Allison Williams Photography

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Allison Williams Photography

Allison Williams is a Chicago-based photographer specializing in documentary and offbeat, quirked-up weddings. The more unique the better!

The official stuff: Allison worked as a staff photojournalist for Sun-Times Media before starting her own company in 2010. She continues to photograph news and events and uses the same approach for weddings as she does in her newspaper and magazine work. Allison has received awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and is a regular facet at Chicago's independent bridal expo, Indie Wed.

Allison's style comes out of a unique background — a mix of fine art, documentary, and journalistic photography define her particular approach. From scouting the most interesting photo spots, to lighting for the best shots, to post-production, Allison ensures her clients walk away with exceptional and individual photographs of this most special day.

When she's not photographing, she helps produce media projects for several non-profit organizations in Chicago and around the world, and travels as much as possible. Whether it's a wedding or a documentary, Allison makes images that capture the emotion, intensity, and particularities of the people involved.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

As someone with a range of curious interests herself, Allison loves an offbeat wedding. She's most excited by her client's unique traits and ideas, and always has a blast building the most creative, interesting shoots for her offbeat brides. Whether it's an engagement session on a boat, a bride wearing cowboy boots, or a circus-themed wedding, Allison's photojournalistic approach allows her to capture the real, intimate moments as they happen, in unique photographic style.

Allison's energetic and enthusiastic approach has come in handy during many weddings. If there's a lull in the dance party, she knows the Thriller dance. Want a unique angle on your wedding ceremony? She'll climb a tree and get to it. If your portrait session at the beach is rained-out, Allison has a backup list of other fun and inspiring locations. Suddenly craving a hot dog during your beach photo shoot? Allison will photograph that, too, and from experience, the dog is always on the house….Whatever the situation, her background, experience, and love of the offbeat will ensure you end up with the best possible photos.

As an independent studio, Allison Williams Photography offers individualized packages for each client and is always excited to collaborate on ideas for your offbeat wedding. And of course, Allison Williams Photography supports and photographs all couples, however they define themselves.

We absolutely LOVE the pictures! They are so fabulous! Now the
challenge is going to be deciding which one's we want to frame. 🙂 Thank you again for everything! You were so awesome to work with and we wouldn't have wanted anyone else to share our day with us! By the way – we've shared the link with family and friends and EVERYONE is raving about how fantastic the pictures are!
-Shannon M.
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