Allison Andres Photography
We can't say enough nice things about our experiences with Allison. I'm notorious for giving people crap about having cheesy, posed engagement/wedding photos... Oh, you're reading together on some random vintage couch that somehow got dragged into the middle of a field with a rustic barn behind it? Or why don't you get all of your bridesmaids to watch in adoration as you make out in front of the camera? No thank you. Keeping that in mind, we initially chose to talk with Allison based solely on her incredibly affordable price (without any weird fees, everything's incredibly straightforward), but were then pretty excited to meet her when we browsed her website and found NO CHEESY POSED PHOTOS. Allison really sealed the deal with her personality though. She was super organized yet has a calm, sweet demeanor, and has a great sense of humor. We felt comfortable with her immediately, and felt like she truly understood our vision for the wedding, not what she thought the vision should be. On the day-of, Allison was truly everything we could have hoped she would be. Our family members commented on how quick she was with photos, so everyone got to have a lot of party time instead of photo time. Even D wasn't too annoyed when she stole us away for sunset photos because he knew he could believe her when she said it wouldn't be long. So far the photos look amazing, and we're so happy I'm not even waiting to see the rest before I give her 5 stars.
Kara R. Oakland, CA
I love to see the world and have new experiences! I travel "at cost" so don't be afraid to reach out.
I love elopements and intimate weddings! I offer a custom package for weekday weddings in the Bay Area and Napa Valley.
Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
Laid back, light filled, lifestyle portraits for people in love.
Why do you want to work with APW couples?
There is a school of thought that we should surround ourselves with people that share the same values, ideas, and aspirations. I was once an APW bride, so I consider myself lucky that I get to spend time with creative, enthusiastic, and level headed couples who understand exactly what a wedding is about. Every APW couple I have spent time with always has a great story, and turn from clients to friends after we’ve spent the day together!
What is your artistic approach to weddings?
I look at every day through the perspective of a writer (I think this has something to do with my history in the journalism field). Every couple has a story waiting to be told, and I am the one “holding the pen” ready to document it all! I get emotionally attached to each wedding I photograph, and while that can lead to me crying during the toasts or dancing with the bridesmaids, every tear or blister is worth it if I can provide pictures that are not only beautiful, but tell a story that is unique and full of joy. I want my couples (and their family members) to look at their galleries or albums and feel like the photos are a beautiful, accurate, and timeless representation of a day that was so important to them.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I often don’t describe my job as “work”, but when I’m not hanging out with my camera I am spending time with my husband and our daughter Hazel. Family adventures around the Bay Area are my favorite times!
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
It’s cool to like Toto now, right?