouTube channel. While you’re at it, go give her business a “like” on Facebook!

I was so inspired by Leaha that I started creating slideshow/videos of my stills. I don’t shoot video…yet…but I thought it would be a great way to show my client’s their images during their in person viewing session. So far, I think my client’s have enjoyed it!

Now, let’s get to this weeks topic — the music! What makes or breaks this type of video, largely has to do with the music that is chosen. I set out trying to find what fits the personality of each of my clients best and adds a sense of emotion. Take for example the video below of Mochie, one of my recent clients. Isn’t she cute??? The simple fun beat of the song just goes along with her little personality. 🙂

After you watch the 30 second video below, venture around the world with my blogging group. Start out with my fellow photographer friend, Christine, of CrissCross Photography in South Africa. She also blogged about music in her life. I’m sure it will be a great post!

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KeelyFebruary 5, 2013 - 8:59 am

I’ve been seeing photographers present slideshows like that to their clients. Good job and that dog is adorable!

Donna BeckFebruary 5, 2013 - 2:21 pm

What great pictures! And that video is amazing! Well done!

Melissa JeanFebruary 5, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Love this! I love that you do in person viewings. I’ve really been wanting to do those. Someday I will!

LoriFebruary 5, 2013 - 3:39 pm

How adorable! Such cute images and love the video too!

melissaFebruary 5, 2013 - 9:04 pm

LOVE pet photography, really great pics! Love them!

ChristineFebruary 9, 2013 - 11:12 pm

As usual, your pet images are fantastic, and the slideshow really just compliments it! Awesome job!

Seattle Family Photographer | My Favorite Photos

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for my weekly blogging group to post what we’ve been talking about this week. Our topic is “favorite photos,” and I’ve been scratching my head for the past few days trying to figure out what to write for this. There are so many beautiful images in this world and so many talented photographers, how can I possibly choose my favorites?!? Then it hit me late last night — I’m going to take this opportunity to write a personal post about why photography is important to my life.

For awhile now, the photos that have meant the most have not been the ones that I have taken and they haven’t even been ones that my idols Lindsey Adler, Sue Bryce, or Kirsty Mitchell have composed, but rather two boxes full of beautiful, antiqued family snap shots of my family. Some of these are dated back to the early 1950’s and the most recent ones that I have are from when I was too young to hold a memory.

These images, which are far from technically perfect, mean the world to me. Not only are they beautiful because of how the film has aged over the years, but they provide a window to how my Dad and his brothers and sister behaved as young children, how completely stunning my Grandmother was as a young woman, what my great-great-grandparents looked like, and how a world 60+ years ago existed.

Before I start to tear up while writing this little post, I encourage everyone to gather your family together to take at least one family portrait sometime soon. It doesn’t matter who you hire to be your photographer, just that you document your family today and that you can hold that image in a tangible form for many years to come.

Just imagine, 60+ years from now, your great-great-granddaughter will know who you are and be able to put a face to your name.

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If you have a minute, travel around my group’s blog ring and check out what everyone posted today about their favorite photos. Start with my friend and amazing photographer, Karen of Karen Cooley Photography in Philadelphia, by clicking here.

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[…] taken yourself of your own little ones, or your clients? What is it? Now, head on over to Allyson Photography and see what my friend Ally has picked out for her favorite […]

Melissa BergJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:43 am

Such an important post. Family photos are SO important!

Tina BeckettJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:51 am

Beautifully written! Having printed photographs is so important and it definitely gets lost in today’s digital world.

Tara ColburnJanuary 15, 2013 - 9:03 am

I couldn’t agree more. I treasure old family photos, probably more than my mom would like since I’ve stolen quite a few from her albums over the years!

Karen CooleyJanuary 15, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Oh, so true, Ally! I have several old photographs – my great-grandparents, grandparents, my mom & dad growing up. They mean so much to me!

Katherine WeeksJanuary 15, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I just adore photographs…they are such a treasure

DorieJanuary 16, 2013 - 10:03 am

Photos are priceless. I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough when we can look back and I can show her where she came from.

Huong ForrestJanuary 16, 2013 - 10:20 am

It makes me so happy to see these in your possession!!! And you’re absolutely right…60 years from now our own family will have our photographs in their hands to look back on!

ChristineJanuary 19, 2013 - 10:59 am

You made me tear up a little. This is such a beautifully composed post. I love your favourite images x

Kelly GJanuary 21, 2013 - 4:42 pm

That’s wonderful that you have your family’s old photos. What a gift. I definitely want to give those treasures to my kids and (someday) grandkids.

