Oh my, oh my, my friends! There is just SO MUCH excitement and goodness happening over here! I am so unbelievably ecstatic to share some moments with you that I just want to post one after another, after another! But for now, I will start here! With this incredibly beautiful couple I so gratefully had the honor of creating vibrantly blissful time capsules for this weekend! The whole day was wrapped within SO MUCH beauty and love!
This right here, was captured just before sunset on one of the most beautiful and quaint vineyards, @espwines! Ah, Samantha and Zach, congratulations on your wedding! Your love, excitement, energy and dance moves are truly contagious! Thank you for the honor of documenting your special day. ⠀
Dress : @monamiebridalsalon ⠀
Shoes : @badgleymischka ⠀
Hair & Make-up : @joellessalondayspa ⠀
Cake : @littlehunnyscakery ⠀
Catering : @bekkerscatering ⠀
Coordination : @bekkerscatering ⠀
Venue : @espwines ⠀
Second shooter : @alyssaboyntonphotography ⠀
To my beautiful clients… YOU, in yourself are beautiful just as you are.
These time capsules, they are to externally shine brightness onto the light that is already shining within you!
With this, I want your session to be a rememberable photographic exchange,
ultimately leading to a life enhancing experience.
Here are some suggestions as you prepare for your session….
: Coordinate, but don’t match
: Layers and textures
: Think about subtle props
: Shoes matter
: Play off the location
: Steer Clear of Fluorescents
: Wear what you feel good in
: Dress for the weather, and be flexible
: For ladies, hair and make-up done
: For guys, have you shaved?
: Dress on the same scale
: Most importantly, have fun, be yourself, breathe, smile a whole lot, be goofy!
: Let your true light shine!
Below is a bit of inspiration for various sessions! Click on the photo to see the full BLOG post connected to the session!
Engagement Session Inspiration ...
Individuals Session Inspiration ....
Family Session Inspiration...
Also, have you checked out Ashley Strong Photography Pinterest boards for visual references?
Welcome to the World (newborn)
My goodness, I just LOVE getting to witness and document multiple family occasions within just one family! Last year, I had the honor of documenting this vibrant soul as her mom got married! Now, I had the honor of documenting her senior portraits around her neighborhood in Long Beach as she recently got accepted into her first choice college.
In just a few months time, she'll be graduating high school and heading off to college down in San Diego! What an incredibly exciting time in all their lives!
This woman, she just does it every time! Her zest, her thirst for life, her joy, her inspirational demeanor, her playful yet passionate presence, my do I just love and appreciate it all! Vanessa and I met several years ago when I was teaching yoga. We quickly connected and over the years, I've been traveling around to Laguna Beach, Hawaii and back documenting these ever so fascinating and motivating getaways! Just last year, I personally got to document her in Kauai, a family session at the Oceanside Pier and an epic sunset session at the Montage!
This year, ah, did she have an exciting idea as she wanted to incorporate a horse in her session! The universe has a way of always giving us what we ask for. The next day, I see another boss lady @kmccullough93 post a photo of her with her horse! A quick conversation and what do you know? We spend an amazing afternoon adventuring around the most beautiful farm documenting vibrantly blissful time capsules! My, is my heart so full! ⠀
Summer time is oh so much fun as its a sweet blend of documenting both weddings and families!
Thanks to all my incredibly amazing clients and their oh so very kind words, Ashley Strong Photography is highly ranked on YELP! With this, I get to meet and document families from all over the United States coming to Southern California for their beach vacations! I so joyfully get to meet mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, great cousins, you name it!
This very shoot just melted my already full heart as they were all so sweet and excited for family portraits! They spent the day getting their hair and make-up done and we spent the evening capturing their love and beauty!
My oh my, have I told you how much I love getting a glimpse into so many souls lives?
Friday, oh this very Friday, let me share what it consisted of! These two incredibly chill and oh-so-very-in-love souls celebrated their wedding day at Mission Brewery in downtown San Diego! As if they weren't vibrant enough with their love, their sexy red friend joined us for some intimate romantic portraits!
After posing them a few times, I could tell Rick had something up his sleeve. He immediately picked up his stunning bride and placed her on the front of the car! Ekkkkkk!
Michelle and Rick, congratulations again my friends! Thank you SO MUCH for the honor of getting to witness and document your day! ⠀
Vendor LOVE :
Venue : @missioncellarandloft⠀
Dress : @bhldn ⠀
Shoes : @betseyjohnson ⠀
Suit : @indochino ⠀
Rentals : @platinumeventrentals ⠀
Hair : @hairby_jalisa ⠀
Make-up: @anewtwist ⠀
Food : @eatfamoso ⠀
Ah, this has been one of the harder secrets to keep! Documenting vibrantly blissful time capsules is a very intimate experience. I witness babies just as their born, couples on their wedding day before they see each other, rebranding before the new website and in this case, the launch of a brand new husband and wife team business!
This incredible couple and I spent the day adventuring to Joshua Tree to play in the evening light and document what would bring to life the theme and name of their business, Well Travelled Wealth! The evening couldn't have been more perfect as we played around the vast landscape of the dessert, their dog Scuba joined in the fun running about and we excitedly giggled and documented!
