It has been WAY too long since I wrote a blog post, but I have good excuses, I promise! I mostly keep people up to date with our newsletter and Facebook page, so if you’re on one of those you probably are aware of all the new excitement. Just in case you’re not here are just a few of the big and exciting things that have been going on with us!
First off, if you have been here before you may notice we have a new website! We are still working on adding more photos to our galleries and setting up a client cart system but it’s almost complete. We have also introduced NEW, extremely simplified pricing and will be setting up a product guide to help you find ideas for what you would like to do with the images from your sessions with us! We have several new products to offer so we will be sure to let you know once our product guide is live!
Last year I had a very long and difficult pregnancy. I was very sick for the first 20 weeks and off and on modified bed rest to help with that as well as some cramping issues. I was able to manage my sessions and editing and that was about it. A month before I was due there was some concerning issues with contractions and preterm labour that then (luckily) came to a halt. I ended up carrying 15 days OVERDUE and having to be induced! On February 5th, 2014 Miss Lennon Rose Wells joined our family. When her heart rate dropped and we nearly had an emergency C-Section it gave all of us quite a scare, but then miraculously when we got to the OR we were okay to deliver naturally AND I was already frozen for a C-Section so the best part was I felt nothing haha! It’s a good thing too because she was a big’un at 9lb 12 oz.! We were so VERY fortunate to have my good friend and colleague Jill (of Jillian Kirby Baby) there to capture some INCREDIBLE images of Lennon’s birth day!

CLICK HERE to watch her slideshow (nothing gory here I promise haha!)

We had our newborn session for Lennon with Jill too and we were just THRILLED with the way our images came out! Since Lennon was born, my days have been filled with nursing, cuddling, gazing and cooing at our little bundle of joy who since the moment she was born was nothing I expected and yet somehow…EVERYTHING I needed. In the midst of all that I have been back to work taking sessions on the weekend when Bryan can be home to watch the girls for me AND…WE ARE MOVING!!! We are moving to our absolute DREAM home in Port Moody June 15! We still have 2 sessions left for June if anyone wants them and after that we are booking mid-late July and those spots are filling up fast now!

Birth announcement with family photos for Ashleigh Wells Photography

Birth announcement with family photos for Ashleigh Wells Photography

I take monthly photos of Lennon on the 5th of each month so here I will leave you with her most recent one from May 5th. I can’t believe it’s almost time for her 4 month photo session already!

3 month old baby nude photo session on beige fur and beige backdrop

Our children (furbabies and human ones alike) are woodsy adventurers at heart.  They all love nothing more than a good, long hike in the trails of our area in Anmore and the surrounding Tri-Cities area.  We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful city where we can enjoy such beautiful scenery all year long!

We had a great day the other day when we took them to a couple of nearby trails and meadows to capture some images of them all.  Our biggest girl, Roxie (the mostly white dog) is getting on in age so we wanted to make sure we didn’t let another day pass without capturing her in her element.

When we’re not home wandering the trails and having adventures in our imagination we like to have them in real life as often as we can.  I just heard of this concept which is really interesting at Dog Vacay where you can find a place for your pups to stay while you are away on vacation.  We have a whole menagerie so we have to have someone stay at our home, but if you just have a dog or two this may be the perfect option for you!  CLICK HERE to find options for the Tri Cities area!

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Had to get one of Penny Lane in her Mammoth Halloween costume too haha!

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Our Holiday Mini Sessions are back!  These sessions are perfect for getting a head start on those Holiday Cards so you have one less thing to think about before the holidays!  They are great for getting some images to use as gifts for family and friends as well.

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Payment of Mini Session fee is due up front and in full within 5 business days to reserve your date and time slot. Payment is non-refundable but sessions may be rescheduled on account of sickness at the photographer’s discretion.

This special may not be combined with any other coupons or discounts.

Holy smokes am I EVER behind on blogging.  I use my business account to keep everyone up to date these days most of the time, but when I can I like to try to get caught up over here as well. This post has been a LONG time coming, but I try to make sure I blog every session I do unless I don’t have a model release.

I have been part of the Lower Mainland Branch committee for the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) for a couple of years now. Most recently, this year I have taken over role as chair of the committee. Last year I really wanted to organize a “big name” speaker to come and talk to our local members and give us something to get excited about! Since I had just done Scott Robert Lim’s Bahamas tour, seen him at WPPI and done Image Explorations with him on Vancouver Island the year prior I knew that he was just the guy for the job! I asked if he would be interested and he jumped right in. He stayed with us so I had a blast hanging out with one of my favourite mentors and the master of the use of off camera flash. Here are a few shots we took at Granville Island of our models during the demonstration part of his class that day.

Huge thank you to Scott for coming all the way up here and sharing so much knowledge with our members! I hope we can do it again sometime soon!

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My Facebook fan page just reached over 1000 fans!  Thank you all so much for your support!  My summer schedule is now starting to fill up for the weekends especially.  I’d like to get my summer schedule set and booked so I am offering these special value Sunny Days Sessions all Wednesdays and Thursdays from May-September.  You can choose from 3 different locations for your session: Buntzen Lake or Burnaby Mountain if you want one of our 3:30pm, 4:15pm or 5pm time slots or in studio for all other times.  These sessions are open to babies 6 months and older or pets and include:

-45 minute session

-10 digital files on USB

-(2) 8X10 prints

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*These sessions are open to children 6 months and older, pets and families with no clothing changes due to time constraints.  Because sessions are shorter, if families arrive late, the minimum of 10 images cannot be guaranteed as there may be another session after yours.  Limited availability.  Only open for Wednesday and Thursday sessions.  Other days are subject to our regular rates.  Cannot be combined with any other sales, discounts or offers.  Sessions may be rescheduled due to weather at the photographer’s discretion.  Session date and time will be secured with your payment and signed online contract.

