Family Photos, 100 Years Young.

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The DeLongs have a special place in my heart.  I suppose that’s appropriate with me dating a particularly awesome DeLong!  Family photos also hold a special place for me.  They preserve people at particular moments, blinks in time really, for a lifetime.


These pictures can call back to times that may be hard to remember years later.  Do you remember when your little brother was smaller then you?  It’s hard to fathom when he’s 6 feet tall and shaving.  Or when Uncle Franks still had hair?  Life happens, you blink and now the children are the parents and the parents are grandparents. Capturing these moments are particularly special in a family lucky enough to have four generations; with the patriarch checking in at 100 years young!  That’s right, Howard will be celebrating his centennial this Sunday.

Howard, aka GGdad (Great Granddad), is a smart, funny and an unbelievably caring man.  The past 100 years has been filled with lots of cross-country travels, golf, laughter and family.  Howard and his wife have two sons, four grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

And the family is still growing….

I love my family.  While I wish we lived closer and could get together more often, it’s always a treat for me to spend time with other people’s families.  I see the same smile reflected in children, grandchildren and even GREAT grandchildren’s faces.  Being able to capture those moments is significantly gratifying.


Happy early 100th Birthday Howard!  I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!  Wishing you a birthday full of love, family and laughter, much like the past 100 years has been!

– Allison

New Year: New Beginnings

Welcome to the world Brandon  Michael Marchbanks!

I’ve always enjoyed January, the start of a new year, new possibilities, the excitement of what the next year might bring.  Babies are sort of like that, the possibilities for them are endless.  Who will the be, what will they become a a doctor, a teacher president, a pro dodgeballer?

Brandon is a dodgeball baby, but not just any dodgeball baby; the son of Vince and Lelia Marchbanks!  We’re talking dodgeball royalty, the son of the co-captain of Team Doom, 3 time winners of Ultimate dodgeball, USA gold medal winner; you get the point, this kid has dodgeball in his blood!  I’ve known Vince for as long as I’ve been playing dodgeball, something like 5 plus years, and I’d must admit, he scared me on the court when I met him.  Vince throws hard, I mean really hard; my largest dodgeball bruise is from Vince,  a giant purple and green, 8 inch wide thing on my thigh (thankfully it was my thigh!). Ok, he still sometimes scares me on the court…  But off the court, Vince has a soft voice and a gentle demeanor, seeing him with an infant seems only too natural.AKI-7151R

It was an honor and a pleasure to photograph the Marchbanks family off the dodgeball court, but I can’t wait to see them back on the court as well!! … Well, preferably on the same side of the court…





Cheers to a New Year!! I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us all!

Headshots can be fun!


Happy New Year everyone!  I spent the end of 2015 doing what I love, taking a  variety photos, from families, to babies, events and headshots.

One of my favorite shoots was for my cousin, Erin.  Erin is a music industry lawyer (visit her online here!), so we wanted to do something professional, but not stuffy.  In the digital age an online presence is even more important. With professional networking sites like Linkedin and others, a headshot that not only looks professional, but also captures the image you want to portray is increasingly important.   In the last couple months I’ve done headshots for people from all walks of life, engineers, accountants and authors.  Headshots are not just for actors and real estate agents any more!

I really enjoy being able to find that “look” a person is going for; something that not only expresses their personality, but also makes them feel confident and good about their photos.  It is even more fun if the shoot includes props and when it gives me a great excuse to hang out with some very awesome folks.


Have legal questions concerning the music industry  law?

Erin M. Jacobson is an experienced deal negotiator and a seasoned advisor of intellectual property rights who protects musicians, songwriters, producers, and other entertainment professionals.

At her office in Beverly Hills, CA, Ms. Jacobson handles a wide variety of music and entertainment contracts and services. Her clients range from Grammy and Emmy Award winners to independent artists, record labels, music publishers, and production companies.

Ms. Jacobson is a frequent author and speaker, and also blogs regularly on music industry topics.

Want to start the new year off with a new headshot? Contact me at 2015 prices will be valid until January 31st.

“Super” Newborn

Boaz_1567RIt is my pleasure to introduce Boaz aka BoazMan!  I love it when people bring props or themes to their shoots.  I always want to capture something that is meaningful to a family and integrating props into a shoot gives me a chance to try new things.  I love sports themes and REALLY love the Super Hero theme (I may or may not also have my own collection of super hero socks and t-shirts; many of which have their own capes).  So when Lisa contacted me about photographing Boaz and mentioned a super hero theme, I was very excited!


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I’ve known Lisa for most my life.  Her sister Brenda is one of my best friends, and I met them both when I was 9 years old. That means I’ve known them for more then 25 years! (Ouch that makes me feel old).  I remember hearing the incredible story of Lisa meeting her now husband Edouard.  It’s a wonderful story of fate and happiness that continues through today.  I couldn’t be happier for them both, and it was an honor and a pleasure photographing their little guy Boaz.

The new studio has been working out great for all sorts of shoots.  Lisa got a number of “action” photos of me in studio, and I want to share them with you.  I feel these behind-the-scene shots give a you a good idea of how I use the space. Thank you Lisa for the shots!


