FELLS POINT ENGAGEMENT | COURTNEY & TYRONE | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Working with Courtney and Tyrone was super relaxed and fun. I got a chance to know them better, and also got to explore some of the awesome spots near Fells Point. The more I shoot around Baltimore, the more I fall in love with Charm City. It is, after all, so full of charm. Adorable couples like this only enhance the urban beauty of this city!

We started our evening by grabbing drinks at Teavolve, then walked our way toward Fells Point. We stopped inside one of Courtney and Tyrone’s favorite shops, The Sound Garden, and shot an adorable music inspired scenario. I LOVE the photos we took away from the record room. Courtney was also determined to find a row of homes she had seen previously, requesting we used the ivy covered brick walls as a backdrop. When we finally came upon them, we were so pleased they weren’t completely wilted and gone. Finally, we ended up in Federal Hill. We finished our session in the park and also using the outdoor scenery of the American Visionary Art Museum. You guys know I love this spot!

I had so many favorites! Check ‘em out:

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Tyrone & Courtney,

I had a wonderful time exploring our city together! Thanks for showing me to some new spots, as well as feeding my creative side. I appreciate your enthusiasm, love the bond you share, and cannot wait for your wedding next year. We are going to have an absolute blast!

– Ash

CLIENT APPRECIATION | DIY ORNAMENTS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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I’ve spent the last three years building a client base. Something that I’ve noticed, especially having recently geared my business toward weddings, is that I have a group of truly loyal and supportive people. I call them my “AKP family” and many of them I have shot with ten times or more. Just to say that blows my mind! How lucky am I??

Every season, I host a large stylized mini session event. Every season, I get to see the same smiling faces. I cannot begin to describe the joy it brings to a photographer’s life to have such amazing relationships with families who continue to come back time after time. I realize working with my schedule since I have moved hasn’t been easy, but I appreciate my bookings even more because I know they aren’t always made out of convenience. Being someone’s choice is such an honor.

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time for surrounding yourself with people you love, baking yummy treats, and my favorite-giving gifts! I wanted to do something special for the FORTY (holy wow!) clients who signed up for minis this holiday, so naturally I recruited my good friend Erin of EAlexDesigns to help.

We spent the entire day working on these gorgeous beauties. Check them out and find out what you need/how to make them below:

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Laila loves to help :)
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Wanna make one? Here’s what you need:

* Empty glass ornaments (Michaels)
* Thick scrapbooking paper
* Ribbon
* Scissors/paper cutter
* Pen (for curling the paper)

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Finish the outside with your own personal touch! I used sponge applicators, chalk paint, metallic oil markers, and glitter craft paint for mine. I also snagged some gift bags, foil tags, and crinkle paper to finish up my goodie bags! Good luck crafting, everyone!!

I hope you enjoyed a little behind the scenes action! A big thank you to Erin for her creativity and time on this project. I know that I can’t wait to put my own on my tree this holiday. :)

– Ash

SPRING HILL MANOR ENGAGEMENT | BRITTANY & JOHN | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

I remember meeting John and Brittany and being a little nervous. They were one of my first Maryland consults, and upon meeting them, I knew I wanted to work with them. They were so sweet, so considerate of each other, and both equally involved in planning their big day. It was so cute! They are planning an intimate barn wedding next year and I was fortunate enough to use Spring Hill Manor (their venue) location for their engagement session!

We shot mid day and although the sun was warm, the wind was fierce. The landscapes by SHM are absolutely gorgeous, but we anchored ourselves near places that would shield the gusts from Brittany’s beautiful hair. I think you’ll all agree her lovely red locks held up well! I’m optimistic that we will have less wind on wedding day, enabling us to utilize this location in a totally different way. :)

It’s easy to see that these two have amazing chemistry. I adore couples that laugh together, because it’s contagious! See for yourself, below:

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Have I mentioned how much I love rustic charm?
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I may or may not have had to Photoshop a feline friend out of these. :)
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Brittany & John,

I’m so so glad you two picked me as your photographer! I enjoyed our time together so much and had a blast getting to know you. Thank you for the many laughs and for toughing out the chilly wind. You are troopers! I can’t wait to see you again on wedding day!!

– Ash

WINE CELLAR PARK ENGAGEMENT | CHRISTINA & LOGAN | WV ENGAGEMENTS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Long before my days of shooting and blogging, I worked in retail management for a popular girl’s brand. My staff was always made up of diverse young ladies, and Christina was no exception. Christina worked for me part time while attending school. She is a sweet, kind, and humble girl. She was a considerate employee, but I now know that is because she is just an all around considerate person.

I left this specific store to pursue photography full time. This was my last job before taking the leap, and Christina was part of the staff I left behind. We remained friends on Facebook and kept up with each other in the way that most people do (via social media). It was still such a joy to see her update her relationship status to “engaged” and to see the beaming smile on her face next to Logan, the boy who stole her heart.

What’s even better is that Christina reached out to me during her planning and asked if I was available for her date. I was honored, excited, and couldn’t wait to do engagements. I worked them into the Fall schedule and we spent a lovely evening walking around Wine Cellar Park. These two, a pair I have now named “CLo,” are a match made in Heaven. Logan compliments Christina perfectly, and it’s hard not to feel mushy in their presence. See how cute they are in some of my favorites:

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CLo,

You two make it so easy for me to do my job! Your natural affection for each other makes it obvious that you are soulmates, and I just know that your day is going to as beautiful as the bond you share. I can’t wait til’ next Fall!

– Ash

WV STATE CAPITOL WEDDING | BRANDI & CHRIS | WV WEDDINGS | ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Most of my couple stories start out with “they emailed me” or “we met for a long consult,” but Brandi and Chris were different. They were confident in their choices, and booked accordingly. The pair live in Pennsylvania, but got married in Charleston, West Virginia. Being that I just moved from the area in March, we had to be very strategic with our scheduling to meet.

After two failed attempts to get together, we finally caught a break and had a gorgeous sunset engagement session at Sunset Carriage Trail. This is conveniently just across the river from their wedding venue! I immediately felt like I had known the two forever, and they were so fun to photograph. Momentum built as the wedding day approached and it was such a genuinely gorgeous day.

Mr. and Mrs. Bowyer were my last wedding of the year. It’s always a bittersweet day for me as I am so fond of shooting weddings, but also so glad to have some down time to get ready for the holidays with family. It was wonderful to go out with a bang (as you’ll see below) with such a great couple.

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Brandi & Chris,

You two are beautiful together! Your day was so timeless and romantic, and i’m so thankful I could be apart of it. You made us all feel so welcome, and I know I can speak for Hallie and Larry when I say-may the best be yet to come! Congratulations!

– Ash

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography
Assistant Photography | Hallie McComas & Larry Kelley
Ceremony | WV State Capitol
Reception | Charleston Marriott
Florist | Malden Floral
Baker | Spring Hill Pastry Shop
Catering | Charleston Marriott
Dress | David’s Bridal
Tux Rentals | Men’s Wearhouse
Event Coordinator | Jessica of Charleston Marriott
Music | DJ Clay Young
Hair & Make Up | Josie Boytek & Jeslyn Lyttle