It’s that time of year again! Mary Ashton Photography is now preparing for Senior mini sessions! We have a limited amount of time slots available, so you’ll need to move fast on this offer. These sessions last for 15 to 20 minutes (15 for one outfit, 20 to include cap/gown). Please make sure when you book, to let me know which option you would like for your session in regards to outfit choices. If you are needing more time and/or more outfits to showcase your style and individuality, please contact me here to schedule a full-length session!
May 18th | 6:00p // 6:30p // 7:00p // @ Mansfield Park
May 19th | 6:00p // 6:30p // 7:00p // 7:30p @ Mansfield Park
For 15 Min session, mini session price is $50, and 20 min is $75. Prices posted are before taxes. If you are needing a Senior session at an alternate location, and for booking information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, make sure you stay up to date on all of my specials and offers by following me on Facebook and Instagram!
It has been far too long since I have sat down at my computer and blogged, which is definitely not due to a shortage of gorgeous sessions, but simply due to an extreme shortage of time!
Today I would like to share with you a little of our family. In all the craziness it is. Many of you may not know this, but my husband just recently got out of the Army and we have re-located back home to Texas. We also completely renovated our home. And when I say completely renovated, I mean COMPLETELY! Like the stuff you see on Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop. Our house was crazy for about a month. We didn’t have a floor, there was tile in every room of the home, and have you ever lived without a fridge for more than week? Cuz now I have LOL! It was non-sense, but now that we are done and I am finally hanging up our portraits on our walls, it finally feels like home.
But, back to the story. This past weekend we had my husband’s sons half-brother over (try saying that 3 times fast!) and all the kiddos were having a blast outside during a thunderstorm. They were outside dancing, playing, running and just being normal kids. Now, it did take our daughter a couple of minutes to grasp the thunder, as since being in Washington for the past 2 years and they do not have thunder just lots and lots of rain, she wasn’t used to the loud booms that came along with it. Once she was settled, she was having just as much fun as the boys.
And of course, once I saw the fun they were having, I had to grab my camera! These are what I love capturing most when I pick up my camera. True, real, and un-posed moments. You know the ones that you look back on and remember doing, and wish you had a hard copy of. These are the ones I live for! I just loved getting all these great smiles, laughs and just plain silliness on film. I mean, some of these poses they were doing were just down right silly!
Of course they were all super sad when the rain stopped after only 15 minutes, but that didn’t stop the fun! They then got a bike (and for some reason only grabbed our daughter’s hot pink neon one!) and a scooter and continued the fun up and down the street. There was even a 5 minute game of kick the can!
All-in-all I love and cherish our mixed up lil family and wouldn’t trade it for the world. These are the moments I will look back on when I get these printed and hang on our wall in our living room, and they will probably be more embarrassed that some of these are there (cue embarrassing photo of one of our sons!). But, either way, lifestyle photography truly fuels my soul and makes me utterly happy. And it makes life so much easier since I usually always carry my camera bag with us whenever I think I may have something I want to capture. Because let’s face it, phone pictures are great for social media sharing, but nothing looks better on your wall or in gifts than photos taken with a camera! (And hiring a pro doesn’t hurt either!)
What is something that you did over the weekend that helped make your weekend even better than the last?
So! Last week I had the pleasure of working with a bomb a$$ girl who totally rocked her outdoor shoot! (Please see awesome images spread throughout this post!) And of course it really helps that we are having an awesome summer up here in Washington this year! It hasn’t rained in such a long time and let me tell you, I don’t miss it! Cuz of course that means I can be outside more doing what I love!
Outdoor Boudoir Back-arch
OK ya’ll. This was seriously one of my favorite sessions to date. And I have done quite different sessions. This one was so much fun and it was OUTSIDE and it was BOUDOIR!!!! OMG! It was so much fun! We got to use the natural setting of a local farm (which offered seclusion for all of our shots!) and of course the sun! And let me tell you what, that sun was the BOMB all of our session then BAM! Right at the end when we were packing up, Kelsey looked at me (my back was facing the sun at this point) and she said, “hey, you wanna catch that?” I turned around and was like, “Yes girl! Get back on that chair!!!” And it was pure magic!!!
