The Biggest Lie In Photography

The Biggest Lie In Photography

Getting into professional photography is tough. What I mean by profession is charging for your work, getting paid by clients, etc., and it seems that every day I log online, someone new has started a photography business – and that’s awesome! It’s a difficult journey though. No one wants to teach you. As a newbie, you scavenge around the internet for any morsel of advice or tip you can soak up to help you succeed.

Posted by Ashley Lester.

Fall in Birmingham

Okay, this is clearly a little late, but I couldn't help but share the perfect fall weekend in BHam. With all the negativity and turmoil surrounding the state of Alabama recently, I wanted to make sure people know how beautiful it really is. 

 I love this little town. There's so much to see and do at any given day but the place to be every week is definitely Pepper Place Market. After you've gathered your local produce, flowers, crafts, and homemade goods, you've probably worked up an appetite. If the fresh baked goods and produce didn't get ya, you must head to Saw's BBQ. I think that God himself established Saw's because there's nothing more heavenly than the food served there. When we first moved here, we went every single weekend. No exaggeration. We have since become too lazy to make the 20min drive but still find ourselves regulars at the local hole in the wall.  Once your stomach is full and you can't possibly eat anymore, walk it off at Turkey Creek Preserver. My FAVORITE place in the entire area and by far the best place to walk off those calories. It's full of swimmers and sunbathers such as myself in the warmer months but when the temperature drops just enough for a light jacket, head to the creek. You won't be disappointed. 

Posted by Ashley Lester.

Using Rent the Runway for Bridesmaids Dresses

Using Rent the Runway for Bridesmaids Dresses

There are a handful of wedding details that I had picked out before anything else; the photographer, the venue, the groom (duh) and the bridesmaid dress. Like any 24-year-old girl, I have an obsession with online shopping and a long time ago, I came across a dress on Rent the Runway that I fell in love with. It was one of those dresses that I would probably never wear because it fell a little far on the “formal” side and I can’t imagine wearing Badgley Mischka on a date to the movies. Alas, I needed someway for this dress to make an appearance in my life.

Posted by Ashley Lester.

The Fourth Year

The Fourth Year

When I first picked up a camera, never in a million years did I imagine I would have my own business, my own professional gear, my own LLC, my own liability insurance... I mean, never ever ever. You can ask anyone who knew me 6+ years ago how I thought it was ludicrous how people could charge so much money for taking pictures. On the flip side of that, I also never thought that I could shoot nearly 30 weddings in one year, while finishing my senior year of college, and starting a full time career.

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The Four P's of How We Chose Our Wedding Photographer

I have a marketing degree and any of us can tell you that the "Four P's" were drilled into my head for all four years of college. Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. However, I was inspired by those P's to help in my search for my wedding photographer. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAX!


A lot of people are probably already judging me before they even read this post because of the picture you saw that got you here. However, I do not care. This little dog is my whole life and before you say "that poor dog" just know that he gets more treats and belly rubs than any other dog, especially when he takes photos. 

Dear Max, 

You are a dog so I know that you are not actually reading this but I'm going to write a letter to you anyway to tell you HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are (roughly) six years old today and man, I would do anything to have been with you in the early years. Since you were adopted, I don't know the exact day that you were born but today marks the anniversary of your adoption. You have been by my side every single day for the last two years and I swear you have changed my life for the better. Every fight, bad day, argument, failed test, bitchy client, and backstabbing friend, you have been there for me. We are inseparable and even though you like Dad more, I still know you love me too. Speaking of Dad, ain't it crazy that you finally have a full time dad? No more weekend trips to see him! FULL TIME DAD! I know you love him and I love him too. I am so glad that you love each other because paws before balls. I got your back Pup. Next year, we will both have new last names! Hooray! 

Oh Max, I sure do wish time would stop going so by so quickly because everytime I see your old man gray hair, I just can't help but get a little nostalgic. It's only been two years puppy, but these two years have been the best in my life. I never thought you would fill my heart like you did but you have and I will never be the same! 

I can't wait to spend every year for the rest of puppy life spoiling the hell outta you because you deserve it! I don't know how you got to the shelter or who would be dumb enough to let you go, but I am so happy that I can mark another year down, many more to go! 

Love you so much puppy! Happy Birthday! 

xo, 

Mom 

Posted by Ashley Lester.