• How My Double Life Gives You Better Service

    It’s like living a superhero double life: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, I’m Alli Patel, an Assistant Director at VCU, working with students and their families, helping to ensure they all live in safety and comfort. Then after 5pm, and on weekends, I’m Allison Patel Photography, playing with children and their families, helping to ensure …

  • My Top 5 Favorite Photo Tips

    You’ve been listening to me talk for weeks and weeks now, every Tuesday, about photography. Sometimes it’s more refreshing to get another person’s point of view and let someone else do the talking once in a while. So, here are my top five favorite photo tips from other photographers, with links so you can read their …

  • Too Much of a Good Thing: How Bacon and Photography are Alike

    How Bacon and Photography are Alike: The Paralyzing Problem of Too Many Options Grocery shopping on a Saturday is different than shopping during the week. The demographic is different; there are fewer moms with kids, more couples, more guys. There are more people who don’t consider themselves “experts” at the grocery store, and find the weekend less …

  • The Power of Photography

    I lay on my stomach in the living room, chin cupped in my hands, neck craned up toward the slideshow on the far wall. Grandaddy had taken down the framed painting that normally hung on the wall so that a big white space was left over the couch, and a dozen family members sat, lay …

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