Outdoor Boudoir Sunray
But, I think the thing I loved the most about this was pure freedom! We had a whole farm at our finger tips! There wasn’t any limitations on rooms we could/couldn’t shoot in, or whether or not the room was going to be too dark, or the walls the wrong color. It was PURE! It was so raw and real and just perfection! And it was so nice just going from spot to spot and moving along with the outfits as we went! As you can see, she had a total of 3 outfits (4 if you count the lace blanket number!) and we did all of this in less than an hour! I can honestly say I am REALLY jealous of these photos and wish I could find someone to take some of myself here! LOL!!!! So, if you know anyone 😉 😉
So, all-in-all, I would have to say, if you are planning on doing a boudoir shoot or even contemplating doing one. I would definitely play around with the idea of doing it outside! You will not be disappointed if it’s done right and you have the weather on your side as well! And, of course one of the BIG things to think of is location. Are you ok with random people seeing you in your underpants? If not, then I would definitely find a location with some seclusion! That’s what we did and I really think it opened up the idea for alot of the photos that I know otherwise would have been hard to get into those poses with on-lookers! I would also make sure to go over what type of clothing choices you are going to bring with you! With all my sessions, you get a complimentary pre-consultation where we discuss these things. If you choose someone else, please try to talk to them first! Photographers should be able to help you decide what to wear and not to wear based on your body style and features you would like to hide/showcase!
So, if you would like to chat with me, feel free to do so via Facebook, or click here for my Contact me page, and just send me a quick message! If I am not with a client, I should respond back fairly quickly! And if you are ready to do this thing, clicking here will take you to my questionnaire! This is a couple of questions that I like to ask before your session that will help me guide you for your session! Thanks so much for checking these out! Take care loves!
You know what I love to hear? That the art I am capturing will be given as a gift! That is the most incredible thing to hear and I just love knowing that whatever it is I am looking at thru my lens has the potential to be given to someone!
That JUST HAPPENED!
Now, this entire session was a gift! This sweet gal, Tasha, booked 2 sessions for both her mother and her mother-in-law. These are the photos from her 2nd session with me :).
And can I just say how awesome it is knowing at least a couple of the people you are taking photos of? Now, I do offer in-person consults with every session. But, that being said, meeting with someone in person is WAY different than taking their photo. You already know angles, how to make them smile, poses that suite them, and how they interact with those they love. So, for this session, I had previously photographed 2 of my “subjects” before. Tasha, and her sweet lil angel, Hensley. So, I already knew how to make this lil one laugh, what kind of sounds to make, and of course, how far along she is (walking, standing, things like that). So, I already knew what sort of poses to put them in and what kind not too.
Kisses from Grandma!
And it also helps when Tasha LOVES the kind of shots that aren’t “posed”. You know, the ones that are REAL LIFE. Now, that’s not to say the smiley poses aren’t great. But, there is something so awesome about looking at something thru my lens, capturing it, and then coming home to edit and getting to re-live that moment all over again.
Now, there are times that no one else will ever see said photos. And, well, that can be due to alot of things. Lighting, postures, aperture effects, clarity isssues, things like that. But, they are super nice to gaze at, and usually by no one else, I mean other than myself and the client. 🙂
I recently did my first couple’s session! And let me tell you, it was a blast! I got to work with Bien and her hubby Aaron at a lovely spot close to Dupont, WA.
They were so “ok” with doing different poses and came up with some of their own as well! It was so odd and yet nice to tell “grown-ups” to do something a certain way, and they listen! LOL!!
I did have to add in a couple of quick-pro-quos to get hubby to loosen up a bit, but once he did, he rocked it! And I love working with clients that you can truly see the love they have for each other with every click of my shutter! It was so obvious that they are in love that it just made the session that much easier! Especially since it was just the 2 of them, we were able to do alot more poses in some different spots!
And, I love that they gave me full reigns on the editing! I even did some landscape composites showcasing where they come from and again, their total love for each other!
Double Exposure Couple
Double Exposure Couple
Double Exposure Guam
I can’t wait to shot my next couple session, which if the weather holds up, should be this weekend!!!! Bring on the love birds!!! ❤