Welcome! My name is Ashley Koch and I'm the girl behind the camera, making the magic happen! I'm a small-town, North Carolina photographer, and a full-time spaghetti enthusiast. I run my business from my Shelby home, where I live with my handsome husband, two basset hounds, two horses, loads of chickens, and one majestic porch lion.
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. I am pretty sure that I'm a wannabe plant lady at heart!
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 Administration 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, anniversary, senior, and maternity sessions. Each portrait collection includes a 90 minute session, location of your choosing, post production, and high-resolution files in an online gallery.
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 13 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!
Ashley was the photographer of our dreams! I cannot say enough good things about this amazing woman. Not only did she go above and beyond for our engagement session (braving mosquitos and some serious humidity for the best shots), but she was also available every step of the way for us, as we planned our perfect day, with advice and just as someone to vent to during the craziness of planning. She is an incredible photographer with unique ideas that will make your special day one you will always remember. And to top it all off she is just a fun, sweet, and genuine person to hang out with. I would wholeheartedly recommend her for any occasion and can’t wait to work with her again!
- Giselle + Peter Jones -
Ashley was a true blessing to me and my groom on our special day...and all of the days leading up to it! Her personality is absolutely captivating and her energy is contagious. She was so flexible and willing to work with our schedules and even put in extra time to scope out a few picture-perfect spots and meet with us 2-3 additional times before our wedding day. Our photos could not have been more perfect. Not to mention, she helped us to relax and have fun throughout our day. She was able to manage large crowds and ambiguous situations with poise and professionalism, keeping everyone happy and smiling. I could not have asked for or imagined a better photographer for us!
- Lacey + Chris Carter -
Ashley was absolutely amazing! She made my husband and I feel so comfortable taking pictures and her happy, sweet personality is contagious. She is extremely professional and very organized, while always being on time and early. She not only takes pictures; she helps you make memories. She planned out our wedding day and made a schedule that was super helpful. Ashley went above and beyond for our wedding and I could not have been more happy with my pictures! I was blown away by how great the pictures were - they are so beautiful and very detailed. Ashley did our engagement pictures, bridals and wedding day and each time she was amazing to work with!
- Rebekah + James Alexander -
The moment we met with Ashley, you felt like you’ve been her best friend all your life. She is warm and welcoming and so excited about what she does. Leading up to the wedding day, I asked her various questions on clothing colors, lighting, and various wedding planning tips and she answered my questions with clarity and enthusiasm. She was a rockstar on the wedding day, my dress had a mishap and you’d never know from the pictures. She acted as a boutineer pinner, extra set of hands, wedding planner, and pulled me aside to calm me down. Amongst the chaos she still made me feel beautiful with a broken dress! She definitely made my wedding day a day to remember!
- Taylor + Justin Ivie -
Ashley is the best photographer there is!!! She captured all of the moments that made our day magical and went above and beyond our expectations. We are completely blown away by the gifts and talents that she has and these are evident in our photos. The pictures are absolutely stunning! We are in awe of them and are so thankful to have had such a sweet, fun, loving, thoughtful photographer to capture the best day of our lives, Our Wedding Day!!!
- Julie + Nick Montgomery -
Took engagements with Ashley and it was the most fun my fiancé and I have ever had! Even though it was misty/ threatening to rain, Ashley was so positive, relaxed, and upbeat. She really got to know us and did her homework on which locations would best suit our vision. We also felt comfortable in front of the camera which speaks VOLUMES about the one behind it! Obviously we had never done a posed shoot before, but she helped us feel relaxed and captured us naturally interacting with each other. She is sunshine on a cloudy day!
- Kelsey + Chris Tomberlin -