INDIANA WEDDING & BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Alison Mae

behind the lens
meet alison

I'm the kind of girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. When I'm excited (likely when I see beautiful light, an animal or a sentimental moment) believe me, you can tell. I believe it's important to let my walls down and be myself so that you can feel comfortable enough to do the same. To be in the moment and be fully present on your wedding day, connecting with the people you love most. Because that is where I find the magic: genuine connection. And capturing that on camera? It's honestly one of the greatest treasures of my life. 

I'm a details girl. I think being well prepared helps me be more creative as a photographer. But it also helps me know well in advance what I can do to make your wedding photos extra special. I'll pull out a crochet hook for the buttons on your dress out of my camera bag and tell you where to put your hands. I'lll be your personal cheerleader during your bridal portraits and give you time to be present together during your first look. I want you to have incredible photos but I want you to be able to enjoy your wedding day just as much. And I'll probably cry (just a little!) when the bride dances with her dad. And once I photograph your wedding, I will love you for life.



Get to Know Me

My Heart on My Sleeve

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. 

When I am not photographing weddings, you'll find me spending time with my husband, Zach. We've been married for just over eleven years and I can honestly tell you when you marry your best friend, the "honeymoon phase" is just a myth. We love to plan home improvement projects, play Mario Cart and travel the world together. He is the absolute best and is my secret weapon on wedding days!

Zach and I both love animals and have two dogs and two cats. (Meet them below) I volunteer monthly at The Animal Protection League  in my hometown and will always want to know about your dog or cat!

I enjoy listening to love songs in languages I don't speak and catching indie rock shows at the HiFi in Fountain Square. I am big supporter of small businesses. I adore buying fresh flowers at the local farmer's market on the weekends and could watch Moulin Rouge or The Greatest Showman on repeat for the rest of time.




Outside of Weddings

Traveling the World

I am based in Indianapolis but 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 Indiana, I'd be happy to celebrate with you anywhere in this beautiful world of ours!




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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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
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!

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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can you guess them all?

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