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First Comes Love Photography

Berkeley , CA
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2748 Adeline St. Suite B
Berkeley, CA 94703 US (map)

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415-713-8989

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ABOUT US

In 1999, I moved from Flint, MI to Santa Barbara, CA to attend the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography. I founded my business in 2001. Since then I’ve shot for Real Simple, Domino,... Read more
In 1999, I moved from Flint, MI to Santa Barbara, CA to attend the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography. I founded my business in 2001. Since then I’ve shot for Real Simple, Domino, Travel & Leisure, Sunset Magazine. My work has been featured in Brides, Modern Bride and PDN.

I’ve been blessed to photograph weddings from Switzerland to the coast of Oregon and am always up for an adventure! I currently live in Berkeley, CA with my fiancé and our cat, Mr. Jenkins.

A few nifty facts about me:

* I have a redheaded nephew and a niece who looks just like me and I adore them both.
* I was charged by a mama giraffe in Tanzania.
* I’m short (5ft, to be exact)
* I’ve been in California over 10 years but I’m a true midwestern girl at heart. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Alison was the best decision I made about my wedding, save for saying “yes” when my husband proposed.

Alison is smart, professional, and experienced. She is a talented photographer. If you choose to work with Alison, you will find your personality, your dynamic as a couple, and the aesthetic of your event in her photos. Her photos are not just gorgeous, they are gorgeous photos that tell your story clearly.

Just as important as the exceptional quality of her work, Alison is a joy to work with. Having Alison around on our wedding day was a pleasure. I knew she knew was she was doing, and was able let go and enjoy my wedding. She manages to be everywhere at once – capturing each important moment – all while being utterly unobtrusive. “Sneaky,” she calls it. I call it awesome. Alison also has great skill and experience working with the crowd of a wedding – family, friends, churchgoers... she wrangled all the people who needed to be in our formal photos, and the process was fast and (dare I say) fun!

An unexpected and absolutely invaluable part of working with Alison, for me, was how well she knows how to help you prepare. She knows what she needs from you in order to make the day run smoothly from the perspective of photography, and this translates incredibly well into making the day run smoothly, period.

From our first email exchange I knew I wanted Alison as our photographer. She is kind and caring, and naturally understands and gets along well with people. This is, perhaps, enhanced by her art, but is not just a function of it. Alison is supportive, warm, and openhearted, and she reads people very well. All of this comes through in her work. Her work is impeccable, and her taste is unimpeachable. You can truly just let go and experience the day, knowing that your photos and the memories of the event will be quite perfectly preserved for you.
Hiring Alison was the best decision I made about my wedding, save for saying “yes” when my husband proposed.

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Hiring Alison was the best decision I made about my wedding, save for saying “yes” when my husband proposed.

Alison is smart, professional, and experienced. She is a talented photographer. If you choose to work with Alison, you will find your personality, your dynamic as a couple, and the aesthetic of your event in her photos. Her photos are not just gorgeous, they are gorgeous photos that tell your story clearly.

Just as important as the exceptional quality of her work, Alison is a joy to work with. Having Alison around on our wedding day was a pleasure. I knew she knew was she was doing, and was able let go and enjoy my wedding. She manages to be everywhere at once – capturing each important moment – all while being utterly unobtrusive. “Sneaky,” she calls it. I call it awesome. Alison also has great skill and experience working with the crowd of a wedding – family, friends, churchgoers... she wrangled all the people who needed to be in our formal photos, and the process was fast and (dare I say) fun!

An unexpected and absolutely invaluable part of working with Alison, for me, was how well she knows how to help you prepare. She knows what she needs from you in order to make the day run smoothly from the perspective of photography, and this translates incredibly well into making the day run smoothly, period.

From our first email exchange I knew I wanted Alison as our photographer. She is kind and caring, and naturally understands and gets along well with people. This is, perhaps, enhanced by her art, but is not just a function of it. Alison is supportive, warm, and openhearted, and she reads people very well. All of this comes through in her work. Her work is impeccable, and her taste is unimpeachable. You can truly just let go and experience the day, knowing that your photos and the memories of the event will be quite perfectly preserved for you. Read less
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klevy
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
I have been into photography all my life and am very picky when it comes to photographers.

I scoured website portfolios and met in person with 8 different photographers before choosing Alison for our wedding in Sept. 09.

