Hi ~ I’m Allison, a Maternity, Newborn, and Family Photographer Based in Bethesda, MD
I grew up in a small town in north-central Florida, playing with snakes and lizards in my back yard. My childhood summers were split between extended roadtrips some years, and lengthy stays in the Dominican Republic -where my mom is from- other years. On our roadtrips, we spent entire summers camping in state and national parks around the US.
After getting my first undergrad degree in psychology from the University of South Florida, I decided to “visit NYC for a month”… needless to say that visit lasted longer than planned, and I ended up staying there for thirteen years.
My first Christmas alone in NY was the first time I really dedicated myself to using the camera I had, which at the time was a 35mm film SLR. I spent all of the holiday wandering the mostly empty streets of Manhattan taking photographs. Even though I didn’t really know how to use that camera, I enjoyed that day so much that I never put a camera down again.
While living in NY, I also: got a second undergrad degree, this time in fashion marketing and merchandising from Parsons, ran for and won a public election to be a delegate for my congressional district (it was absolutely surreal to see my name on an official NYC ballot and then participate in a massive part of history at the national convention!), managed the US division of a team of specialty wholesalers (day job), sat on the board of directors of a non profit organization, fostered displaced Sandy (the hurricane) dogs, and met my husband online!
Shortly after getting married, my husband and I moved to London. While there, I decided to further my photography and camera knowledge by taking classes at The Photographer’s Gallery. With my new knowledge, and proximity to many amazing travel destinations, I decided to try my hand at travel photography and worked as a freelance travel photographer for the remainder of our stay there.
As a travel photographer, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to six continents to photograph the spectacular world we live in. Some of my favorite experiences were tracking a wild puma in the Patagonia region of southern Chile, witnessing funeral pyres while doing a puja on the Ganges River in Varanassi, India, seeing Masai warriors perform their adumu (traditional jumping dance) in Kenya, getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere on the northern portion of the Ring Road in Iceland, and visiting ancient Hindu temples in Bali, Indonesia.
While life as a travel photographer was always interesting, it didn’t lend well to starting a family, so we made the decision to move back to the states. After a bit of a rough start, we were blessed with a son in August of 2018.
Well, thank you so much for checking out my little corner of the internet and reading all of that!
I’m so humbled and thankful that you’re considering allowing me to not only witness, but also document this amazing time in your life. I’m big on finding the beauty in everyday moments, and I hope if you don’t already, you’ll leave your session feeling the same way.
By the numbers:
2019 – LLC formed
2016-2018 – Freelance photographer
2003-2015 – Hobbyist photographer
48 – States visited (all but Alaska and Hawaii)
34 – Countries visited
8 – Cities lived in (Ocala, Tampa, Brooklyn, Manhattan, London, Palo Alto, Washington DC, Bethesda)
1 – Average cups of black tea drank per day (0 sugar, 0 cream)
• The internet tells me I’m Myers-Briggs type INTJ
• Not a Starbucks Fan
• I’ve eaten everything from fried crickets, to alligator tail, to ostrich, (and once, in a third world country, accidentally ate cat) but my absolute favorite food is PIZZA.
• I don’t drink often, but when I do, it’s usually something with gin in it
• I’ve never seen a full episode of G.O.T.
• I love nature, but am deathly afraid of spiders
Allison is a fabulous photographer and genuinely wonderful person! She captured such beautiful photos of me for my maternity photoshoot. I haven't been a particularly gushy mom-to-be, but these photos make me feel so beautiful and highlight this very special moment in my life.
Allison photographed my maternity pictures and our newborn pictures. She was kind, considerate and respectful in our home, and I never felt judged for my piles of papers and (clean) clothes everywhere! On top of all this, her pictures were beautiful! Our toddler was NOT easy either time and Allison went with the flow and was so calm.. and she was able to capture pictures of our daughter actually smiling!
When it came time for photos I knew I wanted to hire Allison because I wanted something a little less generic and to feel really special. I knew from her gallery and website her photos were exactly what I wanted but she exceeded all of my expectations when it came to day of shoot. She made me feel so comfortable and as a result got AMAZING images. Allison was professional beginning to end and I will absolutely use her again.
Allison is amazing! She worked so well with us and our 3 small kiddos. LOVE her style and she is very easy to work with.
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I can't wait to chat about the images you'd like me to capture!
I offer sessions 7 days a week, but office hours are only Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri between 9:30am and 4:30pm (when not at a session.)
You can also email or call me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-630-1752