About me

When I started this business a couple of years ago, I had no earthly idea what I was doing or what I’d be getting myself into! It has been an amazing roller coaster full of many life lessons. Most of them have been wonderful but I’ve had a share of heartache too.

I chose the name Essence Captured because I wanted the name to represent something bigger than me. Essence means life. I believe with my whole being that life is a gift from God.

No. Matter. What.

I want every image I take to represent LIFE.

I also want to cherish the moments I have with my clients while shooting their session. I’m so honored that many of my clients have become my personal friends. I have built relationships with them and their children. When that happens, my job is worth it. 

Those friends have stood by me and watched me grow. Without them, I wouldn’t be Essence Captured Photography.

So who Am I?

First, and foremost, I am a Christ-follower. He is the center of my life. He is the center of my relationships. Without Him, I am nothing. He is the spark you see in my images. He is the beautiful smile on a child’s face. He is the innocence in a child’s eyes. He is the sun flare that I LOVE to capture. He is LIFE!

Am I perfect? No, not at all. So far from it! I fall down (ALOT) and He picks me back up! But because he is my world, I try to see this world through his eyes. I try to LOVE everyone I meet. I try to see past their imperfections. I try to give second chances. I try my BEST to be like HIM.

Secondly, I am a mother and a wife. My family is the only other reason I wake up every morning. They are the Loves of my life. They are my biggest fans. They give me purpose.  They bring me so much joy. There are no words to describe the LOVE I have for my family.

Thirdly, I am human. I have feelings and emotions. I have the same basic needs as anyone else. I love to be liked. I hate to be disliked. I am a people pleaser. I am a loyal friend. Very few times have I met an enemy. When I do, it hurts.

Somewhere down the list, I am a photographer. I enjoy giving people high-quality images. It brings me joy to see the happiness on their faces when they look at a photograph. What started off as a hobby, has now grown into a legitimate business. I am not looking to get rich. The money I make goes back into the business to purchase better equipment, props, office supplies, editing software and etc.

Photography is not so cut and dry like everyone likes to think. It takes time and $$ to plan a shoot, travel to the shoot, shoot the shoot, drive back from the shoot, and edit the shoot. If you look at how much time I spend doing business and the rates I get paid, you will soon realize I am making less than minimum wage. This isn’t being said so that my clients will pay me more! I’m saying it only because some people don’t truly appreciate the time and $$ that goes into their images.

I’ve read blogs like this, and thought, “Wow, I’m so glad that’s not me!” But that’s the reality of this business. I was so new and naive. I always try to see the good in everyone. I open up my heart and become vulnerable. I expect everyone to do the right thing. When it doesn’t happen, I’m so shocked.

So, I know who I am. Now I’m learning who I Am NOT.

I am not a door mat. Though I am quiet and reserved, I am strong and secure. I will not allow someone to bully me. I will not allow someone to disrespect my time or my business. Nor will I disrespect your time or business. I choose to do this because I have an honest passion to capture memories for people. But I won’t allow someone to take advantage of my kindness or generosity. That person may feel like the whole world revolves him/her, but truly it does not. My world revolves around my God and my Family. As should his/hers.

Those that know me, know all this about me. I’m mostly writing this to confirm what I believe about myself. I’m so blessed to have so many friends and fans. I am humbled by your support. I pray that you will find favor in all that you pursue and that God will bless you just as He has blessed me.

Much Love,
Ashley