INDIANA WEDDING & BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Alison Mae

behind the lens
meet alison

Growing up, I was the shy and sensitive middle child. Often over looked between my much louder siblings, I found comfort in the quiet moments. The way the rays of golden sun streamed through my bedroom window in the mornings. The gentle purr of my childhood cat, Tiger, as he slept on the end of my bed. The smell of the stacks of books on my nightstand, waiting for their turn to be devoured by lamplight well past my bedtime. The flickering of the fireflies at dusk in our wooded backyard. All of these moments and so many more inspired me and created a deep appreciation for beauty. Especially in the small, quiet moments.

Over the years, I carried this appreciation for the small moments with me and it led me to film photography. With a camera in hand I could fade into the background and capture these glorious, fleeting moments as they danced before my eyes. But something was still missing. 



MY STORY

Searching For Something More

I knew that I wanted to somehow bridge the divide between these small moments I was capturing and step inside them somehow. But it wasn't until I photographed my first wedding that it all made sense.

The stolen glances, fingers reaching out for another awaiting hand, tears of joy rolling down cheeks and the way a couple can say a million words with just one look at each other. But how could I capture these moments in an organic way that doesn't take away from the moment? The answer was simple. Connection.

By genuinely seeking to learn who you are at your core, I connect with you and anticipate the small moments (and the big ones too) on your wedding day so that I can capture and encourage them in a way that is unique to your love story.


Sharing your stories through human connection

where it began

the timeline

2004

Photographed and Developed my first roll of film

2009

Started photographing small weddings and events

2011

married Zach who encouraged me to follow my dreams

2013

Worked my office job and photographed sessions on nights + weekends

the timeline

2016

Left my 9-5 job and became a full time photographer

2017

Started photographing weddings exclusively

2018

Started putting myself out there more on social media 

2020

began my journey of relearning film and mastering a more fine art approach to my photography style

2021

studied under some of the best film photographers in the world in Italy 

that's us!

cheers!

hooray!

meet my

little  family

THE LOVES OF MY LIFE

Zachary

Alison

Elayne

Willow

Clementine

Nova

Zach is a web developer and a big fan of video games. Zach loves coffee, hates grocery shopping and makes a mean Manhattan. 

Alison (that's me!) loves reading, travel, Kate Spade and every animal I've ever met.

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.

THE LOVES OF MY LIFE

crème brûlée

brownies

ice cream cake

My favorite dessert is

yummy!

indie rock

oldies

soft pop

My favorite music genre is

indie rock

oldies

soft pop

My favorite music genre is

ozark

schitt's creek

this is us

My favorite tv show is...

ozark

schitt's creek

this is us

My favorite tv show is...

Ew, David!

greece

hawaii

ireland

My dream vacation is in

greece

hawaii

ireland

My dream vacation is in

Specifically, Santorini!

gucci

prada

kate spade

My favorite designer brand is

gucci

prada

kate spade

My favorite designer brand is

gimme all the bags!

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My Favorite Things

can you guess them all?

working with me
perks of

I’ll be your biggest fan throughout this entire process. Like an honorary bridesmaid I’ll be there to encourage, uplift and support you the entire way! 

Your images will elicit a fine art aesthetic, evoking love and romance while, most importantly, showcasing your uniqueness like never before.  

Being intentional allows me to capture those precious details that you dedicated your time making absolutely perfect. 

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. 

Hawaii

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.

Italy

our travels

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