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Meet Ashley Wood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Wood.

Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started taking pictures during my freshman year in College when my uncle allowed me to borrow a film camera from his collection. I also started dabbling in web design and social media marketing. All of this was a hobby for several years until 2017 when I made the leap to pursuing it as a full-time business. I have definitely found my home in the creative industry! The past two years have been amazing, and I can’t imagine going back!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was born with a need for expression through creativity. I looked forward to the vocabulary lists coming out in English class because I would get to learn a new way to describe something! That wore off a little bit once I realized that using big words wasn’t considered “cool”, and that other kids didn’t talk like that. Music, writing, drawing, and dancing were all things that came very naturally and gave me an outlet for expression. However, I was never encouraged to pursue any of these things professionally. I was always told that those were just hobbies, but not reliable pursuits for a living. I really wonder sometimes what things would look like if I had been influenced differently by the adults in my life, but everything is a learning experience, right? I have been most successful pursuing something I enjoy and am naturally good at, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s easy. I think the difference is that when you love something, you’re much more motivated to do the hard work that is necessary for success, and you’re fulfilled even by the stuff that’s a pain in the ass. If you want to be successful at anything, there’s no getting around hard work. You might as well work hard for something you care about.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ashley Wood Photography – what should we know?
I specialize in photography for Maternity, Newborn, Family, and Travel.

Something you will hear from me at your session is this:
“I don’t want you to think of this as a photography session. I want you to think about it as a time of gratitude (or a time of worship). Set this time aside for dwelling on how much you love your family. Think about the small things and the big things that create that love in heart.”

Here’s why:
I don’t want you to go into a session with your mind filled with “perfect” photos from Pinterest, and anxiety about how yours are going to turn out. That mindset TOTALLY steals from the entire reason you’re doing this in the first place: MEMORIES AND LOVE.

I want to capture the LOVE between you and your spouse, you and your partner, you and your child, you and yourself, and ultimately I think that’s what you want too: A documentation of the most important stuff in your life.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I had a great mentor in Sam Smead from Longview, TX. I learned so much from him and he gave me the opportunity to really spread my wings as an artist and businesswoman. I would not be able to deliver my clients the level of quality I’m now able to if it were not for the experience I gained while working for him. My husband Peter is also extremely supportive, and I so appreciate his encouragement and belief in me.

Pricing:

  • Session Fee: $200 Reserves your date and covers your session and post processing of your images (prints and products sold seperatey)
  • Collections (or packages) to choose from for your photos begin at $395
  • I offer a referral program: For every person who mentions your name when booking, you get $100 and THEY get $100!
  • The average investment my clients make is around $850

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Image Credit:
ASHLEY WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

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