Hello! I'm Ashley.
I love iced tea, lavender, anything lemon-flavored, the French language, thunderstorms, historical fiction, old maps and other quirky antiques, traveling, and my five crazy kids. When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up and be an archaeologist. Instead, finding myself as a first-year double anthropology-history major on an archaeology dig in Portugal, I fell in love with the vibrant culture surrounding me--not the dusty relics of a bygone era. The photos taken then, with my dinosaur of a film camera, mean so much to me to this day. Memories fade much more quickly than you might realize and I think it was that moment, picking up my developed film, feeling both happy with my images and frustrated that they weren't exactly what I wanted to say, that I fell in love with photography. For years I have worked in every genre of photography, finding myself most at home as a fine art and commercial photographer. I help small businesses build their brands with beautiful, transcendent images that speak to their ideal clients. I often teach workshops to aspiring commercial and fine art photographers as well as offering e-books that can help anyone become a better photographer.
In 2015, I took a break from photography to focus on my health and wellness. Now, I am 140 pounds lighter, and a recovering food addict. It has been a long, arduous journey that I'm hoping to share with you here, including stories of imperfection, loss, transformation, and resilience. I want to convey health and wellness in a real, approachable way, while keeping beauty at the forefront of my life--both in feeling and substance.
To call me absolutely passionate about all things photo-related might be a bit of an understatement. I live and breathe my work. Photography has been a part of my life for so long now that it feels like an old friend. I've spent years studying and perfecting what I want my photos to convey. I am hoping that you will come along on this journey with me, as I work on both the artist and the mother that I want to be. Join me and let's create something wonderful.