I have always loved photography. I took a photography class in high school (Can’t believe that was over 10 years ago already!) and remember asking for a camera for Christmas one year. Although I did receive a camera (of sorts) it was not what I had actually asked for. What I had been gifted was a camcorder. I always wonder how much further I’d be in my craft had I been given a normal DSLR…
Fast forward to when I had my first child (I now have 3.) I wanted a camera to document his life so I put on my big girl pants and bought myself a my very own brand new camera. It was a Rebel T5i. I absolutely loved it and photographed everything I could. That is, after all, the only way to truly find out what you truly are passionate about. Although I had started photographing friends and family, I quickly found that my love was in weddings!
When my husband and I got married, we chose to “elope” in Santa Monica, California so that my sick grandmother could be there. She ended up being too sick to make it, but it was still perfect, none the less. After months and months of planning my own wedding across country it seemed like it flew by like a blink of the eye. Planning was fun but if I had to do it again, I’d hire a wedding planner. 😉 We married at a pastor friend’s chapel surrounded by family, had the small lunch and cake reception in their rec room and later went to the Santa Monica Pier for our photos, as a newly married couple and with our families.
Everything seemed to be going exactly as I had planned, until I received my wedding day photos, a few weeks later. You see, we were gifted a photographer by a wonderful family member. What I did not realize at the time, was that although the photographer was essentially paid for by someone else, that it was I, who should have had a contract with the photographer.
The photos were beautiful, don’t get me wrong. They were just very few in number (about 150 total), with half being the same image but in black and white and about 30 images alone were of my beautiful sister and brother in law… The photos did not tell our full story. I don’t even have a professional photo of me walking down the aisle from the front with my parents or the expression on my groom’s face as I made that walk. That’s when I came to realize how valuable wedding photography is.
Looking back I wish we would have made our photos a priority because the images I received did not tell the entire story of our day. Once the cake was gone and the flowers were in the trash, the only thing we have to share with our children from our wedding day is our photos.
After becoming a mom-tographer to a real business and hearing many stories like mine, I knew something had to change. I now specialize in capturing the full love story on your wedding day!
Your wedding day will inevitably be one of the most memorable, joyful, exciting, and nerve-wracking days of your life! Let me sweat the small stuff! It’s my job to capture all the little moments—the precious fleeting details that you might miss.
You might not see the look on your guest’s faces when they walk into your ceremony. You might not get a good chance to see all the decor set up, and untouched, before the room is filled with people and you’re at the center of everyone’s attention. You might miss the way your grandmother kisses your brother’s cheek, the tear a father or loved one sheds as you walk down the aisle or your grand debut as a lawfully wed couple.
I pride myself in making sure to capture all these things—and more. When your mother-and-law pins on your groom’s boutonniere, or your mother laces (or buttons) up the back of your dress. These are fleeting moments you can never get back! I want to make sure that you can remember them forever.
I believe that weddings are sacred, holy, events. I am so honored every time I’m considered by a couple to be their wedding photographer. It’s a privilege I do not take for granted. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to be a part of and capture each one of my incredible couple’s amazing wedding-day stories.
©2020 ASHLEY ROSE • KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
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