Alison Mae

behind the lens
meet alison


I'm Alison, a luxury wedding photographer serving couples in Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati 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 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.


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


We are big believers in love knowing no bounds. We are committed to the promotion of diversity,
inclusivity, and celebrating our differences as they are what make us beautiful. We pledge as
a business to accept, respect, and include clients, employees, and fellow vendors of all races,
colors, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, ancestries, special
needs, or disabilities. We pledge to be an active participant in the collective journey to overcome the fear of difference and replace it with the power of inclusion.

Meet the Team



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

Second Photographer
Drone Pilot
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,  traveling, and cooking together in our sun soaked kitchen.  

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:

We both have huge hearts for animals and couldn't imagine life with out them. We have two huskies, Willow and Nova, and a tiny orange cat named Clementine. We also spend time volunteering at The Animal Protection League. (Learn more about this wonderful organization here.)

We are always dreaming up our next trip and love spending time exploring new places, cameras in hand. So far some of our favorite travel moments have been watching the sunset over Florence, Italy from Piazzale Michelangelo, running through the streets of NYC in the pouring rain and watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle while floating down the Seine at midnight.

We are old souls and have a deep appreciation for old things and the stories they hold. (We're romantics, we can't help it!) So we spend our free time getting lost in antique markets searching for brass animals for our home and beautiful dishes and trinkets to add to our wedding day styling kit.




Our passion for travel is endless. With a genuine curiosity for new places and the ability to seek out and be inspired by unexpected beauty wherever we go, we are constantly planning our next adventure. 

our travels

Join us on The journey

A long Summer
weekend in NYC

There’s something magical about New York City. The busy sidewalks, the towering buildings, the sense that you can be anyone you want to be. A feeling of boundless hope. The city buzzes with energy, a rhythm all its own. Read more.

Our Annivesary trip to Hawaii's Garden Island

Filled with enchanting emeralds and beautiful blues, the Napoli Coast is a true gem. With golden sands hugging the waves of the Pacific and the gentle perfume of tropical blooms, Kauai was every bit the dream we imagined it would be. Coming Soon.

A Rainy Walk Through the Inspiring Streets of Paris

Paris is a treasure chest of artistic wonders. Like a dazzling dream catcher the Eiffel Tower draws creatives and star crossed lovers alike, never really letting them go once they fall in love with this sparkling city of lights. Coming soon.

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