Growing up in Tennessee, Allison Moix carried a small camera with 110 film on her keychain.

The middle-schooler who was always taking photos of friends blossomed into an in-demand professional and owner of Stellar Propeller Studio. Besides helping businesses to succeed and capturing her subjects’ special days, she contributes her time and talents to numerous community projects and travels the globe, camera in hand.

“I really love storytelling, whether it’s telling the story of a business, or telling the story of love between people,” she said.

Moix has always viewed the world through the eyes of an artist. She grew up drawing, painting and doing music, and studied art in college. As soon as she graduated in 2005, she packed up her car and moved to Colorado Springs.

“I spent some summers working at Eagle Lake Camp near Woodland Park,” she said. “That was my first exposure to Colorado, and I thought it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen.”

Arriving here, she had planned to be a graphic designer, but she kept getting jobs that were related to photography.

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“I’m not a person who operates with a five-year plan,” Moix said. “I live my life a little more like Hansel and Gretel, and follow the breadcrumbs around.”

Moix began earning a living with her camera around 2006 and started Stellar Propeller Studio in 2008. The studio became a full-time enterprise in 2015, and Moix now has an employee who assists her, as well as several contractors.

She has mounted solo exhibits at venues such as Poor Richard’s, COPPeR and Kreuser Gallery. One of her most moving shows was an exploration of grief, which grew out of a difficult year when she lost three people close to her.

Moix’s work has appeared in publications including Colorado Collective, Springs Magazine and the Colorado Springs Business Journal, and she has produced ad campaigns for clients including Kaiser Permanente and Southwest Airlines.

Her portraits for Springs Rescue Mission played a big role in increasing the agency’s financial support, and the brides whose weddings she’s photographed named her to’s Best of lists for three straight years.

Moix is active in community organizations, having served as a youth mentor with The Navigators and Red Rock Church, and a photographer with Restore Innocence, which aids victims of human trafficking.

She volunteered with the Stranger Moments Project, which brought strangers together to highlight their commonalities, and journeyed to Haiti and Nicaragua with Help Portrait to photograph and print pictures of people, many of whom had never had a printed photograph before.

“I can feel the love that Allison emits,” her nominator Samuel Thomas Elliott wrote. “She is so warm, so welcoming, so giving and so talented.”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

“I would have wanted to communicate that everything will be what it needs to be and that I do believe that God is working all things for good in the end.”

Note: This profile has been updated to correct the name and link for Help Portrait.