Who I am
I have always had a love for photography. In high school, I took two photography classes and learned some basics about how to use a camera and how to work it to my advantage. Once I had an understanding of my camera, I began taking pictures everywhere I went.
At the end of 2017, I started doing free photo shoots for friends. Then, in March of 2018, the unexpected passing of my sister, Ashley, made me realize just how important photos are. I realized that, other than the memories I’ll cherish forever, pictures were all I had left to remember her on this earth.
While the pictures of my sister are each beautiful memories to hold onto, nothing can compare to the day when I see her face again in Heaven. It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that I have full assurance that I will one day be reunited with Ashley in a place where there is no pain or sorrow. Until that joyous day, I will cherish the photographs and the memories of her.
In 2018, I began to charge for photography sessions, and I have been more motivated than ever before because of how important photographs of my sweet sister are to me.
I want each and every individual to receive such a beautiful treasure to cherish, as I do so dearly.
I love photographing all sorts of events. Family photos, children, newborn sessions, engagements, weddings, and maternity shoots. Just about every stage of life! But, my favorite thing to capture on camera is the bond between sisters because of the connection I have with my sisters and because there is no other relationship like that of one between sisters.
My goal for this business is to glorify God with the skills he has provided me to gift you beautiful photographs that you can hold onto forever!
frequently asked questions
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01. Should I use a hair and makeup team for my session?
Answer: YES! Having your hair and makeup done for your session can be a confidence booster! Having a team of experts work together to bring out the best version of you is always a plus. They can really help create the vision you’re going for in your session. If you’re interested in a hair and makeup team, please contact them separately. You will be responsible for scheduling hair and makeup times with your schedule.
02. What should I wear? / How many outfits should I bring?
Answer: Outfits are so important, but what is more important is that you be YOURSELF. As fun as new trends are, keep in mind to stay true to yourself! Bring outfits that compliment your style and who you are. Here are some ideas if you are struggling:
GIRLS: graphic t-shirt (Seniors; your future college logo), boyfriend style jeans, barefoot, layers, maxi dresses, and flowy skirts.
BOYS: graphic t-shirt (Seniors; your future college logo), jeans, simple patterned button up, or a sports jacket if you’re into a more formal look.
My only big no-NO’s are neon colors, bright whites, tight body con dresses, and exposed bralettes.
As far as how many outfits to bring I recommend styling 3-4 outfits but bring 2 backups, as well as lots of accessories and shoes.
03. Should I bring someone to my session?
Answer: YES! As long as you are comfortable posing around them and can be your full self! Plus, whoever you bring can be a cute prop, for example your mom, dad, boyfriend, best friend, etc. But remember what the session your booked for is and keep that in mind when bringing someone else along.
04. Where are we going to take my pictures?
Answer:This is a very important question because the location can really determine the theme of the session. Picking a location is just like picking your outfits; it needs to represent you. Don’t like the sand or getting dirty? Then the beach probably isn’t for you! Your location should reflect you in every way. I have multiple location routes I love to use, and after scheduling a date for your session we will discuss your vision and I will help make it a reality. If you aren’t an outdoorsy person, I know of studios that can be rented out for an additional fee. If you already have a location in mind, feel free to share it with me so that we can uniquely capture your session! Sessions scheduled downtown are an additional $30. I love to travel all over, if you’re inquiring about a session outside of the Houston area, we can discuss additional fees during booking.
05. How long does it take to get my photos?
Answer: With Allison Ruth Photography’s amazing growth over this past year, you will receive your final gallery 2-3 weeks after your session date.
06. What props should I bring?
Answer: Props can sometimes make all the difference in setting your session apart from the rest! Confetti, glitter, and even your four legged friends! But sometimes less can be more. Using our location and the nature around us can be the perfect ‘prop!’ Simple stools or balloons are great as well.
07. What type of camera do you use?
Answer: I started my business with a Canon Rebel kit that I bought as a Black Friday deal. As I grew in my knowledge of photography and in my skill set, I upgraded to a Canon 60D. Now, I use a Canon 5D Mark IV; a major change from my basic level Rebel that started Allison Ruth Photography!
08. What is your favorite lens?
Answer: My favorite lens is my 35mm! It is very compatible with my camera and I love the way that I can frame people with it.
09. What do you edit photos with?
Answer: I use Adobe Lightroom to edit all of my photos.
10. What time will our session be?
Answer: The best time to shoot in natural lighting is in the evening.
11. How much are sessions?
Answer: Depending on what session you are inquiring about, the prices vary. Please check out my pricing page. You’re also welcome to send me an email or a message!
12. What happens if it rains on my session day?
Answer: If the weather is not ideal, it is up to the photographer’s discretion to postpone or reschedule the session.
If you have any other questions or feel like I’d be a good fit for your session, be sure to let me know!
** Please contact me at least 8-10 weeks in advance when booking in order to secure your ideal date and time. Sometimes I have last minute spots open, but they are never guaranteed. Thank you in advance!