Archive for September, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! As promised, today I am posting part 3 of the most recent maternity and newborn lifestyle sessions. Today we are highlighting the nursery of a beautiful and very lucky baby girl!


Hello Amanda! I am so thrilled to be able to show everyone your daughter’s beautiful nursery. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us all about what makes Leala’s room so special!

Q: Firstly, I know that you decorated the nursery yourself. Where did you find your inspiration or ideas for the room?
A: Most of the inspiration and ideas for Leala’s nursery came from Google searches, Pinterest, and the colors of a mix of Potpourri that we have in our guest bathroom. Another inspiration was my mom who is an interior decorator, so naturally, growing up my bedrooms were always beautifully designed. Having my own haven to come home to always provided a sense of comfort and beauty. I’m hopeful that Leala will feel that too.

Q: Did you have a particular theme in mind or a favorite color? What was your starting point for the design?
A: Well I definitely knew from the beginning that our daughter’s room needed to be designed with bright and cheerful colors. She was very active in my belly so we figured a happy colorful room would suit her personality. So I started the design process by looking for art, hoping to find the “inspiration piece”. Google helped with this one, I literally searched for, “happy nursery art” and then came across oopsydaisy.com. What a fantastic website for children’s art! I was so excited to find “Cherry Blossom Birdies”. I loved the happy birds and the color pallet of pinks, teals, greens, ivory, and brown. All other aspects of the nursery design developed around that piece.
After finding the art I realized we have a bowl of potpourri in our guest bathroom with those same colors. I’m a visual person and the matching colors of the potpourri further confirmed my decision on the nursery’s color pallet.

Q: Your paint selections are wonderful too and the striped wall is fantastic. Do you recall what colors you used? Did you paint yourself and if so, was it difficult to create the stripes?
A: Thanks! The colors on the walls are from Sherwin Williams. The off white is Roman Column (SW 7562) and the teal is Embellished Blue (SW 6749). My father painted the room for us – what an amazing gift! He’s a great painter and the walls turned out beautifully. He started with the Roman Column on all four walls. Once dry, we both spent probably half a day prepping the back wall for the stripes. We are both extremely detail oriented so as tedious as it was, it ended up being a fun project to work on together (and my husband was more than happy to let us.) We were all relieved though when the prep work was completed. After that, my dad finished the stripes in Embellished Blue.
The most helpful tool we had was our laser level ($15 from Home Depot). Without it, creating straight stripes would have been impossible.
I found a blog online that shared a GREAT tip for painting stripes on a wall. It explained that if you first seal the painters tape with a thin coat of the base color (for us, Roman Column) and let that dry, the striped color wouldn’t bleed through. It worked! We’re all very pleased with how it turned out.

Q: What item do you think had the biggest influence on the design path for the rest of the room?
A: Once again, the piece of art from oopsydaisy.com. It inspired every design decision made for her nursery. It was so fun to create a design pallet based on those colors and that happy feeling.

Q: Please tell us about the furnishings and the textiles in the room. Did you shop local for any of the furnishings or decor? If so, what items did you find locally and where?
A: Locally we found the crib at Baby Furniture Plus here in Columbia, SC. I knew I wanted an espresso colored crib to match the brown in the painting, but wanted to make sure that dark color wouldn’t be too overpowering in the room. So we decided to go with a traditional style crib because it was more “dainty” than most of the convertible cribs we saw. I love the lines of the crib, especially the feet as they remind me of a French vintage piece of furniture. I looked for that style of dresser on Craigslist and found one in Charlotte for $50!
I went the Craigslist route because I was inspired by an online tutorial on how to refinish a dresser and wanted to take the DIY plunge. The dresser/changing table required a complete overhaul of stripping, wood filling, sanding, priming, sanding again due to wrong primer, priming again, painting, sealing, and drilling holes for new knobs. The paint color is Sherwin Williams Tame Teal (SW6757) and the knobs are from Lowes and were very similar to the knobs from Restoration Hardware that I originally had my eye on. I considered this my special project for the sweet little girl that was growing inside my belly.
The side table was given to us by my father-in-law. It was originally dark green so I pulled a lime green from the Cherry Blossom painting for a splash of warmth. It was a breeze to paint after the complications of the dresser. The green is from Lowes -Valspar’s Lime Mousse.
I found the ideas for the book shelves and the curtain panels from Pinterest. The book shelves hanging on the wall are actually just spice racks from Ikea. They sell out quickly so I learned after several trips to check their website to make sure they’re in stock. They were a light wood and I spray painted them dark brown to match the crib. The linen curtains were purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond, it was super easy to sew on the Pom Pom Fringe (from Joanns) before hanging.
The rug and glider were gifts from family and both from Pottery Barn Kids. The bookcase was ordered new from JCPenny, I contemplated painting that, but decided to keep its original color. Lastly, the bedding was purchased from an etsy shop – the patterns, ruffles, and colors still make me smile!



