Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
I have been photographing professionally for over 7 years, but “unprofessionally” since I was 12 years old. My passion is capturing your life story through photography. I am a lifestyle and natural light photographer based in Indianapolis, IN but travel all over the U.S. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture the everyday, the raw and real laughter in your natural element so that you can remember these micro moments for years to come -- then I am your photographer! I love to shoot natural lighting and with minimal posing. I see the beauty and value in capturing your family/wedding/new baby/engagement and the emotions you are feeling during that special and important time in your life. My faith is my compass in this crazy world we live in, and Jesus is the anchor to my soul. I love my job! Seriously. I'm so grateful that this is my "job" and I get to tell your stories. My family is everything. I have 3 sisters, and am "Auntie Malmo" to my niece, Lucy! I am a health nut, with a huge sweet tooth (what is wrong with doing yoga and then eating icecream??) I have two rescue pups - Phoebe and Tyson, and I also foster pit bulls. Tyson was a “foster fail” (which means I adopted him) and the best failure of mine to date! 🙂 I also encourage you to include your pets in sessions - they’re family, too!
Learn a little more about Mallory
If I gave you $5,000 to spend in one store what would it be and what would you buy?
Oh gosh, this is hard! My first two thoughts are the Apple Store or some type of athletic store like Dick's Sporting Goods. I am a huge nerd and love technology and would love to buy all the things at the Apple store and I also LOVE sneakers and athletic clothes. I work from home so my "work" clothes consist of mostly workout clothes. I also grew up always loving tennis shoes/sneakers and I could never have enough pairs!
What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Probably either Full House of Home Improvement.
Who is your favorite character out of book?
I mostly read business, faith or self-help book nowadays, but years back I used to read all of the Nicholas Sparks books and loved all of the female characters in those. But, my favorite female character in the bible is Ruth. She had unwavering faith and strength and bravery.
Can you play any instruments? What?
Negative. I am not musically talented, like at all. I do like to jam out to music in my car though.
What is your favorite Cereal?
Cascadian Farms Cinnamon...it's like the healthy, non-toxic form of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
What is the strangest talent you have?
I have a weird memory for dates...birthdays, special occasions etc. I still remember random people's birthdays from 5th grade LOL
What was your childhood nickname? Why?
Mal or Malmo! Malmo started with my younger sister when she was a baby (she is 21 years old now!). "Mallory" is a really hard name for kids to pronounce. She was obsessed with Elmo...she combined the two and called me "Malmo". That is why my business is called "Malmo Photography" and the letters in Malmo spell out all of my sister's initials (Mallory, Ayri, Lindsey, Maggie-our family dog at the time-, and Olivia) My family still calls me "Malmo" to this day and I am now "Auntie Malmo" to my niece!
Do you have any strange phobias?
Vomit. I can't handle it. I don't know what I'm going to do when I have kids someday...hopefully marry someone who can handle it LOL
If you could have one super power what would it be? Why?
The ability to see the future. I sometimes suffer from anxiety and it is mainly caused by me worrying way too much about what COULD happen. I rely heavily on my faith and reminding myself that FEAR and anxiety never comes from God, but from the enemy. I try my hardest to remember that He is in control and I am not. This is hard for me because I am a planner and like to be in control
In another life I am pretty sure I was a …...
The best piece of advice I have ever been given is...
Oh gosh I have been given a lot of wonderful advice over the years from some truly amazing people! Some of the best ones that come to mind are:
1) Surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you up and are more of who you want to become. You are who you surround yourself with and I can't emphasize this enough.
2) Find your passion and find a way to make money doing that. You will never work a day in your life if you do this.
If I wasn't an amazing photographer I would probably be a...
I was in marketing and advertising out of college (what I majored in) and did that full-time for about 10 years. I have since switched having photography as my "side gig" and made it full-time, but I still work on marketing projects and with some select clients. I still enjoy it, just not as much as photography! I would also love to open my own dog rescue someday
The most important thing I learned in high school was...
To be kind and that being popular doesn't matter. Kids are mean. Everyone is trying to figure out who they are, and with that comes wanting to be in the "in crowd". Popularity in high school very rarely translates to success post-high school. Trust me.
When I was 7, I was pretty sure I would be a....
Some females that inspire me are...
Rachel Hollis. Jenna Kutcher. Candace Bure. Brene Brown. Bobbi Sheridan. Michelle Bishop.
If I could swap places with someone for a day it would be.... and why
Another difficult one! Maybe one of the women listed above? Or The Bucket List Family from Instagram. If you don't know them, follow them. They are the most adorable family who travel all over the world capturing videos and photos of their family. What a life!! I would love to get paid to travel the world capturing photography of beautiful places and people.
If you had a magic wand to change one thing in the world for the better what would it be and why?
So many things. One of the most simple things that I say often is, "I wish EVERYONE in the world went to therapy/counseling." I believe the world would be a MUCH better place if the stigma wasn't so steep with going to see a counselor/therapist/psychologist etc and everyone was able to go and talk to a professional with no biased towards you (like friends and family) to allow you to talk through your feelings, frustrations and struggles. It has been a blessing in my life and I am not ashamed to admit that I see a counselor and she has helped me SO much!
If you could give one piece of advice to girls what would it be?
Be who you are and don't allow people to tell you that you are not lovely for who you are. Find people who appreciate you for who you are and don't try to win over people who don't. Those aren't your people. Do what makes you happy and what brings you deep JOY, and you will find your people there.