Yesenia and Todd, I am so excited for your new business and adventures! You're going to rock it!
This woman. What a story. What a mission. What a purpose. A few weeks back, we sat down for some juice after our Thursday morning Toast Masters meeting. She quickly captivated all my attention as the depths of her life give her eyes such intense meaning. We discussed locations, dates and ideas for her lifestyle session as we wanted to find a dynamic location to encompass the many facets of her coaching business.
And my oh my, did we not only find the most magical hidden oasis, but we so joyfully captured her in her brightest light! What an incredibly inspiring photographic exchange! And who would have know this would be tucked within massive business buildings?!? ⠀
My friends, let me tell you!
This soul right here, she's got the best dance moves and dance breaks in town!
Her spirt, is truly so loving, so sincere, so giving, so passionate!
We were connected a few years back through a very dear and mutual friend!
We immediately got each other as our journeys are share a lot of similarities in that we both met and married South African men half way across the world and now live here in the States! Ekkkk, a woman of my own heart!
Not only that, but she is truly a remarkable business owner and community member!
Her skill gets me every time and her enthusiasm keeps me inspired and wanting more!
This shoot was a little different than the last few as I got to document her being fully in her zone as she created!
Amy, you are truly remarkable!
My friends, please explore Evermore Floral to see more of her magic!
The amount of GRATITUDE, of LOVE, of SUPPORT, of just PURE euphoria I've been processing is truly overwhelming beautiful! THANK YOU to ALL OF YOU!
Thank you to all those who contributed in making Ashley Strong Photography Cultural Art Show
such an unbelievably amazing experience and event! Thank you to all the vendors, those who donated raffle prizes, those who helped promoted the event, those who showed their smiling faces from near and far! Thank you, thank you for the bottom of my heart! I am infinitely grateful!
On Saturday, March 24th Ashley Strong Photography presented
Cultural Art Show at Legacy Brewing Company in Oceanside, California!
Participants witnessed and purchased cultural photographs from
Ashley Strong Smith of Ashley Strong Photography from her adventures throughout Africa!
In addition, there were tacos, beer, a live guitarist, palm readings and so much more
by these talented artisans:
- Belinda Pearl : Soul Alchemist & Artist (Palm Readings)
- Erin Alexander: Champagne + Glitter
- Sara Ann : Mentors, Mala & Magic
- Erica : Succulent Cafe
- M&M's Tacos (taco truck)
- Chantel Goff : Rebel Rose
- Wyld Flower Goods
- Live Guitarist : Tristen Whaley from 6-8PM
- Micro Crafts for Kids from 3-7PM
RAFFLE PRIZES from these AMAZING souls :
- Sara Ann : Mentors, Mala & Magic
- Wyld Flower Goods
- Mel Wassman of Yoga Oceanside
- Pacific Street Designs
- Legacy Brewing Company
- Ashley Strong Photography
- Belinda Pearl
- Vital Blends Now
- Gold Coast Chiropractic
Thank you to Rachael Smith Photography for these incredible time capsules from the event!
Oh joy! This little lady. I just can't. I've had the honor of documenting her older sister, whom is now three, every 6 months for her portraits. And now, this little lady is on the same rhythm. I got to meet her just a few days after coming home from the hospital and just like that, it was time for her 6 month portraits! I am in AWE every time I see these little ladies and how quickly they're growing! She is so happy and giggly and just LOVED listening to her mom sing to her!
We spent a beautiful sunny, yet crisp spring morning at one of my all time favorite locations oh which I am blessed to say is only a few minutes from our home!
My goodness, thank YOU SO MUCH to the Myers family for the honor of getting to document and more excitedly witness your little ladies growing up! I cherish these moments, dearly!
You know when you talk to someone, or even better when you meet them in person, and you just know you're doing to be friends? That your souls get each other? Well, this lovely couple, is definitely one of those couples! I was connected with the beautiful bride here by a dear friend and event planner (thank you Timeless Weddings and Events) and immediately, I felt like I was talking to a friend. It was just beautiful!
We quickly organized their engagement portraits at the ever so dynamic and vibrant Balboa Park where we danced with the setting sun, made some Tarzan and Jane moves (way to go Joe) and truly enjoyed the evening while documenting this incredible couples love!!
Meghan and Joe, I am so thrilled and honored to create vibrantly blissful time capsules around your love! Can’t wait for your wedding!
My oh my! What an honor it is to work with and document another talented photographer! This beautiful lady right here is Rachael of Rachael Smith Photography!
We connected over a year ago through an incredible FB group supporting other creatives with the mission of community over competition. It's fascinating the power of embracing each and every soul for the uniqueness they bring to their art, their craft and ultimately to this community we are blessed to live in!
This session was yet again another reminder in staying flexible and moving through the winds of change as shortly after we started shooting, we got approached by a security guard and asked to leave. We respectfully gathered our goodies and began walking around. Where did we find ourselves? At the top of the local parking structure falling in love with the stormy evening lighting and the glistening greenery! The universe always has a plan and my goodness, it worked out perfectly!
Rachael, it was truly such an honor getting to document your beauty!
