Allison Zaucha (b.1991) is an international independent photographer based in the Washington D.C. area. She is passionate about working with non-profits and social issues while also accepting various news and commercial assignments. She hopes to empower viewers to think about the universal conditions that affect humanity and to promote positive change in their communities. Allison is an active member of WPOW and NPPA.
B.S. in Business Management with Art Minor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 2014
Independent Photojournalist, 2014 - Present
Studio Manager + Second Photographer, Juliana Laury Photography, 2014 - 2016
Intern, Art & Motion, New York, New York, 2014
Photo Editor/Photojournalist, The East Carolinian 2011 - 2014
Northern Short Course, Fairfax, Virginia, 2017
Momenta Nonprofit Workshop, Los Angeles, California, 2017
Women Photojournalists of Washington, The Edit, Washington, D.C., 2016
2015, Selected for Portraiture: Pictures in Photography, Black Box Gallery, Juried by Kelli Pennington, Portland, Oregon
2014, Fototastic 2014: East Carolina School of Art & Design. Greenville, North Carolina
2014, Transition & Change (Juried by Selection Committee), Greenville, North Carolina
2013, Best in Show, Schwa Show (National Juried Exhibition), Greenville, North Carolina
CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS
International Rescue Committee, Travis Manion Foundation, Youtube, sweetgreen, Givology, Broadly-VICE, Aid India, Cercle Social, UpStart Magazine, Shady Grove Fertility, Life & Thyme, Maryland Community Connection, Deloitte, Vision Critical
2016, Creator’s Block Podcast, Episode 13 with Liz Murphy and Jessie-Lee Nichols
What is your vision behind your work?
I want to honor subjects in front of my camera and want to tell the truth. I believe that as people we all experience similar emotions and beliefs whether they are on opposing sides. We all want to feel loved, we all want to feel recognized, and we all want to be understood. I like to think about that while I’m shooting and hope that my photography connects viewers to the people in my photos.
What is your approach to shooting?
I like to make things as easy as possible. I’m extremely approachable and can pretty much carry out a conversation with anyone. That being said when I’m working on assignment or an event, I talk with people and like to ask about their life before we begin taking photos. I feel that for me this is the best way to gain people's trust and for them to feel comfortable around me. In the most basic sense, I like to capture life as it is so I want everyone around me to not notice as I photograph them. The easiest way for me to do this is to be relaxed and earn their trust as fast as possible.
What gear do you shoot with?
I primarily shoot digital with the Canon 5d Mark III and a range of lens but mostly the 50mm, 24m, and 70-200mm. When shooting film I shoot with the Pentax 645 and a range of 35mm with Ilford and Portra.
What are your rates?
I have hourly, half day, and full day rates. In addition, for commercial projects there are standard industry licensing fees for web and print. Every quote that I create is custom tailored to the specific job.