Archive for July, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited to share these images today. This lovely family invited me to their brand new home for a 9 month photography session and a few family images too! The K family is new to Columbia and I am so glad to have met them and worked with them. Mom and Dad really value their portraits, scheduling this session even before the furniture truck had arrived with their things! And at first I was worried about what I would do with an empty house for our session. So I brought along a new chair (and this is the BEST chair ever…….two of them were gifted from my husband’s grandmother and sit in my client proofing room now) and an attitude of adventure. It worked out BEAUTIFULLY! Little sis, the 9 month old that this session centered around, and her adorable big brother were just wonderful to work with. Big brother was a tough nut to crack at first, as many 2-3 year olds can be. But you know what? When all else fails, fart noises rarely do!!

This is one adorable family and I am so looking forward to another session this fall!

Mom and Dad, I hope you enjoy your preview. Tell your friends and family members to check out the images and leave a little love on your blog post. Blog love makes me very, very happy and I like to say thank you to my clients for sharing my work. If you get 35 comments from unique visitors (with a unique email address), you can choose your favorite image for a 5×7 print on me! If you get 50 comments, it’s an 8×10!! Enjoy:)


Meghan Rickard: Adorable family! What a lovely house!!

Cherise: Too cute!

Laura: What a beautiful family and such a great home! The kids are just adorable! Ashley you rock lifestyle photography like no one else. I love your work!

Liz: I adore your work. This family is just gorgeous!

Gretchen Barber: What a wonderful photographer you are! Thank you for doing such a great job capturing my lovely daughter, her fine husband, and my adorable grandkids! These pictures will be treasured.

Dee: These are so adorable, Ashley! The images of the baby near the window are especially sweet - great job!

Kelly Mack: These are such fun! I love them. What a little personality. Beautiful family.

Anna: Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work Ashley!!! LOVE these photos so very much!!

Rowena: WOW, what a beautiful family and love the home!!! :) Beautifully captured!! Greate work Ashley!

Whitley Pollet: Gorgeous family & house & pictures!! Love the lego pictures.

Jenni: Ma petite cherie!! Gorgeous, fresh, lovely pictures :) xoxo, Aunt Jenni

sylvia borgo: ashley, again, you capture the family in their beautiful surroundings. What a gorgeous family.

Kel Ward: Wow! What a gorgeous family and beautiful children! Their home is amazing too! Awesome photos, Ashley!

Julie Wagoner: So beautiful! And I love the clean, uncluttered look to their home. Worked out perfectly!

lindsay: so sweet, wonderful session!!

Amber: Such a beautiful family!

Anelle: BEAUTIFUL!!!

Kate Craft: So the chair

Jackie Jean: These are wonderful, I love the ones of her looking out the window :)

Krissy Allori: Wow, what a beautiful home. How special to have photos taken at the beginning of a new era!

Azure: Oh my, what a beautiful family! I just love the little Miss's bloomers. Adorable!

Megan Marlene Photography: Oh my word! Dream home! Those windows are exactly what I've always wanted.. and such lovely, lovely light! Lucky family. Lucky photographer. Lucky me!

Leah Jent: Such fantastic shots, Ashley! I love your beautiful family images. :)

Rachel Aberle: These are lovely images and in a beautiful setting.

amy: This Family looks so in love.. You could see it in mom and dad's face. And there two little ones are just stunning! I just adore your work.

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So, it’s my birthday next week! I won’t say how YOUNG I will be or how very, very wise:) But I have decided that this year I will embrace my birthday and be thankful for another year here with the people I love, doing what I feel called to do, and just try to savor every day. I will no longer allow myself to be filled with dread at the thought of a number. I am not a number. I am thankful!

I am going to celebrate here on my blog too! I am currently booking fall sessions and the calendar is starting to fill! It is exciting to be approaching busy season again and I can’t wait to meet all the new families and see all the growing kiddos from my returning clients! And this year, I want to try a little something new. For one week only, this week before my big day, I will be offering demi sessions! What is a demi session? I’m so glad you asked:)

If you have been longing for a session with Ashley Ward Photography but wanted a smaller commitment in time, decisions, and cost, you will want to take advantage of this offer. The demi session is for families who want quality portrait art and easier choices. If you are looking for a smaller collection of images to document this year in the life of your children or your family, this is the time to book your session. Each booking may have up to 5 family participants and the session will last approximately 30 minutes. An online gallery of 12 fully-edited images will be available for viewing with a choice of 10 of those images on a disc of high resolution digital files with personal print privileges. A 5×7 professional print of each selected file is included as well as a 10 page 5×5 custom hardback coffee table storybook!

Book any available date from July through October 2011. A limited number of these sessions will be available and the first 5 bookings will receive all 12 digital files and prints and will have all 12 images included in the coffee table storybook! This offer expires at 5pm July 27, 2011 and will not be made again this year.

