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Ashography Event & Portrait Photography

For those who don’t think they’re “photogenic” enough for professional photography or are on the slightly shy side. Hi. You are amazing and important — and the reason you need a photograph or two is even more so. There’s a reason for you to smile for the camera (even if you don’t really want to) and that moment in need of professional photography may be approaching faster than you think.¬†Whether it’s a beautifully large and traditional wedding, a just-the-two-of-you wedding elopement, family portraits with grandma & grandpa, family photos for the ol’ Christmas card, or professional pictures for that upcoming business project or book coming out… you and the people in your world need to look your best in a way that honors the real you.

Based in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Colorado, photographer Ashlee Bratton aims to shoot real pictures for real people. Bring on the wrinkles, smiles, insecurities and moods! With over eight years and 100+ weddings under her belt, Ashlee’s ready to play behind the camera and draw out the type of portraits, poses, and grins that make you, well…you! Be it senior portraits for the new grad, that first kiss when you say “I do,” creating the perfect moment to announce there’s a wee one on the way, or documenting the spirit of a corporate event–this particular photographer is looking for the real you.

The real you. The goal of Ashography is to get the best version of the real you. One that is lovely, that you’ll recognize, that people will enjoy, and that you will be able to use for your special project and share with the world. Not some over-photoshopped, unrecognizable you.

For starters, sign up to receive FREE tips on what to look for and how to prepare for a shoot for the best version of the real you. C’mon, you know you’re curious and the real you wants to. Take it off of your “someday” list of things to do and call or e-mail to schedule your consultation or book your portrait session today!

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Black & Wednesday Blog

It’s A Black & White World

The more we grow up the more we learn that things aren’t always black and white…except of course, in photography. In the real world there are grey areas that are messy, complicated, undefined and unexplainable. Yet in the world of photography there is just something so moving and spectacularly fascinating about the clarity and simplicity of black and white photos.

A while back I was issued a B&W photography challenge via social media that sparked the idea for the Black & Wednesday blog. This gave me an excuse to dig up some of my favorites and ponder exactly what it is I love about this type of photography…and thus Black & Wednesdays was born.

So as a continuation of that challenge and my love of all things black & white, welcome to Black & Wednesdays. Once a week a photo will be let loose on the blog world, perhaps with a little snippet of the back story. Photos certainly tell a story. Sometimes it’s fun to hear the stories behind the story. Let the bloggity blog blog begin!

Black & White Twigs and Berries

Twigs and Berries

Although not a nature photographer, I truly respect those that are. I shoot people. Give me your wrinkles, moods, insecurities, shy smiles and awkward family dynamics. I love it. However, every now and then someone talks me into shooting something other than people. This particular shot was a berry bush creeping onto the barn door on a covered bridge in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. I love this piece of pretty along the peaceful trail of the Potomac river and wish I could go on that peaceful walk again and again and again.

Just for giggles, I’m throwing in a photo from one of the first photo shoots I ever did that started out as a fitness shoot and ended with a little spice. This forty-five year-old with five kids decided she needed a little proof that she still “had it.” For all those entering the new year with resolutions, I salute you.

Blue high heels in the rain

Cold Feet

This shot was taken just seconds before the rain came down. The wedding may have been delayed 30 minutes due to the chilly fall storm, but it wasn’t enough to give the bride cold feet!

Groom with groomsman close to his face

Wedding Boys

Oh brothers. Weddings so often revolve around the girls (and why wouldn’t it?) and until that magical moment of “I do’s” the boys are forgotten. Some of my favorite moments of a wedding day is getting a sneak peek at what the boys are up to while the girls do what girls do on the big day. In this particular case, the boys were holed up in a room at the country club hanging out until they were called to perform their manly groomsmen duties. To pass the time, the groom gathered up his groomsmen and we hit the driving range for a bit. This particular photo is of the groom and his brother…doing what brothers do. I think they enjoyed the fresh air.

Homage To The Dip Kiss

Homage To The Dip Kiss

Every girl’s dream. The white dress, handsome groom, the passionate kiss…and of course, not being dropped. There’s just something about the dip kiss. May it live on forever.