[…] a little longer. This is impossible obviously, but luckily photographs are the next best thing and I’m always so thankful that I have them, so I can look back on the moments and times in my life I wish I could have […]

Seattle Portrait Photographer | Instagram

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for my blogging group to post our weekly blog topic. This week we had the option of writing about our favorite photos and it could include our Instagram pictures. I chose to write about my Instagram pics, but I couldn’t narrow down my favorites! So instead, I’m posting about the app and how I use it for my business.

Instagram Photo by @MollieApple, my MUA, on one of our shoots this past summer.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Instagram is an application on most smart phones for sharing pictures. You can crop, edit, add a funky filter, frame it, and even create a bokeh (blur) type effect.

What I LOVE the most about Instagram is how easy it is to share my pictures. Once I’ve edited the photo, I have it automatically set to post the picture to a number of social photo sites. The options include Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Flickr!

I like to use Instagram not just for my personal life, but also for my business at times. Every now and then I’ll post what I’m doing on a shoot. This has been a lot of fun to see my clients’ family and friends react to what my clients are up to during our shoot. My makeup artist, Mollie McGrath of Pinup Salon, will often be the one who snaps an instagram pic or two so I can share what we’ve been up to :). Thanks, Mollie!

Now go check out what some of the members of my weekly blogging group posted this week. You can start with the AH-mazing newborn photographer Huong of Huong Forrest Photography in Reno, NV! Go check out her blog post by clicking here.

Are you on Instagram? I’d love to follow you! Find my profile. It’s AllysonPhoto!

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[…] So there you have it! A bit of my life in a nutshell (and now I’m thinking of Austin Powers, “Help! I’m in a nutshell!”) Be sure to visit my girl Ally of Allyson Photography over in Seattle. I’m sure she was up to a lot last month & you can read about it in her post here. […]

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Seattle Creative Portrait Photographer | Learn from the Best

Sometime mid-2011, I signed up to attend a photography workshop in downtown Seattle. It was a workshop for beginners, but I was excited because I was going to meet Brian and Jennifer Hartman of Photo Elan!

To me, Photo Elan’s photography is everything I strive for. They capture the souls of their clients while photographing the beauty of the environment. They harness natural light, but often shoot with strobes. Their photography is honest and real, and they don’t cover up their photos with fancy photoshop actions and presets. From the moment I learned about Photo Elan, I could tell that Brian and Jennifer just knew how to get creative photos on the spot and I wanted so badly to be like them.

(To view Photo Elan’s amazing portfolio, visit their website here)

Their workshop was fun, well run, and I admired how even though it was a large group of people, Brian took the time to answer everyone’s questions. After the workshop, I went up to Brian and let him know that I admired his work and asked if there were any opportunities to assist him and Jennifer. I think I even added that I’d be happy to carry his coffee if it meant I could tag along with them.

Since that first workshop, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from Brian and Jennifer. I have assisted Brian in the beginner and intermediate workshops, helped them with off camera lighting at weddings, and they have even allowed me to second shoot a few wedding with them. My photography skills has grown leaps and bounds thanks to them, and I can’t thank them enough for sharing every bit of knowledge with me.

I also developed a friendship with another photographer who was there and a lot like me, emerging into the industry. Her name is Rachelle DeLuccio and she operates her business, Chellie Dee Photography, North of Seattle in the Everett area. I love keeping up with her work on Facebook. She is starting to specialize in newborns and she does a fantastic job at it! Rachelle and I talk every few weeks and we have some big plans in the future for some creative shoots together.

Brian and Jennifer have many workshops now for photographers on all levels — even for iPhone photography! If you live in the Seattle area and are interested in signing up, check out their upcoming workshop schedule by clicking here.

Now go check out what my weekly blogging circle has been up to by starting with my friend and fellow photographer, Huong Forrest. She also blogged about her favorite resource(s) today and you can read about what she found so valuable in 2012 by clicking here!

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David GDecember 18, 2012 - 8:23 pm

There are so many great stories about the people who were our mentors. If you’d like to honor one and make a donation to a great cause, check out the “Photo Idol” voting at PPA Charities.

SarahDecember 22, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Sounds like such a great time!

and how cool is that! A workshop for iPhone photography!

[…] is already coming to a close. It has been a very exciting year, and I am incredibly greatful for everything I have learned and how much my business has […]