Traveling is something I have always been big on. I don't share my dreams to much but defiantly have them. It started out I wanted to do photography a few years back but was really scared. Then finally I took the courses with my little bridge camera (I upgraded thank the lord haha). I begged my friends and sister and anyone who was in front of me to PLEASE be my models (memories for sure!) Before I realized it, I was photographing families, dogs, couples until I did my first wedding. After that I knew a few things, I had to stop using my aunt's canon rebel and buy my own. At that time I was working as a full time server at Fatz while working full time at the dermatologist office. I went out and bought MY VERY OWN Canon 60D and a new lens and a Apple desktop. Y'all when I say I was excited that's an understatement!! After that I really put myself out there and taught myself how to run a website, again saved up money to hire a graphic designer to make my brand, made my own business cards, second shot with other photographers, received positive and negative feedback (that's the hard part but it helped me grow as a person) and then FINALLLLYYYYY bought my new Canon Mark iii 5D with a brand new lens. It only took me so many years but I always look my old camera and think back how far I have come. So with that being said I started a bucket list of GOALS & DREAMS when I first started my business.
Travel outside of Lexington, South Carolina for a wedding (checked off!!)
Photograph a wedding at the Biltmore (PRAISE, IT HAPPENED!!)
Keep my business alive for more than one year (check! going 4 years strong!!)
Now I would love to travel and photograph a wedding or anniversary session in these locations:
- Savannah, GA
- Austin, Tx
Y'all, I can keep going and going. I would not be where I am though if it wasn't for everyone! This would be A DREAM come true! If you're a bride planning a wedding that goes with these dreams, please reach out!! There could be a discount or incentive with your name on it!
This sweet girl enjoyed her one year old session traveling over the world! She loved the hot air balloon while laughing and smiling the whole time. Katie, Quinn's mom brought some of the same items we used when did her newborn pictures to the session. I love doing milestone pictures like this because you only turn one once!
Well here we are 2018 has shown up and man we're almost finished up with the first month! I just wanted to let everyone know what's in store for Ashleigh Donahue Photography for this year since the last time I posted.
I just wanted to start out though by thanking every person who called, texted, sent a card, flowers or just prayed for me. Back on December 28th the Lord called my grandma to be with him in heaven. My life changed quickly within two months & even though I miss that woman like crazy, I know she is cancer free and watching over me. I guess it's just been a little harder than I thought because she was around us 24/7 and always over my shoulder watching me work on wedding pictures or my favorite "I found this to use in your pictures". With that said, I feel like the love and feelings behind my photography has grown even MORE.
So here's what you will see MORE of..
MORE one on one pictures of you and your family laughing, hugging & smiling when I'm behind the camera.
MORE communication from me because friendship is way more important than just a signature on a paper.
I want MORE education on improving my photography to better serve you which means I'll be heading to live workshops (this I'm excited about!)
I've been craving MORE time with friends and family so I plan on finally putting down my phone after dinner and putting my focus on them and get ready for the next steps in my own life.
I really am excited about the growth of my photography but PUMPED about all the goodness that God is bringing into my life. The past few months have been a struggle personally but thankfully I have my friends at work, family at home and my photography clients that have made the past few months a lot easier to handle.
Let me start off by saying how THANKFUL I am for every single person who has helped my little business grow! It's so funny how one small change you can take can lead to so many new doors. I started off back in 2014 with only two family sessions, finishing photography classes and using my aunt's canon rebel and now I'm ending 2017 with a whole DIFFERENT story. I started my year off by doing a mentorship with the AMAZING Jessi Nichols, if you ever want to continue to grow in something you love, I recommend to take those extra steps and get some one on one guidance. After I met up with Jessi, I ended up meeting Courtney Price through her, (fyi: Courtney is such a sweet and humble person to be around) and she has asked me to help her second shoot some of her weddings throughout the year. After I met Courtney, she referred one of my newest brides, Lauren over to me to do her USC graduation session, which landed me in D.C. to do her engagement pictures. Meanwhile, I have had some close friends who asked me to do their maternity pictures, one year baby pictures, family pictures and in home lifestyle sessions. I met new brides who have become some of my closest friends and met back up with past couples to do anniversary pictures. So finishing out 2017 with over 15 WEDDINGS, multiple engagement sessions and lifestyle sessions, I have to say I have been blessed!
With all the exciting news and changes that have come from my photography business means I have to slow down for a little bit!
Don't worry I'm not going anywhere!!
For the month of December, I'm going to take a little breather and catch up with my family and friends and spend some much needed time with my little nephew, Barrett and help out with my grandma. I love the month of December because I can do all the basic stuff I want! Simple things like-Ice skating, building a gingerbread house, seeing Christmas lights and dinners with some of my closest friends.
Come January 1st, I will be back in full swing starting the New Year off with shooting a wedding in Charleston, not once but twice! Then bridals and more engagement shoots and weddings at the Biltmore and in Florida! Not only was 2017 one for the books but my goodness 2018 is about to be the BEST!
I will be checking my emails once a week on Monday's and replying back. Throughout the month blog post will be popping up for everyone to enjoy while I'm away!
Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by to help bake cookies during the session at this household! What better way to go into the holiday season! Carmen told Santa everything she wanted and even shared milk and cookies!
When I asked Nikki to describe their relationship she said "My fiance is super goofy and I need someone who makes me come out of shell." Nikki & JohnMichael absolutely are made for one another! When I've mentioned this couple to others, everyone would say "Ahh I love them! OR JM is so silly and Nikki is full of laughter!" Well clearly everybody nailed it on the head there! From sweet whispers to dancing, they made this session one for the books. Thank you for letting me be apart of such a special time in your lives
Chasen & Adam finally have their dream home built and ready to live in! When Chasen was styling my hair one day, all she could talk about was the house her little family would call home soon. Instantly I blurted out that we had to do this session to capture this HUGE moment in all their lives. Hank & Sophie (the dog) LOVE their new home for sure as they were running around and playing during the pictures. This family is just so warming and loving that it shows in every single picture! Thank you guys for inviting me into your NEW BUILT HOME! Let the decorating begin! By the way we threw a little holiday CHEER into one of pictures (can you spot it?!)
Let me start off by saying I've known this girl for sometime now. We use to cheer with each other for White Knoll and walked through that journey together. Years later we reconnected after she booked me for her spring wedding! Funny how things work out when you go from talking and hanging out all the time to sitting down for coffee 7 years later going over wedding details and catching up on life. When I asked Rachael what style she was looking for when it came to her bridals all she could think about was "the notebook" look! Thankfully the Lord looked out for me and I had just did a family session at this property three weeks back and they let us use everything for her pictures (shout out to the Brittain family for being so AMAZING and KIND to us) Everything about that day was beautiful!