Allison Smith

I help entrepreneurs POST WITH PURPOSE through photography & social media.

The Roots of Dandelion Digital

Hi, My name is Allison. I am a photographer and social media consultant. 

My last year of high school, my father was posted from Ottawa to Germany. There I worked as a photographer at the Base Photo Unit, and met my now husband, an army Private from Cape Breton. I had never been to the east coast, my family was from Alberta, but this is the beauty of the military life.

Now, 25 years, 3 kids, and several postings later, I find myself on the east coast!

As a military family, starting over is not a new concept. My husband came for his job, but I had to leave mine behind. We relocated from land locked Alberta, to coastal Nova Scotia. As a photographer this was a thrilling adventure, trading Canada’s canola fields and mountain scapes for her valley’s and shores. 

Once here, I can’t even say I decided to start my own business, it just seemed to be that I knew that was the path I was on. As a photographer and social media consultant, over the past several years I had provided community photography and social media wearing both my professional and volunteer hats, so that was the focus of my job search. It was only half hearted though. Did I want to work for someone else’s ideas and vision? Did I want to start over at minimum wage? Did I want the commute?

Starting my own business was the natural path.

Dandelion Digital offers:

  • photography for corporate & community events 
  • photoshop solutions for small businesses
  • social media for small businesses

With 30 years of photography experience, from operating a family portrait business to covering community and corporate events for local media, and being the in house photographer for an event services company, I understand the importance of capturing images that captivate and inspire your audience. 

As a Social Media Consultant, my intention is to give entrepreneurs back the time and freedom for your own endeavours, by taking off your plate the part of your business you may not have the resources or expertise to do yourself, without sacrificing your on-line presence.

If there were a part of your business that you struggle over, would you not rather hand it over to a professional, to have that time back for other projects, or to spend with your family? That is exactly why I need a bookkeeper, and why you may need me! Let’s talk.


I can’t recommend Allison enough to anyone interested in developing and executing an effective digital communication strategy with the added bonus of also having an extraordinary photographer as part of the package.

Conal MacMillan

External Relations Advisor, Shell Canada

In the beginning building my brand on social media was simply guess work and trial and error. Allison has given me easy to follow actionable advice and now I’m posting with purpose, helping to educate my clients in a way that makes sense.

Jill Gaumont

Be-you-tifully Aligned Yoga

Highly recommend Dandelion Digital for help with marketing and social media expertise. Allison is a professional of the highest caliber.

Shirley Purschke

Co-Owner , Buck Mountain Outfitters

Allison left for Halifax in December 2018 and she is dearly missed. We gratefully continue to work with Allison remotely, on a contract basis. Although the quality of the pictures taken by our staff are nowhere near what Allison was able to provide, she has incredible Photoshop skills. So she still creates dynamic social media posts for our company using the images we offer mixed in with images she created while building up our library.

Allison is a great choice as a social media manager and photographer and we wish her great success on the east coast!!

Barb Sisson

Co-Owner , Superior Show Service Inc.

Allison is such a pleasure to work with. She managed our social media platforms and consistently came up with engaging and original content (even when I was amiss in sending her things to work with). She took the time and initiative to understand our business, brand and key messaging and produced aligned messages for each platform. Highly recommend! 

Katherine Waller

Vice President, PSI Industrial Mechanical

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