I mean, what is there to really say? Look at that little face, those piercing adorable eyes, the sweet little unicorn hat, her puckered little lips. It all just makes my heart so happy and my soul smile! I so gratefully got to meet and document this little lady on her moms birthday, just four days after coming into the world!
Her name, Cosima Gray! The meaning behind her name? Cosima (Kah-see-mah) means universe and harmony and Gray is her mamas favorite color as it reflects all colors of the universe, not black or white. It is also the color of her favorite season and weather, winter and rain! How amazing is that?!? ⠀
I'm still in awe over these amazing few days!
I so gratefully engaged in a photographic exchange with the ever-so-amazing Erin, the founder and owner of Living In Yellow! Her and her amazingly supportive team flew all the way out from Indiana for a two day lifestyle shoot throughout La Jolla and downtown San Diego reflecting their Gibson and Living in Yellow clothing line that will be available at Nordstrom's as of March 8th, 2018!
It's truly soooo inspiring to document what was once Erin's dream and is now a vibrantly blissful reality! I truly feel so blessed to document this monumental times in all their lives!
Do you want to learn more about Erin, Living in Yellow and the Gibson x LIY line at Nordstroms?
Explore Living in Yellow's blog post here!
Do you want to learn more about the inspiration behind naming the pieces?
Do you want to shop the Gibson x LIY line on Nordstroms?
Locations : La Jolla, Gaslamp and NorthPark, San Diego
Hair & Make-up : Elwynn and Cass
My heart just explodes with love and excitement, gratitude and encouragement, vibrancy and blissfulness!
This beautiful soul, is what I call a sister! Have you seen posts or instagram stories about my development days? You know those days where I peel back the layers of both myself and my business? Well, this is the inspirational soul I share those days with! With the ever-so-talented Myaann of Mynimage in town from Texas, she knew it was time for some updated portraits! Myaann not only styled her four different looks prior to the session, but the day-of, she was fully present in ensuring her style and look was executed perfectly! It's so empowering to work with and document two extremely powerful women!
Melissa, I am truly so proud of all you've made possible. You have been one of my greatest teachers and influences and for that, I am ever grateful! It was an absolute honor documenting you beauty!
Oh, this beautiful soul!
She's truly such an inspiration!
If you've been following (thank you), you've definitely seen her beautiful face here before as she adventures out from Plano, Texas to Southern California three times a year for updated branding and lifestyle portraits!
Each time, we explore different costal cities finding some of the most vibrant
and fun spaces reflecting her bold style, loving heart and glowing smile!
This time, we documented throughout Oceanside, California at some of my favorite coffee shops and streets!
Kim, each time you come out here, I am reminded about the power of inspiration, support, genuine connections and being the best possible person and business owner as you radiate all of these life enhancing qualities!
Your support and influence lives within me each day as I continue to expand my business, thank you!
And my goodness friends, isn't she just such a beautiful BOSS BABE?
This beautiful soul. I am blown away.
Her sincere, passionate, whole-hearted and intimate knowledge on the sustainable clothing industry is truly so inspiring! Brooke incredible is the grateful owner of @ofsweatandswag. A Lifestyle blog reflecting family, fitness, fashion and ultimately empowering women through fitness and style!
I just couldn't get enough of this shoot as every outfit she put on was truly sooooooo adorable! As Brooke so sincerely inspired me, I am honored to share these conscious, slow fashion companies! She's also an ambassador for Noonday Collection, a conscious company creating ethical and dignified jobs are artisans around the world!
Explore the jewelry and support here! brooketorres.noondaycollection.com
The power of community truly inspires me each and every time I have the opportunity to work with other creatives!
And my goodness,
was this styled shoot a perfect culmination of working alongside so many talented souls
as we brought to life this Moroccan vision at the all too magical venue of the Darlington House!
During this shoot, I was honored to witness and document the deeply interconnected love of our two incredible models,
Mel and Kaleo, the lead singer of Pepper and together as Rebel and Muse.
This powerful duo, whom has been married for 15 years truly commitments themselves to bettering this world,
understanding of self and others all the while giggling and dancing to the beautiful melodies of life!
the incredible local vendors that collaborated,
I am forever grateful. Forever humbled.
What an amazing learning experience,
what a life enhancing process.
Thank you to all those who contributed!
Photography : Ashley Strong Photography⠀⠀⠀
Event Planning : Timeless Weddings and Events ⠀
Furniture Rentals : CC Vintage Rentals⠀⠀⠀
Table Top Rentals : Not My Dish⠀⠀⠀
Florals : Cherish Floral Design ⠀⠀⠀
Hair : Scissorous⠀⠀⠀
Make-up : Maya Nozaki⠀⠀⠀
Invitations : Suddenly Simple Co.⠀⠀⠀
Dress : Bridal Showcase⠀⠀⠀
Tux : Friar Tux⠀⠀⠀
Jewelry : Champagne and Glitter⠀⠀⠀
Female Model : Mel of Rebel and Muse ⠀⠀⠀
Male Model : Kaleo of Pepper and Rebel and Muse⠀⠀
Venue: Darlington House - La Jolla, California