Feel free to post this to your Facebook wall, send the link to friends, and spread the word however you like. A little blog love is always awesome too!

So what are you waiting for? Your investment in custom portrait art will grow more valuable with every passing year!

Detra Dowling: What a great deal!!! I just love your work!!!

Kara Layfield: If I lived closer I'd be all over this! What a fantastic deal!

Carrie: Amazing deal!

Anna: What an amazing deal Ashley!

Rowena: WOW what a great deal!!!! How much I wish I am close by!!!

Brandi-lee: love your intro I loved that song when I was younger!!! The deal is fantastic, if only I didnt live in another country!!

Liz: Sounds perfect!

Shelly: Oh my goodness! I wish I lived in the States, i'd be snapping up this awesome offer in a second!

Kelly Mack: Awesome deal! Wish i lived closer

Whitley Pollet: Wow! Sounds like a great deal! I hope people are booking you up! Happy birthday!!!

sylvia borgo: fantastic deal!!!

Kel Ward: Holy cow, this is an amazing deal!

Anelle: I wish I lived close to you, Ashley! What a wonderful offer!

Krissy Allori: What a fantastic deal! I'm sure you will have lots of happy clients.

Azure: What a great deal... gosh, I wish I was closer because I would be all over that!

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It’s been such a busy time around here. This last week has seen an increase in bookings throughout the end of the year and even into 2012! There are only two November and December appointments available at this time. With so many lifestyle baby and newborn photography sessions, I only take a certain number of sessions per month in order to maintain the flexibility those sessions require. If you are planning a session sometime this year, now is the time to secure your date.


I have been so eager to share some great information with my blog stalkers, clients, and future clients and to tell them all about the project I have been working on with an awesome new Columbia business. We finally wrapped up this last week and I am so happy with our results! I want to tell all mommies, mommies-to-be, and women anticipating pregnancy about Expecting Well, a physician supervised maternity spa and wellness center with educational services to promote a happy, healthy pregnancy. Expecting Well offers a wide range of services from pampering, to mind/body activities like yoga, as well as educational opportunities to reduce anxiety and stress on a variety levels. Whether you are looking for prenatal, postpartum, or fertility massage, mani/pedis and facials, or activities such as prenatal or baby yoga, you will find it at Expecting Well. The center is conveniently located at 514-A Gervais St. in the Vista.

If you are interested in starting any of the yoga classes offered here, or might be interested in more information on the upcoming Birthing From Within series workshop, visit the Expecting Well site, their schedule, or give them a call at 803.661.8452. Also, Ginger Doughty RYT-500 will be subbing yoga class Friday July 15th (4:30) and will be ending class with a yoga nidra experience. You can find out more about yoga nidra here.

Presently I am at work on beautiful art pieces for the walls throughout the center. As part of the displays, we wanted some images of a mom-to-be in the poses practiced in the prenatal yoga classes. And then some postpartum yoga images of the same mom. So what could make that better than to add the baby to the images as well! It was a little bit of a challenge. Other photographers might be surprised to learn the baby in the images was 4 weeks old the day we took the postpartum photographs. It’s no easy task to lull and pose a baby of this age for classic images but so worth it! Isn’t she just beautiful!!! And mom looks amazing! She made me wish I had done this for myself during my pregnancy. I was so impressed during the first shoot and even more during the second!

Here are a few of the images. I hope you enjoy them. Here’s hoping for much success for Expecting Well. Columbia-area women are so lucky to have access to a center with these services! And if you visit Expecting Well, be sure to tell Rachel Hall, MD and her staff where you learned about their wonderful center!


Dezarae: breathtaking! really :)

Leya Stefanski: Fantastic as always. Your work is beautiful and I can't wait for it to be hung so prominently where so many people can admire it!!!!

Shelby: Stunning mom, beautiful baby, amazing photos!

Anelle: BEAUTIFUL!!! Just breathtaking!

Danielle McCarty: Stunning, every single image!

Dawn: Wow, Ashley. Amazing as always. But that mom!!! Holy moly! I'm 9 months post pardum and don't look that great!!! I guess I should start doing yoga!

Danielle Frank: These are absolutely STUNNING! And she looks amazing!

Claire Hunter: WOW! These are amazing! She looks fantastic! I wish I lived closer so I can sign up in a few weeks after I deliver!

Verity: Ashley these are phenomenal, I absolutely adore them!

Carrie: Wow! Just, wow!!!!

Laura Morita-Yeun: Um, wow. She looks incredible. Love all of these! Great work, as always, Ashley.

susan scoggins: I have not seen more beautiful Mother/Child photos ever!

Bob Harper: Just Awesome,so proud.God Bless.

