WHO I AM
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” - Friedrich Nietzche
Mother, Wife, Daughter, Photographer, Author, Athlete, Artist
Hey, hey! It's me!
My name is Ashley. My middle name is Rhian, pronounced Ryan. I think my mom got my name from an Irish soap opera which is totally fine with me. Some fun facts - I'm a Montana born and bred gal, my favorite music to pump iron (I powerlift, you guys!) to is metal but my musical taste is all over the spectrum from country to electronic to indie stuff, I've ran a handful of half marathons, I love rodeos and horses, Indian food, and true crime anything. I'm a cancer through and through and my enneagram (look it up if you don't know!) is a 9 with an 8 wing so I guess my spirit animal is a bear. I'm a softie, love to listen, homebody, intuitive, and deep relationships are my jam, but I also have an intensity to conquer all I do and a drive that never stops creating and moving. Something I've learned over the years is you will never master anything, there is always something else to learn even if you have been doing something for years. That keeps me humble.
Out of all my labels, being a wife and mother are what I hold dearest to my heart. I've wanted to have a family since as early as I can remember. I found the perfect match for me and in turn, we have the perfect little, goofball human. We named him Baen, pronounced Bane, you know, just to make his life a little more challenging. I'm obsessed with him. He is my why. My husband and I met years ago in the hip town of Olympia, WA (Kirk Cobain lived there!) through a mutual friend. Years down the road, he messaged me via Facebook, no shame, and we started to chat on the phone every day. Our first date was in Sturgis, SD, our middle ground at the time. He took me to DQ in a blizzard and sang Alanis Morissette to me. I knew he was the one.
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"My business partner and I had pictures taken by Ashley for our website and social media marketing material - I can not recommend Ashley enough!! Our business's name is Witch of the Woods Tattoo, and we wanted to go for dark, romantic, witchy vibes with the photography. From our initial consultation, to the photoshoot, to receiving our photos, everything was absolutely perfect. Ashley was warm, connected, and really went above and beyond to understand what we were looking for. She followed through with taking the most breathtaking photos I could have imagined! My partner and I are so proud of our photos and use them every day on our website, as well as our social media branding. Ashley is an amazing photographer, and really captured the soul of our business. I could not be more grateful for this experience!" - Lana Zellner
"Do you spend hours on Pinterest looking at dreamy engagement photos of beautiful couples on mountain ridges at sunset? This could be you. Like, seriously. Ashley is a photography angel/miracle worker. She shot our engagement photos and they turned out to be the dreamiest dream and we couldn't be happier. We were nervous about getting engagement photos because we are always the awkward people in photos that don't know what to do with our hands. Ashley immediately made us feel comfortable and gave us just enough guidance that nothing looked posed but we knew what to do with our hands. We have prints all over our home and when people come over they tell us we look like models and I laugh and say, "No we don't," but inside, I'm like, yes, we totally look like models. I wish I could give Ashley ten stars. She is the best." - Jeavon Ehler
"Ashley is simply one of the best photographers in the wedding industry! We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Ashley from start to finish, and from our first consult before officially booking, we knew she was the perfect choice to capture our wedding. Ashley is really great at helping her subjects get comfortable in front of the camera, and we were so happy to have an engagement session with her before our wedding. When it came to the day of our wedding, she could not have been more on top of getting all the shots we’d hoped for, and then some. Her editing style is exactly what we were looking for, and we were over the moon when we first got a look at the gallery of all the images from our ceremony and reception. Ashley is a creative and talented photographer, and a genuinely lovely person. We had to restrain ourselves from yelling “BE OUR FRIEND!!” because she’s just such a rad person who you want to spend time around. Communicating with her is a breeze, and the quality of her work truly speaks for itself. It was a sincere privilege to have the opportunity to work with her on one of the most memorable days of our lives!" - Kathryn Daniel