Watching the Richardson Family Grow with Maternity and Lifestyle Family Session

Words can't even describe my love and adoration for this little family!  Amanda and Jack made their way into our lives years ago when we shot their wedding just a few weeks after we ourselves got married (we cried like babies behind the camera)!  Since then we have popped back into eachothers lives through photography classes, running into eachother and raising little girls together!  I was so excited to hear they were adding a little boy to the mix and couldn't wait to capture another milestone in their lives.  

For Amanda's maternity photos we couldn't think of a better place than where she said 'I Do' years ago, so we headed to Glendale Shoals to walk the very steps she did towards Jack on their wedding day but now holding hands with their sweet little girl and an adorable bump with their newest addition on the way.  

I can't wait to meet this little guy and see Ella Jane turn into a big sister!

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....!

Welcome Baby Reagan!

I was so excited when Erin asked me to take some family photos for her last week.  Not only had I heard all about her husband and 2 year old Scarlet, I was also overjoyed to get to capture their newest addition Reagan who was just over a month old!  (Baby fever ah!) Erin is one talented mama, making other mamas and ladies super duper pretty at the Megan Diaz Salon all while keeping these two sweet girls happy even when Daddy is away!  #mamagoals 

Thanks so much for spending your morning with me, I had so much fun getting to see your amazing family and capture such an exciting time for you!

Married! | Taylor + Zach Say I Do at Clemson University

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One of the things no one prepared me for in moving to the south was football, or any college sport for that matter. Coming from New England where my teenage years saw Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots victories that painted Boston red, white and blue, I thought the whole world watched professional sports. Upon arriving to Greenville I was introduced to a passion that I can’t even describe to people back home… Taylor and Zach not only had that kind of passion for each other, they also had a deep rooted love for their alma mater, Clemson. They met in class a few years ago when Taylor walked straight to the back of the room to sit next to Zach even though there were dozens of open seats. (I even got a full enactment because their professor let us take pics iN that very classroom where they met!). Zach was a bit confused at first but ultimately delighted that Taylor chose that seat that day. It only made sense that on their wedding day, they would say their vows on the very grounds of Clemson University at the pavilion at the Madren Center. The ceremony was a simple and elegant set up with a vignette of trees overlooking the lake, uh, breathtaking! After the ceremony and dancing, it was on to the toasts where Taylor’s dad emotionally talked about bringing his kids home in Clemson gear and how overjoyed he was that Clemson delivered Taylor such a great guy to call her husband. The pavilion could not have been a more perfect spot to watch the sunset over the lake and dance the night away.

Cake Tom and Connie at the Bakery Off Augusta

Wedding Coordinator Amanda and Pam at Clemson University

Florist Sherry at Dahlia Florist

Band/DJ Ray Alexander at Pros Only DJ

Ceremony and Reception Venue Clemson University Owen Pavilion

Officiant Michael Abraham

Married! | Katey + Johnathan Say I Do in Downtown Greenville Arts District

It all started on a rooftop.... oh wait, I'm not supposed to tell the story of how WE fell in love with Katey + Johnathan... I'm supposed to tell you about how THEY fell in love many years ago at Clemson. Whoops, well, we fell in love with these two over a glass of wine on the rooftop of Sip last year. We met them and instantly liked them and getting to spend their wedding day with them was nothing short of awesome. It started in the early afternoon where we arrived at their home where Katey and the girls were getting ready. Hair and make up was done and then we headed downtown to get Katey into her dress with her mom. Once that dress was zipped up, Katey was instantly glowing and I could tell she really wanted to see Johnathan. We found the cutest terrace where they would have their first look without interruptions so that they could have a quiet moment together before the day started to go a million miles and hour. After the first look you could just sense this calmness that they seem to give each other as they just gently encourage each other and make everyone around them laugh. I asked Katey how she wanted to get to the church for the ceremony and she said, I figured we could just walk. I was estactic as we walked with the two of them all through downtown taking photos everywhere we saw a great vision and some nostalgic places from their dating days. The best part, an entire high school band with firetruck parades was downtown for the Veterans parade and they all started cheering for the soon to be newlyweds. It was like the whole town of Greenville was here to celebrate these two!!

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So, on to the ceremony.... the couple chose the amazing Danielle Baker to officiant their wedding and something she does that I've always found rather sweet is have the couple write letters to each other that she then reveals as part of the ceremony. Both of their letters were beautiful, I wonder if they may have had parts plagiarized from a Nicholas Sparks book or something. The love, kind words and beautiful stories had the whole place in tears, Ed looked up at one point over at me to see me full out crying happy tears. As we made our way over to the Midtown Artery for the reception Katey revealed yet another talent... she is pretty much Nicki Manaj... she can sing, dance and rap pretty much every song you've heard ever, and judging Johnathan's reaction to jump up and start dancing and rap battling with her, I'm guessing this happens in their living room from time to time. She even had me and her {amazing} wedding coordinator Christine out there busting some moves! At the end of the night we got ready for the sparklers and everyone looked around a little sad it was over, but we got home and started re-living it all over through all of our photos and this one is one for the books! Congrats you two !

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