Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Guillory.
Hi Allie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Being behind a camera creating art has been a passion for as long as I can remember. Professional photography has been my dream, from my first camera (a Barbie Polaroid) to a middle school film photography class that changed my life and allowed me to begin finding my artistic voice. From there, I continued growing as an artist and a person, using my pictures as a way to process the hectic world around me. I also used my art to accentuate things dear to me to capture my audience and show them the beauty I see.
After reaching adulthood, I left my comfort zone and my home state to move to Colorado, taking pictures of all the beautiful places along the way. But as I matured, so did my art, and I evolved from a focus on places to people and began using my voice to bring attention to the unique and inspiring stories I realized were all around me.
After a couple of years, I felt Tennessee beckoning to me once again. I packed up my life and moved to my home state, bringing with me the lessons and skills I had learned while I was away. Now I spend my time showcasing the beautiful lives of the people I find in my community.
I began Allie G Photography at an ideal time for launching a small business, six months into a global pandemic and lockdown. I had some hurdles initially, but I’ve attacked each of them with perseverance and passion. Because of that, I’ve been able to maintain steady growth in the face of hardship.
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?
Being enthralled with photography comes naturally to me, but being an artist and entrepreneur hasn’t always been the easiest. We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification and growth, but building a business is laborious and methodical. For me, one of the hardest parts of starting was getting over a fear of failure and being patient with my growth. I’m a young mom, and raising a toddler alongside a business in a world that has lost its mind is no easy matter. Although some days have felt impossible, I’ve fallen deeply in love with photography and this life I have created.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a photographer that specializes in creative portraits and lifestyle photography. However, my complete portfolio expands beyond that, and I love jumping at the chance to expand my boundaries. What sets me apart in all my endeavors is how hard I work to actualize the vision in my head, no matter the project or purpose. I’m known for my ability to tell a story in a single frame and make a friend in a single day.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Launching a photography career during lockdown was frustrating. I had a million creative ideas but couldn’t move as quickly as I wanted to due to the reality of social distancing. Pandemic life led to my first real forays into self-portraits and a new way of looking at photography.
Another lesson I’ve learned before but was reminded of again thanks to COVID is that life is precious, and I should capture each day to the fullest.