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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!

Cute Baby Faces

As a continuation from last Black & Wednesday’s posted photo, six month old little baby Saige took a few moments to recover after her faceplant. We’ve all been there. However, this just proves that little girls learn early on how to give “the look.”

Baby Photography - little fingers

Black & Wednesday – Baby Photography

Shot outdoors by the river in South Fork, Colorado at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast— this family portrait session featuring six-month-old baby Saige just couldn’t get any more adorable. Still working on her sitting skills, my client had previously fallen over (as in flat out face in the grass) and needed some assistance to continue her super sweet modeling session. Her daddy came to the rescue. Sometimes we all need a little hand-holding assistance.

Yep, some days are like that. I totally get it sweetheart.

Fancy Feet Wedding - bridal shoes on couch

Fancy Feet Wedding

While interning under two wedding photographers in Southern California, one of them decided to play a game with me. While jumping back to the bridal suite really quick for a battery refresh, my photography mentor setup this shot and then challenged me to duplicate it on my camera. Personally I think he was just trying to show me how superior his equipment was to mine, but I still loved the challenge! Challenge accepted.

Ashography - Fancy Feet

This was one of my first shoots for a client who owned a fitness studio in Southern California and needed photos for her business. Towards the end of the session she asked if she could don some new duds and get a few personal photos with her boyfriend’s bike. No problem. The shoot itself took a turn in a different direction than originally anticipated and ended up being more of a boudoir session. There is no doubt she had a rockin’ good time adding a little spice to the day, and the only thing I regret is that she wouldn’t let me keep her fabulous boots!

The Unexpected Ninja - Ashography

The Unexpected Ninja

While shooting bio portraits for authors at an author conference at a hotel in Denver, this particular client needing portraits for the back of her upcoming book, website, and promo materials seemed fairly standard and just like all the rest of the lovely writers that I had met that day…until she busted out her ninja swords. I had no idea when I woke up that morning that I would be shooting a ninja that day. It had started to rain right as she was going through her ninja sword performance and this was one of the last shots as she ended her routine and caught her breath.