Hey y'all! I'm Ashley, a wedding and personal branding photographer, and let me tell you...I love my job! I'm based in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, where I live with my handsome husband, two basset hounds, two horses, one majestic porch lion, and loads of chickens. I get to live my dream each day by working with the most amazing couples. I'm here to capture those timeless and classic moments that become a part of your legacy.
If I'm not behind my camera (or computer), you'll be able to find me at the barn with my horses or in the garden. Pretty sure that I'm a wannabe plant lady at heart! Let me add, I'm also a full-time spaghetti enthusiast!
In the midst of my undergraduate studies, I discovered my passion for creativity and working with people, which inspired me to launch Broad River Photography in 2007. I have a Masters degree in Business and Marketing, a Masters Graduate Certificate in Communication and Human Services, and a Bachelors degree in Communications and Photojournalism.
Images have the power to inspire us, motivate us, and allow us to express ourselves when words fail. Every picture has a story to tell and I'm here to capture those timeless moments that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime!
Portrait sessions include engagement, couples, personal branding, seniors, and product photography. Each portrait collection includes a 90 minute session, location of your choosing, post production, and high-resolution files in an online gallery.
* Get a custom quote for product photography. *
Planning your wedding can be stressful, trust me, I know, but finding your perfect photographer shouldn't be! I'm here to help you plan and make your day fun and stress-free, while still capturing all of those special moments! Each of my collections comes with a complimentary engagement session, wedding day coverage, and access to the high-resolution digital files.
I love to either meet with, or talk over the phone with every bride-to-be before booking! This gives us a chance to get to know each other and ensure that we would be a great fit! If we want to take the next step, we'll get your contract and deposit to make you an official Broad River Bride!
I include a complimentary engagement session with each of my collections. This is a chance for me to get to know you as a couple so I can best serve you on your wedding day! Right after you book, I will send you a planning and style guide to help you prep and give you a little outfit inspiration!
After shooting MANY weddings over my 15 years of being a photographer, I have learned how to create a timeline that flows well, feels fun +relaxed, and allows me to capture beautiful images of your special day! We will work together to create the perfect timeline for your magical day!
Within a month of your wedding day, you'll have all of your wedding images delivered to you! I go through the thousands of images taken and select the very best ones! After I edit your images to be light, airy, and elegant, I will mail you a flash drive all packaged up beautifully!
All I can say is WOW. Ashley was absolutely everything and more that I ever could have wanted out of a wedding photographer. She went above and beyond for our engagement pictures, creating a totally unique look that fit both my husband and I. She’s the best hype man that you possibly could find and her work is absolutely AMAZING. Our wedding day turned out nothing like we had planned. Pouring rain and about an hour and a half later than anticipated. The natural light was 100% gone (like pitch black), the rain and mud were a disaster, but Ashley found a way to make our wedding pictures even better than I could have hoped for. She rolled with the punches and was such a trooper. She helped me stay calm and just worked her magic. She stayed later than she planned and worked her butt off just to make sure we had everything we needed. I honest to goodness could not rate her high enough. If you’re on the hunt for a photographer, HIRE HER, HIRE HER, HIRE HER.
- Elizah + Colton Kessler -
Ashley is nothing short of amazing. She’s kind, funny, professional, energetic, timely, and makes your time behind her camera amazing. She’s super helpful with getting all the details right for your photo shoots. She is attentive to making sure your needs are met, and exceeded all of my hopes and desires. I cannot get over her ability to make your wedding day come to life. I love every single photo she took, not to mention she supply’s you with tons of photos. I highly recommend Ashley for any of your photography needs!
- Savannah + Nick Thrailkill -
All of my vendors were amazing, but Ashley was my favorite. There were 3 main things that really set her apart. 1 - The quality of her photos. Every single one of my wedding pictures looks like it came out of a magazine. Her attention to detail made it so that I didn't have to worry about whether or not she was going to get a picture of something. She also had so many great ideas for poses and had a great system for taking pictures efficiently. 2 - Her attitude was amazing. She was so upbeat and energetic, which really made a difference when I was standing in the sun taking pictures for a couple hours. She was constantly yelling out compliments and suggestions and made the experience really fun. 3 - She was super accommodating to any and all requests that I had. When we wanted to take pictures in another part of the wedding venue to get a change of scenery, she found a golf cart and drove us around herself. I cannot recommend Ashley enough and I can't wait to find another opportunity to use her services again in the future.
- Allison + Collin Eichhorn -
My wedding was scheduled in May, but Covid had other plans. Ashley was so determined to make my wedding experience as normal as possible under the circumstances. She located a very unique and beautiful location for my bridal portraits right in the middle of the shut down! Then when we were forced to reschedule the wedding to a later date on a Friday night. Ashley didn’t think twice about it and shifted her schedule to capture the event perfectly! Ashley is the most professional and personable photographer I have ever dealt with. She was so easy to work with and made the photo sessions enjoyable, capturing every tiny detail perfectly.
- Miranda + Jimmy Johnson -
There are so many reasons why Ashley was the perfect photographer for our wedding day. When we first spoke she was very thorough when wanting to know my vision and expectations for my wedding. She has a way of bringing so much joy to your photo session. She has a way of connecting with her clients and making you feel so comfortable in front of a camera. You will see genuine and authentic smiles in your photographs because of the atmosphere that Ashley creates. On our wedding day, it was like I had one of my best friends with me. She kept us on schedule without ever making me feel rushed. She captured ALL of the special moments and then some! We all had FUN with her and to top it off my pictures were better than I could have imagined.
- Katlyn + Matthew Hemmelgarn -
Ashley is absolutely incredible to work with! She is so unbelievably kind, sweet and fun. Ashley is easy to talk to and made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She made every step of the planning process so easy for us. From providing a style guide for our engagement session and a wedding day timeline, she made everything so simple. Ashley went above and beyond to make our special day everything we imagined and more! Her personality and energy is contagious and her passion and love for her work is evident in her beautiful photos. I would absolutely recommend Broad River Photography for any wedding as Ashley truly captured all of our special moments!
- Jessica + David Andrew -
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