About Me est. 1988, Los Angeles, CA
My name is Ally, I’m the face behind Bespoke Photographer. I’m originally from sunny southern California where I met my husband. Together, we moved around a bit in search of the perfect place to raise our big beautiful family. We have 7 children – 5 of them were born alone but two lucky little guys were born together as identical twins who also have albinism. (mostly known by the term “albino”) Together, we have lived in several states including; Oregon, Arizona, Washington & Idaho.
What makes me different?
My journey as a photographer began a long time ago, my friends and I never left home without a camera, of course – this was back when we could pick up a throwaway camera at any gas station to document our adventures. I never really let that part of my life go, but it wasn’t until I had my first baby, that I decided to take things a little bit further. I visited a photography studio for a national chain to have my daughter’s photos taken. I felt that the experience was fun, but a little bit impersonal. So, I purchased my first DSLR in 2011 when my second daughter was born, so that I could document their life together.
My own wedding photographer lost all of our photos.
I don’t have a single photo from my wedding day. My husband and I got married in 2015, 10 years after we had started dating. We had a 2-day destination wedding which was so much fun. We hired a professional photographer to document the two days which were spent with our family and the friends we had made over the last 10 years, from 4 different states. On Christmas eve, our photographer delivered the devastating news that she had lost all of our images due to a hard drive malfunction. From the minor mistakes and that situation, I learned a lot – it made me a better photographer.
Working with those who have special needs
I am a mother to two children who have special needs. My twins have a disorder called Albinism, which is a rare genetic condition that doesn’t allow their bodies to produce melanin so they lack pigment in their eyes, skin and hair. You might be familiar with this condition and you may not even know it (think the twins from The Matrix, or The Greatest Showman) My twins are visually impaired and they were also born at 32 weeks gestation, so because of those factors they work with a physical therapist, occupational therapist and ophthalmologists. I have also worked with many people with disabilities and a wide range of childhood disorders. One of the things that I hear most from my clients is praise when it comes to patience. Being patient has given me the ability to work with a broad range of clients and is something that has played a major role in my success as a parent and a woman in business.
My mission when starting Bespoke Photographer was to be different in my own way. To let my heart and my soul guide me through each session. I believe in taking time, making things right when they are wrong, and communicating effectively. To take photos to create images that evoke emotion, that capture who you and your family members are. From babies to weddings – real estate and end of life sessions, I am a storyteller with a passion for all art forms.
All of my sessions include enough time to create a gallery that tells a story. I include the print rights because I want you to have these photos for many years to come, without print restrictions. I believe that when you purchase a session with me, the images are yours to keep.
Thank you for choosing me. I will always do my best to make sure that your session is everything you had imagined.
just for fun
What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?
Driving with no destination in mind.
What type of music are you into?
I can listen to anything, but I love rap & hip-hop.
Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
I really want to see Glacier, I have been to many national parks; Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Saguaro, Acadia & The Grand Canyon.
What was the last show you binge-watched?
You. – super creepy, but.. captivating.
What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
Clouds, I love cloudy days.
What’s your favorite season and why?
That’s tough, there is something amazing about every season, but I love the way the plants and animals wake up from winter during the springtime.
What’s your favorite thing about your current job?
I love the way mothers and fathers interact with their children, that is what makes me the happiest.
What annoys you most?
When someone sends an inquiry and then doesn’t respond. I try to treat every client as a person, with real conversation and so when someone leaves me hanging, I won’t work with them in the future – they go on “the list” haha.
Does your job make you feel happy and fulfilled? Why or why not?
My job is very rewarding, I am able to bring out emotions and laughter which is something that I try to do with every client.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I used to work as a foreclosure specialist for the major banks, it was a little bit of risk management, debt counseling and a lot of emotional counseling too. We talked with homeowners who were losing their family home, it was a lot to handle.
What energizes you about your career?
Getting better every year. Each year I take more clients and that keeps me going.
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
Road trips are my favorite, whether they’re 5 hours or 40 hours long, we always have a fantastic time.
Have you ever lost a friend? If so, what happened?
I lost a close friend, she took her own life and that was one of the hardest things I had ever gone through. I felt so many emotions, I still do and so I have a soft spot for those who have endured the same.
When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone and how did it go?
I partnered with a journalist for People magazine on a story about my personal life. I normally am a very private person, but this story was written for a cause to raise awareness for Albinism.
What is the best dessert you’ve ever had?
I am a dessert lover but this is easy – Flourless cake from Dominic’s in Oceanside, California. I always factor in a stop when I go home to visit because it is always worth it. I’ll always remember the time that I knocked on the window, well after business hours and they still served me. They used the torch and everything, just as if I had visited during business hours.
Presque Isle, Maine & surrounding areas. Available for travel.
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends: 8am – 5pm