Allison Shirley Photography: Blog en-us (C) Allison Shirley Photography (Allison Shirley Photography) Sat, 21 Jul 2018 17:38:00 GMT Sat, 21 Jul 2018 17:38:00 GMT Allison Shirley Photography: Blog 80 120 Beautiful. Joyful. Genuine. Love big.  Don't be afraid.  Enjoy this moment.  No regrets.  Choose Joy.  

Those are such bold phrases, and they are frequently spoken by very brave people.  And, to be honest, I often hear them being said by folks fighting that awful cancer word.  It's a word that we fear, but when it is really near us - it leads us to courage.  This sickness delivers depth to our lives.  I've seen people hug, smile, laugh and just live life bigger when cancer is close.  

Here are photos of ladies that live those phrases.

Yes, again, I photographed pretty people.  I can't help it.  I keep thinking I'm gonna one day have to shoot an ugly person, but it just ain't happening.  

A big thanks to you, Michelle Tracy, for letting me do this shoot.  It was a delight to sit in my backyard and watch you and yours just have so much sweet fun together.

Michelle's mother (we call her Annema instead of Gramma, how cute is that?) received the news that there was a mass in her lungs November 2017.  She was officially diagnosed with lung cancer January 2018.

Also, anyone viewing this little blog, please be encouraged and challenged by these ladies.  If you have a moment, please pray that peace and joy will be near them always.


(Allison Shirley Photography) Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:29:20 GMT
I did it. I love street photography, and I follow many pages on Facebook of the brave folks that do it. 

A popular page that I love in my newsfeed is Humans of New York.  The images are simple.  The artist is natural and seems like a purist in his edits.  The colors and poses are just real life, and I love the stories he tells in the pictures.


I've been aching to have the guts to do it.

My camera was in my hand.  I was about to sneak a photo of my friend in an airport as we waited for some folks we love that were returning to Birmingham from the Ukraine.  My pals, Hallie and Jennifer, encouraged me to turn around and photograph the lady behind me.

I asked a few questions and permission to photograph. 

Here it is:

"What is your favorite part of this job?"

"Meeting new people like y'all!"

"What is one piece of advice you'd give to folks traveling?"

"Take God with them."

Thanks to the lovely and beautiful smiling Dorothy Collins for being my first subject!

Thanks to Jennifer Vines and Hallie Hooten for the push!

Oh, and here are two more photos I snuck that kinda make me smile from the day.



(Allison Shirley Photography) Birmingham Airport Humans of New York photography Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:52:29 GMT
Santa and Me at Painted By U I love photographing Santa his friends at Painted By U.  It's super fun to photograph kiddos, and Santa is pretty great too.  Let's be honest here.  I am not crafty or artsy, but I am crazy about this  store.  The fun colors and paints make me smile.  Pick any piece of pottery in that place, and it'd look great in my home after we added some color and fire.  The idea of that big o' kiln in the back kinda fascinates me.  Oh, and the owner and her fam are some of my favorite people IN THE WORLD.  They should be on TV.  I know you think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Anyway(s), here are my favorite photos from the day.  IF you'd like to see the rest of the album, then please visit  

Also, if you are one of the families that spent time with Mr. Claus, then there is still time to get the digital images!  I will have CDs available at PBU when you pick up your pottery.  


(Allison Shirley Photography) Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:10:26 GMT
Thanksgiving Faves 2013

(Allison Shirley Photography) Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:12:18 GMT
He's 9 months old!

(Allison Shirley Photography) Sun, 24 Nov 2013 05:09:29 GMT
Thanksgiving Fun with Friends

(Allison Shirley Photography) Sun, 24 Nov 2013 02:13:38 GMT
Goggins Family - Sneak Peek

(Allison Shirley Photography) Mon, 18 Nov 2013 05:35:19 GMT
Fixler Family Sneak Peek

(Allison Shirley Photography) Sun, 17 Nov 2013 04:51:14 GMT
Greer Sneak Peek

(Allison Shirley Photography) Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:17:07 GMT
Abi and some polka dots

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 14 Nov 2013 02:01:50 GMT
reds and greens with my little ones

(Allison Shirley Photography) Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:52:34 GMT
I love a good park day

(Allison Shirley Photography) Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:09:28 GMT
Halloween 2013

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 03:29:07 GMT
Pumpkin Carving

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 03:12:20 GMT
SEC Inspired Shoot - War Eagle!

(Allison Shirley Photography) Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:14:00 GMT
He's 8 months old!

(Allison Shirley Photography) Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:24:03 GMT
family/mountain photos on the patio

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:49:27 GMT
October Trip to the Mountains


(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:47:23 GMT
Rosalie at Orr Park <3

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:36:39 GMT
She's Beautiful. My sweet girl wanted a hair cut.  She's been asking for months.  Hm....maybe even a year or longer.  I cringed and made horrible faces every time she asked.  I decided to let her get the cut she's been wanting.  Grace decided to donate it.  Not only do I think she's ridiculously beautiful with her new style, but I'm also so very proud of her.  My goodness.  I love her.

(Allison Shirley Photography) Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:05:45 GMT