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March 21, 2018

Dreaming New Dreams

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – CS Lewis

Since last fall I’ve been dreaming new dreams and hustling hard, and am excited to announce the launch of my new business: Allie Marie Smith Photography. My focus is on natural light portraits of women and girls, forever capturing their smile and stories through the art of photography.

I have always found women captivating for their substance and beauty and it was around the age of fifteen that I knew I wanted to make encouraging and inspiring women and girls my life’s pursuit. For our Economics class, we had to come up with a business idea and make an entire business plan. I talked my two classmates into making an empowerment magazine with depth for teen girls. I loved every minute of the project and dreamed of someday launching a magazine just like it.

About four years later I started Wonderfully Made, an idea that would later become a faith-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women know their value and worth through conferences, films, resources and more. Directing this organization has been a dream come true and I am still committed to it as ever and am eager for what the future holds for our “tiny but mighty” organization. Last year after our 2017 Anchored In Love Conference, I began craving an additional creative and business outlet. I’ve been told by countless friends and acquaintances that “I have an eye” when it comes to creativity and design, and I have always loved and appreciated photography. It didn’t take long for the idea of photographing women and girls to begin to stir in my heart and I couldn’t shake it once it did, so I began pursuing it whole-heartedly. I haven’t stopped since!

My hope is that just how Wonderfully Made has been an encouragement thousands of girls and women, that I can use photography as a vehicle to remind women and girls of their inherent worth and authentic beauty.

So, welcome to my new business. I hope you’ll visit and stay and awhile and that I get to see you soon on the other side of my lens. It would be an honor to take your portrait.

Much Love,

Allie

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