Ludlow Country Club Wedding | Ludlow Wedding Photographer | Bri + Kyle

I stood in front of Kyle waiting for Bri. I could see he was fighting back tears as his bride approached from behind. Having a first look wasn’t part of the plan, they wanted the first wedding day moment of the two of them to be Bri walking down the aisle, but a late October ceremony hung over their heads and they decided to make the switch and see each other beforehand. As Bri walked towards Kyle, I could hear the two of them cracking jokes, and although Kyle was emotional, he was happy. The day had finally arrived where the two of them would share the same last name.

These two.

Honestly, there are not enough words to describe my adoration for them- as a couple, as parents, and as individuals. They are absolutely fantastic people, and both of them wear their heart on their sleeve. I am so honored to have been able to capture all of the emotional moments of this special day last Fall.

B+K:
Congrats to the two of you. I hope it’s not too long before I see you again!
xoxo

Venue: Ludlow Country Club
DJ: Steve Nagle
Floral: Little Flower Shop of Hampden
Makeup/Hair: De Ja Vous
Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Bandolino
Photography: Michele Ashley

My 10 Favorite Engagement Locations Right Now

I shoot a ton of engagement sessions, and because I travel quite a bit for them, I wanted to share my Top 10 favorite spots right now.

Westport, MA
This gem is definitely worth checking out, especially Cherry and Webb beach.The dunes and the beach grass provide a nice little shade, and the beach itself is very pretty.
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Newport Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
If you are looking for a little adventure, walk the cliff walk on your engagement shoot. At Ledge Road, you can access the cliffs, but there is no ‘legal’ parking right there. Gorgeous views from this area, to the right, the cliffs lead to a dirt walking path and down to Bailey’s beach.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Narragansett, RI
Another gorgeous area, with rocks on the beach.
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MIT, Cambridge, MA
The main building of MIT provides an incredible backdrop for engagement photos. The back of this building faces the Charles River. There is a gorgeous view of the Boston skyline.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Back Bay, Boston
What is not to love about the Back Bay neighborhood (aside from parking!). The brick sidewalks and gorgeous victorian brownstones all provide a beautiful city neighborhood feel.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
This lush park with an array of trees, shrubs, and flowers is one of my favorite ‘park style’ places to shoot. There are so many flowering trees and shrubs at different times of the year, a perfect place every time.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

South Boston
Lettered Streets and cool neighborhoods. Lots of hills, Boston Harbor, and Thomas Park. I love the view from South Boston.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

The Harborwalk, Boston
I love this area so much, the boats, the city skyline… From the North End to the South End, the Harborwalk is one of my favorite places to be, with or without a camera!
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Boston Public Garden
This place speaks for itself. The city does require a permit to shoot here, but it’s a gorgeous spot inside the city in Beacon Hill.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA
Park at the summit for a few bucks and walk some of the paths just before sunset. Then at sunset, grab your lover for a few romantic photos on top of the world.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Shaker Hills Country Club Wedding | Harvard Wedding Photographer | Holly + Mike

There it was, a smile from ear to ear. When I say Holly’s smile could light up a room, I mean every word of it. During her toast, her matron of honor talked about Holly’s personality, and it was quite clear that everyone felt the same way, this woman is a sweetheart. Mike, a little shy at first, has a big and fun personality when you get to know him. So many kind words were shared about this amazing couple on their wedding day.

I met Holly and Mike a year and a half ago, and the more I learned about the two of them, the more I understood their love for each other. I am so grateful to have met these two amazing people, and even more so that I was able to capture their love story last October.

Holly + Mike:
Thank you for treating us like friends and for being so easy and fun to work with. You two have something special and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Venue: Shaker Hills Country Club
DJ: Good Times Unlimited
Floral Design: Petals Flowers
Makeup: Make-up by Natalie
Hair: Gina Joubert
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: White by Vera Wang
Grooms Attire: Jos A. Bank
Veil: Ve’Lace Bridal
Videography: Erica Chick
Wedding Coordinator: Corey Smith
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Rings: K.B. Jewelers
Photography: Michele Ashley + Andy Dowd

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The Bike Rider

The pedals slipped from under his feet, but he regained his balance and kept pushing forward. A couple of scuffs on his knees, a scratch or two here and there, but I could still see it. His pride, bright and shining from his flushed, determined face as he pedaled. Wobbly at first, and smoother as he continued practicing.

My 7-year old. A little older than most, but still. A bike rider at last.

Andy ran alongside him, motivating and keeping him focused on the task at hand.

A little to the left, now the right.

Dodging rocks, potholes, and sticks in his path, he rode. Up and down the rail trail, confidently navigating the dirt, teetering from side to side on two wheels. A skill finally learned.

Top Shelf | Book Clients Easily From Venues You Love Working With

Andy and I visited a venue during their open house while on the search for our own wedding. We fell in love with the venue, but more importantly, they had a selection of sample albums out to peruse while visiting. We found the PERFECT photographer. I mean, this photographer spoke to us in all the ways one can through their photography. We had to book them.

The problem was, there was no information anywhere on the album to tell us who the photographer was. The venue searched up and down for a clue to lead us to this mystery photographer. No dice. We ended up going with someone else, but had we known who the mystery person was, maybe we would have made a different decision. We still don’t know who it was. It’s imperative that you put your photography info somewhere permanently on the album, otherwise, no one will know who to contact.

But let’s back up a sec. The venue we fell in love with, also had an album from a photographer we fell in love with. Who would’ve thought we’d go somewhere and possibly make two decisions. Two purchases in one day. It’s the sample albums that venues showcase that help clients make those decisions. Are you following me?

Creating sample albums is one of the most IMPORTANT investments you can make for your business.

Here’s why:
Couples visit and book venues before they book photographers. We know that. But they book those venues based upon a walkthrough and what they envision their wedding to look like. Here’s where you come in. If you provide an album to a venue, they will advertise your work for you, just by showing couples what it could look and feel like.

Sample albums can be an expensive investment, especially when you are working at multiple venues. Instead, think of it as planting seeds. You’ll be collecting the harvest down the road.

Let’s do the math. Say you book 10 weddings a year, at 10 different venues. You create 10 sample albums, and you plant those ‘seeds’. Now every couple that visits the venue will have an opportunity to see your work, and at a venue they are interested in possibly using!

Even better, you may connect with a couple that saw your album at a venue they didn’t book, but was still blown away by your photography!

Also, venues are excited to show off new albums, especially when the album aligns with the season the couple is getting married in. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter weddings don’t look the same. Help potential couples visualize their weddings and with your photos!

Couples are more likely to book a photographer who has worked at their venue. Win, win!

Sample album DO’s:

1. Create layouts that showcase the venue, couple, and wedding. You want this to appeal to couples while still showing off the uniqueness and beauty of the venue.

2. Meet with the wedding coordinator and deliver the album in person. If the venue is too far, connect with the coordinator and let them know you’re sending an album.

3. Make sure you add your contact information to the first page of the album. Think of it as a title page.

Sample album DON’TS:

1. Don’t wait too long before getting an album to a venue. Add it to your workflow.

2. Don’t add photos that don’t showcase your best work.

3. Don’t skimp on materials. Make sure this is an album you would share with couples you meet in person.

Tip: Create a layout in photoshop to import into each sample album with your contact info.