Seattle Gold Hope Project Photographer | Meet Charlie

A few months ago, I joined The Gold Hope Project, which is a group of photographers around the world who provide the gift of photography to families with a child under the age of 21 with a cancer diagnosis. Our mission includes capturing moments each family can hold dear to their hearts, as well as supporting, encouraging, and raising funds for pediatric cancer research.

In the pictures below is a 3 month old named Charlie, who is a Seattle local and quite the little fighter. Charlie has a rare form of leukemia called juvenile myelomonocyctic leukemia or JMML. JMML is caused by a genetic mutation and affects just 1 in every 3 million children. The only treatment is a bone marrow transplant, and at this point in time, Charlie’s prognosis is up in the air. What we do know is that only half of the children with JMML survive.

I photographed Charlie a couple weeks ago. He is an absolutely beautiful little boy, with a gorgeous smile, who is full of so much life and joy.

Charlie attends Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the leading hospitals in the country for children. He has a shunt in his head, he’s on oxygen, and he has to eat from a tube. He has a beautiful family who is doing everything they can to give Charlie the best care possible.

Charlie’s story was recently featured on our local KOMO 4 News by the incredible, Emmy award winning, news anchor Molly Shen. You can watch the video on Komo 4 News‘ website by clicking here.

Keep up the good fight, Charlie. It was a pleasure meeting you, and we are all rooting for you!

Are you interested in helping Charlie and/or following his story? Follow his Facebook page, Prayers for Charlie.

If you know of a child who is fighting cancer or has a prior diagnosis, sign them up to receive the gift of photography. Visit The Gold Hope Project’s website for more information by clicking here.

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David GDecember 17, 2012 - 3:29 pm

What a great thing you’re doing . . . there’s something to be said for paying it forward.

BrianDecember 17, 2012 - 6:57 pm

what a great cause. keep up the good work

Melissa BergDecember 17, 2012 - 9:18 pm

awww I love how you can see his little personality on the right middle image. Too cute!

Tamara CurryDecember 17, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Love his eyes! If it weren’t for his story and the tubes, I’d never have guessed he was fighting such a fight for his life. Only the best for him and his family! <3

LoriDecember 18, 2012 - 3:16 am

What a beautiful baby boy! My prayers are with him and his family this morning. Thank you for sharing your work with this organization. I can only imagine how special these photos are for the families.

Cherilyn HainesDecember 18, 2012 - 6:44 am

I love that you’re involved with this organization. 🙂 This little one is such a cutie. I love his big, beautiful eyes but that sleeping picture is just so darn adorable. My prayers are with his family.

Jennifer BatzDecember 18, 2012 - 8:30 pm

awe, what a precious angel! What a great give you have given the parents

Seattle Pet Photographer | It’s Raining Dogs

We had quite the busy weekend around here! My new pet photography business, Packleader Photography, started off with a bang as we ran a charity event to collect dog food for the Seattle Humane Society. We had over 40 dogs and one kitten attend the event, which means we collected over 1,200 lbs of dog food!

This afternoon we will drop off all of the dog food at the Humane Society’s Bellevue location. I can’t wait to make the delivery and I’m so proud to think of all the dogs that we will feed over the next few months! Thank you to everyone who came out! Everyone’s dogs were so well behaved and a lot of fun to photograph!

Below are some fun images from the event!

My friend and fellow photographer all the way in Philadelphia, Karen of Be Photography by Karen Cooley, has a great post on pets this week too! Go check it out by clicking HERE!

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Karen CooleyDecember 4, 2012 - 9:05 am

Whoa, 1200 pounds of food? That is AMAZING!!! A great turn out and a wonderful gift for the Humane Society!!

LauraDecember 4, 2012 - 11:48 am

Such a great event, congratulations on its success! wonderful images of the dogs.

Katherine WeeksDecember 4, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Congrats on the new pet portrait business! These are really wonderful pet portraits. That takes such talent and patience

loriDecember 4, 2012 - 1:36 pm

What a great event! 1200lbs of food – great job! Great pics too!

Huong ForrestDecember 4, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Ally, this is incredible how much food you “raised”!!! You are such an inspiration. And how cute are those pups?!

Tara ColburnDecember 4, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Wow, 1200lbs of food? Nicely done! And beautiful photos too!

Melissa BergDecember 4, 2012 - 8:32 pm

So adorable!! You should be proud of what you accomplished! Congrats!

MonicaDecember 5, 2012 - 12:35 pm

What a great way to give back! Congratulations on the event and your new pet photography business~

ChristineDecember 29, 2012 - 9:27 am

I love love love that you did this – and those dogs are too cute!

Seattle Beauty and Glamour Photographer | Black & White

“There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.” — Stefan Kanfer

I absolutely agree with the statement above. An image in black and white can be more powerful than any image I’ve ever seen in color before. Take for instance the image below. I love it in color, but after editing it in black and white, I like it in black and white even more. To me, it’s so striking and captivating. Her features, especially her eyes, jump off the screen even more.

When you book a session with Allyson Photography, you’ll receive many black and white images in your gallery in addition to all of them in color. I like to do creative edits like what you see below to offer my clients variety and provide them with a photography service unlike they have seen before.

Now go check out my friend and amazing photographer Huong of Huong Forrest Photography in Reno, Nevada. Her post today is also about black and white photography, and I look forward to reading it soon! Click HERE to check it out.

