What do you think?

I’m in need of some help and you might be the one to help me! I have been working on my Website, Facebook, Instagram and Blog to make them more attractive and user friendly. This is, however, hard to do without input from multiple people. I’m asking friends, family, clients, and strangers to take a look at my sites to critique and give advice. I want to know what flows, what doesn’t work, what is missing, what’s good, and what there needs to be more of. I want personal opinions from a wide arrangement of people.

You can reach me on here, message me on Facebook, or message me from my website (click on “Contact Me” on the menu bar).

I greatly appreciate your participation,

Ashlée

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April

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I recently had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful woman named April. She is the mother of 4 talented and caring children. She cares for and encourages all the kids in her life – related or not. She is involved in her church and community, has a huge heart for young mothers and really wants to help people live better.

Her children purchased a Mother’s Day shoot as a surprise but unfortunately she was so ill over Mother’s Day weekend we had to reschedule. Last weekend I met up with her and had a wonderful time.

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She mentioned that she’s the type of person who will appreciate the gift but if she doesn’t  personally like the photos she will say thank you and then hide them all forever. It was my mission to make sure she liked the photos!

We started out slowly to get her relaxed and comfortable. There was a really nice bench we could use that – I think – gave her the opportunity to sit and not worry so much about what her body was doing. She opened up and her personality came shining through. She was hilarious and absolutely adorable.

After sending her the link to her gallery she thanked me for making her feel pretty. The thing is, throughout the hour long shoot, there were multiple times I looked through the lens and said “Beautiful,” “Gorgeous,” and “You look great!” I know where she was coming from saying thank you but I simply took a photo of a beautiful woman.

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Ashlée

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Starting a Business

I find this whole endeavour really interesting. I’ve decided to go with a business that doesn’t have a lot of overhead. I don’t have a store front or office hours which means no rent or fixed schedule. It’s wonderful! However, it also means no one can drop in to see me. No one sees my name and thinks “whats this? Maybe I should check it out.” Instead I have to keep getting myself out there online and in the community so people start realising I’m here. This is difficult when you have no clients. It can also be discouraging and is definitely draining but it’s also exciting. There are so many opportunities available. It’s just finding them or making them happen.

I’ve decided to write a to-do list as well as 101 in 1001 list. Things to work on and to work towards – goals. Without those I’ll probably end up going nowhere. If you haven’t heard of 101 in 1001 it’s a list of 101 things you’d like to complete in 1001 days. Dream big and more than 101 things will happen in those days.

Feeling a little discouraged today but I know it’s just part of getting to success.

Cheers,

Ashlée

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This is it!

I can’t believe I own my own business. I’m an entrepreneur! If you had asked me back in high school if I could ever see myself owning my own business I would have probably said no. If you asked me if I was going to be a photographer I would have said “That would be nice but…” It was unrealistic. I have never seen it paying the bills or becoming a lifestyle. But, now I do. Now I hope so badly that this will work.

Taking photos of people makes me happy. I love looking through my photos after a shoot and seeing them smile or that instant they hit it with their eyes. That smoulder. I love letting people feel comfortable, relaxed and be themselves and then give them the photos and let them see how beautiful and handsome they are.

I’m going to say it now, so hold me to it if I start complaining! If this business doesn’t fully pay the bills and I need a second job, I am still going to be happy to take photos on a part time basis and show people how wonderful they really are.

This is happening. This is really happening!

Ashlée

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I had a wonderful relaxing evening last Friday night. sitting back and taking everything in. The quiet moment between finalising papers and launching on Monday. It was quite nice.

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First time for everything

Well, I’m not much into blogs – I’m not a reader or a writer – and I don’t think my life is very exciting to follow but I hope my business will be. I’m really looking forward to launching my business and sharing my experiences, fears, and joys with you. Please be patient with me and the lack of excitement for the first little while. Ashlee.jpg

Thanks for dropping by,

Ashlée Dawn

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