My name is Ashley. My middle name is Rhian, pronounced Ryan. I think my mom got my name from an Irish soap opera. I spent most of my 20s exploring some of the world on foot and most of the country by car. My heart pounds when I cross state lines. I feel everything around me - being on a deserted highway, alone in my car, listening to sad country music, and witnessing the empty terrain brings me solace, and great joy. My perfect rapture. The road is where I like to think; about my life, where I've been, where I've gone. I seem to find the most gratitude in these times. I deeply appreciate life and the moments around me. I will cry during your family and friend's toasts, probably during your first dance, and maybe during your ceremony. I'm not a mess, I just can't help but feel it all. I found my desire to tell people's stories when I was in high school. This led to a degree in photojournalism at the University of Montana. I've been telling people's stories for 20 plus years.
My husband and I met while I was traveling up the Pacific Highway in 2008. I made a pit stop to visit some friends in Olympia, WA. Years later, we had our first date in Sturgis, South Dakota at the end of winter in 2014. He reached out to me on social media (classic) and we spoke on the phone for many hours a day for weeks that turned into months. We decided to meet in the middle of our two locations at the time, which was Sturgis, SD, of all places. I drove 9 plus hours to see him again. We visited a cemetery in Deadwood to see old cowboy gravestones, stepped inside vacant touristy motorcycle shops, and drove to Dairy Queen in a blizzard to get an oreo blizzard. While we drove, an Alanis Morisette song popped up on the radio and he sung his heart out. Sounds silly, but I knew I was in love with him then. I can't explain it, but when you know you just know. I could be myself. I wasn't scared. Our jokes matched. I knew I was loved by a great man, the perfect man for me. Now my happy place is in a chair, with a cold summer drink in hand, my husband right next to me while we watch our sons explore the wilderness that is our backyard.
We cannot say enough good things about Ashley or her amazing photography! She was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. She is quick to respond, full of great vendor suggestions, and even helped us pick our elopement location. When it came time for the shoot, she was there early and lead us to the most beautiful spots for photos. We are really awkward and camera shy and she made us feel totally comfortable and natural in front of the camera. We highly recommend Ashley's photography services and are so grateful we were able to book with her.
Ashley was extremely accommodating, flexible, and responsive when it came to all of our requests/needs. Leading up to our wedding day, she made it clear that she was open to providing anything we needed. She is extremely genuine, helpful, and kind! Ashley has the BEST energy to combat a brides overwhelming wedding day jitters. She is extremely grounded, calm, sincere, focused, and not afraid to direct others when they need direction. Ashley truly cares about her clients, and thoughtfully captures memories that will last a lifetime.
Her responsiveness and easy going nature leading up to the wedding were more than helpful, even as multiple COVID-related hurdles arose prior to the big day. Ashley’s unique eye for light and angles produced a million timeless snapshots that we’ll treasure for years to come. Family and friends cannot compliment us enough on choosing such a picturesque spot for our destination event; and Ashley captured the landscape, details, and emotions of all of it so perfectly. Her talent is unmatched. Thank you, Ashley, for making the process so seamless and special.
Ashley shot our wedding on 8.14 (and engagement pictures last year.) We are so happy we chose her as our photographer! She is not only incredibly talented but professional, responsive, kind, down to earth, and so easy to work with. I knew we were in great hands with her on our wedding day and the pictures are proof. She captured our day and relationship so perfectly! We will definitely use her in the future too! Thank you for everything!
Ashley was gracious and patient with us as we postponed our Paradise Valley wedding, and we loved getting to know each other throughout this process. She captured our wedding day so beautifully- these photos make me laugh and tear up and want to relive that magical weekend all over again. She is an absolute rockstar and we’re so grateful to have worked with her!
If you’re into me, and want to invest in those very real and raw moments, give me a shout so we can start talking about your wedding journey.