To book your Sunny Days Session, please email us at info@ashleighwellsphotography with 3 preferred dates and times in order of preference and we will do our best to accommodate.  Please also list your top location choices so we can match you up with the best date and time according to what type of session you would like.

Please note: the outdoor options are only available at 3:30pm, 4:15pm and 5pm due to lighting limitations.  There may be some additional Buntzen Lake outdoor morning sessions if there is enough interest though so let us know what you prefer!

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Mother’s Day is coming up May 12th!  We are having Mommy and Me Mini Sessions May 18th to celebrate all the wonderful and special Mamas in your life!  Please email me at info@ashleighwellsphotography.com to book your sessions.  Limited time slots available so book soon to avoid disappointment!  These sessions are great for moms, daughters, grandmas, or any woman who has made a special impact in your life.  Too often moms are behind the camera and don’t have enough photos of them with their most precious gifts, their children.  As a mom myself (even as a photographer), even I find it tough to get on the other side of the lens, but I try to make it a point to get at least a few photos of me and my daughter each year.  They grow so fast!  The image below I set up and the lovely Trina Letawsky of Trina Lianne Photography was kind enough to take the shot for me.  Even though I rarely feel “put together” enough for a portrait, this is how our children know us.  As we are.  The most important people in their lives are their parents.  If anything should ever happen to me, I like knowing that my child will be able to look back and remember who we were, what our relationship was and to feel our bond through the images so many photographers have taken of us.  HAPPY EARLY MOTHER’S DAY!

*Sessions held at the studio. Limited to babies and children 6 months and older due to time constraints.  Completed payment reserves your time slot.  Not to be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Sessions may be rescheduled due to sickness or at the photographer’s discretion.

Another Watch Me Grow Collection baby is all grown up!  They grow so much in a year that many people want to capture each of the three main milestone ages.  After that I usually only get to see them once a year or so for their yearly portrait sessions.  I miss seeing all the steps in between once they get to that point, but am so very grateful to be able to see it right before my eyes throughout that first year and I am honoured that families trust me to capture that important time for them.  This family was an absolute joy to work with and it didn’t hurt that they had such a GORGEOUS baby girl!

Her daddy is a police officer so they brought along her special forces rubber duckie.  One day it will be quite an intimidating feat to date this sweet girly haha!

 

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This photo is not something I would normally choose, but as soon as I caught it her parents told me that this is a face she was making all the time at this age.  I’m always so happy when their true personalities come through and I can capture these little things that get forgotten too soon.

 

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Early pigtails on girls always melt my heart!  I remember waiting and waiting for our daughter’s hair to grow long enough and when it finally did, she would rip them out as soon as I could put them in haha!

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Her parents chose to make their storyboard all from this session.  I don’t blame them!  She was hamming it up!

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Burnaby Veterinary hospital held a pet photo contest where I donated a studio session to the winner of the contest.  I was THRILLED to find out my photo shoot would be with the sweetest Scottish Fold kitten!  I have always loved this breed because they are so unique looking and they come with a very distinct personality to match.  She was certainly no exception.  Kittens can be really challenging to work with in the studio because they just want to explore everything and are rarely able to sit on command haha!  With a few tricks (string, feathers and tuna) and a LOT of patience from her mom, we got quite a few images for them to keep from the session and ended up having fun while trying to capture them too haha!  Thank you to Burnaby Veterinary Hospital and congratulations to the winner!

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Holy moly!  This session reminds me just how many blog posts I have to go before I’m caught up here!  How embarrassing!  This sweet little dude is 1!  I have been photographing him as part of the Watch Me Grow Collection since he was just a wee newborn.  It has been my pleasure to work with him and his family.  I’m always shocked when the baby plan babies come back in and are so big!  I simply cannot believe how fast that first year goes every time and how much change happens in such a short time.  Thank you for allowing me to capture this special year in your lives!

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The image below is what the storyboard looks like at the end of the year with the Watch Me Grow Collection.  It really shows the change!

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WOW!  It has been way too long since I had some regular posts going up!  With all of the problems I was having with my website, I wasn’t able to access the admin section of the blog while my team was working on that for me so I had to take a bit of a forced break from the blog and it’s taken me a while to get back to it and let all the dust settle.  For anyone wondering what exactly happened with my site, the short version is that I signed up with a website company when I started my business 5 years ago.  They started to receive some negative reviews which made me nervous, but for me, service seemed fine so I stayed with them.  Recently (from November 2012-January 1013) I was not getting any emails from my contact form.  Since my business email was still working I was working away on emails from families who have already worked with me and others so I had no idea there was a problem.  Once I realized what was going on, I contacted the website company who said it was fine and not their fault (several other photographers had the same issue who use them and all during the same time period).  I hired someone to rebuild my site and it was not a simple process because the old company still had access to many things having to do with my site and would not provide us with needed information readily.  I am so happy that it’s all over and everything has been moved so I can carry on blogging and running my business smoothly again!  If you did happen to email me in or around that time frame and I never got back to you, this may be why and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Enough frustrating news and on to the photography now!  This little angel is the newest addition to the gang for long time family friends of ours.  I have photographed them a few times now and it is always a pleasure.  I can’t believe how long ago this session seems.  She was just over the other day and is already able to sit up!  Where does the time go?

This little lady is going to have her hands full with two older brothers who are both firey red heads haha!

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