Q: I love the different art pieces in the nursery too. Can you tell me about them? Do any of the art items or accessories in the nursery have any special significance to you or your family?
A: Thanks! The monogram over the bed is the newest addition to the nursery. I purchased the wooden letters from SouthernProperMonograms.com and painted them a bubble gum pink. For the background I ended up wrapping a canvas in a beautiful lace from House of Fabrics here in Columbia. Once wrapped, I used craft glue to attach the letters.

The angel wings and frame were in my mother’s home and were given to us when Leala was born. The frame was an antique gold that we decided to spruce up with pink! We love how that turned out.

A few special accessories from my childhood are the mirror, the silver teacup, and the wooden wagon on the last shelf of the dresser. I have fond memories of them all and am grateful my mother saved them for my daughter. Books were always special to Michael and I and we’re hoping Leala will feel the same way – all of the books in her bookshelf, with the exception of the top shelf, are Michael’s and mine from childhood. The booties on the bookcase were made by my husband’s maternal great grandmother, we cannot wait to share that piece of family history with Leala someday. She also has a few hand knitted blankets from her great grandmother and some very loving friends that we wanted to be sure to display.

Now we’re just waiting to put one of our newborn shots above the dresser! Once that’s up, the room will feel complete.

Q: Where did you splurge and where did you save?
A: We splurged on the bedding! And we’re so happy we did. As I previously mentioned, I found the bedding from an etsy shop – once again, thanks to a Google search, this time for “green, pink, and aqua nursery” images. The owner of the etsy shop custom makes all of her bedding. It was a little pricey, but since we saved in so many other areas of the room we decided splurging on the bedding would be ok.

All of the pieces of furniture (except for the bookcase and mirror) were gifts or hand-me-downs from our family – so we definitely saved there. A big THANK YOU to Grandpa Jeff, Grammie, Pop Pop, Lala, Papa Tom, Papa Mike, H-Chie, Aunt Abbey and Aunt Mary Kay for helping make Leala’s nursery so special! We love you!

Q: What would you say was your very best purchase in preparing for Leala’s arrival?
A: To be honest, the nursery is amazing and we cannot wait for her to start enjoying it. But I’d say the most valued purchase to our family is the newborn photography session. The pictures are breathtaking and they captured our family at this moment in time. All members of our family will benefit from them for years to come. Leala is going to love looking back at her beginnings!

Ahem! I would just like to insert here that the previous response was totally unsolicited! Do you see why I think I have the most fabulous clients in the world?!


Q: Is there anything you would change?
A: I’ve been thinking about changing the background of the monogram. I might paint the canvas a lime green, then add the lace back on. I’ll test it out when I find some time.

I’d also change our carpet. That was the original carpet when we purchased our house – it’s in great condition, but I’m not crazy about the color. Maybe down the line.


Tania: I love reading the Q&A and seeing how an idea became a concept,that resulted into a creative venture, that in the end produced such an amazing haven of awesomeness for their princess. Just stunning! I think in life we all that 1 piece of art that inspires us- Love that they used a piece of inspiration and built on it. Their daughter will love that there was so much thought and love put into this! Amazing work Ashley- how blessed they are to have you capture these images!

Kel Ward: I have GOT to stop looking at your Nestorations post! I love decorating and, darn it, I am DONE having babies, but I want to decorate a nursery! Haha. This is GORGEOUS! I love the fun mix of pieces and colors. She did an AMAZING job! I also literally LOL when I saw the last photo. TOO cute!

Amy Medeiros: I LOVE Leala's nursery and hearing all the thought and care that went into it!

Carrie: Oh how gorgeous! And the last shot of the puppy is so adorable!!

Gail: I love these nursery posts! Such sweet treasures to know all the thought that goes into a nursery - and it looks like baby thinks her room is the perfect nest for sleeping! So pretty!!!

amy lenhart: what a gorgeous nursery!!! i totally smiled at the little baby just chilling back in her crib ahaha!! ove the subtle stripes on the one wall!

kingston microsdhc liquidmini formatting: An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

Ward Sussex: I am on a crossroads in my career. I am in the middle of applying for law train, except I in fact wish for to engrave. Is there a field that can merge the two, otherwise perform I want one in excess of the other? I am not looking to practice rule, that much I be on familiar terms with in relation to myself. I fancy to do impressive that is challenging, amusing, creative and consequential. I horror that I have to give out of bed symbols in organize to fullfill a effective life..

