Aly Willis
PNW Photographer

Hello There.

I grew up here on the amazing Whidbey Island, and am so happy to call it my home.  Something about shooting here, with the water, tall trees, rocky shores is simply magical. 

My photography story is simple. I remember doing a class assignment with my dad for my 8th grade PNW class, where I had to do a report on poignant structures in the area. I took his film camera and snapped a few shots I needed for my poster. Fort Casey in Coupeville. Seattle Space Needle. Pacific Science Center. After getting the film developed, I didn’t think too much of it. But my dad said it was then “he just knew” I would develop (pun intended) into a photographer. I started taking more classes in high school, learning the mechanics of film and the darkroom. Suddenly photography and design took over my life. Throughout college, marriage, and having my children, photography has always been my constant. I am lucky to have such an important and enjoyable aspect of my life also be my chosen career. And to turn that joy into something others can appreciate and treasure, I mean, it really is remarkable.

My shooting style is also simple. I specialize in lifestyle portraiture, focusing on the connection in relationships – whether it be during a birth story, wedding, family session or newly engaged couple. I am a sucker for a good laugh caught in between kisses, or capturing the first moments of a baby who just made their way earth side. I thrive on the raw emotion during a session, and work hard to produce photographs that really exhibit you and you and your loved one’s true personality and presence. 

Besides being a photographer, I am also a birth educator and teach classes aiming to empower women and their partners. I am a mom to 3 kiddos, dog mom, and married to a web developer who is my partner in everything, especially nerdery.  So if you feel like grabbing some coffee, geeking out, and/or getting some pictures done, give me a call!

You can contact me via e-mail: aly@alywillis.com or give me a call 916-390-8646

Photograph of my daughter and I by Amy Madson