I first picked up a professional camera in 2008, and it was like everything clicked for me right then and there. I never really wanted to do anything else and I instinctively began chasing this dream of mine to combine my love of photography and love stories into one. I can't think of a better job for myself and I'm really just so thankful that I get to do this! While I mainly focus my marketing and social media efforts into weddings, I still absolutely love to photograph all the other moments of life - Birth, newborn & milestones, family, high school seniors, etc. I truly love becoming friends with my clients and want to be able to capture your life together beyond just the wedding day.
Being a Photographer is so much more to me than just taking pretty pictures and capturing the day. I truly believe that photos have the unique ability to bring you to a different time in your life - they bring back nostalgia and sweet memories of things that you otherwise might have forgotten. I want you to look back at your wedding album and of course remember who was there, but mostly I want you to look back and remember the FEELING that was there. This time in your life is full of excitement and butterflies, rainbows and giddiness. I want you to see these photographs 10 years down the road when life might not be as simple, and remember where it all started and why you married each other. I hope my job is so much more than just pretty photos. I hope these are lasting memories that brighten your harder days as a couple. I hope they help you to choose love and each other always. At one of my favorite recent weddings, the pastor said during the ceremony: "Weddings do not impress me, ANNIVERSARIES do. If you really want to impress us, invite us all back to the anniversary party in 30 years." This is the beginning of the rest of your lives - let's give you beautiful photographs to capture the memories forever.
THIS is why I truly love what I do.
I know my clients want natural photos - but if you're anything like me, you have no idea what to do with your hands, face, or body the second a camera points at you. I get that 100%! I like to call my shooting style "candidly posed" - which means I will help you every step of the way with posing, and get you to feel natural doing it. Even my grooms tell me they had fun afterwards! ;)
As for my editing style, I strive to create beautiful photos that are timeless and don't stick to any particular photography trend - yet still look modern and fresh and have a certain kind of "pop" to them. I like to call it "bright and happy"!
I want us to all be comfortable with each other, so I always include a complimentary Engagement Session with every wedding package. As your wedding draws near, I work directly with you to make sure we have a customized timeline and family shot list laid out to help keep us organized and on schedule. I also have a very laid back and go with the flow attitude, which comes in handy when nothing goes as we planned. I take on as much of the stress as I can off of you and want to be the girl you feel comfortable texting outfit options for your engagement session to so I can help you pick, or your go to girl to find you a perfect florist, videographer, or other vendor that you need. Let me help you!
If you think we'd be a good fit, please send me an email! I would love to meet up with you to get to know your story and answer any questions you have.
xox - Ashtyn