Lauren Holleran: Where in attendance is no custody at hand is no love.

wildfire 6235 wristband auxiliary: whoah this weblog is excellent i like studying your posts. Keep up the good work! You realize, many individuals are looking round for this info, you could aid them greatly.

Obdulia Brancazio: Cheers! I like it.|

Contessa Fosson: Great write-up, I am regular visitor of one

Business Setup: Then after a actually long time, a decade maybe, you can become a captain.

magic bullet nutribullet 12-piece high-speed blender/mixer system: howdy, I’m having bad luck trying to rank up for the words “victorias secret coupon codes”… Please approve my comment!!

Asbestos Cancer: I have identified your write-up very informative and interesting. I appreciate your points of view and I agree with so several. You’ve done a great job with producing this clear enough for anyone to comprehend.

Tammi Knorp: An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. And he in reality purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying more on this topic. If doable, as you become experience, would you thoughts updating your blog with extra details? It's extremely useful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog put up!

Inocencia Pinzon: Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to seek out any individual with some original ideas on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is something that's wanted on the internet, someone with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the web!

Takako Lindig: There are certainly a lot of particulars like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to bring up. I provide the thoughts above as normal inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you carry up the place the most important thing will probably be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round issues like that, however I am certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Each boys and girls really feel the influence of only a second’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

Desmond Kammes: Aw, this was a very nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and on no account seem to get something done.

Mckinley Siltman: Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to find someone with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is something that is needed on the net, someone with a little bit originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

Jonathan Grissom: You must take part in a contest for among the finest blogs on the web. I'll suggest this site!

Quinton Pressimone: You are my inspiration , I possess few web logs and occasionally run out from to post .I believe this web site holds some very good info for everyone. "To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is being educated." by Edith Hamilton.

Garth Mita: I simply desired to thank you very much once again. I'm not certain the things that I would've used in the absence of the actual opinions contributed by you over that field. This was a real troublesome matter in my view, nevertheless observing a new professional approach you resolved that took me to jump for joy. I am just happier for this work and as well , believe you find out what a powerful job your are getting into training the mediocre ones via your websites. I am sure you've never encountered all of us.

Agen Ibcbet: Some genuinely fantastic articles on this internet site , thanks for contribution.

Taruhan Online: I gotta favorite this website it seems extremely helpful very helpful

Taruhan Bola Online: But wanna comment on few general things, The website style and design is perfect, the subject material is real good. "War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military." by Georges Clemenceau.

Bioenergoterapeuta: It's in reality a great and helpful piece of information. I'm glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

Orville Washuk: 11/2/2016 @ 10:11:46: lorem ipsum ashleywardphotography.com

bogner uberschall: front bogner uberschall http://bogneruberschall.hcllimited.com/

interior house painting: "Im thankful for the blog.Thanks Again. Awesome."

motor club of america: "A big thank you for your article. Want more."

Costumes: "Thank you for your blog post."

naked eliquid: "Wow, great article post.Really thank you! Really Great."

shop ebe dot com: "I loved your post. Really Great."

sarД±yer evden eve nakliyat: "It's nearly impossible to find experienced people about this topic, but you seem like you know what you're talking about! Thanks"

eyГјp nakliyat: "Major thankies for the post.Thanks Again. Really Cool."

Ac ductless contractor: "I know this website presents quality depending content and other material, is there any other site which provides these kinds of data in quality?"

Botswana: "I gotta favorite this website it seems extremely helpful very beneficial"

Mauritius: "I really like and appreciate your post.Really thank you! Fantastic."

Kenya: "I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and test again right here frequently. I'm moderately sure I will learn many new stuff right right here! Good luck for the following!"

This was so much fun to put together. I hope you enjoy this beautiful family’s story as much as I enjoyed creating the images that tell it:)

Ami: They are beautiful prtcuies. I have never seen such professional prtcuies of a newborn. It is amazing. It is great to see the black and white too. Very fun.Caroline

This is part 2 in a 3 part post….a continuation from the latest maternity session post. I enjoyed every moment with this family. These images are from a full newborn session and because this couple was willing to share so much with me, we were able to get an incredible selection of images from their session.

I hope you enjoy looking through the portraits and I think I will let them tell the story! Check back soon for images from their beautiful nursery!!!
























