Grand Opening…of sorts 

I didn’t get a chance to launch my business in an exciting way. I don’t have a store front so there wasn’t a grand opening event or anything. So, I have decided that I’m going to do a giveaway. It’s going to be a giveaway with a twist though. I’ll have more details available in a week or so when the giveaway goes live. 

You’ll see it first on our Facebook page so head over there and like the page to see it soon!

Ashlée 

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Brett

170629_Brett_001Brett Austin is part of Mt. Baker’s Class of 2017. Our time together was short but during that time I could see how much the people in his life mean to him – and vice versa. His family was gushing about him before he got there and he made sure to get a photo with each person separately.

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It was very heartwarming to see such an incredible group of people supporting, encouraging and loving him. Standing behind him and being there for big moments – good and bad. I could really tell that each one of these people has been there for him as he’s grown into a very sweet young man.

Congratulations on graduating from high school, Brett. Good luck with your coming choices of school and career that you mentioned to me. You have a very kind heart and I think you will be wonderful at anything you choose. 170629_brett-blog_001.jpg

Ashlée

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Jennifer

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The other day I had the pleasure of taking photos of this lovely lady. I met her because a friend of her’s bought her a voucher for a photo shoot. She was an absolute delight to take photos of! She is a very kind and happy woman.

Jennifer is a Paralympic swimmer. She dedicates hours of her day training either swimming or at the gym.

She told me that people say she’s a very positive person which I definitely agree with. At one point she said to me, “I’m always smiling….life’s too short to always be serious.” 170629_Jennifer_032

 

If you’d like to know a little bit more about her Paralympic journey here is a video you can watch. It’s filmed in 2014 and talks about the 2016 games but Jennifer is now working toward Tokyo 2020. You can also find more about her at this Facebook Page.

Good luck with the qualifiers Jennifer!

Ashlée

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Grant = Project!

I am so excited to announce that I have been approved funding by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for a project that I proposed earlier this year!

Throughout the next year I will be traveling to towns in the East Kootenay capturing photos specific to the project and then returning to those towns to display the final outcome. I will share details of the project soon (some details still need to be finalized) as I will need community participation.

I am so excited to take this on as a new business and someone who was born and raised in the area.


Ashlée

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Grad Season

Was super busy with photo shoots today. Grad season is so much fun. It’s busy but everyone is so happy and kids are so excited. It’s been a wonderful, optimistic day filled with sentimental family and so much laughter. 
Will share soon!

Ashlée 

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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But my bed is calling

One of the reasons I started my own business is because my health isn’t good enough to work a full time job. I can’t commit to being at work at 9am every Monday – Friday. I ended up pushing myself too hard because I wouldn’t take a sick day. By having my own business I can work from home while taking care of myself.

New problem. I feel fine except I can’t stay awake. I can’t take or edit photos if my eyes are closed! So far this week I have woken up on the couch, in my bed or on the floor at different times throughout the day without really knowing how I got there. On top of getting worried about what’s going on I’m starting to get really frustrated. My to-do list is piling up.

(Sorry if there are errors in this. I honestly can’t go back and read it over. I have so little energy.)

Ashlée

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