Laura: Geez Louise woman! These are gorgeous!! So unique. So artistic. Love your vision. And I am amazed at how great this mom looks. The shots of her and baby are stunning!

Lainie Lewis: Beautiful mommy and baby! She has a" six pack" already after only 4 weeks! Where do I sign up?

Kel Ward: Oh. My. Gosh. These are absolutely AMAZING!!!

Tania: Your captures are completely amazing, I love everything about this! the B&W conversions are stunning!

Brandi-lee: Anelle took the words right out of my mouth .....Breathtaking!!!

Julie Wagoner: These are incredible and are going to be such a fantastic addition to the yoga center!

Krissy Allori: These are absolutely stunning. If my tummy could look like that just after giving birth, I'd have to say that the yoga helped! Really gorgeous and peaceful.

Rachel Aberle: These are stunning! I agree, makes me want to get back into yoga.

Leah Jent: She looks fantastic! Beautiful photos, Ashley!

Kara Layfield: Stunning...just stunning!

Dee: Wow - that mom looks incredible! These are going to look beautiful hanging at the yoga center!

Amber: WOW. These are stunning!! I just can't get over how AMAZING she looks for just having a baby!!

Rowena: Simply WOW! totally blow me away!!!

Susan: These will look amazing at the center. The mom must be so thrilled.

Justyna: Amazing series! I love the pre and post partum images! Great job and congratulations, Ashley!

Azure: Oh my word, Ashley, these are breathtaking! WOW!!!

sylvia borgo: these are INCREDIBLE!!!! Bravo!!!

lindsay: WOW!!! I love these!! Incredible images.

Megan Marlene Photography: Hi there! Beautiful images! Adding your blog to my feed :)

Amy: Now these are just amazing. I love how you captured all of these.

Heidi Jirotka: LOVE THESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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When these clients contacted me for a baby and family photography session, I knew they would have the best style! Mom let me know they would have some wonderful family pieces to incorporate into the session. As downtown dwellers, they are used to dealing with the same issue as so many of my clients (and me too!)……smaller rooms and homes (and very little storage!). So mom thought it would be wise for me to check out the space in her sweet daughter’s nursery before the shoot. I visited their home – ADORABLE! And with two parents have worked with graphics. How could we go wrong! And while the room was small, it was so colorful and precious and so well put together. It was not a problem for me at all. Sometimes I have to use every inch of a room to get the best angles and light, but that just makes the images more fun!!!

I was super excited about this session but was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen. This summer has been the hardest on my schedule! It seems we haven’t had enough really GOOD rain, but it has been scattered about enough to cause the rescheduling of more that a few outdoor sessions……this one included. Even the morning of the session, the skies were overcast and dreary. So we shot inside and I returned later in the day to complete the outdoor portion. That almost had to be rescheduled too. The skies seemed to be half overcast and half sun and clouds directly over her house! But we went for it anyway and I LOVE what we got!

This little doll reminds me of my own daughter at that age. She was so adorable. I wanted to take her home with me! Mom and dad were great fun and made it easy to enjoy the work.

Mom and Dad, I hope you enjoy your preview. Tell your friends and family members to check out the images and leave a little love on your blog post. Blog love makes me very, very happy and I like to say thank you to my clients for sharing my work. If you get 35 comments from unique visitors (with their email address), you can choose your favorite image for a 5×7 print on me! If you get 50 comments, it’s an 8×10!! Enjoy:)


Victor Jenkinson: Great pics guys. Ashley good work. -Vic

Pete & Kathi Dolder: What great models! It's going to hard for you to pick out one print. Our favorite is the first one of L. standing up in the crib. Adorable!

Pete & Kathi Dolder: What great models! Our favorite is the first one of L. standing up in the crib. Adorable!

Amy Davies Lackey: These photos are gorgeous! I love how natural they look- really captured her beautiful smile. What a beautiful girl!!!!

Danielle McCarty: You are so wonderful at lifestyle portraits Ashley! I adore this session and know the family will as well! :)

Fred and Ced Dolder: Love the photos, every one of them! The family will be butter in her hands forever! Gotta say the ones in the car, even waving, are especially appropriate. Beautiful!

grandad: These are all beautiful! I love to ones with the truck.

Patsy Dolder: I love them all! We are so proud of our son and his beautiful family!

Proud Gran: Ashley your work is beautiful and you captured to sweet personality of our adorable grandbaby and her beautiful parents.

amy: beautiful family. love the trucks.

Marc & Christina Dolder: She is such a cutie. She's getting so big. All of them are great pics. My favorite is the upclose one of her on the bed. Miss you and love you all!

Michael Cramer: Now that's a good looking family!!

Ellan Jenkinson: Absolutely gorgeous!

