Who are Iris & Maeve?
Iris & Maeve are the middle names of two of my beautiful daughters. They are part of my wonderful world. A world filled with late night dance parties when no one will go to bed on time, melty ice cream cones on hot summer evenings, pink toenails with chippy paint and light and color and big kisses with even bigger hugs.
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.