Featured Designing Mom: Alison Conklin

by Cat on January 24, 2011

Ever wonder what’s behind the inspiration and passion of an award winning photographer?  I am beyond excited to be introducing photographer Alison Conklin today.  Our studio is is in love with her incredible work.  Just take a look at a wedding she shot below where she was able to capture the radiance from within a couple on a drizzly New York day!  Equally inspiring is hearing about how she fills her home and family with framed photos.  Read below for more of Alison and her work with families and children.  And click here to see her amazing photography…get ready to drool!
My parents were really into photography.  Growing up, I had these amazing proof sheets that they printed and developed of their rolls and rolls of film.  When my mom passed away, I was just starting my freshman year of high school.  I can remember finding a binder of negatives and black and white proof sheets and just pouring over them.  I fell in love with all of the out-takes of my parents laughing together and the beautiful, simple memories that they had documented.  Those images are now one of my most prized possessions and what really put me in the direction of photography.  After seeing my interest in photography blossom, my father built me a darkroom and my obsessions began.  I photographed my first wedding professionally at the age of eighteen.  I love photographing weddings, because it is a joy to be a part of all of the emotion and beauty. I have been blessed to be able to go to some amazing locations like Ireland, Mexico, Bermuda & Napa to photograph weddings, as well as to be able to shoot amazing events in my own area of Philadelphia.  The wonderful people I meet and their stories are what truly inspires me.  The sudden loss of my mother taught me how precious every second is and that one cannot take anything for granted.  That is my driving force when shooting.
I love being able to capture the most important moments in people’s lives.  I love candid, emotionally charged shots that tell a story.  Being a photographer has allowed me to not miss the most important moments in my own life.  When my boys, Jonas & Moses, were young, I was able to stay home with them during the day.  Now that they are both in 1st and 2nd grade, I am able to work while they are at school.  I think the biggest ‘aha’ moment was realizing that I needed to have set hours.  Sure it easy to always be checking your email from your phone or updating a blog anytime, but that was taking time away from my boys. Having specific hours during which I tackle my ‘to do list’ helps me feel much more organized.  I also make sure I set time aside to work with the boys on their homework.  Trying to excel at being your own boss and being a mom is certainly a huge challenge, but over time, it becomes easier to find balance.

My home has photos hanging on every wall.  Knowing how important those pictures are to me also reminds me how important they will be to my family years down the road. Sometimes it is so easy to to get caught up in whatever challenge is in your way at the moment, but having all of these images of my boys and my family reminds me how lucky I am.
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Ross Foti January 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

In all fairness, it must be shared that I have known Alison all her life. I am her uncle and I trust, always her friend, and watching her come into her own as a photographer and as a mother has been one of the greatest joys of my own journey. All that she shares here and all that shares through her art, are true reflections of the richness within her, the wonder of her huge heart and deep intelligence. If any young mother finds challenge along her path (and what one among you at some point won’t?), take refuge in the simple knowledge that you too can and will move through the challenges and like Alison, find yourself successful in ways beyond your present understanding or even your current intentions or expectations. Thank you Cat for sharing Alison’s journey and allowing her journey to inspire others…may we all find peace and have comfort in our lives. Namaste.


Erica January 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Alison is AMAZING! Her work is beautiful and she is so sweet. Hiring her to shoot our wedding was the best decision we made!!


jenn January 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

Alison is an amazing mom AND a phenominal photographer! She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Congrats Alison!


Josh Ogden January 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

These pictures capture a warmth and joy rarely scene in pictures. Alison is not a photographer, she is an artist!


Abby January 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’ve been following Alison’s career for a few years now. She never fails to expose the most beautiful parts of everyday life.


jill January 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

beautiful work and beautiful story about being a mom. you always think about the wedding but family portraits are so precious!


nicole January 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Ok full disclosure, I am Alison’s publicist. So I have to say nice things about her. But the truth is that it’s so easy since everything that everyone above said is thoroughly true. She is an amazing person, photographer, and mother. Her story is really inspiring. Alison makes it easy and a true joy to work with her and share her story!!


Denise Weaver January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Alison has a beautiful, generous, creative, kind and sweet heart. It has been such an honor to be a part of her life. My walls are filled with her photography as well and they have made my house a home! I love her ability to capture the moments that no one else does. She is an artist not just a skilled photographer. Her passion shines through every photo she takes! It inspires me to see her balance her work with being a mother. To know Alison is to love Alison, not just for her work but for who she is!


cheri January 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Alison has such an elegant eye for the perfect picture. Her photos are stunning and so eye-catching. She truly captures the special moments in people’s lives.


Nancy Paslaqua January 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I am always amazed when I see your work. What talent you have both as a photographer and a mother. Your boys are beautiful! Good luck to you. It seems you have found a way to balance the needs of your clients and your family which is truly a talent!


Cathy January 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Alison is a very gifted photographer. She has an artist’s eye which captures such emotion.
Many times I want to hop right into the image and be a part of the experience. I am always inspired and uplifted when I view her work.


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