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Life & Work with Allison Iannone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Iannone.

Hi Allison, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started teaching in New Hampshire as an art teacher. I wanted to maintain a permanent position within the school district and the photography teacher was retiring at the end of the year. So I started to take photography classes in order to move into that teaching position.

I taught photography for one year in New Hampshire and then we moved to Delaware for my husband’s career. When I moved to Delaware, I found a position teaching Black and White Film classes. I worked in the Delaware school until they cut my program because of lack of funds.

One day, I came home from teaching and my husband, Joe, mentioned that his coworker was getting married and Joe told his coworker that I could photograph the wedding. I was dumbfounded; teaching photography to high school students and photographing a whole wedding are two entirely different things. But I took the wedding job and fell in love with photographing for other people.

If it wasn’t for Joe pushing me in a different direction, I never would have had the confidence to pursue my own dreams of being a photographer.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think my biggest struggle was getting clients. I have bought Facebook ads and I have advertised in other places like WeddingWire and theKnot in the past but those avenues never provided me with more clients.

Now I acquire most of my clients by word of mouth. I am so grateful that my clients tell their friends and family. If it wasn’t for my reputation and people loving my work, I would still be struggling to find clients. I am very grateful.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am most proud of the variety of services that I offer. I love family portraiture and I love newborn photography but I also offer weddings, engagements, maternity and graduation sessions.

I am most proud of my ability to work with children. I guess being a teacher and having my own children helps when I am photographing families. I have been on a few shoots where I just bond with the kids. I had one little boy ask me at the end of a shoot if he would ever see me again- it cracked me up. And a lot of times, I end up with the children holding my hand while we walk back to our cars. It always melts my heart that I am able to connect with these kids so quickly.

How do you think about happiness?
I love delivering galleries to clients and when I have a wedding client, I love putting together their wedding album and being able to have the album delivered to their home.

If we aren’t talking about photography then it is by far my husband, Joe. I still get butterflies when he enters the room and we have been together for twenty years. He is the love of my life.

My kids also make me happy with their humor and witty sarcasm that they have undoubtedly received from me.

Pricing:

  • Family Portraits $300
  • Newborn Photography $300
  • Graduation Session $300
  • Maternity Session $300
  • Wedding packages start at $2,000

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Image Credits
Personal Photo by Nicholas Iannone

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