Ashley

Coffee lover.

Cat mom.

Walking flora encyclopedia.

When I'm in homebody mode you'll catch me attempting to finish one of many creative projects, or snuggled up watching a historical drama. When I'm not at home, I'm editing or drawing at my favorite coffee shop, perusing the aisles of an antique store, or taking a long walk through the woods.

I am very lucky to be married to my high school sweetheart & best friend in the entire world, who also shares the same passion for photography & travel as I do. We have been together for 12 years & eloped in 2020 at one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan.

I am a ridiculous hopeless romantic & absolutely live for getting to know new people & experience new places.

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Bride in a black dress walking on the beach elopement

Photograph by: Cedar & Ink Studios

Photograph by: John H. D. Wagner

Where it all began

My photography journey began in high school, working in the dark room. Film photography drew me in with it's unique way of capturing light & movement. It taught me to be an artist first, planning, composing, & learning how to control my camera. I learned photography in an intimate, intentional, & tangible way. Values that I brought into my professional work.

I began shooting portraits in 2011 & photographed my first weddings in 2013. However, it took me until 2020 to jump into being a full time photographer. Quitting my day job was the best decision I ever made! Now I get to enjoy having the best job in the world & capture memories for my incredible clients near & far.

Quick fun facts:
100+ weddings photographed
Over 8,000 hours spent in the darkroom
32 U.S. states visited
Once knocked out a tooth on a windowsill (long story)

Girl sitting on a cliff in a black dress overlooking the Ozarks

When I began photographing weddings that it became crystal clear to me that this is absolutely what I was meant to do!
From the core I am a romantic & a storyteller. I want to capture your truth, your laughs, your goofiness, your seriousness & your completely authentic love.

For my wedding clients, I do offer milestone photography, such as maternity & family sessions. To really capture the essence of a family unit, I believe that you need to know them through & through, which is why I prefer to build upon the relationship we begin at planning your wedding together.

Why specialize in couples & weddings?

Accolades, awards & features:

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