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I absolutely adore going into a clients home and photographing their family. I was lucky enough to shoot both their first and second sons newborn photos. These images just feel so personal to me, just like all in home sessions do. This is up there at one of my favorite things to photograph. Welcome to the world little Bo. <3

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Blogging Laura and Matt almost 9 months after their wedding! I’ve never been on top of my blogging the way I’d like to be, but I have to admit pregnancy has made it much worse! Blogging during busy season is something I’ve always struggled to find time to do – and now it’s almost impossible! All my blogging time has turned into snacking and napping. Busted! Editing/shooting and emails always take precedence. BUT – Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year – and on this VERY hot day I am missing it big. So, I am super excited to be reliving their perfect day.

Laura did everything I would have done for a Fall wedding. Ah, makes my heart sing! I love her dark/rich bouquets, navy suits, bo-ho dresses. I really just can’t get enough of them. There are moments from every wedding I never forget — and what sticks out to me about these two is Matt’s deep love for Laura. He gave an adorable heart-felt toast to all of the guests about how he spent the entire night before the wedding in the ER with kidney stones, but no matter the pain or exhaustion – absolutely nothing would keep him from marrying the love of his life. His words were so genuine (hilarious) and sweet. Life will happen even on days we plan our weddings. But these two handled this hiccup with so much grace and had such an amazing time through it all. I loved spending the day with them and their bridal party. I am still so humbled by every couple that chooses me to document their day. Laura and Matt – so much love for you both! Hope you are enjoying every day of married life!!

 

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When Samantha contacted me and told me that her family purchased an old white farm house and that they wanted me to come out in the Fall when the leaves had changed to document them at home, I was literally beaming with excitement. Following their journey through life from engagement to babe number two and homeownership has been something I cherish so much. When I look through these images, I feel them. Sam and I have this same dream of a simple life, on a beautiful property, pups and family. My heart couldn’t be more drawn to this shoot and all that it encompassed. I am just so happy they had me out to spend the evening with their beautiful family and share their dream home with me. It was a night I will not soon forget.

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SURPRISE! Ashley West Photography is growing by a sweet little baby bum coming this Fall.

That’s right, WE’RE PREGNANT!

And we found out this weekend that ITS A BOY!

We are so so so excited for this little miracle. We’ve spent the last few weeks telling friends and family about our news, and its so fun to finally let the secret out!

Some of you may have followed our journey to baby and some of you may have not! I started a personal blog to document our life, home, and experience in trying to grow our family. If you’d like to see more updates you can follow @ourhumblehideaway on instagram and my blog here: Our Humble Hideaway I am excited to post an update soon all about the first trimester and the amazing details of our pregnancy so far!

But I wanted to share this exciting news with all of my amazing clients!! Yahoo!!

These photos are from our Gender Reveal this past weekend! Everyone in our lives convinced us it was a girl so we had so much fun with the shock of finding out we are having a little boy. Let the nursery planning begin!! Can’t wait for our little country boy to make his appearance.

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I also wanted to post an update about my availability and maternity leave information! I am done booking weddings for 2017! (But so excited for my 2018 season!! Bring on the new brides!)

This post of availability is mainly for my portrait clients!

I have about 12 open spots for sessions from June until September. This would be mainly family and maternity/newborn sessions! I’ve saved a couple additional spots for 2018 brides and their engagement sessions! So, if you were thinking of booking an upcoming shoot with your family, please get in touch now while there are spots still available!

I typically hold Fall Mini Sessions – and I’d like to try to do that again this year, however they will just have to be a little earlier! I am hoping I can hold early Fall Mini Sessions the weekend of September 23rd. (If there is a lot of interest I may open up a week night as well!) Stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook for updates about mini sessions!

I will be on maternity leave starting the 2nd week in October through at least the 2nd week in December.

In a perfect world I would still LOVE to do Christmas Mini Sessions. If this is possible, they would be the weekend of December 9th or December 16th. I will be sure to post updates shortly after baby arrives so you can plan your Christmas card photos accordingly!

Thank you all so much for your support and understanding! We are so excited! Hope to see you all this Summer/Fall.

<3

-Ashley West

 

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