Hello All! Confirmed four dates for the Huntington Beach downtown art walk.
This takes place every third Wednesday of the month!
The four months I will participate are below:
Wednesday-- March 21, 2012 -- 6-9PM
Wednesday -- June 20, 2012 -- 6-9PM
Wednesday -- August 15, 2012 -- 6-9PM
Wednesday -- October 17, 2012 -- 6-9PM
All four art walks will take place in various locations on Main Street.
I will keep you updated as these dates get closer!
I am extremely fortunate to work for an organization that is so involved in the community. Our secondary channel, PBS OC has had a photo contest going for several months for photos taken throughout Orange County. A couple months back I submitted two of my favorite photos at the time that were taken in Orange County. One of those photos was taken on Father's Day during sunset at a beach in Corona Del Mar. The other photo was taken at the Laguna Tide Pools! The other day a co-worked looked up and said, "Ashley, I just saw your name and photos on the PBS OC." Little did I know, the two photos I submitted had been airing on television for the past couple months. After sending a couple emails, I had the file uploaded to You Tube so I could watch it there. I am excited to share this 30 second interstitial that is airing on PBS OC. This photo contest is still taking submissions if you are interested. Click here -- it takes you directly to the submission page. It is moments such as this one where I realize the impact of technology in our lives. Not only do I have the resources to photograph these movements, but we live in an era where that photograph and go through a process to make it on television!
Life is truly amazing!
While sitting inside my booth at the 2nd Saturday Long Beach Artwalk in December, I ran into an old friend from college. After he saw all of my photography and various collage elements, he started talking to me about doing a collaborative calendar of various artist in the Long Beach community. As the conversation went on, he asked if I would be interested to participate. Of course I was! I love my Long Beach community and the power artist have when they collaborate. He looked through my website in search of a few photos to incorporate in his 2012-2013 calendar. As shown in the pictures below, you can see I sent him one of my favorite pictures from the Los Angeles Zoo. I was so amazed watching all of these chimpanzees play with one another and communicate through hand gestures. Even just the way they looked at humans... was so intriguing... these animals are definitely our brothers and sisters. This calendar was distributed out to BEE LOVE's family and friends as a Christmas present. What better way to show your appreciation for the art community than to gather local artists and give their talents as a gift to your loved ones! I am extremely thankful to have one of my photographs along with a link to my website in this BEE LOVE calendar! If you are one of those lucky beings who received a calendar and are reading this, feel free to email or call with any questions! If you don't have one, you can have my copy and please still call or email with any questions. I would love to do more collaborative projects -- we are very powerful beings when we work with one another!
Several months back, I met a man at the 2nd Saturday Long Beach Art Walk whom just bought a new home in Long Beach. He was looking for some photographs for his walls and came across my photography. At the time, I just came home from Australia and had multiple photos displayed from that adventure. After several emails and discussion about photos, he selected three to be blown up and framed for his new place!
I opened my email earlier this week, to find a testimonial from Jason about the photos he purchased from me.
Reading his email got me even more excited and inspired to continue photographing and sharing it with my community! Enjoy!
Below is his testimonal to two of the photos he purchased:
"I have to tell you that they serve as daily inspiration for me. When I see the sunrise photo it reminds me that every day has new possibilities, new challenges, and is ultimately a chance to start over. When I look at the sunset photo it is a reminder to reflect on the day and plan for the next one and ultimately to cherish the moments of life cause once that day passes there is no going back."
- Jason Creque
Do you ever have a feeling of just needing to go on an adventure? To go some place new?
To see something never before seen or captured by YOUR eye?
For me, that feeling arises quite often. Our world is abundant. We are like a grain of sand within the ocean.
There is so much to adventure, to experience, to see, to understand by actually being there oneself.
About a month back I wanted a new adventure, wanted to capture a new perspective of the state in which I live. So I packed my car for the weekend, drove up through central California -- close to the Oregon border, down to San Francisco to stay with a few friends for the weekend, and eventually drove along PCH into Santa Barbara for dinner and back to Long Beach. There is so much joy that comes from a weekend adventure through our beautiful state. Below are not only three of my favorite pictures from the weekend, but three of my favorite moments I’ve experienced and then captured to spread to others. The first image is right as the sun was coming up along the 5 North. The air was crisp, the clouds were dark and low – with hits of brightness coming through, the grass with a hundred different shades of browns and tans, my music was low and my spirit was lifted so very high!
The moment seemed all to perfect! I hesitated for several minutes before I pulled over and I am so thankful I finally made the decision to do so. As a result, you get to experience the same bliss as I did the very moment I took the photo. The second and third images are from the streets of China Town. The second image from that day is one in which highlights so many elements the human eye does not see on a daily basis. I looked to the right of the Buddha picture and saw a huge Coca-Cola sign right behind the street name, Commercial with an end on top since the street was a dead end -- hence, END Commercial right below Coca-Cola! What a coincidence. The third is a Buddha mural in an alleyway – the vibrant turquoise color and the Buddha image caught my eye for sometime. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and images of Buddha’s are an absolute inspiration in themselves. China Town in San Francisco has been one of my favorite places to go explore and take pictures due to the dynamic elements of the environment!
