My Story

Hi, I’m Ally and I’m a portrait photographer and this is my story …

I live in Chichester on the South Coast of England. I am a mum to a beautiful and cheeky 5 year old boy, Max who features as a model in some of my work. In my spare time I am a keen athlete and marathon runner.

My passion for photography started at an early age, when my grandfather (a keen amateur photographer) taught me how to use his camera; it was an old traditional camera with no such thing as an auto mode … My preference for portrait photography comes from my grandmother, who was (and still is) an extremely talented portrait artist. Sadly, I can’t draw as well as does, but I have inherited her artistic flair and an eye for a good portrait.

Love has always been my inspiration and wedding photography has been a very obvious choice for me. Then, when I was pregnant with my son, I discovered a new passion for maternity and newborn photography. And this is how Ally Berry Photography was born.

What I love most about my job is the ability to take a photograph and freeze a moment, an action, an impression, an emotion … In today’s busy society and in our busy lives, it is often hard to allow time to stand still and enjoy the moment. A photograph gives you the opportunity to do just that: to capture a moment in your life you can always go back to.

I like to distinguish myself as a lifestyle photographer … I like to take the time to find out about you, and get to know you a little. It’s what allows me to then offer you something beautiful, unique and personal to you. As Paul Caponigro said “It’s one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to create a portrait of who they are.”

Every photo session I do is different, unique and tailored to you. I like to photograph you in your familiar surroundings, be it in your home or a nearby location that is significant to you in some way. During our session, I will direct you and suggest various poses, but ultimately my aim is to capture some photographs where you will be able to recognise yourself as the real you …

So, if you are looking for a photographer to take some unique and artful photographs of you and your friends and family, please get in touch by clicking here.

This is me … Ally Berry

My grandfather’s old camera, I still have it and it still works!

Grandma drawing in the garden - always my inspiration …

Max - the grumpy cowboy

Thank you to my fabulous friend Clare Allington for capturing these photos of me