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It’s been a wonderful year this year. I’ve definitely grown as a photographer and have enjoyed the launch of my business and the support I’ve received from family, friends, and clients.  I have had the pleasure of photographing some gorgeous children and some sweet couples, and discovered my love of maternity photography.  I wanted to send out 2011 with a quick look at my top 11 shots of 2011.  Enjoy!


I love this shot of this couple– I asked him to look over his shoulder at me and smile like she is the best thing in the world– he totally nailed it!  They were so much fun to shoot- so full of love and anticipation for their sweet little girl to arrive.  Their session was a lot of fun, even if it was a bajillion degrees out!






I love this image– this little girl was a RUNNER– we ran all over her grandparents’ farm during their session.  She was so precious but not too happy to have her photo taken.  It is super important to me to have shots of parents AND kids when I’m shooting (of course, if the parents really want to be left out, I will, but it’s hard to get pictures of yourself and your kids if you’re the one taking them, you know?)  I had asked Mom to pick her up I was pulling out all my tricks to try for a smile.




This is the sweetest little girl you could ever hope to know.  She was so much fun to shoot, along with her brother.  She was so cute and loved to have me taking her picture- it was a blast! I love the light in this shot and her sassy little pose– precious girl!



These girls are adorable and their family is just awesome.  This whole session was TOP SECRET, done as a surprise for their dad and grandpa.  We had a ton of fun shooting at the Marshall stadium and at Cabell Huntington Hospital.  The girls were giggly and full of life and I enjoyed every second!



This family…oh, what can I say? They’re incredibly kind, such caring individuals, and their children are amazing.  So sweet and mannerly, and the big girls were SO good with their sister during the session (and all the time, I bet!)  I like this photo because it’s hard to get an entire group looking GREAT in a shot, and they did it. Plus, the littlest girl is SUCH a Daddy’s Girl, and it melts my heart the way she’s cuddled up to him.



This was a session that was won by this boy’s mom– when Captured Bliss Photography’s Facebook page reached 100 Likes.  I had had a long run of shooting little kids and toddlers, and this session was SO EASY!  This sweet boy was so much fun- he posed, he smiled, not to mention…he is so handsome!  I loved all the images from his session, but this one especially.


I love this image of mommy and her little guy hugging– I am such a sucker for tender moments like this.  I know when he’s a crazy teen boy she will be able to look back on this photo and remember when he was her cuddly little man!  He looks like he is her biggest fan– totally melts my heart!


I love, love, love this maternity image.  Not only is this mom INCREDIBLY gorgeous, she has an amazing heart too.  Her older boy’s newborn photo is on the necklace, and I just love how we were able to capture both of her boys (on the necklace and in her tummy!) here.  This is an all-time favorite for me!


Again….a tender moment.  This brother and sister pair were so much fun to shoot.  We were in a new location and they, along with their mom, were so willing to go wherever and try out anything.  I caught this shot during a “break”– I didn’t ask them to hold hands, just to walk together.  It’s so precious to see them, side by side, hand in hand, walking together.  I love the light here too- we were in some really nice shade but had gorgeous summer evening light all around us…I miss that this time of year!


I guess it’s obvious I have a soft spot for good, soft lighting and quiet moments, isn’t it?  I love how this mommy is enjoying a peaceful moment in the sunset.  She had the cutest little baby bump EVER and looked amazing through her whole pregnancy.  This is such a sweet image to me.


My FAVORITE image of the year is this one- it took MANY takes to get it right but once we did…wow.  These two cuties were kissing their mama so much, it was just a matter of timing it right! As a mother myself, I would be overjoyed to have a shot like this of my girls and me.  Such a sweet image of precious kiddos loving on their mommy….doesn’t get any better!

So there you have it- my favorite images of this year.  I have enjoyed meeting new families and have had so much fun working with them.  Special thanks to them for choosing Captured Bliss Photography and I’m looking forward to next year!! 🙂






Well….welcome to the official blog of Captured Bliss Photography!

I have been a little hesitant to start a blog for my photography company, because I already run a great blog about our family and sometimes have trouble keeping up with that.  However…my website, and Facebook fan site, can be a little limiting at times… what if I want to post some great clothing choices for families to use as inspiration for an upcoming session? Not really possible with what I’ve got.  What if I want to pin an image of mine to Pinterest? No can do!  What if I want to link to something but don’t want to bog down my facebook friends with a million status updates? You get the idea…..

And so, I’ve decided to go ahead and start a blog just for Captured Bliss Photography. This will be a place to give some sneak peeks (especially helpful for the handful of people left on earth who aren’t on Facebook, or who have moved to Google +), chit chat about new stuff and products offered at CBP, showcase some interesting things, and be a neat site to visit.  I’m making NO guarantees about how often I’ll post…but I’ll do my best!

For today, I thought I’d give a little info about myself.  If this looks familiar and you’ve already been to the CBP website, it’s because it’s taken from the About Me section.  I read a great blog post about writing a good About Me section yesterday and thought I would critique my own.

Who am I?

My name is Allison Ferguson and Captured Bliss Photography is my dream come true. I am honored to use my skill and talent to capture moments of joy, laughter, and love and provide them to you to cherish forever.

My dream of becoming a photographer blossomed after the birth of my two children. I quickly realized how valuable photos are since these moments are so fleeting. My true joy comes from working with families to preserve these moments for a lifetime.

What to know about me?

– I graduated from Marshall University and was previously an elementary school teacher. My love of children and families led to my decision to pursue photography full-time.

– I am a huge Marshall fan! In the fall you’ll find me decked out in green and white and tailgating with friends and family. H-E-R-D Let’s Go HERD!

– I am totally goofy and love to laugh.

– I will probably get too excited during our shoot…maybe more excited than your kids! I will run and play and laugh with your family– don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

– I will also probably cry during our shoot, especially if you are a couple in love, a maternity shoot, a birth shoot, a newborn shoot, child shoot, or a family shoot.  Oh wait…that’s all the photography I do? Well, again….don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Something about capturing these moments just gets me choked up. I can’t help it!

– My family is my whole world– I am blessed to have an amazing husband and 2 beautiful children. They mean everything to me and without their love and support I couldn’t do what I do!


So there you have it.  A little insight into me and why I am pursuing this as a career now.  Thanks so much for stopping by and checking things out!


I’ll leave you with just a few of my favorite images from the past few months- I have been blessed to have hit the ground running and my business is booming! I’m proud of my work and hope it brings years of happiness to my clients.




— Allison

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