She had the best work, the most reasonable prices, and she was by far the COOLEST of all of the photographers I met with. How often do all those things line up?

You end up spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day so choose someone who you groove with. Alison is super easy to get along with, she is not at all intrusive, and she takes great photos.

She shot our rehearsal dinner and set up a photo booth for us that was super-fun for us and for our guests. We were having such a good time that she stayed waaaay past the time she had promised in our contract, and was super nice about it.

Now we are left with the hard part-- choosing amongst the great photos that she took to create an album!
I have been into photography all my life and am very picky when it comes to photographers.

I scoured website Read more...
I have been into photography all my life and am very picky when it comes to photographers.

I scoured website portfolios and met in person with 8 different photographers before choosing Alison for our wedding in Sept. 09.

She had the best work, the most reasonable prices, and she was by far the COOLEST of all of the photographers I met with. How often do all those things line up?

You end up spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day so choose someone who you groove with. Alison is super easy to get along with, she is not at all intrusive, and she takes great photos.

She shot our rehearsal dinner and set up a photo booth for us that was super-fun for us and for our guests. We were having such a good time that she stayed waaaay past the time she had promised in our contract, and was super nice about it.

Now we are left with the hard part-- choosing amongst the great photos that she took to create an album! Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Allison's services strike a perfect balance between value and quality. She is very gifted at capturing the energy of your wedding in countless candid, beatifully composed photographs.
Allison's services strike a perfect balance between value and quality. She is very gifted at capturing the energy of your Read more...
Allison's services strike a perfect balance between value and quality. She is very gifted at capturing the energy of your wedding in countless candid, beatifully composed photographs. Read less
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mwdlg
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
Alison shot our wedding in 2008. I initially didn't even want a photographer since I am not particularly fond of being photographed, and posing stresses me out. I almost convinced my wife, but her parents would have none of it.

We looked at dozens of photographers that we couldn't get ourselves to hire for various reasons. Due to my job, I am somewhat knowledgeable about (digital) photography, and I might be a little pickier about picures and prints than most.

When Alison shot our wedding, she was professional and great to work with. She was on top of everything, making sure it all went smoothly and painlessly (especially the family photos). The photo-shoot after the ceremony was actually a lot of fun, and that is a huge compliment coming from me. Our pictures turned out great, capturing our most important moments as well as the atmosphere.
Alison shot our wedding in 2008. I initially didn't even want a photographer since I am not particularly fond of being Read more...
Alison shot our wedding in 2008. I initially didn't even want a photographer since I am not particularly fond of being photographed, and posing stresses me out. I almost convinced my wife, but her parents would have none of it.

We looked at dozens of photographers that we couldn't get ourselves to hire for various reasons. Due to my job, I am somewhat knowledgeable about (digital) photography, and I might be a little pickier about picures and prints than most.

When Alison shot our wedding, she was professional and great to work with. She was on top of everything, making sure it all went smoothly and painlessly (especially the family photos). The photo-shoot after the ceremony was actually a lot of fun, and that is a huge compliment coming from me. Our pictures turned out great, capturing our most important moments as well as the atmosphere. Read less
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musiclover
Wedding:
8/9/2008
4.9/5.0
Alison shot our wedding this past August, and she went above and beyond. She spent a long time on the phone with me discussing scheduling and what kinds of shots we wanted. She was always very friendly and professional. On the day of the wedding, she was unintrusive, not always in our faces, and not blocking us from the view of our guests (as I have seen many other photographers do at weddings). When I was getting ready I was having trouble with my hair style, and she volunteered to step in and help, thank goodness!

The quality of her photos is superb. I really like her photographic style, and she has a great eye. My husband and I are both extremely pleased with her work.

I'd also recommend her for headshots or other photo shoots (engagement photos, baby photos, etc.), as she was extremely easy to work with.
Alison shot our wedding this past August, and she went above and beyond. She spent a long time on the phone with me Read more...
Alison shot our wedding this past August, and she went above and beyond. She spent a long time on the phone with me discussing scheduling and what kinds of shots we wanted. She was always very friendly and professional. On the day of the wedding, she was unintrusive, not always in our faces, and not blocking us from the view of our guests (as I have seen many other photographers do at weddings). When I was getting ready I was having trouble with my hair style, and she volunteered to step in and help, thank goodness!

The quality of her photos is superb. I really like her photographic style, and she has a great eye. My husband and I are both extremely pleased with her work.

