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Allison McIntosh Carenza

Owner, Allison Carenza Photography, LLC

Class of 2002 - B.S. Education

Allison McIntosh Carenza

"My William Woods experience was perfect for me. I had a lot of great experiences, made a lot of close friends, and loved every moment."

Allison, of Blue Springs, Missouri, lives with her husband, Jon Carenza '02. Alison owns her own studio Allison Carenza Photography, LLC in Blue Springs and the west bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. As she puts it on her website: Allison is a professional photographer in the Kansas City area who spends her days photographing maternity, newborn, boudoir, babies, children, families, weddings, and senior pictures. She loves working with people and feels honored with the responsibility to capture those fleeting moments, but especially likes that photography clients often become friends."

While at The Woods, Allison was active in Chi Omega sorority, CAB, Student Alumni Council, President's XX, and equestrian activities. Allison is a legacy, meaning she is a relative of a prior WWU alum. Her aunt, Martha Hutchens Cockerell '73, is an active alumna as well.

Allison says, "I had a lot of fun at WWU, but the lasting impression is really about the staff. I felt so close to the professors and administrators, I knew I could walk into their offices at any time and get the help I needed. I don't think I would be going for my dreams today if it weren't for the strong female role models, and Mr. Elliott, my photography teacher, he always made me feel so talented, even when I didn't."

Currently, Allison enjoys playing tennis (USTA and WTT), and was recognized as a USTA Heart of Missouri Recreational Player of the Year. She is a member of and blogger for the professional Kansas City network, "30 and Driven." Additional hobbies include, dressage, snow skiing, water skiing, and yoga.