You can also check out more photos from San Francisco on the travel tab of my site! Enjoy
I was so blown away when I opened my email to see a message from Randi and Addison Evans asking me to photograph their beautiful beach wedding in August. What an absolute honor, not only because I was so thankful to be the person capturing their special day, but also because they met at a party at my house a couple years back! We spoke several times prior to the wedding to ensure I had a list of special shots they wanted from this spectacular day along with the timeline of events! Sunday, August 28th, 2011 came faster than imagined. I arrived at Randi's sisters house to capture Randi getting ready! Shortly after we all drove down to the beach cabin at Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton. I was able to capture some more shots of the women getting ready and then onto the motor home where Addison was getting ready. A large vehicle full of men celebrating Addison's special day -- they were drinking, laughing and having a wonderful time. I captured Addison putting on his "Blues." Every shot I took his smile was so big it almost didn't fit inside the shot! While capturing these photos, my insides warmed and I then too had an enormous smile on my face. I, as the photographer was so fortunate to not only get to capture the bride getting ready, but also the groom while both of them were smiling so bright in two separate locations. Again, before we knew it, time went by so quickly and the ceremony was about to begin. I went back over to the cabin to photograph Randi putting on her dress with her sister zipping it up, her mother fastening her sparkling bracelet and the flower girl putting on her shoes. What a special moment! The bride's and her bridesmaids were driven to the ceremony, where her father was there to greet her! When I saw the look in Randi's dads eyes, my eyes began to get watery -- this was one of the most special moments of the entire day! From there on out, the rest of the night was beautifully stunning and smooth. Randi and Addison's ceremony was humorous and romantic. Dinner was seamless. First dances were awe dropping. Dancing was lively and entertaining. Cake sharing was adorably silly. Breathtaking moments were captured at the most precious times. Of all of these unbelievably beautiful moments, my favorite and most impactful time at the Evan's Wedding was when I spent an hour with Randi and Addison on the beach taking pictures of just the two of them after the wedding party and family pictures were taken. These 60 minutes with the two of them in complete bliss holding and kissing one another was some of the most inspirational moments. Love was radiating off the two of them -- their glow was priceless. I have chills running through my body as I write this thinking about those very moments. I am so thankful to have experienced this special day with both Randi and Addison and to have been the soul capturing these life altering moments. Randi and Addison, thank you for letting me be such an integral part of your special day! Below are a couple of my favorite pictures from their day.
You can see more of the photos from the wedding under the Wedding Photography tab.
Also, please email or call with any engagement and wedding photography questions -- I would love to be a part of capturing such a special time in your life!
One of the best feelings is opening my email and finding a message from an individual asking me if I would be interested in photographing their special day. A few months back, I received an email from Ericka asking if I would be interested in capturing her and Rain’s wedding! One of the best parts about this email is Ericka had seen my watermark on photo from a wedding I had photographed a couple months prior.
Due to my love for LOVE in itself, along with photography, weddings and people’s smiles, with no hesitation – I said YES! I was so excited to again have the honor of documenting the moments of one of the most special days in couple’s lives. After the initial details, I researched the environment to gather as many ideas as possible to document the intensity of these moments throughout their day. The week leading up to the wedding, I began getting a little nervous... it had been raining all week and the wedding was scheduled to be outside with no sign of clear skys in the weather forecast.
The rain... How was I going to capture all these special moments with it raining all day?
After talking to Ericka a couple times that week, my nervousness subsided and my excitement took full swing because I knew that no matter how much it was raining, this day was fully theirs and I would capture all moments that were meant to be. On my drive down to San Diego it began raining and I would soon find out it wouldn’t stop until about 7 that evening. At that moment, the rain did not serve as an obstacle, but a blessing! Up the street from the house, I discovered a slightly covered walkway surrounded by large trees and ivy that would set the background for the moments in which their eyes would meet as they were beautifully dressed and just minutes away from taking their vows.
As the day went on, the rain not only served as an amazing backdrop, but also enhanced the excitement and love in Ericka and Rian’s eyes. I was fortunate enough to be around Ericka and Rian throughout their entire day, taking pictures at every moment imaginable all the while laughing and having a smile on my face.
I left that night feeling so much excitement and joy within because I knew that my art was going to be with them forever. Ericka and Rian, thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of one of the most special days the two of you will experience together! With every photographic endeavor, I learn more and more about myself, others and the environment in which we live! I wish both of you so much love and happiness in your marriage and with your little one on the way!
Below are some of my favorite photos from the evening! Enjoy!
If you would like to book a wedding, engagement shoot, photo section, etc. please call or email me :)
I look forward to hearing from you.
Below is one of my favorite and most recent photographs of me capturing a moment in our amazing WORLD!
At this exact moment... the air was crisp, the clouds were full, the sun was setting over the mountains lightly covered with snow and my heart was filled with so much love and appreciation!
I am constantly thankful for all that is around me!
Eusebio AKASA took this photo while we were on vacation in Tahoe over New Years.
Check out his site, as he is an amazing writer, MC, photographer and DJ!
Blessing and Enjoy!
I am in love with life and all those in it.