I'm Allyson... wife, mom of 3, and running a business that I pour all of my free time into. So, being too busy, I get it! Those are my three crazies literally running circles around me! So parents, when's the last family session you had? Was it when your now 10 year old was still in diapers??
Or business owners, I get that you are so busy with the behind the scenes and working on growing that the selfie you snapped before an event you went to 3 years ago has become your "go to" profile pic.
But I'm here to say, it's time. It's time to get in front of the camera. When your kids are older, they will cherish looking at photos of your family all together. And if you are a business owner, a proven way to connect more with your audience is to show images of you...connect your personality to your brand!
I am here to help!
I've had a camera in my hand since a young age. Learning on my Dad's film camera, I took photography courses throughout high school and college. I fell in love with the process from start to finish...photographing, developing, and printing my images.
After graduating college and volunteering in the Peace Corps, I married a fighter pilot and jumped into military life!. I was an elementary school teacher before having our 3 little ones. Photography has always been with me through my journey as it's a passion my husband and I both share. With his support and my family's encouragement, I've been able to begin my dream of starting my own business.
We were last stationed in Florida, where I started my business in 2016. Since my husbands retirement from 20 years with the Navy, we have moved to Kohler, Wisconsin! It's a beautiful, quaint little town in Sheboygan County. We love this area (although the winters are a little shock to the system). This is an incredible community and I'm so excited to be growing my business here!
What kind of photographer are you? My work is natural and warm, showing the connection of family and capturing personality. I like to be as organic as possible with my images. I do light edits to fit my style including minimal photoshopping, but like to keep my images as close to how they looked through my lens. My goal is to tell a story in our time together. We will move around...a lot...and your gallery of images will not all look the same. I love to take in the environment around us creating different backdrops. You'll be standing, sitting, hugging, kissing, and possibly laying and running. I will never make you do anything you are not comfortable with though! We'll definitely get some traditional photos of everyone looking and smiling, but I will be directing you to capture connection and emotion.
Where will my session be held? I am a natural light photographer, so a majority of my sessions are outdoors. We'll work together to find the best location!
What should I wear? Since we move around a lot, comfort is key! Also, be yourself...I have a detailed blog post under the BLOG section for families and for high school seniors. You can also check out my Pinterest board for ideas!
What if my kids don't cooperate? I have 3 kids (8 and under) so I completely understand the stress of taking them, well, pretty much anywhere! I want to take that stress away from you...I'll spend a few minutes in the beginning of our session chatting with your kids so that I'm not a complete stranger running up to then with a big camera in their face! I might snap a few of them as I feel they are more comfortable and show them the back of my camera right away (kids love to see themselves!). I do this with older kids as well...and moms and dads too! I'll explain what we'll be doing and we'll start with group photos. Once we've taken a few combinations, I'll pull the kids aside and take individuals of them. Don't worry about bribing them! Don't worry if they aren't smiling or looking at the camera! I'll take care of that.
I am not photogenic! I get that not everyone is going to light up in front of the camera...I hate getting my picture taken! I want you to feel your best and be in love with your images. It may take a few minutes to get comfortable, but you will! I will never put you in a position that's unflattering and you can let me know right away if your not feeling a certain pose. I may try something and after a few frames realize it's not working and we'll just move along. So, just take a deep breath and we'll have a relaxing and fun session!
If you haven't booked you session yet and your ready to start planning, then click on "Contact Me" below!