Meet Ashley of Ashley Therese Photography, LLC, one of the newest additions to our list of New York wedding photographers. When she’s not having conversations with her dog or shopping vintage, Ashley is taking incredible editorial wedding photos, that she also notes, come with a “bucketful of honesty”.
“I capture the honesty of a moment, of a feeling, of my bride & groom’s inner and outer beauty.”
Why did you choose to become a photographer? Did the whole 9 – 5 or more like 10pm New York City advertising thing and was completely and utterly miserable. For real. I just knew it was not for me. But what I did know was that I was drawn to the creative editorial images and photo shoots that we did for our advertising campaigns. After two years in the city, I moved home since my family was going through some tough times; my mom going through chemotherapy for breast cancer and my step dad working through his Multiple Sclerosis. Sitting in a cubicle and thinking about my family I just decided that life was too short. Too short to wake everyday and not do something I was passionate about. Too short to not love what I do. Too short to not build meaningful relationships with people and give daily. So with the support (and constant YOU CAN DO IT!!) from my then fiancé Chris, I began to really pursue my hobby and love of photography. I would read as many books as I could during my lunch hour and practice shooting anything and everything that wouldn’t move after work. I would get up early before work and study and read more. I began shooting with other photographers and eventually began booking my own clients.
In a nutshell, that was the birth of Ashley Therese Photography. I’m smiling writing this just thinking about having my dream become my reality. It took a lot of work and dedication but was worth every second because it has enabled me to do what I love everyday.
How long have you been a photographer? Since I was 5 years old, but professionally for 3 years. : ) I was totally that kid running around with disposable cameras.
How would you classify your style of photography? Photojournalistic and editorial – with a huge bucketful of honesty. I capture the honesty of a moment, of a feeling, of my bride & groom’s inner and outer beauty.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level? Gosh, that is a tough one. My family is probably one of the biggest persona influences on me, especially my stepdad. He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, really and truly. He has MS and is wheelchair bound, but has a zest for living and the world that moves me. He reminds me that it’s the small things that might go unnoticed that often tell the biggest story. My husband Chris is another huge influence on me. Without his love and knowing what it feels to be loved unconditionally, I don’t know that I would be the photographer and see couples the way I do.
The other biggest influence on me has to be my couples. I know I know, you are probably thinking suuuuuuure. But it’s true. Their stories of love, loss, and living move me. They push me to want to be the best photographer and storyteller I can be. I adore the people I have met along this journey so far and I hope they never cease to influence and inspire me.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? The biggest piece of advise I can suggest is once you find a photographer’s whose work you love, make sure you meet with them in person if possible to make sure you love as a person equally as much. It is crucial that you click with your photographer and really feel like you can be comfortable and yourself with them. This connection will be reflected in your wedding photos.
Also, I would suggest really discussing what your budget is for your wedding photography and really set aside money for an awesome photographer. This is one area of your wedding you are not going to want to skimp on. At the end of the day… I’m sure you have heard this before…. all you have from your wedding are the photos (and maybe video).
Any fun personal facts we should know about you? You should know that I drink Starbucks pretty much daily but will always deny I drink too much coffee. I have a miniature golden doodle named Remington who I carry on full conversations way, but not in a weird way, I promise. I heart all things vintage and think sushi should be its own food group. I married my best friend and soul mate Chris, who is much cooler then me (at least I let him think that). : )