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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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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!

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.

Wedding SeasonThe Anytime Wedding:

The one thing I love about elopements is that they tend to not be tied to the typical wedding season but happen all year long. For me, wedding season is all the time! Almost any day is a good day to say “I love you” to the one you want to be with, not just a Saturday in June. The couple that these rings belong to I believe got married on a Tuesday in September, just the two of them. It was beautiful.

South Fork Bride hugging her two new sons

Two Little Super Heroes

Every wedding has a unique fingerprint, every one with its own story. Every bride and groom has their own tale, their own story, and their own vision for the future. This particular couple was blending their two worlds, one little boy belonging to each one. It was fun to be a part of their special day and to see the two little boys interact not only with each other, but the other members of their new family-to-be. My favorite moment of the day was during the pre-wedding hooplay  when both little boys revealed their super hero shirts underneath their crisp white wedding shirts. That’s when I knew it was going to be a good day.

Bride being carried by her groom.

Swept.

This blond beauty was nothing but pleasant as she battled the wind and the chilly Colorado fall in order to cross the bridge to meet her groom and say “I do.” However, she completely surprised me as she shed her pink spikey shoes in order to be able to hike down to the waterfall for their photos and to play as the last bits of sunset disappeared. Not one complaint came from this barefoot bride, and as we were finishing up and could take the cold and the wind no longer, her groom swept her up for one last moment of just the two of them by the lake. This private moment between them is one of my favorites.

Couple Dip Kissing

Let’s take a moment to honor the age-old tradition and beauty of the dip kiss.

There’s just something fun, playful, romantic and passionate about a man dipping his woman for a smooch. If there’s a way to sneak in a dip kiss into a photo shoot, I will try my darndest to do so. This particular couple makes me smile because this moment came during a rather intense time of the family photo shoot. Meeting for a quick mini-shoot after work, their two girls were having a moment of sibling rivalry, so I excused these parents to come with me for a few moments to play in the fall colors and take a moment just the two of them. The funny thing about photographing a dip kiss is that no matter who the couple is or what the surrounding circumstances are, the dip kiss almost always starts with a mini argument. There’s always a playful struggle on how to do it, who’s in charge, how long, who’s watching, and of course the fear of being dropped. Somehow they always work it out and to this day I’ve never seen a girl dropped.  Not once. Way to go fellas. Cheers to the dip kiss!