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[…] Of course, when you’re done checking out the Vegas scenery below, be sure to stop by my friend Ally’s blog over there in Seattle!  I’m sure she’ll have a cool take on black & white at […]

David GNovember 27, 2012 - 10:10 am

This is a great example of how powerful BW imagery can be. While the red in the left image is striking, it also competes for attention with her face. In the BW image, the viewer’s eye is drawn directly to the subject’s face (the most important part!)

Huong ForrestNovember 27, 2012 - 10:34 am

Wow, Ally! Powerful conversion. I LOVE this image especially in BW!

Donna BeckNovember 27, 2012 - 10:37 pm

That is awesome that you give your clients options and B&W is such a timeless, gorgeous way to preserve images too!

Angela Douglas RamseyNovember 29, 2012 - 8:25 am

You are so right about this image in B&W. It looks amazing!

ChristineDecember 1, 2012 - 2:46 pm

This image is so stunning, it makes it so difficult for me to pick which one is my favourite!

Seattle Pet Photographer | Giving Back

Packleader Photography

Well it’s Cyber Monday! I am not giving out an amazing deal this year. Instead, I’m spending my energy organizing a charity event with Prescott Breeden of The Pawsitive Packleader, a local and topnotch dog training company in Seattle, WA. To kickstart our new pet photography business, Packleader Photography, we are hosting a FREE 15 minute photography session for your pet(s) when you bring in a 30 lb bag of dog food!

Each dog will receive a link to a web gallery to view their photos and a FREE 5×7! This is such a great deal if you are looking to get a professional photograph of your pet, while giving back to some less fortunate dogs in the Seattle area.

We hope to photograph around 50 dogs over the weekend, which will translate into a ton of dog food for the Seattle Humane Society. Feel free to bring as many bags as you would like, but it’s only necessary to bring one bag per dog.

It’s a two day event, scheduled to happen over this upcoming weekend, December 1-2. There are still a few time slots left if you are interested in joining. Email Prescott at or call 1-800-929-6282 to arrange for your session time.

I hope to see you there! Happy Holidays from our pack to yours!!

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David GNovember 26, 2012 - 1:11 pm

What an awesome opportunity for pet owners to get a professional portrait and do something good for the Humane Society at the same time!

JasonNovember 26, 2012 - 7:04 pm

This is a great program Ally, and a wonderful chance for some fantastic pet photography!

Huong ForrestNovember 27, 2012 - 10:27 am

What a great way of you to reach out to the pet community, Ally!

TinaNovember 27, 2012 - 10:39 am

Great way to give back! Love that backdrop 🙂

Angela RamseyNovember 27, 2012 - 6:04 pm

What a great thing to do for the animals.

ChristineDecember 1, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Oooh, this is absolutely incredible!! Can’t wait to see how it went 🙂

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Seattle Photographer | Branding Colors

I grew up in a green house. By that I don’t mean that it was an eco-friendly home, but rather, literally EVERYTHING was green. We had green siding, green living room furniture, green carpet, green tables… you name it, it was green!

My mother loved the color green and still does — she even painted her new house a light shade of green when she moved a couple years ago and she still owns the couch and matching chair that were in the living room. By the time I moved across the country to college, I abhorred the color green and I resented my mother’s decorating habits.

Then one day, in a matter of seconds during a phone conversation, all of my feelings changed. My mother had been fighting stage 3 breast cancer.

My “first world problems” of a young woman trying to make her way through life seemed so miniscule. Why should I care what her house looks like? She had been going through radiation treatments for months. She had been fighting a battle that many women will and have lost.There was a much bigger picture and I didn’t want my last thoughts of my mother to have anything to do with her decorating habits.

From there on out, I started to embrace the color green little by little. When it came to choosing the branding colors for my business, my designer, Jose of Logo Luxe, threw the color green into the mix — a seafoam green. I couldn’t say no to this color. It was warm, inviting, it didn’t distract from my images, and it allowed me to bring a little of my mother into my business for years to come.

My mother fought her battle and she has been in remission for some time now. She is strong and I’m so proud of her and everything she has accomplished.

If you have a minute, head on over to South Africa where my friend and fellow photographer Christine lives and check out her blog post this week by clicking here. I’m sure she has a great post about how she choose her branding colors.

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ChristineNovember 20, 2012 - 8:11 am

Thank you for sharing this story with us. I love the seafoam green in your logo. I am glad to hear your mom is doing well, I would be proud of her too <3

Melissa jeanNovember 20, 2012 - 9:02 am

It’s so neat to hear what goes on behind the look of your brand! Great post =)

Tina BeckettNovember 20, 2012 - 9:38 am

Glad to hear your mother is in remission! I miss living in the northwest and seeing all of the green everywhere!

Cherilyn H.November 20, 2012 - 11:37 am

Loved hearing the story behind your color choice. 🙂 And I’m so glad your mom is in remission!

Tara ColburnNovember 20, 2012 - 12:59 pm

I’m so happy to hear your mom is doing well now. What a great story of how you incorporated her into your business!

Angela RamseyNovember 20, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Green is my favorite color. It makes me sad I am seeing so little of it now that it has gotten cold.

Karen CooleyNovember 20, 2012 - 7:10 pm

What a great story, Ally! I’m so glad that your mom is in remission – lots of healthy vibes being sent her way!!! I also love how you are starting to embrace green – what a tribute to Mom! 🙂

Perth Newborn PhotographerNovember 21, 2012 - 5:09 am

Such a great story!

Macey SnelsonNovember 21, 2012 - 9:28 am

I love the color in your logo! Thank you for sharing the story behind it!