ABOUT

 

Hello! I’m Ali Smith.  I photograph weddings and families, connections and love.

Do you have any special photos in your life? Your grandparents on their wedding day, a snap of your mom holding you as a baby on the beach? A photo can become a special part of your family history, something that travels with you through the years and cheers you up when times are tough.

I hope that some of the photos we make together will become special for you and your family.

I hope you’ll remember how you loved, and were loved by, these people around you.

I want your wedding photos to remind you how it felt to dance on your wedding day, to hug your grandma, to laugh with your college friends, and most of all how it felt to be here with your new partner, side by side on this first day of your married life together.

I hope your family photos will help you remember how tiny your baby was, his soft hair, how your toddler hugged you so tight and laughed so loud, how your pre-teen still fitted under your chin, that last family photo before the teenagers left for college, how fun it was that time when the whole family came to town for the holidays.

That’s why I do what I do.

 

A few bits and pieces about me:

I live in Corvallis, although I often stray to Portland and Seattle.

I met my husband when we worked together in Val d’Isere, France.

We have four grown-up children who I like to work with sometimes, and a lovely daughter-in-law. They are all taller than me. That’s them in the photo above.

I’m English and worked as a textile designer in London and Seattle before moving to Oregon when we got married.

I’m an introvert at heart, but I also love people. So I will very much understand if you find it a bit hard to be the center of attention or if your children are really shy, but I also thoroughly enjoy chatting and organizing my way through a long, hectic wedding day. Weird but true!

I spend a lot of time with my dog Ruby. She’s a shepherd-pitbull mix and she hangs out in my office. We like to hike together most days.

I like animals, chocolate ice cream, the Puget Sound, stomping around in the mud, birds, cities, coffee, and photographing love.