Welcome Baby Ian | Greenville Lifestyle Newborn Session

Two (and a half) years ago, when I was in the midst of shooting weddings every weekend and working full time, Tara and Spencer asked me to take photos of their first born, Luke.  It was truly my first home newborn session and I didn't expect it to ignite such a passion for me and my photography trajectory.  Fast forward to last week, they are now a family of four, in a new home with completely different jobs, living close to family and friends.  

When I arrived last week it was a rainy and very dark, gloomy day which makes a home newborn session challenging. Tara was nervous days before the session about the rain, to which I assured her that it was one of the benefits of doing a home session.  We settled in the nursery and Luke read books to his little brother and then played with his dad while I started snapping photos of their new chapter in life as a family of four.  Ian was awake and taking it all in until the very end when he dozed off in big brother's R2D2 beanbag.  

The dark and stormy day couldn't hide these bright smiles and sweet moments.  I've loved watching Luke grow up, and now become a big brother, and I can't thank Tara and Spencer enough for letting me capture these sweet moments for them, and igniting a new passion two years ago.  Congratulations to your beautiful family! 


Mountaintop Engagement Session with Jackie + Kyle at Bald Rock, SC

Jackie noticed Kyle in a meeting at work and immediately couldn’t concentrate on anything else. She noticed a Strava sticker on his laptop and she was intrigued…

Little did she know, he was just as passionate about cycling, fitness and the outdoors as she was and this was a match waiting to happen. Within a few weeks, she found herself finally getting a chance to talk to him outside of work and they talked for over 2 hours which was completely crazy for her when meeting someone new. 

Things progressed quickly as they started dating and Kyle very quickly told Jackie that he could see himself marrying her, she felt the same way and talks of weddings and how they'd spend the rest of their lives together began. 

They had a ring designed to feature a diamond from Jackie's grandmother's engagement ring and Kyle popped the question to Jackie's delight. 

Now let’s fast forward to last weekend, when we were all together for some engagement photos...  When we were planning all I could think about for two avid cyclists in Greenville was Tandem Creperie.  Their motto "Better Together" with cute accents of tandem bicycles throughout was a perfect compliment to Jackie and Kyle's love story, and a common favorite for their weekend rides on the Swamp Rabbit Trail (usually following climbing up some steep mountains a few times).  But Tandem was just the beginning.  As the sun set, we traveled up to Bald Rock for some epic sunset photos overlooking Paris Mountain and Table Rock.  Normally, these two would be riding up these mountains but I'm glad they chose to get glammed up and let me drive them up there for these special photos.

Thank you so much you two, this session was a dream, and so much fun.  I can not wait for your wedding this fall!

Huge thanks to Cindy McGrath Make-up for making Jackie a glowing bride-to-be for her session!

ASHLEY AMBER PHOTO 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW.... A Year Full of Memories

At the beginning of this year I was itching to take my camera out and connect with people again! I couldn't have told you last January what an amazing journey my business would take this year, it was beyond what I could've imagined.  
Clocking in at over a dozen families, 10 little babies and over 10 thousand, yes THOUSAND photos taken.  It was truly a year for the record books.  
I've boiled it down to an amount your scrolling thumb can handle and let me tell you... that was a difficult process because the families I got to see through my lens this year are just amazing in so many ways, I love capturing what makes them all unique and I can't thank them enough!

So cue the scroll, here is the best of 2017, in no particular order....!

Newborn Twins Come Home in Time for Christmas in Columbia, SC

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly and Brian this week and their two newborns, Willow and Liam.   Both Willow and Liam arrived a lot earlier than planned, and Kelly told me, they spent 71 days in the NICU.  71 days driving to the hospital, parking in the parking lot, and 70 days leaving empty handed.  But then, after these two strong fighters were finally ready, they got to bring them home to the boxes of gifts, the nursery with two cribs waiting, their initials hanging overhead. 

When I met them this week they were almost 4 months old but have an adjusted age of about a month, they are strong and observant and know exactly how to get what they want from mommy and daddy. :) They aren't the only strong ones though, their parents were just amazingly in sync and a joy to watch as they stepped through the routines of feeding and changing and tending to both their needs. 

I worked with each baby separately going based on their moods in the moment and they were both pretty sleepy during their solo show.  But when we put them together, Liam was suddenly awake and alert and not up for cuddling with his sister.  His dad was commentating the whole time which was funny as he narrated Liam telling Willow to wake up and smile for the camera as she grabbed her brother to nuzzle him a little more in her slumber.

Kelly and Brian, you are both amazing to have gone through so much in the last few months and be all smiles on the other side of my camera, I am humbled to have captured these new moments for you as a family and I look forward to seeing these two grow up.!  While those 71 days were some of the longest, the next few years will go by at the speed of light.