We are excited to share this month’s studio spotlight on Alison.
Alison has been shooting weddings for around 15 years now. She admits to starting ‘”back in the day when weddings weren’t as cool as they are now!”
“Weddings have evolved into gorgeous events, showcasing the best of the best food, flowers, and designers in spectacular locations”.
How long have you been taking photos?
I wasn’t really into photography much as a youngster. Towards the end of high school my art teacher kind of pushed me into it (Thanks Mrs. P!). It became a huge part of my life and who I am today.
Best thing about shooting weddings is…
Everything. Not only do I get to shoot all of my favourite things in photography, like fashion, food, and people, but I also document a special moment in time for the bride and groom. It’s such a special day and I feel like I become a part of the family. I enjoy documenting the story of the day, and I’m so proud to be responsible for the images that become the memories you look back on for years.
Describe your shooting style.
I’m a fun, laid back person and bring this with me on the day. I have a calm energy, which is crucial in making my subjects feel as ease, allowing them to relax and just be themselves.
What influences led to your laid back unobtrusive style?
Being a relaxed person in general helps a lot. However, I would say that backpacking around central and south America helped me to become more of an observer. In foreign countries where there’s a language barrier, you have no choice but to take a step back and observe people from a different perspective, learn to read people with different methods such as energy and body language.
Last time you cried at a wedding?
I’ve been getting a bit teary at weddings recently! I’m not sure if being a mother makes you more emotional, or perhaps that I am now engaged myself! I’m lucky because I can hide behind my camera during these moments, which is usually during the ceremony or speeches.
Talk to us about your favourite wedding.
One wedding that sticks out in my mind was back in New York. The bride and groom were so hopelessly in love! I know that might sound silly because all bride and grooms are, but the difference was this couple did not let the events of the wedding take over (which happens a little more than I would like to admit). They were just so happy to be there with each other. It was like puppy love! With the added bonus of having an AMAZING backdrop of New York City, and all the wedding details told a story about the couple and their love.
What do you think is the most important thing for bride and groom to look for when choosing their photographer?
You need to really love the photographer’s style. I think it’s important to choose a photographer who you get along with. You need to meet with them and get a feel of their energy and personality. You have feel comfortable with them, remembering that you will be spending an entire day (and evening!) with them. I highly recommend engagement sessions because they are a great ‘practice’ for having your photo taken and working with the photographer. You also get to trial the photographer and their studio, as well as seeing a finished result.
Tell us 3 things we don’t know about you
1. I’m a colour freak! I have to have everything matching in shades or colours, otherwise it drives me nuts!
2. I’m easily addicted to sports! I love skiing (lived in the snow for 13 seasons straight) and muay thai (I trained really hard for a few years, and had a few fights in Thailand).
3. I love cooking, baking and pretty much anything to do with food!
Here are a few of Alison’s favourite images from her personal and wedding collections.
You can see more of her work on her website alisonmayfield.com Please feel free to ask any questions via the comments or on our Facebook page. This would have to be my all-time favourite wedding image. I love everything about it. The light, the location, the bride’s (short) dress, and of course the dog. This holds a special place in my heart because of the time in my life it was taken, and how ‘New York’ it is. I am forever grateful for having such an amazing opportunity to shoot such spectacular weddings in that city. This was one of the first rainy days during my 6 month central and south America trip. This was taken in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. I was lounging on a hammock waiting it out, when it suddenly dawned on me to get out there and shoot. This bride (in a very expensive dress) jumped a fence and lied in the grass. She must have read my mind, AMAZING! Shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I love the innocence of this image. Shot in Upstate New York. This portrait was taken on a rooftop in New York City. The subjects are a team of stylists. This image has always stood out to me because of the incredible amount of energy in the photo. Shot in upstate New York. This image was taken in the Peruvian Andes, on the way to Maccu Piccu. I was amazed by the raw beauty of the land and taken back by the beautiful children. This is a portrait of one of my good friends, Penelope Austin. She is an incredible musician with an amazing soul. I love this image for the colours, the warmth and the american feel. Shot in New York City. Every time I look at this photo, I feel the absolute energy of this moment. A bride and groom can escape and experience a moment, even though they are surrounded by people. Just beautiful. Shot in Long Island City, NY. Another New York City moment, it’s hard not to love them! I really love how the reflection in the taxi’s window can describe the location and time. I love capturing these moments at weddings!