Member Spotlight: Allison Tyler Jones

Allison Tyler Jones posing in her studio space with child models.

Integral to The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale’s mission is telling the stories behind the small businesses Scouted in each Volume. The story begins in print and continues online, after all. As you peruse Volume 3, discovering or rediscovering the faces behind the places that define the Valley, we are thrilled to deepen your connection to them — and the community — through Member Spotlights.

Similarly, Volume 3 Member Allison Tyler Jones is on a mission to capture the stories of Phoenix & Scottsdale families. While family portrait sessions aren’t traditionally experiences that deepen interfamily connections — in fact, most try to avoid them at all costs — family sessions with Allison Tyler Jones are uniquely enjoyable. 

“Our goal is to make the experience of being photographed a positive family memory,” shares Allison Tyler Jones. Moreover, Allison wants to create “Art That Happens to Be Your Family” for your walls, not just your hard drive. To understand how she and her talented team at ATJ Studios accomplish this, we chatted with the fourth-generation Arizonan and mother to seven.

Elegant home office space within a living room featured in The Scout Guide, showcasing a high vaulted ceiling with white paneling and exposed beams. A large black-framed monochromatic photo hangs above a sleek fireplace, while a stylish combination of armchairs and a sofa creates a cozy seating area. The room is lit by a classic chandelier and natural light from windows. A tasteful mix of wood furnishings, patterned textiles, and curated bookshelves adds a sophisticated and inviting ambiance.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Tell us about yourself and your professional journey.
Allison Tyler Jones: I have been a portrait photographer specializing in families and children for 18 years. Over the course of my career, I have written four books on photography: 100% Kid: A Professional Photographer’s Guide to Capturing Kids in a Whole New Light, Photographing Children Develop Your Digital Photography Talent, Expressions: Your Behind the Camera Guide to Taking Extraordinary Photos of Ordinary Life, and Designing With Photos: Take your scrapbooking to a new level when you focus on the photography. 

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Why families and children, specifically? 
Allison Tyler Jones: I have always loved people and relationships. I particularly love capturing the connections between siblings, parents, and children. My family is everything to me, and I wanted to create artwork that celebrated those connections in a fresh, modern way.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Family photo sessions can be notoriously stressful. Yet, part of the Allison Tyler Jones experience is turning photo sessions into positive memories. How do you achieve this feat? 
Allison Tyler Jones: At Allison Tyler Jones Photography, we want everyone in the family — from the grumpy 14-year old boy to the grouchy husband — to enjoy themselves. To do this, we take care of ever detail start to finish: clothing selection, posing, lighting, kid (and pet) wrangling, to delivery and installation of final portraits. It also helps that we shoot in an air conditioned studio! 

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Can you walk us through what families should expect from working with ATJ?
Allison Tyler Jones: The ATJ process begins with a design consultation. We want the scoop on your family and kids. What are their personalities like? Who is the dialed-in kid? Who is the rebel? Understanding your family dynamics allows us to capture their individual personalities and relationships as they really are. You will leave the Design Consultation with a good idea of what everyone should wear, and we are available to consult via phone, email, or zoom to finalize the outfits. Come photo day, we have a ton of fun. You might even have to pry your kids out of the studio. Approximately one week after your photoshoot, you will visit the studio for your View + Order appointment, viewing your artwork scaled onto your walls. Finally, we deliver and install portraits to your home and your walls. 

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: The delivery and install is a unique offering as a photographer… 
Allison Tyler Jones: We begin with the end product in mind. Our clients know they need or want family portraits but aren’t sure what they want to do with them. We want to help you create something that lives on your walls not your hard drive. So, before we pick up a camera, we discuss a plan for where and how these photos will hang in your home. Do you have a tall, skinny spot above your fireplace? Let’s create an iconic image to hang there. And let us handle the (literal) heavy lifting to avoid those a-little-to-the-left fights. 

Two joyful children in striped pajamas are lying on their backs amidst a colorful explosion of assorted items in various shades, creating a vibrant spectrum reminiscent of The Scout Guide's spirit of discovery and adventure. The playful scene is littered with toys, crafts, sweets, and objects in purple, blue, green, yellow, and red hues, symbolizing a treasure trove of discoveries.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: What aspect of the process do you find most fulfilling? 
Allison Tyler Jones: One of my favorite parts is seeing clients see themselves when they come into the studio to view their portraits. To see the love in their family, their children’s personalities, and the particular brand unique to their family captured forever. It never gets old. 

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: After nearly two decades of photographing families, what are your tips for a successful family photoshoot? 
Allison Tyler Jones: In my experience, great portraits do not happen by accident. That is why we prioritize an in-depth consultation. Before we ever pick up the camera, we know what to expect from the personalities in your family. For example, we know your son is a little slow to warm up to new people, your daughter is worried about her braces, or your dog will only listen to dad.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: During your nearly 20-year career, we imagine you have seen quite a lot. 
Allison Tyler Jones: As the mother of seven — yes, seven! — I have seen it all. There is nothing your child can do or say that would shock me or throw me off my game.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: As a mother, creative, and business-owner, how do you stay creative? 
Allison Tyler Jones: Travel is my number one source of inspiration. Museums, art, people, and retail environments are so inspiring. I also look to movies. Studying how talented cinematographers light their sets offers endless ideas for how to light my portraits. 

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: We also know you are a fourth-generation Arizonan. What do you love about living and working in the Valley? 
Allison Tyler Jones: I love that our Valley is both a thriving metropolis and, in many ways, a small town. And I love the weather, the people, and how the Valley welcomes new residents yearly.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: We understand you donate your prodigious talents to the community. Can you share how?
Allison Tyler Jones: We work very closely with PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) and the Phoenix Women’s Board to support the efforts of the Steele Research Center, which spearheads impactful on research into childhood diseases. As the mother of two adult children with autism, this is a profoundly personal cause for me. We provide photography of the children and organizers pro bono for the fundraising efforts of PANDA each year.

TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: When you are not at your new Gilbert studio, where will we find you? Any local favorites? 
Allison Tyler Jones: Come mealtime, I’m eating Mexican food — Someburros is a family favorite. For drinks, Swig. I shop for my five grandchildren — and recommend my clients to shop for their portraits — at Garage Boutique. I also love popping into Bungalow.

Learn more about working with Allison Tyler Jones at, view her work on Instagram, and reach out to her directly at [email protected]. Don’t forget to tell her Scout sent you!