Ashley Vanley started her business when she was 15 years old.
She’s a Colorado native living in Virginia
Her favorite holiday is Christmas
Her favorite hobby is traveling
She has photographed hundreds of love stories
Her favorite food is sushi
She loves black and white film photography
She has lived overseas as a missionary
I was born and raised in Colorado, I have lived in many places including South Africa and Australia. I now live on the East Coast and shoot weddings mainly on that side of the country. Thirteen is my lucky number because when I was thirteen years old I got my start in photography which soon became my focus and passion. That same year I met my amazing husband. I was a sophomore in high school when I first began getting more serious about taking pictures, just some fun snap shots on family vacations and overseas trips. I then started booking senior photo shoots I never gave up on my dream to become a wedding photographer one day after years of hard work the business took off and I ran with it!
I really enjoyed saving beauty in a photograph, noticing a beautiful sunset or a exciting moment. I also fell in love with editing my photos and giving others joy through the finished product.
In photography I was always willing to learn more and grow in my craft. I joined PhotogenX, a photography ministry in Kona, Hawaii. After that amazing experience I knew I wanted to get into the wedding industry, because I have always loved weddings and bridal photography.
My husband Aaron and I secretly eloped in December of 2009, we were at our favorite place, Chipotle. While we were eating our burritos. I asked him, "what do you want to do today?" He replied, "Lets get married!" and thats how it happened...Six months later we publicly tied the knot and had a big ceremony in Colorado Springs. Our story isn't very traditional but it was spontaneous, and a wonderful memory!
We then moved to Australia to become missionaries for a short time. I was able to grow in my photography while traveling and meeting new people along the way. These new photos gave me the opportunity to develop my photojournalism edge. I have had the opportunity to photograph destination weddings while traveling. My husband and I are going to celebrate our 10 year anniversary this year! I have been loving living on the East Coast the past six years!
Currently I am booking 2020 & 2021 Weddings!
For the bride looking for a photographer- I know it may seem overwhelming with all of the decisions and planning... just remember its about you and your husband spending the rest of your lives together. With choosing vendors make sure they are people you connect with so you can feel at ease and comfortable on your special day!
I enjoy meeting new people and working with great wedding vendors. I believe every bride deserves beautiful photographs of her wedding day. I enjoy the challenge of pulling out the brides personality and beauty in images. Thank you for viewing my work!
My interview with Voyage Denver-