Thursday, August 3, 2017

Artist Interview with Allie of Allie Wilson Photography

Artist Interview
with Allie of

 Tell us a little bit about you.

I am a 30 year old woman (but don’t call me ma’am) from New Jersey. I live near the beach with my husband of 7 years, our two kids (6 and 3), and our two dogs (9 and 5 months). I absolutely love where we live, and I spend as much time as I can at the beach. The ocean is a major source of inspiration! I love tattoos, Mexican food, The Office, yoga, and reading. Meyer’s Briggs totally fascinates me and I love reading all about my type: INFP.

 What’s in your bag. 

Canon 6d, Canon 24mm, Sigma 35mm, lots of goodies for shooting through, sparklers + lighter (also for shooting through), business cards, journal/pen (not pictured). Additional items: I usually carry essential oils/bug spray when I’m in the woods, and when I’m shooting at the beach I bring my dicapac, a towel, and baby powder (gets the sand off!).

 When did you fall in love with photography? 

How long have been a

I fall in love with photography all the time. I have a relationship with it, and sometimes I’m totally on-fire, other times I need to step back and take a break. This past year I’ve continued to shoot but haven’t been as excited as I have in the past. In order to keep the passion, I allowed myself space to breathe, knowing that when I was ready to start creating art again that I would step up and do it. And I have! I can happily say that I have fallen back in love with photography.

 What sort of work do you specialize in?

I currently am only taking on birth and documentary clients. I shoot some stock and I partner with my local yoga studio and shoot head-shots and lifestyle images for them.

 Do you create personal work often?

Yes! I love taking photos of my family and I schedule styled shoots with local photographer friends just so we can play around and get messy. The styled shoots are my favorite because there’s absolutely no pressure at all, and I can experiment all I want!

 What or who got you started in photography?

I took my first photography class as an art-elective in high school, so I suppose that’s where I got my start.

 Who are some of you favorite artists past or present?

I absolutely love Mary Ellen Mark and Sally Mann; they are my top 2 all-time favorites. There are far too many present artists to name!

 How often do you get in front of the camera?

I take self-portraits fairly often... I just don’t always share the photos. I try to hire another professional for family photos about once a year.

 What are some of favorite photographer communities?

I don’t think I have a favorite, but I do need to give a shout-out to my local county group. I am so lucky to be a part of a true community of professionals and artists where we are all supportive of each other. Community over competition!

 Print or Digital? Why?

Both are important, but I think it’s outrageous not to print your photos. I make sure to print all personal photos at least in a 5x7 for my family albums. I treasure the albums from my childhood so I make sure to leave the same legacy for my children.

 Do create other types of art? What kind(s)?

I do. I love to paint, watercolor and acrylic mostly. I also play piano. I don’t write my own music, but I love learning new songs to play. I’d love to learn another instrument in the future too!

 How do you balance your personal/family and passion?

I involve them! When I’m inspired or passionate about something, I tell them and show them. Especially my kids. I think it’s important for them to know me as a person and not just Mama, so I let them into my head when I’m working with them or shooting them. Alternatively, I leave my camera home sometimes too, as I also think it’s important for them to remember me without a camera always in front of my face. Editing and other behind-the-scenes work waits until my kiddos are in bed. My husband works nights so I get a few uninterrupted hours to myself almost every night!

 From where do you draw your inspiration?

Light, shadows, the ocean. My top 3 greatest loves.

 Do you work with any charities or special projects? Which ones? Shout
them out.

I don’t work with any specific organizations, but I offer a free hour of documentary work for any family adopting through foster care in Atlantic County, NJ! Foster care is near and dear to my heart (I hope to be a foster parent one day) so it makes me happy to give a little something back to those who are giving so much of themselves.

 If you could go back in time, what advice would give to your young
photographer self, today?

Please try not to compare yourself to other photographers. Admire them, be inspired by them, but don’t compare. They are not you. They don’t see the way you do, feel the way you do, or live the way you do. Only you can be YOU. Embrace the artist that you are. You have a voice, you have a vision that is uniquely you and deserves to be celebrated. You are on an incredible journey of learning and self-discovery. Don’t limit that by doing only what others are doing. Keep experimenting. Keep making mistakes. Keep pushing and creating something new EVERY DAY. Keep being you.

 What tips would you give to Artsies reading this in an inspirational rut?

Literally EVERY artist, in any medium, anywhere in the world will go through ruts. It’s OKAY. Try your hand at another art form to keep busy. The best way I can get myself out of a photography rut is to back off from my camera for a while until I feel ready. Sometimes my ruts are a few days, other times a few months. I know it will always be there waiting for me when I get back.

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