FEDERAL HILL PARK ENGAGEMENT | ABBY & TOMMY | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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“I am a natural light photographer.” I’ve stated this sentence a million times. Although I will always be drawn toward a naturally lit scenario, I have realized over the last few weeks that such a statement might have been triggered by my fear to try something new. It is a scary notion to try something different, and scarier to think you might fail.

I worked with off camera lighting throughout 2014. I struggled, I walked away from it, but I kept coming back. In December, something clicked. I’ve grown confident and excited about shooting at night. It is such a different feel than can be offered during the day. ESPECIALLY with the gorgeous city lights of Baltimore glowing around you!

Abby and I met through a photographer friend who referred her. We met for lunch and really hit it off. I recall Abby saying to me that she wasn’t particularly enthused about planning a wedding. Despite this, the longer we sat together, the more I could see her coming around. It was a joy when later that day, she sent an email exclaiming how excited she now was. Words can’t express how happy that makes a wedding photographer!

Tommy and Abby met me on a cold Tuesday night in Federal Hill Park. They were all smiles even though it was dark, cold, and windy. We spent about 20 minutes shooting due to the weather. Being out so late, the park was almost empty. I’m pretty sure our laughter could be heard through the Inner Harbor as we tried to stay warm and take photos in the dark. :)

I had a blast with these two. I’m thankful for their trust, and so pumped to share the images that follow! This is reassurance to myself that even though I may specialize in one thing, I can be creative in others. I am so excited to utilize more of these lighting techniques in my 2015 weddings!

Also, a big big thank you to the love of my life for coming out to play with us in the cold! Dave handled all of my off camera lighting with no experience and no complaints. He’s the best. :)

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Tommy & Abby,

I can’t wait to see you two again in the Spring for warm weather engagements. I’m sure they will be even more fun, prepping us for your fantastic wedding. 2015 is going to be epic! Thanks for being part of it.

– Ash