Justyna: Sigh... You have such distinct style, so unique and lovely, I just adore every image. Wonderful family and beautiful babe too.

Gail: Whoa! What an incredible variety for this ADORABLE little family! Baby girl has so many sweet expressions and quite the personality for being a newborn! Beautiful work!!!

Diane Richardson: I loved all of the pictures - so sweet and loving.

Barbara: I don't think you'll ever have a hard time getting a babysitter. Leila is precious!

Kara Layfield: I am speechless! These images are pure magic!! You captured beautiful moments that this family will cherish for a lifetime. What I wouldn't give to have images like this when I was a new Mom. Beautiful work Ashley...just beautiful!

debra: I am overcome with emotion looking at this lovely family ! Truly an excellent capture of their love. They are part of my family so naturally I am biased, but the artistic nature of this photo shoot is incredible. You have captured their essence. Baby is a natural beauty, as are her parents. Fantastic job - hope I will get a copy of my own to enjoy :)

Tania: Simply stunning, you work blows me away! I love the colors in life that you capture. Always so fresh and lovely. The baby and her family are stunning! Great work my friend!

Tiara: Adorable family and amazing session. Love the lighting and the ones with Momma and Daddy singing to the baby make my heart melt!

Amanda: Ashley these photos are amazing! Thank you for posting this blog and allowing all of our friends and family to see your gorgeous work! We are so pleased with how all of the pictures turned out, you captured some very special moments to us! Thank you!

Leah: These are amazing! Fantastic pictures of a beautiful family!

Rick Byers: Beautiful pictures of beautiful people.

Amber: Oh Ashley...oh my WORD. I think your work is beyond insanely gorgeous, but this session in particular is just so fantastic!!

Mark Nystrom: Simply beautiful!! How I wish I had pictures like this for my girls and their mom. Great job!! Thanks for sharing.

Amy: Oh Ashley I LOVE these!!!!!!! FABULOUS

Shelby: WoW! You seriously amaze me. Awesome session with this gorgeous family! So much variety and indeed a beautiful story.

Shelby: WoW! You seriously amaze me. This beautiful young family has so many gorgeous images...images that tell such a wonderful story.

Kel Ward: OMG! I just commented on the maternity session, only to see this one! Wow...I'm in AWE of the beauty here. Your work combined with this gorgeous family and their awesome home just makes for a striking combination. Holy cow.

Amy Medeiros: These are all SO gorgeous! Wow, I love them! You got so many amazing shots of this beautiful family and I love all Leala's expressions.

Susie Mandel: Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family, Ashley!

I love maternity sessions. The promise and hope and anticipation that a couple feels at this time is tremendous and I FEEL it coming off of them in a maternity session. And this makes me so happy. Watching their sweet interactions and the tenderness between them and knowing of how happy they are to bring a new life into the world….it is truly a beautiful thing. I feel moved every time I have this opportunity. And grateful.

So, this is the first part in a 3 post series. This couple hired me for their newborn photography session and decided to also have me capture them pre-baby during a maternity session. And we also decided to feature their beautiful nursery in a Newborn Nestorations post. So check back next week for parts 2 and 3. You will love them!

Now on the the maternity images! Enjoy!












Tania: So gorgeous! Love the connection you captured and so sweetly shared! Awesome!!!!

Shelby: There is always a sweet treat when I visit your blog! What an awesome session! LOVE this beautiful Mommy and Daddy interaction and that you took this session into the kitchen! The addition of their fur baby makes this session perfect. Can't wait to see their upcoming sessions!

Kara Layfield: These images are lovely! Mom and Dad are such a cute couple...I love the ones of them eating watermelon in the kitchen. You don't miss a single detail. I cannot wait to see more from this session!

Gail: Oh my goodness - this is one seriously CUTE couple and I bet the baby is ADORABLE! I love hoe you captured their playful personalities in this GORGOUS set! Awesome work!!!

Aunt Mary Kay: This is my precious niece-to-be and her wonderful parents. Our family is so blessed. Thank you for capturing what we have always seen in them. A beautiful couple filled with so much love - they are ready to share with their daughter! Looking forward to part 2 & 3.

Mel: Beautiful and sweet! Love the bottle prep next to the sink and are those ultrasound pictures on the fridge? Too cute!

Kel Ward: I love these! She is drop dead gorgeous, their house is beautiful, and I love the watermelon! Oh, I love the sign on the door too. Adorable! You have such an artistic eye!

Jacelyn Gasson: What does it receive to get ongoing in blogging with economic compensation?