Are you ready for another awesome Sunday Spotlight? I know I am!
Today is a very special momma. Meet my wedding photographer, Ashley DeHart! I got married back in August of 2016. The most important thing to me was to have amazing pictures that would last us a lifetime. I found Ashley and fell in love with her photography. Throughout the process of my wedding, I got to know her more and she spent a lot of time and energy to learn more about us. That really impressed me! Ashley cares about her clients and that makes her different and special!
I asked Ashley if she would let me spotlight her, and of course, she said yes! So I asked her to start us out by telling us a little bit about herself
Haha. I’m kind of the worst at talking about myself, but here we go!
I met my husband (Jeff) when I was 16, and we dated for 4 years before we got engaged, and then we married almost a year later at the age of 21 (me) & 23 (him). I graduated from theUniversity of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and worked at an ad agency for a few years until I had my daughter, Evelyn. She’s a spunky, sweet, and sassy little 4.5-year-old girl now, and it’s just crazy how fast time passes!
I am a portrait and wedding photographer, which is so so amazing! I love capturing that spark between two people, and being able to tell their love story through my images means so much to me. I love that my photographs will be passed down from generation to generation and that what I’m doing matters. I’m so lucky to have such a flexible job, as it allows me to stay home with my daughter, but also gives me some time away from the house to have “me” time and interact with adults 😉 I love shopping, treats, living room dance parties, and feel most at peace when I’m near some water (lake, river, ocean) and with the sun shining on my face. Beyond that, my family loves good food and trying new restaurants, hiking, and exploring this beautiful state we live in.
Who is your role model?
I’ve never really had one haha. I’m of the mindset that admiring people is kind of a waste of time, and you should be your own hero. Always try to be better than yourself, because comparison is the thief of joy! I always try to be better than I was yesterday, and just work hard toward my goals.
How did you get started in photography, and what drove you to be a wedding photographer?
I always loved looking at pretty photos, especially when I was choosing my own wedding photographer, but I never really thought about it as a career. I bought my first “fancy camera” when my daughter was born so I could take pretty photos of her “with the blurry background” haha. I knew nothing about how to use the camera, but I worked and learned and through trial and error eventually, I mastered shooting in manual mode (all self-taught!) and started to learn what my preferred aesthetic was for editing.
I started out just shooting family and friends, and really anyone who would get in front of my camera haha. I practiced and practiced and practiced, and a few months into starting an actual business, I got asked to shoot my first wedding! I got flashbacks from when I was getting married, and I just fell in love with the whole process! People who are in love as so happy, and so fun to work with! I love all the details – from the bride’s dress, her pretty flowers, the rings, the first kiss, the sweet little looks – all of it! It’s just the best, and such an honor to be apart of one of the most special days in a couple’s relationship!
What is your favorite animal and color?
I am obsessed with giraffes!!! They are just the cutest things alive! My wedding gift from my husband was a pass to go feed the giraffes at the zoo, and I about died! I was feeding the giraffe, and she leaned her head down and let me pet her and I was seriously on the verge of tears I was so happy haha. It’s sooo hard for me to choose a favorite color because really I love all colors! They all have their place and purpose! I really love gold though! All gold errythang!
How far will you travel for weddings?
Anywhere and everywhere! I loooove traveling and exploring new places, so if I was able to combine that with my love for photography, that would just be the icing on the cake!
When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?
So I hate cooking meat and truthfully don’t eat a lot of it, so that is my hubby’s job for sure. I love when he makes me crepes!! Mmm, Nutella & strawberry crepes are the best!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would love to still be photographing happy people in love. It’d be fun to see my business continue to grow, and be able to add some more people to my team so that I can serve even more brides and grooms! Hopefully, we’ll have added another cute little babe to our family! And definitely, lots more traveling – to Europe for sure, and possibly even living outside of Utah for a little while! I love our state, but it’d be fun to live somewhere else for a little while!
Do you have any tips for ladies when they are planning their wedding?
Enjoy the process, and try not to get too stressed! Of course, the little details are fun, but it’s not really what the day is all about. The wedding is about joining your lives together. Spend more time planning a happy, solid marriage, than a pretty wedding, and you’ll be set!
Last question… If you could capture anyone’s wedding, alive or dead, who would it be?
Gah, I’m the worst at these questions haha! I kind of think Taylor Swift and I would be besties if we ever met, so while I’d love to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I also think it’d be a blast to shoot! You know it’d be all sorts of amazing!