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oh hey! I'm Allison

Firewife + Mama + Creator 

I'm an adventure lovin' wife, mama to two littles, a dog and two cats. I also happen to love preserving memories so on top of all that I also have my side gig of photography.  I'm a SoCal native who now lives in a little town somewhere between Sacramento & Tahoe. I'm most at peace by the water or in the mountains. I love all things spicy, fruity candy and game nights. I'm obsessed with being outside and chasing sunsets, and my mission in life is to help couples and families slow down, make the most of every moment and help them document every season of life. 

welcome to the blog

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OFFICIAL FIRST STEPS TO BEING ENGAGED

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS. DUH!


Taking engagement photos is the best way to tell your story. Make it unique and all about this season of life. It's the perfect time to have a date and soak each other in before wedding planning kicks in.

You'll be able to use the photos for save the dates, on social media to announce you're getting married, and an awesome way to get comfortable in front of a camera before your wedding day.





WHAT DOES ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS LOOK LIKE?


I've created a guide to help prepare you for your engagement session. With all the tips & tricks to help calm your nerves and pull it all together.

Ultimately your session should represent you & your relationship. Engagement photos are such a fun part of being engaged. Take this time to have your session be a fun date with your favorite things or places!


I always suggust scheduling your engagement session right away so you can use them as announcements or save the dates.

I normally suggest booking it at least 3-6 months before your wedding to avoid stress.

I shoot engagements beginning about 2 hours before the official sunset time to get that golden hour glow. I also suggest, if possible, to choose a weekday which helps with crowd control if you choose a busy location..


WHAT'S YOUR STORY? EVERY LOVE STORY IS UNIQUE...

& I CAN'T WAIT TO CAPTURE YOURS


I’d love to capture your relationship in this current season. What are your favorite things to do together?

Want to bring along some beers, wine, pop the champagne? Let’s crack it open and celebrate! It’s such a special time.




My husband & I brought along our motorcycle... and I’m so glad we did because the next year I was pregnant and we sold it for our family car. I’m beyond thankful for those memories of that time in our lives and I want you to have your memories preserved too. Don't be afraid to think outside the box!


LOCATION, LOCATION


As you start to plan for your engagement session, you will need to start brainstorming about location ideas. Your engagement session should be unique to you and your love story. I want to create a fun experience & images that'll remind you were you are at this point in your relationship. Think about about your favorite hikes, go to brewery to grab a drink, a walk in your neighborhood. When you look back on these images with your grandkids, you’ll have a deeper connection to them and a story to tell than just a photo of you two at a random location.



"Engagement photos are once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the sense of joy and excitement before marrying the one you love." - Weddingwire





LET'S TALK OUTFITS, I KNOW IT'S ALREADY ON YOUR MIND


Stay true to your personality, just maybe kicked up a notch. You want to be comfortable because the more confident you feel, the more relaxed you'll be and we'll capture amazing photos. Engagement sessions can be long enough to plan multiple outfits and various locations to get a good variety. Again, think of this as a full date adventure versus just snapping photos to mark a box off your to do list.


  1. You don't need to matchy matchy but stick to both warm tones or both cool tones and over all vibe and coordinate. Tie it altogether with a color scheme

  2. I know, back to the location. But keep in mind where you're going to be having your session done and opt for outfits that'll compliment your loction Lake with a view? think flowy dress. Downtown, urban setting? something more edgy or on trend or chic. what's the over feel of your photos?

  3. My style of shooting involves a lot of movement. Guided prompts to get natural looking poses. think little boomerangs instead of stiff poses. Movement in images can convey different emotions, consider making at least one out flowy that will create romantic images, st