Brandi Maternity

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Brandi was in so much pain, but you can’t tell she is having contractions. We managed to.get a few great shots and I told her to.go home and rest…
… three hours later she (her dad actually) called and said she had the baby!!!!!!

Isn’t that amazing? Maternity and newborn photos on the same day!!! Newborn shots to follow later.

Photography tip: using the flash outside will help light up the harsh shadows.

As always,
Ashley

Katherine Maternity

Another throw back to last year. Last fall I had the most amazing shoot with Katherine. Her belly is so big and round it looks like its about to POP!!

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She’s a beautiful lady with a now a 6 month beautiful healthy baby girl, Trinity. Awww These are the memories that I adore. Photography tip: don’t be afraid to ask the preggo lady to sit on the ground. She may need help back up, but I hear they are not fragile just because they are incubating a human inside them. Have fun on your next photography adventure and remember to make them laugh. As Always, Ashley

Brian Christie Formal Wedding Portraits

Here they are… smiling and soooo happy. I am relieved that they were my first couple session. They laughed and talked about anything and everything.

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Aren’t they just super awesome and happy? I don’t think one time they stopped talking or cracking jokes. And Christie just blew me away with her care free attitude. They didn’t hesitate a bit when I asked for poses.

Photography tip: don’t be afraid to stand on brick walls to get a different angle. Changing perspective really gives the photo something interesting.

Congratulations to all you newly weds out there and all you newly engaged!

As Always,
Ashley

Esme and her Nani

My pride and joy. Esme is my world and one of the reason I strive to be better at what I do. She is here with my mom. I also did a mini session for my mom.

Rachel Esme Fall Collage

This is the phase I love of the year. The yellow and gold leaves making such a beautiful photo for portraits. The cherry blossom tree gives a great place to rest and sit. We placed Esme on the branch to give her some height.

Here’s to your photography travels and family days out.

As Always,
Ashley

Krista and Carly Family Photos

Krista and her beautiful daughter Carly. Family photos are so fun and can be a breeze if they are more interactive and not paying attention to the camera.

Krista Carly One Year Collage

Pretty matching white dresses are so great for photos. If you want great family photos, wear solid colours and in tones that match. It makes the focus on the people more prominent.

As Always,

Ashley

Birthday Girl!!

Little Miss Carly!! Oh my she was just as precious as can be!! I love her smile and her tottering around. I can’t believe that she will be two in a few more months. This is her One Year photo shoot. She got the chair and toys as pressies at her party. 

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She was so tired, but put up a good face for the camera. Always smiling and happy. They only thing she got mad at was her mom wouldn’t let her touch the bulbs in my lights. Although they were fluorescence and not too hot, it was good she listened. 

Balloon Festival

I absolutely loved this time of year. The cool weather and the great gatherings of people. We decided to go to the Balloon Festival they hold in Statesville, NC.

Hot Air Balloon Festival, Statesville, NC

These magnificent, large, hot air balloons were flying all day, but the real show doesn’t happen until the sun falls. They call it the moonglow. If I am remembering correctly. Loved it. The large balls of contained fire and light lit up the crowd.

It’s possible to be so mesmerised that you forget to snap the photos.

If you would like to go I provided a link above and here. It is going to be October 19-21, 2012

Bridal Portraits

This is a retro shoot, but hey I’m trying to build a blog here 😀

Last year I had the opportunity to shoot this lovely young lady. She is dressed in a beautiful cupcake gown from Ross’s… that’s right it was from Ross’s! Being related to her I know 😀 and I actually helped pick it out. Fun times were had. I even became her makeup artist for the shoot as well.

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Bridal Shoot and What Nots were had there. I think we even wound up in the pool at one point. Several shots around the pond as well. The small family farm provided the best backdrop.

As Always,

Ashley