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I am giddy with excitement and gratitude to be featured in today’s Des Moines Register newspaper:  Des Moines Register article June 20, 2011

Get to know: Amy Allen, professional photographer, Des Moines

Job description: I specialize in weddings, portraiture, events, plus lifestyle and art photography.

Background: I have 13 years in business, with studios in Minnesota and the historic East Village here in Des Moines, and on location in Arizona. I have a degree in psychology and love being around people. I always thought I would be involved in something having to do with human services.

Notable accomplishments: Published works in various national publications, online and in print and being a member of Professional Photographers of America, as well as Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. My business is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and I am a vendor with Wedding Chicks.

Why I do what I do: I enjoy working with different personality types and ages. It’s so refreshing to spend an afternoon acting goofy with a child I am shooting, then conduct an initial consultation with a jubilant engaged couple, or share pregnancy stories with an expectant mother while photographing her. Each day is different. Each day is new.

What I do to get away from work: When I’m not at work, there is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my kids. Whether at the park, the pool, the mall, or Des Moines’ art or science centers, we are always out and about, enjoying the community and its diverse amenities.

How I give back to my community: I am so proud to be able to offer my services to Capturing Hopes, a nonprofit organization that benefits children with cancer, and one that is very near and dear to my heart. I can’t say enough about how my work with them has enriched me professionally and personally.

Why I like the East Village: I am thrilled to have my studio located in this vibrant hub of creativity and style. I get to shoot things that are very different from weddings, which are my favorite subject matter and make up the bulk of my portfolio. I get to photograph the hottest of-the-moment exhibits at Steven Vail Fine Arts, the East Village Gala, the darling shops that make the East Village the place for all that’s hip and happening, the Aimee Mother’s Day Soiree benefitting The Chrysalis Foundation, and exciting events such as the Gand Opening of Eden’s East Village location. Even more gratifying is the chance to really get to know the business owners and their amazing backgrounds and stories when I feature them in my blog.

Words to live by: Any sort of credo would have to come from my amazing and humble father. He would probably say something like, “Do something nice for somebody, every single day!” And that’s what I strive to do.

One thing I would change about the Des Moines area: Oh gosh, I am far too new to the area to want to change anything. I am still a wide-eyed, nearly giddy explorer, enjoying every new fact and find I come across.

My mentor: I have two actually. My sister-in-law, Carrie Bruder, is a wedding photographer and literally my best friend. Lynn Laumann is a fellow photographer without whom I would not be part of this article today. Both of these women have taught me and pushed and encouraged me, guided me and helped launch me as a professional business woman. They are my biggest cheerleaders, advocates and most valued supporters.

My leadership philosophy: Lead by example.

What I would do if I could do something else: That’s a tough call because I am doing exactly what I love. But if I could no longer practice photography, I would have to say I would want to do something that involved children and families in need, most likely with a nonprofit organization or crisis center. There is nothing like the energizing effect of working with kids.

The best place in central Iowa to entertain clients or colleagues: My studio! I fell in love with it instantly because, as a part of the East Village, it is like a playground for my clients, friends, family, guests, and so on. In fact, it is becoming a popular place for people to book when hosting events and parties. With hardwood floors and large windows overlooking downtown, it is relaxing and cozy. I just love it, and am glad my clients feel the same way.

If you want to contact me: Visit www.amyallenphoto.com or call (515) 447-7938.

photo credit: Emma Allen


joy - June 20, 2011 - 1:25 pm

it was only a matter of time….

Laura wills - June 22, 2011 - 8:45 am

Congrats! This is so cool! And I love that Emma took the photo, how fun :)

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