Monday, September 28, 2015

Featured Artist | Allie Wilson Photography

Tell us about yourself and your business (if applicable).
I’ve always loved photography and have just recently started taking myself seriously. I love finding new ways to work my camera and to create interesting images. I am a big fan of free-lensing! I mostly shoot personal work, but I do offer lifestyle and documentary sessions for clients.

Where are you located?
Northfield, NJ

Who or what inspires your art?
My children, mostly. I love to capture them just as they are.  I am drawn to imperfections and I tend to favor images that are not technically perfect. Luckily for me, photographing children yields many imperfect images ;)

What do you love most about photography?
I love that you can look at a photograph and feel a range of emotions depending on when you look at it. I also love that you can put 100 photographers in the same position and every single shot will be different. I love that there are endless ways to see the world.

Describe your style in 2 words.
Honest storytelling

Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot.
I am moving to specialize solely in documentary photography for clients. Personally, I love to shoot my family, my surroundings, basically anything that catches my eye. I love free-lensing too!

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it’s running low?
I need to step away from my camera/desk and do something else with my hands. I love decorating and I like finding little projects on Pinterest that I can make to freshen up my space. I also like doing creative projects with my kids. We paint and draw A LOT!

What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 6D and Sigma Art 35mm 1.4. I also have a Canon 50mm 1.8 but I never really use it anymore!

What are your Top 3 must haves when shooting?
An empty card, a full battery, and endless time to kill.

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers.
I met my husband while wearing a gorilla suit! No, it was not Halloween. Yes, I was the only one in costume. Apparently it made an impression on him, because he got my number from a mutual friend and contacted me the next day. The rest is history.

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would he/she be?
Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery! She is hilarious and real. I would love to meet her in person and photograph her beautiful, messy world.

Natural light or artificial?

What impact does photography have on your family life?
I always have my camera, or at least my iPhone, with me so I can take a photo if I want. I suppose this may get in the way of family time sometimes. I’m sure my kids get sick of seeing me with a camera in front of my face constantly. But, I like to think that my children will remember me as a woman with a passion. It is so important for me to have these memories to look back on one day.

What’s your most important artistic tool besides your camera?
My heart and eyes. The camera just helps make the vision come to life.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since started photography?
You don’t have to be like everyone else. For the longest time I just tried to mimic what I saw other local photographers doing and it got old very quickly. Once I stopped shooting for other people and started shooting what made my heart sing, I became so much happier with my art!

What advice would you give to an artist just starting their journey in the photography world?
Shoot every day! Keep practicing, keep learning, and keep growing. 


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