Sunday, March 30, 2008

Campbell's Spring Formal

Last night David and I were out late shooting Campbell's spring formal!  We had a great time!  It was held at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, and they rented out two different rooms.  One had a live band (as seen below in the first picture) while the other had a DJ.  There were yummy desserts all around.  These pictures below are all straight out of the camera.  


The Band...


Two cute girls out in the refreshment area...


Dancing shot by David...


It was so much fun to see two of my favorite girls win Senior Princess and Queen!  Congrats Leah and Brittany!!


Aww there is my hubs, lookin all cute, taking pictures... I love getting to work with him!


Here we have a lovely couple in the DJ dance room...


Here we have the crazy upstairs DJ dance room.  You could feel the floor moving... a little scary.  Not a good place for a claustrophobic person.  The DJ was having a blast with the crowd...


I love this one... taken in the upstairs dance room.


Emerald, Whitney, and Carolyn... you know I had to put this one up!


Very fun night!  I look forward to hopefully being back next year!  Incase you are a Campbell student reading this, know that the Formal Committee is going to have these online as soon as I get them edited and back to them.  Thanks for a good time!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Moving Forward!

Just a quick note to let you know that April is gearing up to be a crazy busy month!  I cant wait to blog about it all, so get ready to stalk me more than you did in March!  I love getting feedback from you, so leave me a comment.  

Next up, Campbell University's Spring Formal...


Martha Ann Motel

If you are looking for some new music in your life, you might want to try out Martha Ann Motel- they are fabulous.  And no, I am not just saying that because my husband and his best friends make up the band.  No no, I am not biased.  Check them out for your self!  They have a full band but do not have full band recordings yet (hope to have those in the next month).  If you are in the Raleigh area (and even if you are not, you should come to Raleigh for this event), Martha Ann Motel will be playing in the Battle of the Bands at the Pour House, April 6th.  

Each band is given 100 tickets to sell.  They do not know what time they will play yet because they have to see which band sells the most tickets.  Just know that it will be after 2:30pm on that Sunday afternoon.  You are encouraged to get tickets from a Martha Ann Motel band member... or me... ahead of time.  They are cheaper that way and they benefit the band's placement in the schedule.  The tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  If you are under 21 then it is $8 in advance then another $5 at the door.  This will be so much fun to hear bands, hang out, enjoy music.  Let me know if we can hook you up with some tickets!


This photo was from a recent shoot that Rebecca Mill (who shot our wedding) did for the guys at my family's farm on Old Stage Road.  Later on I will also do a band shoot with them.  

It would be awesome to see you at the show!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Funky Funky Fashion

I love to do all kinds of creative, artistic things other than photography... painting, mixed media, jewelry-making, writing, etc.  For Christmas this year David gave me all the equipment I need to make soldered jewelry!  It is so much fun!  I took a class at Ornamentea (watch out, when you go in there it is almost impossible not to buy something) last summer to learn how to solder and have been obsessed ever since.  Here are a few custom pieces that I designed and then put together to sell.  The pictures of women used in each piece were pulled from a magazine series printed in the 1950s-60s.  The text comes from old Shakespeare books this time around.  Each item's description and price is listed before the picture.  Please leave a comment if you are interested in any of the ones I have shown here today. 

I will be posting more in the next week so if you don't see something that speaks to you immediately don't fret, there will be more to come!  Each one will be totally different- always! They might have the same backgrounds, but the pictures and words will always vary.  
**A note about the pieces you are about to look at... I need to install the jump ring on top to loop the ribbon through and I will smooth the edges a bit more before I put it in your hands!  See the last picture to get an idea of what it looks like with jump ring.


"Fancies" is 1.5 inches tall by 1 inch wide.  She costs $20 without the ribbon, $25 with the ribbon (that is the exact price I paid for this ribbon, promise!).  Here is the front view...


Here is the back...


"Full of Joy" is also 1.5 inches tall by 1 inch wide.  She also costs $20 without the ribbon and $25 with (it might be hard to see but the ribbon here is black. Let me know if you would prefer a different color ribbon.)  Here is the front...


Here is the back...


"Story of the Night" is 3 inches tall by 1 inch wide.  She is $25 by herself and $30 with the ribbon.  Here is the front...


Here is the back...


This is the very first soldered slide necklace that I ever made... I made it during the class I took at Ornamentea.  The jump ring is a simple loop that is the same color as the solder.  This one is not for sale.  




Let us now welcome the D300!!


So as to stop bugging Rebecca about borrowing a second camera, David and I are now the proud (when the payments are finished) owners of a Nikon D300!  What a good sister to our D200.  I have not had much of a chance to play with it (but I will get to on Saturday- more on the Campbell Spring Fling this weekend), but here are a few shots taken with the D300 with my 50 mm 1.8 lens.

This is straight out of camera iso 3200, 125, 1.8


I was feeling sassy... and had crazy hair... so check me out with a little action (action as in a photoshop action) over top...


Again, straight out of camera, same info as the first light shot... these lights were a birthday gift this year from the lovely Leah!  Thanks Leah!


More to come on the D300.  

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Candy

I have a sweet tooth just like the next person, and let me tell you... Easter is the holiday with the best candy!  I just cant help myself during this season.  And honestly, I hate that the world has capitalized on such holidays as Easter, Christmas, etc.  But I have a weak spot for the candy that I just cant get over.  There is my public confession.  

