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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!

In Honor Of

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery – In Honor Of

Taken at Arlington National Cemetery while out in Washington, D.C. for a funeral. The sad beauty of so many lives loved and lost of those who have sacrificed for their country, their family, and their beliefs. It is a humbling and life-changing experience to see and reflect on the beauty and brevity of our time here. Life is truly a gift, and how we use it and lose it is a gift of impact we leave behind on our world.

Pre-Wedding Prayer Hide-e-Hole

Pre-Wedding Prayer at Mount Vernon Country Club

Pre-Wedding Prayer

This cutie couple comes with a cute story. As the bride sat jittery in the bridal suite at Mount Vernon Country Club, she looked at me and quietly said, “I want to pray with him, can you arrange that?” Looking around the venue, I found a half door in the back hallway just steps from the bridal suite she’d been hiding out in that was perfect for a pre-wedding prayer.¬† Not wanting to be seen, I hid him behind the half door and arranged their pre-wedding meeting. With a prayer just between the two of them, they held hands and gave a quick kiss through the door and parted ways…only to be joined twenty minutes later in happily ever after.



The Great Beyond ocean view of black lava beach

The Great Beyond – Black Lava Beach Awaits

As an extension of last week’s Black & Wednesday photo, this one was taken the day before my best friend’s wedding as the bridal party hit the black lava beach in Kauai to relax and enjoy the views before the big day. After hiking in and ready to hit the beach, we had our choice of going right on the white sands where all the other people were, or going left to the forbidden lava rock tidal pools to explore the great beyond. Of course, the boys chose to go left.


Beautiful Bride

Today’s bride is special to me. Very rare occasion that I shoot weddings of people I actually know. I was asked to shoot my best friend’s wedding…and then I was asked to BE in the wedding. Don’t know if I pulled either role off very well, but I absolutely love this photo and am honored to have been there to take it.

Fiesta Lizzard


This photo of the day was taken in Cabo San Lucas while on a work trip in 2010 (I know, rough life.) While waiting at the market, I took the photo and didn’t realize that I was supposed to pay to have the privilege to do so. Oops. This lizard cost me some pesos. Thanks amigo.