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."

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