I first met Ally Crowley-Duncan a few years ago, right after I opened the studio. Her mom’s friend works with a friend of mine. My friend suggested to Ally’s mom’s friend that she bring Ally to the studio for portraits as a surprise for Ally’s mom for Mother’s Day. I know that’s really confusing. :)
Ally’s mom’s friend made the appointment and brought Ally into the studio in the spring of 2009.
Ally was so beautiful!!! She had gorgeous curls, tasteful make-up, pretty outfits, and an amazing smile. Her portrait session was really fun, and Ally was totally at ease in front of the camera. I was excited for Ally’s mom to receive such a thoughtful gift from her daughter.
Shortly after Mother’s Day, I got a call from Ally’s mom, Justine, whom I had never met. She was practically crying on the phone, saying “I just want to talk to the person who took such beautiful pictures of my daughter, I will treasure them forever and ever”. She asked if she could come in sometime to say hello, and we have been friends ever since.
So, I’ve had the privilege of watching Ally become a amazing young woman. That journey has been anything but ordinary. Ally began playing the bagpipes in 8th grade, and in three short years has won awards at the regional, national, and international level both solo and with the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band. She just got back from Scotland!
Talk about finding your calling!!
And, lucky me, every time something significant happens in Ally’s life, I get to photograph it. Today, I had the honor of taking pictures of her with a trophy and shield from the 2012 World Championships in Scotland. It was really really cool. Her other sessions, whether it’s bag pipe or the prom, are plastered all over our websites. I can’t wait to do her senior pictures … her engagement session … her wedding … her babies … etc etc etc!!!
Here’s a recent news story that ran about her. Oh and a cool side note, both the news anchor and reporter’s head shots were done by … iSmile!
Love you Ally and Justine! I treasure our friendship.