2015 is not over yet!  There are more shoots to come and so many posts to catch up on.

Be in the moment, and remember to capture it!


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Dodgeball Babies

 Hello old friends!  Long time no post!! Well, let me start off by saying, 1F7A6065Rjust because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean I haven’t been shooting.  In fact, quite the opposite!  Actually, lots of exciting developments to report, one of the first ones being the addition of a dedicated home studio!  That’s right an entire room for my lights, backdrops and props!  It’s fantastic, and I have been putting it to good use.

I have posted many times about dodgeball; however, a funny thing has been happening at dodgeball these days.  Folks are getting married and having little dodgers.  For those of you who know the dodgeball community, you know that it’s much more then just a 1F7A5868Rgame to many of us who play, it is a family.  Itis an exciting thing to see your family grow; especially when they are as cute as this little guy.

Jay and I have played dodgeball together and against each other for years.  He’s a guy you can count on, he helped us move and is always there to help celebrate a birthday or a special event.  Jay and his wife Teresa are two of my favorite dodgeballers and it was an honor to photograph their son Simon.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for more posts!

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2013 in one post…

Sometimes you blink and a year goes by! I know I have had a serious lack of posts, but it’s not for a lack photos. With 2014 now upon me, I am refocusing my photography efforts. I now have a new price list and plan on reworking my website. As I started pulling photos for this blog, I realized, it’s been quite the year! No wonder I didn’t have time to post! Below are my 2013 highlights. Here’s to a fantastic 2013 and looking forward to an even brighter 2014!!

Early in 2013, I started working with an exciting organization, Nerd Nite LA. Nerd Nite LA hosts monthly lectures at Witzend in Venice. Lectures vary in the nerdy topics, discussing topics ranging from Google Glass to new innovations in cancer treatments. As one friend described it, “Nerd Nite is like Ted Talks with booze.” Yes, drinking and heckling the speaker are both encouraged.

Though many new things happened in 2013, some things stayed the same. I continued to shoot dodgeball for the World Dodgeball Society. Covering leagues from Long Beach to Melrose and even a tournament in San Francisco.

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And in venues that sometimes also include the Staples Center

There were also head-shots

And a family trip to Sedona, where I was able to take a breath and shoot scenery instead of people for a few days.

But since it was Spring-training that week we had to stop by for a game in Phoenix on the way home.

In April, my Otis coworkers and I hosted the 2nd Annual Kite Festival. This year we more than doubled our event passing out 2000 kites and having close to 5000 people in attendance. Save the date for next year, we’re planning for it to be even bigger and better, Sunday, April 13th.

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Later that month, I shot the wrap party for the Jeff Prost show. You might remember Jeff Prost as host of Survivor. Jeff and his crew were some of the nicest folks I’ve ever had the pleasure to shoot. It’s rare that you find a crew that cares so genuinely for each other, that even an outsider can feel the warmth.

In the Summer, I returned to Palau with Otis College, which in a lot of ways was like coming home. (More blogs about Palau in past blogs)

One of the more special shoots I had this year was of this little fella’.
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He’s truly a miracle baby. His mother was on bed rest for months before he was born and he was still born months early. Every step of the way this little guy had to fight and has won. However, with a dad who is called “Super Dave,” he was born to be a warrior.

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I did my second shoot for AYSO and although it was a long day (thousands and thousands of photos), it was fun to be outside and in the middle of excited kids kicking a ball (that wasn’t going to errantly hit me in the head).

The Year ended for me with a trip to Paso Robles for no other reason then to enjoy and celebrate all the hard work of 2013.

Phew! Ok, so that’s why I was so tired.

Now it’s 2014 and I’m up and running. This year was off to an early start, beginning at sunrise on New Year’s day. If you know me, you know that I love my sleep; however, some things are worth waking up pre-dawn for, such as having the honor to shoot a very special wedding.

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They say what you do the first day of the year can set the tone for the rest of the year. If this is true, it’s going to be a year immersed in photography and surrounded by beauty and love.

Wishing everyone a fantastic 2014; stay tuned! – Allison

Palau 2013 Day 11

Today was our last real day, so it was time to pack a little bit of everything into it. A number of us started the day by presenting to one of the classes at the PCC. It always impresses me how the Otis students are willing to take on more presentations and responsibilities for the Freedom Memorial then asked of them. Once in Palau everyone gets a new meaning for the Freedom Memorial and the personal investment in seeing it finalized gets amplified.

Later in the day I hiked out to Tebang to finally purchase my very own storyboard, a manta ray with a story about finding your way back home. I’m super excited to bring this Palaun artwork home and one of the guys from Tebang graciously engraved it with the date and the shop name for me.

After lunch it was time for some snorkeling and relaxing at Rip Tide. It was nice to take a moment to just soak in the view.

In the evening, Matt and I spent a wonderful dinner with our adoptive Palauan family. I don’t have the words to express how amazing these guys are and the people in Palau in general.


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