I am Ashley, a wedding photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here you will find a little glimpse of my life from weddings, to senior sessions and engagement sessions.

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This Roanoke, VA engagement session was perfect. Jordan and Collin and I had to reschedule the session at Carvins Cove once because of rain. We were worried about having to reschedule it again because the weather looked bad again… The night beforehand we decided we would risk it because it was only supposed to rain in the morning and we would deal with the mud. Well, it was not muddy or cloudy…

Roanoke, VA Engagement Session

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On the morning of Elleona’s session, we had to change the location last minute. I am so glad that we ended up at Market at Grelen. I feel like it’s a little hidden gem near Charlottesville and is so beautiful, especially this time of year.  Despite being rushed and not having much breathing room before […]

Market at Grelen

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After Molly and Tay’s engagement session, I think Fall is my new favorite season. Their engagement session at Carvins Cove was everything I could have hoped for. I love how the leaves seemed to be changing colors as the light changed. The mountains were showing off today for this gorgeous couple. I squeal on the inside every time I get to photograph a long dress. Molly’s long dress is mesmerizing and I LOVE how it matches the colors of the mountains. I am really excited to share this blog post with you.

Fall Engagement Session at Carvins Cove

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Sharing with you the do’s and don’ts of doing a wedding sparkler exit. I love the idea but have seen it go wrong too many times. The craziest thing I have seen is a guest DROP the sparkler on the bride’s dress… and yes there were little flames… Sharing my tips so your exit isn’t a disaster.

Wedding Sparkler Exit Do’s and Don’ts

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After MONTHS and MONTHS of planning, it would be a shame if your guests couldn’t enjoy your ceremony. Right? Especially because some have traveled from far away. I am going to share with you my number one tip to ensure your guests can enjoy your ceremony. In the last year, I have attended a couple of weddings as a guest and photographed over a dozen weddings (as you know, if you have been following my blog and Instagram). That being said, I have taken note of what makes a wedding ceremony flow smoothly without distractions. 

My #1 Wedding Ceremony Tip

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December graduates also need recognition! I am so glad that I was able to do Kayla’s!! I am loving this fall senior session at Radford University. This is my first time doing a fall graduation session, and I think I would do more in the future 😉 I know one of Kayla’s friends at Roanoke College and I am glad she connected us!! 

Fall Radford Senior Session

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If you are wanting to include your dog in a photoshoot, need dog photoshoot ideas, or maybe you just LOVE dogs. This blog post is for you! 3 tips for including your dog in a photoshoot and 5 poses to do with a dog.

Dog Photoshoot Ideas

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If I were to describe Jordan and Krystal’s wedding day in three words it would be, spiritual, passionate, and heartwarming. From the moment I arrived at Green Springs Plantation, I felt welcomed. Krystal’s mom immediately came out of her way and introduced herself! Both Jordan and Krystal’s family were heavily involved in the wedding which I thought it even more special. Krystal’s dad BUILT the cross arbor for their ceremony. I saw that everyone was eager to be a part of their wedding and it was heartwarming to see how much love there was within both of their families.

Green Springs Plantation Wedding

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Picking a wedding photographer can be tough. When looking at different packages, there will be some questions you may have. Do I need a second photographer at my wedding? Is it worth paying extra money for a second photographer? I am going to walk you through one of my wedding’s where having a second photographer made a MAJOR difference in the images that I delivered to my client’s. 

This blog post will answer your questions regarding if having a second photographer included in your photography package NECESSARY. 

Do I Need A Second Photographer?

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If you ever have the chance to go to the Beaver Dam Sunflower Festival, I HIGHLY recommend. There are local vendors, FOOD, and SUNFLOWERS (shocker). My friends and I ventured to the festival today. It was a great little adventure! We ate snow cones and kettle corn and took LOTS of pictures.

Beaver Dam Sunflower Festival