Inspired, A Very Special Project | Allison Jacobs Photography
Taking a moment to go through Allison of Allison Jacobs Photography was a breath of fresh air. Her clean and timeless work is just full of vibrancy and happiness. Be sure to grab a cup of something warm and take a moment to really be enthralled. I also have to say I love her fresh branding. Her work is just stunning.
Lets get to know you! How would you describe yourself in three sentences?
I am a Starbucks drinking, camera carrying mom of one. I am a wife living by the ocean and trying to make the most of each day. I am a loyal friend and guinea pig owner (well the guinea pig really belongs to my son but I take care of him the most).
What sparked your passion for Photography?
I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. My grandfather was a hobbyist photographer and I loved looking through his black & white images of my mother and her family when I was little. I love the sentimental value of a photograph, that small moment of time, caught in just a second.
Whats in your camera bag?
Canon 5d, Canon 5d Mark ii, Canon 50 1.4, Canon 85 1.2, Canon 100 2.8, Lensbaby Spark, 580 exii
What Camera/Equipment did you start out with?
Canon Rebel XT + 50 mm 1.8
Allison was kind enough to share one of her starting out images with us!
If you could only use one lens an entire session which one would you choose and why?
The 85mm 1.2L because I am just completely smitten with the colors and depth of focus that I get with that lens.
What advice would go give to someone just beginning in photography and hoping to have a business of their own?
Give yourself grace. Be patient. Practice. Don’t compare your growth, your skills, your path to others. We all have varying amounts of time to spend on learning the craft and art of photography. And it does take time. So, be generous and kind with yourself as you find your way.
What was your first official Photographer crush if you had one?
I remember drooling over the rich colors in the images from Andrea Tate of Crave Photography as well as the styling and use of light from Skye Hardwick when I first starting shooting digitally.
What kind of photos do you like to take for just yourself when not working with clients?
food photography & macro
If you could photograph absolutely anyone who would it be dead or alive?
My parents. I would love the chance to capture those moments and looks between my parents who had been married for 40 years when my father died. When you are caught up in the everydayness of life you can so easily miss the importance in the meaning of a look or a gesture. I can still visually see that relationship in my memories but it would be nice to see it in print. You know, just in case there comes a time that I forget that love that they shared.
Describe your style in 3 words.
clean fresh fun
Most embarrassing moment on a session would be?
Just because I can’t think of one right this second doesn’t mean there aren’t tons to choose from!
Any challenges you have had to overcome to be where you are today?
Yes. We all have our own challenges to overcome and I am no different. On the surface, the easy answer is to say that I have had to overcome my lack of time to devote to photography although my husband might differ and say that I spend all my extra time on it.
Favorite time of day to shoot is?
I love the light in the early morning + those last few hours before sunset.
If you had to stop taking photos right now, what would you do instead?
Learn how to shoot video.
Have you attended college or had any formal education in Photography?
No, my formal education was in social work and education. I have taken online workshops, read books, and learned a ton from great photographers willing to share what they know.
What do you do to get your clients to relax with you?
I try to connect with them prior to lifting my camera & shooting. I like to chat for a few minutes while we get set up and then start to shoot. I have teaching experience so I often pull tricks from that time to help engage with children and keep them interested.
What are your photography related goals for 2013?
I am in the process of opening for business after being an obsessive hobbyist for years so my focus has been on getting that all set up. It seems to be taking twice as long as I hoped!
How do you push yourself to keep growing and learning? Any Big Aha! Moments?
I like to challenge myself to keep learning with photography. I feel like you can always find a new technique or area to work on with photography and that is one part of it that I love. There are no chances to get bored since there is always room to grow.
Biggest Photography related insecurity?
posing (although this can change at any given moment- ha!)
Digital or Prints?
How do you set yourself apart from other local photographers?
I am hoping to offer environmental portraits so families have a tangible reminder of the area where they raised their kids and lived even if it was just a short chapter in their lives.
What do you think your next photography related investment will be?
Canon 5d Mark iii
If you had to recommend ONE thing that a photographer needs in their camera bag what would that be?
a back up battery
What would you say your biggest muse is?
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Season: Hands down it is summer. I mean no other season even had a chance.
Pet Peeve: Eh, I try to let things roll off my back.
Favorite Pandora Station: I know I have that on my phone but I don’t ever listen to it. I guess I need to give it a try!
Studio or On location: on location
What did you want to be when you grew up? a world traveler
Pc or Mac: PC
Lightroom Or Photoshop: Photoshop
Film or Digital: digital
Props or No Props: maybe somewhere in between?
If you could travel anywhere it would be: right now Europe is a the top of my list
Glass Half Empty or Half Full: full, totally full
Favorite photo ever taken: one of my son in the backyard
Raw or Jpeg: Raw
Favorite Music to Edit to: top 40 stuff
Favorite Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11-13
Processing Style: clean bright colors
Coffee or Tea: coffee
If you could photograph a Celebrity who would it be? I am not sure, probably a musician of some sort.
What kind of Camera bag do you rock? ONA