Leslie: Love the way these photos capture this beautiful family. The lighting and colors look so peaceful and inviting :)

Liz: What a stunning session! The colors are so vivid! What a perfect little family! Just adorable!

Radi: Absolutely gorgeous pictures of an adorable baby and her beautiful parents. The colors are so vibrant! It will be hard to pick just one!

Claire Hunter: These are just gorgeous Ashley. Your images are just breathtaking!

Julie Moxley: Absolutely beautiful! What a precious little girl and family.

Betty Moxley: What a beautiful family! I would have to buy the entire package!!

Eric Dolder: These photos are awesome! The colors are so vibrant and the subject, well, she's perfect of course. Great job by the photographer.

Marilyn Montgomery: Beautiful photos of all. What good work by Ashley. I love the picture where the baby is giving her turn signal in the car/truck.

Heidi Sullivan: Love ALL of these pics!! My fave is the very first one...great family photo! I can't believe how big Liesl is getting. Using Grandad's truck was a nice touch! Love ya'll!

Kathy Epting: Those are such wonderful shots. I love them. She is such a pretty baby. Boy does she look like her Daddy (Sorry Val). Love you all.

Jana Dolder: She has Brian's smile. I love all of them. Love the truck too.

Jenny Dolder: B&V have a beautiful home and these pictures showcase it's uniqueness. Great light and beautiful colors!!

Shelly: Love these! Fabulous work!

John: Stunning photos!

Anna Sykes: Oh, Ashley, you rock! Valerie, Liesl, and Brian these pictures are a few of my Favorite Things!

Kel Ward: These photos are adorable!!

Terry: These are beautiful! Your colors and skin tones are divine! What a sweet little girl!

Amber: Oh!! LOVE their style!! What a fab nursery!! These are fantastic. You are my lifestyle hero Ashley!

Dezarae: These are so great, Ashley, just as all of your sessions are! You captured so many different epressions from this little girl. I love seeing all of the images that you capture in their own element! :)

Crickett: Such a beautiful family! And such a beautiful baby!

Danielle Frank: What an adorable baby! I love your lifestyle work - just stunning.

Kristin: Ashley, this is a gorgeous and fun session! I love your clarity, the vibrant color, and the little girl is adorable! That shot in the crib is wonderful!

Kathleen: What a great session! I love your processing. You always have such beautiful color. The room is so cute, as is the sweet baby girl.

Anelle: These are adorable! What wonderful captures!

Holli Sullivan Ewing: What a gorgeous family! Liesl is so adorable. Those are the best pics! I love them! That was so sweet to use Grandad's truck. Where did you get the little car? It's too cute. Love her room! Great photographer!

Andrea Harrelson: These pictures of this precious family are just adorable. I especially love Ms. L on her big girl bed and you have captured her sweet smile in every picture. Great job! Beautiful mom too!

Rick King: Wow!! Great pics Val and Brian....Liesl is so beautiful, I 'm a very proud uncle!! Every pic is so perfect, love the touch of grandads truck and Liesl standing up in her crib is my favorite!! Great work!

robert stump: What happy, photogenic, parents and child. Beautiful pictures!How can you choose?!!! I love them all.

Ashley: awesome! great family photos, for sure! Liesl is a cutie pie!

Tiffany Eoute: Such a beautiful family! Liesl is the cutest little baby doll! I love the natural lighting!

Jim and Dana Sprott: Those pictures are all beautiful!!! Its hard to choose but I like the shot of the three of you with Liesl standing in between on the tailgate of the truck! Precious!

Jean Trent: Beautiful pictures of a happy, loving family which the first picture shows so well.

Bob Trent: Great pictures! Like the ones in the truck.

Brandi-lee: How this family is going to choose is beyond me, I'd want every single shot!! Love the colours and her beautiful smile!

Suzanne: Beautiful pictures! The lighting is wonderful!!

Denise: My first blush of these pictures literally brought tears to my eyes. This sweet child was a long -awaited blessing. In each image you have captured the very essence of the pure joy that the arrival of this sweet baby brings to this family every day

Leah Jent: I love these! You are so good at what you do. I love your lifestyle work! Beautiful!

Betsy Humphries: These pictures are wonderful. Captures all of Liesel 's moods. Beautiful work

Libby LaRosa-Green: Just amazing! She is so adorable and her parents are pretty cute too! What joy she brings when she smiles - gorgeous pictures and a gorgeous family.

Azure: These are fantastic! I love, love, love that little car. What a gorgeous family, and beautiful work!

Sue Kesterson: Beautiful pictures. You captured the joy of the family and their love for both old and new. Your ability to capture the brilliant colors in every room and space made all the photos especially attractive....t;imeless. Lovely, dear family. Always has been, always will be!!

Summer: awesome! like the last few with the whole family and the truck!

Heidi Jirotka: Totally priceless photos!

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