I'd also recommend her for headshots or other photo shoots (engagement photos, baby photos, etc.), as she was extremely easy to work with. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/30/2008
5.0/5.0
Alison photographed our wedding in June '08 and my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with her as a person as well as her work. I was attracted to Alison's photography because to me, she has a unique eye for capturing off-the-beaten-path details, a terrific use of light, an artistic perspective, and an ability to capture people and landscapes at their best. I felt all of these aspects of her work would lead to meaningful wedding photographs, not just a typical set of posed photographs.

When I met Alison I was immediately at ease and knew I wanted her presence at our wedding day. I felt she understood that we just wanted to let events of the wedding unfold rather than have a photographer who directed people around. She listened and heard my concerns about family dynamics. On our wedding day I was running late and Alison was very calm and helped me relax and enjoy the moment. She was very conscientious and respectful and professional throughout the day (and before and after) and managed to capture our desired shots wonderfully. Upon reviewing our photos, I was surprised to see that she'd been all over the place and I didn't even notice Our photos truly reflect our happiness that day and the images are really amazing quality. She surpassed my expectations. We have received loads of compliments on our photos and how well they captured our wedding day.

I recommend Alison without hesitation.
Alison photographed our wedding in June '08 and my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with her as a person as well as Read more...
Alison photographed our wedding in June '08 and my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with her as a person as well as her work. I was attracted to Alison's photography because to me, she has a unique eye for capturing off-the-beaten-path details, a terrific use of light, an artistic perspective, and an ability to capture people and landscapes at their best. I felt all of these aspects of her work would lead to meaningful wedding photographs, not just a typical set of posed photographs.

When I met Alison I was immediately at ease and knew I wanted her presence at our wedding day. I felt she understood that we just wanted to let events of the wedding unfold rather than have a photographer who directed people around. She listened and heard my concerns about family dynamics. On our wedding day I was running late and Alison was very calm and helped me relax and enjoy the moment. She was very conscientious and respectful and professional throughout the day (and before and after) and managed to capture our desired shots wonderfully. Upon reviewing our photos, I was surprised to see that she'd been all over the place and I didn't even notice Our photos truly reflect our happiness that day and the images are really amazing quality. She surpassed my expectations. We have received loads of compliments on our photos and how well they captured our wedding day.

I recommend Alison without hesitation. Read less
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marcscheff
Wedding:
6/14/2008
5.0/5.0
Alison's work is hands down the best photography in the industry. We only had her shoot the preparation, and we fully regret not having her shoot the whole wedding. If we could go back and book her for the whole thing, we absolutely would.
Alison's work is hands down the best photography in the industry. We only had her shoot the preparation, and we fully Read more...
Alison's work is hands down the best photography in the industry. We only had her shoot the preparation, and we fully regret not having her shoot the whole wedding. If we could go back and book her for the whole thing, we absolutely would. Read less
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jenpatuto
Wedding:
10/21/2007
5.0/5.0
Alison is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend her. She made my wedding day so easy and her calm nature overflowed into my day. She was great with the guests, and took the most beautiful shots of my wedding! I feel so lucky to have had her with me on my wedding day!
Alison is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend her. She made my wedding day so easy and her calm nature overflowed into my day. She Read more...
Alison is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend her. She made my wedding day so easy and her calm nature overflowed into my day. She was great with the guests, and took the most beautiful shots of my wedding! I feel so lucky to have had her with me on my wedding day! Read less
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Vicki Winston
Wedding:
8/4/2007
5.0/5.0
Alison photographed both of my daughters' weddings in Michigan. She was so easy to work with, guiding us through the process with humor and a relaxed demeanor that was contagious. Using her camera, Alison captured the emotions, sights, sounds and smells of the entire day. The photos are amazing! I would describe Alison's style as unique, creative and contemporary. Even her "traditional" shots are extraordinary.
Alison photographed both of my daughters' weddings in Michigan. She was so easy to work with, guiding us through the Read more...
Alison photographed both of my daughters' weddings in Michigan. She was so easy to work with, guiding us through the process with humor and a relaxed demeanor that was contagious. Using her camera, Alison captured the emotions, sights, sounds and smells of the entire day. The photos are amazing! I would describe Alison's style as unique, creative and contemporary. Even her "traditional" shots are extraordinary. Read less
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