A Vermont wedding photographer who believes there is (way) more to your day than taking pictures.

oh heyyy, I'm Ali...

My dog, blue

I capture your story, real moments, adventures, and everyday love affairs. I don't do things in halves. If we decide we're the perfect fit, I'm all in, down for the hike, up for a dance (mojito in hand!), and here for the real stuff.

We live in northern Vermont with our GSP pup Blue and we LOVE getting outside into the mountains and onto the lake. Sam is a maker, artist & YouTuber so we always have tons of house and DIY projects going on over here. 

I'm a Harry Potter nerd, Cadbury Chocolate Mini Egg connoisseur & Trader Joe's loving girl. When I'm not taking/editing pics, cuddling up with a book (and my dog) or doing a tadddddd too much online shopping, I'm probably walking in the VT sunshine with a podcast, yoga-ing, or day dreaming future biz plans with my hubs!

Together, he and I are a beautiful contradiction between loving the speed of life and basking in the slower moments (there are so few of the these days, right?). That is one of the reasons I fell in love with photography so quickly when I first picked up a camera. It helps us slow down, connect with each other and can pull us back into deep experiences and emotions that would otherwise fade into another blurry memory.

That ^^ is me and my hubby, Sam!

If I REALLY wanted to have a go at this whole photography thing, I would have to MAKE the time... So I did! Life threw the opportunity at me (it has a way of doing that if you're open to listening), I started working with an AMAZING photography mentor and spending hours behind a lens.

If you ask anyone who has known me for more than like... 20 minutes, they'll tell you that I'm the kind of person who throws my heart and soul into the people I love and the passions I develop.

Photography has been no different. Within a few months of taking my first official photography class, I had invested in gear and education and I had a vision for Allison Macy Photography that was scary as hell (and still is TBH) but excited me more than ANYTHING had in a long time. 


And then I realized...

... and I haven't "wanted to be a photographer ever since I can remember." My passion for photography developed (a bit) later in my life and since then, I would consider it quite the obsession. For a long time, photography was my "if I had two more hours in the day" thing.


I WASN'T BORN WITH A CAMERA IN MY HAND...

my photog journey

I was drawn to more creative, stylistic, intimate shots but wasn't seeing that reflected in my work. I looked back and saw myself in photos, not my couple's real, wild love. So, I changed everything. 

I slowed down, I paid attention to what my couples were doing, saying and wanting and began producing intimate, creative, "elopement style" images during for couples sessions & wedding days (even if you're surrounded by friends & fam!)

It's easy to let photography "take over" a wedding day. But, my goal is to make sure you get the images you want without feeling like you're posing for a camera all day. That way, you can spend real time with the people you want to celebrate with, feel connected to your partner and have images to look back on that represent what your day actually looked and felt like. My goal is to make sure your pictures are a reminder of your real, messy, wild love.

Then I hit this really Pivotal moment where i realized that the way i was shooting didn't feel right.

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love notes

- shirly, bride

“Working with Ali was
more than I could have ever asked for!"

She was phenomenal,  from the first time I reached out to her and explained our situation about wanting to elope and cancel our destination wedding, to wanting an adventure mini hike in Vermont with just a small gathering of our friends and family. She was ready to take on the challenge! She made us feel so comfortable while capturing all the important moments. She got great shots of us dancing on the streets in the middle of the mountain as well as wonderful photos with our friends and family during the ceremony, it was amazing! Ali is very professional, spontaneous and full of energy. I am so glad I reached out to her to be a part of our big day! 

Working with Ali was more than I could have ever asked for! 

shirly

second shooting for ellen sargent photography

 From the time we met Ali, she was so welcoming, talkative, extremely easy to work with and easy to be around. She got all of the little detailed shots that you would never think to ask for and she held many different roles throughout the day other than just A+ photography. Would definitely recommend!"

"I THINK THE VENDORS YOU CHOOSE SHOULD BE BASED OFF OF THE CHARACTER OF THE PERSON JUST AS MUCH AS THEIR WORK"

Maria

second shooting for ellen sargent photography

"She is so personable and fun to work with. Not only did she get amazing shots at our wedding, but she went above and beyond to help make our day move along flawlessly. I would highly recommend using Ali as your photographer!"

"WE ARE SO LUCKY THAT WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH ALI ON OUR WEDDING DAY!"

TIFFANY

second shooting for ellen sargent photography

"On top of the bright bubbly irreplaceable spirit & talent she brings to your wedding day, she is thoughtful, organized, ready to help you problem solve to ensure that YOU as a bride feel taken care of. I am encouraging you to stop reading about how much I love her because I could go all day, and you need to hire her ASAP!"

"ALI IS EXCEPTIONAL!"

MOLLY

"...and effortlessly brings you out of your shell to escape the normal awkwardness that can come with being photographed! Her photos are beautiful, her energy is contagious, and you will never go wrong with choosing her as your photographer!!"

"ALI, ALI MAKES ANY SESSION ENJOYABLE..."

MADDIE

notes

love

a. true reflection of your relationship

I don't want you to feel like you have to perform for me. I want you to be yourself and move in a way that feels natural to you so we can document memories that are a true reflection of your relationship.

my philosophy

I'M A HARRY POTTER NERD

FAVORITE BOOK

TRAVEL FAV

CAPE COD

CURRENT HOBBY

YOGA

favorite show

GILMORE GIRLS

can't live without

CHOCOLATE

not about

Necco wafers,
bottling it up,
scary movies,
the comparison
game

I'M NOT ABOUT

Overusing 
exclamation points ,
dark chocolate,
long walks, 
online shopping,
documenting wild
love

all about

I'm ALL ABOUT

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I need to be real with you... I’m not the perfect photographer for everyone. But, if you’re all about keeping it fun and going on an adventure that really represents who you are together, I might just be the photographer for you.

LET'S DREAM UP YOUR NEXT STEPS

feelin' it?