Exciting News!
Feb 23, 2018

Exciting News!

Over the past few years many couples, including many of our past wedding couples, have asked me to photograph other milestones in their lives - specifically, as they joyfully anticipate the arrival of their child and once they welcome their little one into the world. You guys, I can't tell you how much it means to me to be invited to document and be a part of these beautiful new life changing chapters in their lives. There have been tears of joy, awe, amazement and complete wonder at the miracle of new life. Becoming a mom myself changed the way I see the world, and in turn, the way I photograph it. A father walking his daughter down the aisle has a new sweetness, mother and son dances have a whole different heartbeat now. Likewise, my passion for documenting growing families has itself changed and grown. It was filled my heart in a new way and feel truly honored.  
 
Just the other day, as I walked into a couple's home for their newborn session and met their sweet baby girl, I saw their living room was filled with framed photos I had taken over the years when they got engaged and then vowed their lives to one another on their wedding day. I had the privilege of documenting the beginning of their marriage and how humbled I was to be there to now photograph such a beautiful and sweet representation of that marriage - their daughter.  
 
It is with this gratefulness I am so beyond excited to finally say that I am officially offering a limited number of maternity and in home newborn sessions each month! In the past I haven't been able to offer them each month or as many sessions as I would like to due to not having enough availability. However, last year as I planned and prepared for 2018 one of the changes I made moving forward was to have time carved out just for these sweet sessions that have me smitten! 
 
Annnd cue the confetti (eeeee!), today I launched a new part of my website dedicated to my maternity and newborn photography so feel free to check out the latest sessions and reach out through there! Lastly, I wanted to answer some potential questions folks may have, but please reach out with any others! I can't wait to continue to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new growing families! 
 
When should I reach out to receive more info and book my maternity and/or newborn session? Because I am only booking a limited number of sessions each month, I recommend reaching out as soon as possible. I am already booking into the end of summer for this year, so the sooner the better! :)  
 
When do you recommend doing my maternity and newborn session? I recommend doing your maternity session around 7-8 months but it is really up to you mama-to-be! I usually photograph my in home newborn sessions within the first 2-3 weeks of your sweet babe's life once you are settled back at home - but again this is totally flexible! 
 
Are you still going to be photographing weddings? A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y! Nothing is changing with our wedding photography - Chris and my passion for capturing weddings has forever stolen our hearts and will continue to be our focus! We will continue to document engagement sessions, weddings, and wedding related events on a limited basis each year. :)  
 
NEW WEBSITE: https://www.ashleytheresefamilies.com/
Feb 22, 2018

New York Newborn Session | Baby Isabelle

This sweet baby girl is so so loved, adored and cherished. Between arm stretching, wiggling her toes and the occasional yawn, baby Isabelle kept her eyes focused on her mama and dad - the two hearts totally wrapped around her finger and in complete awe of her. She drifted into sleep nestled in her mama's arms, soothed by the rocking back and forth motion and the sound of her dad's voice. A quiet peace filled the air and happiness overflowed from the deepest part of their souls. 
 
I met Doris and Ben years ago when I photographed their engagement and wedding, and what a privilege it was for me to be invited into their home to meet their new daughter and totally gush about her sweetness! Here are a few of my favorites from their in home newborn session!  
New York Newborn Session | Baby Isabelle
Fairfield County Newborn Session | Baby Líon
Jan 19, 2018

Fairfield County Newborn Session | Baby Líon

There is nothing quite like a home with a new baby inside. There is love and an abundance of happiness floating in the air all centered around this sweet new life. The joyful anticipation has now turned into a beautiful fulfillment of the hope had. 
 
It felt like not that long ago I was walking in the woods with Hannah and Rob talking about their little son due on Christmas Day during their maternity session. They couldn't wait to see what he looked like, to hold him, and to shower him with affection. Now their son Líon was finally here and they are officially a family of three! It was so sweet to see Hannah's face light up watching Líon following his dad's voice as he moved through the room and to see Rob just beaming as Hannah kissed the top of her son's head.  
 
I loved spending time with these three and capturing adorable baby Líon at just 10 days old! Annnnnd watching him fall asleep listening to none other then Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg - who would have thought?! 
 
