I am a native of Carmel, Indiana, but I also claim Boston as pseudo-home town. My career began in 2006 when I started doing architectural photography while a student at the Boston Architectural College. When I moved back to Indianapolis I started taking commissions for weddings and portraits, and in 2009 Allison Mayer Photography became an official business. I was voted Best Photographer in Indianapolis in 2011. I've been blessed over the years by all the clients that have invited me to document and share in the most joyful and intimate moments of their lives.
In 2012, at the last minute, I joined my church on a mission trip to Haiti. What I didn’t expect was for that trip to have such a lasting impact on not only my life, but the lives of the people who viewed my images. It was through that powerful witness of photography that I realized a need. A need for images that connect people to people, souls to souls. Images that speak to who a person is and honor the larger narrative of their life. After that trip, I began pursuing humanitarian photography full time.
Learn how my experience as a victim of the media influences the way I tell people's stories
I am a Catholic Christian. While those beliefs are certainly reflected in my daily life, and in my world view, I don’t believe Christians have a monopoly on making the world a better place. I believe in service first, and I welcome collaboration with organizations regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliation.
My work is apolitical. I share authentic stories as they're told to me. While my own privilege and bias will always have some impact, I consciously try to minimize it. We are all people and we all share the same humanity. My work aims to connect - rather than divide - people across geographic, ethnic, and economic spectrums.
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