Featured Designing Mom: Alison Conklin
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.