Santa Barbara Glamour Mother-Daughter Photography

Last year, in the midst of morning sickness a pregnancy, I shot this fabulous mother daughter glamour shoot but never got around to sharing it! So I thought better late than never right?!

I love the story behind this shoot. I donated a $500 credit toward a boudoir shoot to the American Heart Association’s Heart Beach Ball here in Santa Barbara. The Heart Beach Ball happens annually and is a big fundraiser from AHA! Sarah is on the board and attended the event, and bid on the shoot… AND WON! Woohoo! So this shoot we got to celebrate her and her journey and her charitable work for AHA. I had so much fun photographing her daughter Madison! Too cute!

Sarah was floored by the photos and bought quite a few wall portraits to give as gifts to her husband and her daughter for Christmas. I love knowing that a huge canvas hangs in their house, as well as as some smaller shots on her husband’s desk. I also love that she got Madison some images for her room– how great is that for a young girl’s self esteem to have gorgeous portraits of herself of the wall of her room! LOVE!

Sarah loved everything so much she asked me to donate to Heart Beach Ball again… And I did! Can’t wait to meet this year’s lucky winner!:)

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Santa Barbara Boudoir Photography

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It’s not every day a client lets me showcase images from her boudoir session, but when she does I’m oh so thankful! I love to showcase client sessions so that way future clients know that I really do shoot real women, and not models (but I sure make my clients look like models, don’t I)! My passion is photographing real women, in the Santa Barbara area and beyond, and making them look and feel beautiful! That is what I do best, and it’s for real! No client has ever come to me for a session feeling 100% confident and ready, but they see my work and trust me that I will make them look amazing. And I never take that for granted! This lovely lady was also kind enough to write me about her shoot and I’d love to share what she said about the experience! See below:

 

“Hi Ashleigh!
I just wanted to say thank you so much! I had some reservations about a photo shoot in the beginning, but you made me feel super comfortable and I even had fun!!! I was incredibly nervous about giving hubby the book, but wow was he surprised! He absolutely loved it! I don’t even think he noticed the nice watch I also gave him for a wedding gift, lol!
The layout of the book and the quality of the book itself is wonderful:)
I am so glad I decided to go through with this. My body will not be the same for a long while, since we are expecting our first little one soon! So it will be nice for me to look back at these photos…
Thank you so much for everything, Ashleigh:) and a BIG thanks from hubby!”

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Paskey Boudoir - Wow! She’s so pretty! Each frames looks so soft and mild. :)

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Dos Pueblos Ranch, Santa Barbara Wedding Photography | Vanessa + Mark

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I am so excited to share this wedding for so many reasons! This was my first wedding of 2015 and the first wedding I have shot since no longer being pregnant! Let me just tell you, even though it is a little challenging shooting while being a nursing mama, shooting while pregnant was way more physically taxing! I am also so excited because this wedding took place at Ranchos Dos Pueblos which is one of my top 3 favorite wedding venues in Santa Barbara (maybe in the world??)!!!

Seriously, Dos Pueblos Ranch is a photographer’s dream. I have shot there a couple times before and I don’t think I could ever tire of it. From the private beach and ocean lawn to the dilapidated green houses to the rustic barn to the orchards to the lush natural landscape… there are SO MANY AWESOME PLACES TO SHOOT! My only wish is that I could have had even more time to just shoot and  shoot and shoot! But even with the crazy tight timeline of a wedding day I think I was able to capture so much beauty! Seriously! Amazing!

Then of course was my couple. Though I normally do engagement sessions with my couples, I did not have the opportunity to do one with Vanessa & Mark, so really their wedding was the first time we met! That’s always a bit of a challenge for all parties too figure each other out on the spot, but luckily Vanessa & Mark are awesome and really rocked it in front of the camera! Vanessa + her bridesmaids are practically models! What a gorgeous and sweet group of gals! And Mark and his groomsmen were really stand up guys! I had a blast photographing them and just love the images that we got! I mean, just look at the length of this post!

Special thanks to my ever amazing friend & talented second shooter Kelsey, who definitely helped extra when we got into a pinch with the timeline! This is why I work with strong second shooters, so we can tag team when the day throws curves balls! 😉

So… now for a lengthy look at just a FRACTION of the gorgeous images captured at V + M’s Ranchos Dos Pueblos wedding!! I hope you enjoy!

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Santa Barbara Boudoir Photography | Ms. N

I am so excited to share a recent boudoir shoot, and that client’s wonderful testimonial! This client, as you will read, is a mom of three… and she rocked our boudoir session MAJOR! She showed her girls her pictures too, and they loved them and thought she looked beautiful! What an amazing thing to teach your daughter, by doing a shoot, that mom can love herself and love her body no matter what! So great! So please, read my sweet clients words, and check out her smoking pictures! 😉

“As a mama of three, I was hoping to gain some new appreciation for my body. Though our body is pretty for incredible for creating, then birthing a human in the first place, it can take a toll on how we view our post-baby bod.

Seeing Ashleigh’s work, plus getting the much needed nudge from a dear friend, brought me to make the final decision to go for it and bare it all for Ashleigh. Bare it all I did!

Ashleigh created a serene and safe atmosphere that made me feel comfortable, confident, and relaxed during my boudoir shoot. I enjoyed every step from the pre-shoot prep I did on my own, to the hair and makeup Ashleigh’s team provided, and the constant encouragement coming from behind the camera.

I would encourage every mama to work with Ashleigh to gain a newfound appreciation for her beautiful, strong, capable body.”

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Santa Barbara Boudoir Photography | WARNING THIS POST IS SEXY

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Oh, boudoir how I love thee! Seriously, helping women to see themselves as beautiful is my favorite thing ever! That is why I shoot boudoir. That is why I get up in the morning. Watching a woman literally transform her body image in front of my own eyes is so rewarding… and I know that not only is the process an amazing thing for me to experience, but it is so **life changing** for the women I serve. That’s why my studio here in Santa Barbara is my happy place. It’s where I make women see their own beauty! LOVE!

I have a few snippets to share of a recent session. The client, understandably, did not want to show any images of her face online (which by the way my sessions are PRIVATE so I would never share a clients images online in any capacity without their full support)! BUT, my client did want to share a few body shots, since they are anonymous, and because she so loved the experience. Believe it or not this woman is a mother and came in very nervous about her post baby bod! But she wanted to own her beauty and feel sexy… And judging by the pics, and more importantly her joyful reaction to them, I’d say we nailed it! Check it out below… and keep in mind they are probably NSFW (not safe for work)! xoxoxo

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