Alison Mae

behind the lens
meet alison

Hello, there!

I'm Alison, a luxury wedding photographer serving couples all over the United States who want elegant and refined wedding photos with a laid back approach. I specialize in timeless wedding photos that are editorial, but effortless and fine art, but fun. 

'I'm always searching for moments in life that make time stand still.  Some of my favorites are:
  •  Slow dancing in the kitchen with my husband, Zach, while we make pasta from scratch
  • Listening to love songs in languages I don't speak 
  • Exploring a new city with no agenda, just walking with my camera
  • Spending time with animals

I am a self taught photographer and fell in love with wedding photography after my own wedding. But it's not what you're thinking. More on that below.

I' developed my very first roll of film when I was fifteen. I knew in that moment that I was meant to be a photographer and never went anywhere with out my camera from that point forward. I photographed everything under the sun. But weddings? Not a chance!

It wasn't until Zach and I got married ourselves that it clicked just how important wedding photos are. We didn't prioritize wedding photography. ( I know, I know.) And as a result, we don't have photos of the most meaningful moments of our wedding day. This made me realize just how important wedding photos are and is the reason why I am so passionate about them now. Wedding photos are precious heirlooms that tell our love stories and celebrate the lives we build together. To me, they are irreplaceable.

With this new found passion and respect for wedding photos,  I switched gears in my photography career and have been joyously photographing weddings ever since!



We're Passionate About:

It's important to us to provide a wedding photography experience for you that is editorial, but effortless. We love creating images that look as though they've been ripped from the magazines, but we love helping you feel comfortable in front of the camera even more.

We believe that wedding photos become our family heirlooms and strive to maintain everlasting elegance in every photo we take... with a contemporary twist. From our film inspired aesthetic to our blend of classic and modern posing, it's important to us that your wedding images not only represent you well, but withstand the test of time.

Wedding planning should be fun! So we love finding ways to serve our couples and partner with their planners to help take a little off their plate. We have created a resource library for every AM couple that is packed full of our best tips on how to bring your dream wedding images to life!

Helping You Feel Comfortable

Timeless Wedding imagery

Serving You Well

Meet the Team



Lead Photographer
The voice behind all the emails
Natural cheerleader
Detail oriented

Second Photographer
Boutonniere Pinning Expert
Veil Throwing Aficionado
Calm at all times

We are a married couple who photograph weddings together! Alison is the main voice behind the business, but Zach steps in as a second shooter on wedding days. We love animals, (especially our sweet girls, meet them below) traveling, and cooking together in our sun soaked kitchen.  
meet our

darling girls






E. is our sweet old girl. She has a gentle soul and has the loudest pur you'll ever hear.

Clem might be the smallest, but make no mistake - she is the big boss around here. She is equal parts cute and questionable and we like her that way!

Willow is our fearless one. She is smart and regal but still loves to sleep under my desk while I edit.

Nova is the baby. She is our resident "woo" girl, loves to snuggle and hates to be outside.



We celebrate all couples. We believe strongly that everyone deserves their love story to be captured beautifully in a way that is authentic to who they are. We seek to understand, respect and embrace all cultures and traditions while photographing them in the most respectful way possible.


Your memories mean so much more to me than just a booking in the calendar. I love that my passion can help others for a lifetime. Connecting on a personal level allows me to tell your story the way it was meant to be shared with your family and friends. 


Communicating your expectations is the single most effective way to ensure that you LOVE your final images. These are some of your most precious memories of all time, being open and transparent will allow us to develop a shared vision we can work towards together.


You have so much to focus on, please allow my experience to help ease some of the stress. Photography is an art, but this is my PASSION. I am committed to delivering my very best at all times. So please, if there is anything you have questions about don't hesitate to ask. I am so happy to help any chance I get. 

Core Values

Traveling the World

I have a deep passion for exploring new places. I could walk around a new city all day and not spend a single dime. (Well except for maybe a nice dinner in a local restaurant) All I need is my husband Zach holding my hand and my camera in the other. Adding in a joyful couple in front of my lens ignites this passion and I am endlessly inspired. Totally engulfed in love for what I do.

Florence, Italy, Seattle, Washington and Boston, Massachusetts are some of my favorite cities I have photographed couples in and I can't wait to see where my next adventure takes me! If you are getting married outside of the midwest, I'd be happy to celebrate with you anywhere in this beautiful world of ours!

Learn more about Italian destination weddings!

Boston memories: Cute coffee shops filled with pastries and conversation. Rich history around every corner. Meeting so many dogs. Willow trees in Boston Common on a breezy day in August. Watching the swan boats and listening to music from a nearby guitarist float through the trees. Exploring the Harvard campus and dreaming of the what could have been.

Boston, MA

Phoenix memories: Scorching hot rays of sun and moments of relaxation in the shade. Saguaro cacti soaring well above my head reaching towards the cloudless blue sky. Breweries and food trucks. Snakes slithering across foot trails and colorful flowers.

Phoenix, AZ

Upper Peninsula memories: hiking through the woods and constantly looking out for bears, loosing track of how many waterfalls we'd seen. Having a rocky beach all to ourselves in the quiet morning. Eating bagels for dinner on the beach because all of the local restaurants close so early. A reminder that there is beauty in slowing down. 

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Las Vegas memories: Watching the sun set behind the mountains from the middle of a dry lake bed. The myriad of stars that replaced the once blue sky and the sounds of campers in the dark distance laughing and telling stories. The feeling of realizing how small we really are in this expansive universe and how rare and beautiful it is to exist. 

Las Vegas, NV

New Jersey memories: The sun rising over the Atlantic. Cotton candy skies and an empty beach. The New York City skyline glittering gold against the sunrise in the distance. Seagulls overhead and sand on our bare feet.

New Jersey Coast

Naples memories:  Boats, pelicans and the smell of delicious Italian food. Stray cats sauntering about. Fisherman shouting and the overwhelming feeling that we somehow just stepped back in time.

Naples, FL

Port Angeles memories: Rainbows over the mountains, blue water meeting an even bluer sky and snowflakes on my cheeks. Wildlife and wildflowers. Picking lavender with friends and exploring a new corner of the earth together.

Port Angeles, WA

Seattle memories: Steep sidewalks and foggy afternoons. Fresh flowers and creativity around every corner. Delicious restaurants and heavy traffic. Apple cider slushies and molten lava cake. A sense of hurry surrounding us but equally so, pockets of peace are tucked into the city like buried treasure. 

Seattle, WA

Hawaii memories: Ice cold water waiting for you at the bottom of water falls. Boats bobbing in peaceful water and golden rays of light. Lush, green mountains framing the sea - somehow powerful and soft all at once. Deep, slow breaths. Gratitude. Early mornings watching the sunrise on an empty beach while the rest of the island sleeps. 


Italy memories: Vibrant sunrises over Tuscany from the third floor window of a historic villa, rich red wine swirling in glasses, bustling streets and the smell of fine leather. Slow dancing in Florence with my love. Speeding taxis, stunning architecture and so much pasta. Dalmatians and carousels, citrus trees and trains. Friendships made that will last a lifetime.


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