Here is one of the best....



Monday, March 17, 2008

Let's Ponder...

Now that I am 100% after being sick, it is time to reflect.  At Annie and Jays wedding I had several people tell me that "Our wedding was so beautiful, it was the perfect day, etc... but I hated our pictures."  What is up with that?  It makes me so sad!  When David and I were planning our wedding I was like, ok, I don't care if the food stinks, the flowers don't show up, it rains, it's 159 degrees outside AS LONG AS my photographer shows up and my pictures are good.  I even told my photographer (and now one of my best friends) Rebecca that the pressure was on her.  Days before the wedding I told her "Rebecca seriously, I don't care if everything in the world goes wrong... BUT I HAVE TO HAVE GOOD PICTURES."  Luckily for both of us Rebecca is amazing and gave me the best pictures-- I never doubted that she would.  
Well ok, SURE, fine... I'll share some of my favorites with you incase you have not had the joy of seeing them before...

This picture tells the story of my nature... anyone who has known me for any length of time looks at this picture and says "Ashley is always in charge."  I am going to take that as a compliment to my leadership abilities... moving on...


HELLO I cried through the entire ceremony.  It was all so beautiful... all the words, all the love, all our friends and family there. 


Now I am obsessed with ring shots, and have given our rings the work out... but I have to say Rebecca pulled off a fabulous one.  Well done for sure!


After the reception we snuck away for a shoot at Raleigh Little Theater Rose Garden...


I mean WOW she is good.


Currently my desktop background...


David and his truck.


Thanks for indulging me.  Hope you enjoyed!


What is interesting is that I hear about wedding picture dissatisfaction the most from people over 40.  I would like to propose a reason for that- photojournalistic wedding photography.  Its been around and popular for a few years now and it has changed the way people are able to remember their weddings!  Instead of looking back on fake, all posed moments, photojournalistic wedding photographers are looking for the candid, natural moments that are going to tell the story in the rawest way.  You just can't set up the father of the bride's tear that slips when he sees his baby girl in her wedding dress, all ready to walk down the aisle.  You just can't set up the look of pure love that the mother of the groom beams to him during their dance.  That is what tells the story.  We are the postmodern generation- it's all about the experience!  It's all about our story, what we have been through and how we felt.  

And with all that ramble I say that when someone tells me they hated their wedding pictures it makes me want to work that much harder to make sure that you won't!  I want you to love your wedding pictures, your child's one month pictures, your 25th anniversary couples shoot- all of it!  I hope that I can always tell your story in the best way possible, so you can look back on it and remember that moment without looking away and thinking "Gosh I wish this was a better picture."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sicky...

The lack of posts this week can be blamed on my lack of health!  I have had some kind of stomach virus this week- yuck!  I am just now starting to feel normal again.  I will post more visual goodies soon.

Enjoy the spring weather this weekend!


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Annie and Jay get Married!

Annie and Jay had a beautiful wedding on a very windy day!  There were extremely high winds- which called for lots of hairspray!  Everything went so well... check out a few shots from their day...

Annie's shoes...

I love this picture that David captured of Jay getting ready.  I kept Jay in color after I noticed that he had posted the evacuation map beside the mirror... I guess in case he wanted to make a run for it?  Just kidding!  These two arent going anywhere.  They are so much in love and committed to each other... I promise that evacuation plan just happened to be there.



Annie's favorite fruit ever is the strawberry, and there were tons of yummy ones at the reception!  I just had to do one of the ring shots amongst the berries...



Annie and Jay wrote their own vows that were so incredibly sweet- I'm not going to lie, I cried.
Here Annie is showing you her vows to Jay...


David took his foot shot concept from NYC and brought it very nicely into this wedding!  The groom and his guys...


Red was the theme color to this wedding, so who can resist some red gummy bears smooching!?


I begged Annie and Jay to be out in the crazy wind just long enough to grab a few cute ones.  This one was in between gusts of wind...


And they are off!  What a beautiful wedding full of love and support from family and friends!  


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Two Great Things...

... one, Carolina just beat Duke- wahoo!

But the better is that my new website is now complete and live!  Please check it out... www.nasimage.com .  Pass it on to friends!  Let me know what you think.  I am so excited about this accomplishment and am ready to take my business to the next level!  Check back tomorrow for pictures from Jay and Annie's beautiful wedding!


First Wedding of the Season!

Today David and I will shoot Annie and Jay's wedding in Fuquay!  We are so excited!  Check back tonight or tomorrow for a sneak peek at their wedding, and also to hear the announcement about my website!  Lots of exciting things are happening!



Thursday, March 6, 2008

Website!!

Exciting news!  I have been absent from posting because I have been busting my booty to get my new website up and running.  Good news- it goes live tomorrow!  I will alert the masses when it is ready to roll!!!!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Introductions are in Order...

Friend, let me introduce you to my new lens, the 50mm 1.8 - yummy!  David and I are visiting his family this weekend in Jacksonville, NC so I have been trying it out down here.  I got this lens used (but like brand new) from Peace Camera in Raleigh. 
Here is what the 50 can do for you (I did not bother to put these pictures through photoshop)...


I decided to let my new Chinatown shoes (from the NYC trip I posted about earlier) be the model in this shot... I think I should wear them every day!


David just cant believe how fabulous this new lens is!


I will put up some more tomorrow... seems to be a lot of blogging right now and everything is moving a bit slow...