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I was absolutely thrilled when Barbara Fischer, an award winning local poet,  contacted me back in the Spring last year inquiring about head shots for her forthcoming book publication and publicity material.  Mutiny Gallery was released in the Fall of 2011 and immediately received rave reviews and award nominations.  The book was awarded the 2011 T.S. Eliot prize.  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, The Hopkins Review, Ekphrasis, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, FIELD, Westchester Magazine, Literary Mama, and other journals.

Last week Barbara contacted me to inform me that she would be appearing on the book page of Ladies Home Journal magazine.  The page features one of the images I had shot from our head shot session.

Congratulations once again to Barbara.  Be sure to check out her book.  It can be purchased from Truman Press.

Back in December the Allan Family welcomed baby V into the world, a little sister for L. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family once again. L had been a newborn client almost two years ago, so it was a thrill for me to see her once again, now a fun loving toddler.

When mom came for her gallery viewing appointment of V’s newborn shoot she confessed to still having the newborn prints from L’s session in the box that I had delivered them in back in 2010. Like many of us life gets in the way of framing or putting prints in albums. So the solution was for me to create two newborn albums for her. One from the 2010 and one for baby V.

It was wonderful to revisit L’s newborn session and create beautiful page layouts for her book. I absolutely love the way the book came out. Mom was elated, she will no longer have to reach for the box of photographs to remind herself of her first born as a baby.


If you would like me to create a layflat book featuring images from your session it is never too late.

Email me at debbie@debbieallanphotography.com for a quote.

I LOVE black and white photographs.

There is something about seeing an image for what it really is.

Sometimes color can be distracting.

The image above is one that I knew just had to be showcased in black and white.

The emotion leaps out at me.

Proud, shy grandmother, holding and taking in every second of her first grandchild.


Head on over and check out Love that Shot, click on the link below.

Remembering back to when I turned six (yes, I can remember that far back!) I think Sophia and I would have been great friends.  I loved the idea that I had flower fairies living in a secret hideout at the bottom of our garden.  Sophia’s birthday theme was all about fairies.  She wore a beautiful pettiskirt for her shoot and was thrilled to show me how she twirled in it.  She even got the chance to jump on her bed!

Sophia’s birthday gift was the most amazing kalediscope dollhouse, every little girl dreams of owning a dollhouse. This one was incredible and is already fully furnished with period furniture. I had never seen anything like it before, but have since discovered a Flickr group dedicated to them!

Here is Sophia’s slideshow

Just entered my first competition with I Heart Faces. The theme is black and white. I just knew I had to enter this one. An all time favorite of mine.

Photo Challenge Submission

Seven day old baby K being held by his grandmother, who had flown in from India to meet her first grandchild. I love the emotion in this image.

Click on the link above to see all of the competition entries. Or here, at I Heart Faces.

It is not that often that I have the opportunity to photograph teenagers, most of my clients tend to be under the age of 7.  A couple of weeks ago I was excited to photograph the S family.  Mom had booked a Winter Mini Session, a perfect time to get the family together during a weekend her eldest was home from college.  We didn’t get the snow we were hoping for, but that has been lacking ALL winter!

I had such a great time photographing the three beautiful sisters, all very different, but the bond they share was very visible to me.  It was a pleasure to work with them and have a chance to get to know them a little more.

I put together a Facebook Timeline for mom and the girls to use on their personal pages.  I love how it turned out.


Another of my favorite of the girls, they were naturals in front of the camera.  STUNNING.

Thank you so much S family for sharing part of your family weekend with me.  I had a wonderful time photographing you all.

I now have a thought in my head that I would enjoy trying Senior photography.  Watch this space, you heard it here first!

If you would like to book a Winter Mini Session there is still time.

I have a couple of openings left.

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