I'm the girl who will always choose coffee over tea, the desert over the mountains, and neutrals over bright colors!

I believe that love & beauty look different on everyone, and I challenge myself to capture that authenticity.

I'm Ashley!

Meet the Photographer, Dreamer, Creator, & Entrepreneur

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behind the lens...

my journey as a photographer

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After falling in love with photography at 14 years old and shooting my first wedding at 15, you would have thought that by the time my wedding rolled around, I would have invested in a kick-ass photographer. Unfortunately, we all have that one family member who's claim to fame is photography...

My journey as a photographer began with a film camera & evolved from a place of "there has to be more than this..." 

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There was an unspoken expectancy to have a family member shoot our wedding photos. Not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings and thinking we could save a couple of thousand dollars, we had him as our wedding photographer. I don't have happy memories of my wedding. It was chaotic & rushed. Crazy in-laws were telling me I should feel lucky to be "allowed in the family"...

Fast forward to the maternity session with our first child. Determined not to make the same mistake twice, I hired a professional. My maternity experience was all too familiar (sans the crazy in-laws). The photographer did not communicate with us or offer any direction. She even laughed at us at one point. I look at those images with the same dread as my wedding photos. Neither set of pictures are on display ANYWHERE in my home. Can you guess why?

I thought to myself, "There has to be a better way..."

The experience in both of these significant life events was horrible. Being met with nothing but disappointment, I thought to myself, "There has to be a better way..." So, I set out on my journey to become the photographer I always wanted to hire. I became the wedding photographer who protects the bride & groom from crazy family members. I became a photographer who develops relationships and gives people the experiences that I once craved. 

I set out to become the photographer that I always wanted to hire...

My journey as a photographer has led me to become someone who believes in bending tradition to create something new. My personal experiences fuel my passion for making sure your experiences are everything you have ever dreamed they could be!

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these are a few of my favorite things

What is it about the perfect latte that makes you feel as though you could change the world?

It's no secret that I believe you can never drink too many lattes! I love that sharing coffee with friends is so much more than drinking creamy, caffeinated beverages. 

It's catching up on life and laughter. 
It's sharing dreams & encouraging goals. It's developing life-giving relationships.

If you don't love coffee, don't worry... 
I'll win you over to the dark side.

lattes

with Friends

2020 marks 19 years with this stud and 14 years of marriage.

Although he doesn't shoot with me, Joe is such a HUGE part of what I do. He's the one running around on wedding days, tracking down rogue groomsmen or missing bouquets. He motivates me and makes sure that I always have whatever I need. My clients love him!

Marriage has been no easy path for us, but regardless of the ups and downs, we continue to choose each other daily. He's the only one who can make me want to smack him and kiss him at the same moment.

joe

My Everything Guy

Yes, it's true. My hubs and I are Psych-O's!

I believe that life is way too short to be taken seriously, and that laughter during work is a necessity!

I love Psych because it speaks to my belief that you can accomplish great things as long as you have great friends, lots of laughter and an 
authentic voice.

Psych

& of course Pineapples

I'm such a sucker for a nude lip!

This butter gloss by NYX in "Creme Brulee" is my go-to gloss. I'm not too fond of glosses that get sticky and leave that weird white gunk on your lips. Can I get an amen?

Thankfully, this gloss is exactly what it says- buttery. It goes on smooth and doesn't get clumpy or funky.

I may or may not have 3 or 4 stashed around the house and in various purses, jackets, camera bags, etc.

creme brulee

NYX butter gloss

Aviators and I go wayyy back... It was love at first sight.

It's just one of those classic looks that will never go out of style!

I love them so much that I even wore them in some of my headshots.

I may or may not have several pairs of these too. One for the pool, one that fits perfectly on top of my hair, a dressy pair... 

You think I'm joking, don't you?

aviators

This is another one of those items that have become a staple in my home.

The Honey Citrus Shea Butter scent is 
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 
I'm seriously obsessed!

I have looked high and low for a candle that smells the same. If you ever come across something, let me know.

Seriously.

honey citrus

& Shea Butter Hand Soap

I like to think that there are zero calories in a piece of dark chocolate.

Please don't message me and burst my bubble.

Dark chocolate is medicinal.
End of story.

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Yoyis Lash & Beauty

I honestly cannot live without my lash extensions. I never knew how much I would love having them! They have cut my makeup routine in half!

I am blessed to have a fantastic lash artist who makes me look forward to our lash fill/therapy sessions every few weeks.

I seriously cannot sing her praises enough! If you are in Vegas and want to give these a shot, I encourage you to send her a message. Don't forget to let her know I sent you. Trust me. You will never go without them again!

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I straighten my naturally curly hair. (Unless I'm at the ocean) 
Remember Monica from FRIENDS in Barbados? Yeah, that's me if I don't embrace my curls in humidity.

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My eyes change colors from green to blue, depending on my mood. 

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Even though we are 20 years apart, my niece could pass for my twin. It's so bad that I had to change my hair color because my kids kept mistaking her for me.

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My favorite vacation spot is LaLa Land.
The Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade has my heart!

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I have 3 tattoos. 

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I currently own 12 Apple products. Yes, they are all used in my home daily.
No, you will never convince me that androids are better.

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If I could visit anywhere in the world, my top 3 places would be-
Ireland, Greece & Singapore

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