So many favorites from their in home newborn session, but here are some!! Congrats again Hannah & Rob!
Jan 17, 2018

ELLE Interview: Life Changing Career Moves

Published in News
Happy Wednesdayyy! A few months ago I was contacted about contributing to an ELLE piece about how I changed career paths and went in a completely different direction. I had been in the advertising industry but after a while realized, my heart just wasn't in it and I was extremely unhappy.  
 
I felt like the longer I stayed in advertising and committed to this path, the harder it would be to change course. I knew that there was risk in walking away from the career and industry that I went to school for and worked so hard to be in, but I also knew the risk would be greater if I settled knowing there was something else in my heart and that my passion lay elsewhere. I am not sure the timing is ever perfectly "right" for a career change, but for me the "right now" was way better then the maybe "someday." Life is just too short. 
 
I hope that my story and journey along with the rest of these woman inspire anyone who feels like they are stuck and unhappy in their careers, and gives them hope that change IS possible and the right time is NOW to find a career that gets you excited and makes your heart soar.  
 
I'm totally pumped and honored to have been included in this article which is now LIVE! Below is more of my full Q&A with ELLE.com!
ELLE Interview:  Life Changing Career Moves
Looking Back And To The Year Ahead
Jan 8, 2018

Looking Back And To The Year Ahead

Published in Personal
I can say with certainty 2017 was hands down the fastest year of my life and felt like it was maaaaybe only 4 months long, tops.  Greyson's first year of life went by fast so I figured that so would Harper's this past year... but let me tell you it FLEW by at lightening speed!  How is our baby girl almost one already?!  When planning for 2017 and thinking about what I wanted it to look like, there was a driving factor to many decisions. As unglamorous as it sounds, that thing was the unknown.  I didn't know what it would really be like having two littles.  I wasn't sure exactly how I would be home taking care of them and running our business.  I didn't know what my day to day schedule and routine would look like.  Didn't know what curveballs life had in store.  However as I sat there at the end of 2016, the feeling that overshadowed all the rest was a feeling of pure gratitude to be planning the year ahead with all the miracles, excitement and the unknown it included. 
 
What I did know was that last year was sure to be full and about finding a new balance.  And it certainly was!  The funny thing is about finding a new balance is that so often I try to add and FIT more things in to create a better balance of everything on my plate.  Anyone else?  But by adding more to create "balance" it can still leave me feeling just as overwhelmed, tired, and burned out as before.  So for 2017 I decided I wanted LESS busy-ness and more flexibility.  I wanted more balance by doing, juggling, balancing less stuff.  I tried to be more intentional about having scheduled days with nothing but playtime with the kids.  Bake.  Make a playdough mess. Go to the lake spontaneously. Read and build trains.  See friends.  Visit my Nana.  I wanted simplicity and more time that would allow us to change our plans.  I took a step back from social media and blogging to have more time and focus on being present.  Before the days' activities began, more often then not I was up before the sun and the rest of the house to have quiet focused time on our photography business I enjoy so much and am BEYOND thankful for.  I said no to opportunities I usually would have tried to squeeze in and said yes to more grace and patience as I continually learned and adjusted. 
 
Now with 2017 in the past, let me tell you, I am so glad I made these changes.  This past year I was able to be much more intentional and present, pouring more of myself into what I was doing as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, business owner.  I was able to focus more on the things that matter most to me and felt like I could really enjoy and embrace Harper's first year of life.  While looking back now 2017 felt like it was one of the fastest of my life, I can say with a grateful heart that I feel like I didn't miss any of it.  While it wasn't picture perfect by any means, I felt and embraced it.  All of it.  The good, the hard, the cute, the messy, the challenging, the bittersweet. 
 
This year I know there will continue to be growth and adjustments in so many areas.  My goal is to continue to pour myself into my priorities and keep them as just that, my priorities.  2017 you were an awesome life changing one I will never forget. 2018, I already know you are going to be amazing and I can't wait for the memories, excitement, laughs, adventures you are bringing with you.  I'm ready for your big champagne moments (my sister is getting married this year! YAY!) and the small sweet moments in between. 
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