My name is Ashley Young, although I like being called Paige (middle name).
I consider myself an artist, more so than a ‘wedding photographer,’ because I like to create and really make connections with people.
My photography style is one that reflects the personalities of who I am photographing. I don’t necessarily like ‘making up’ a day, as I do storytelling about that day.
My photography is a variety of posed imagery, lifestyle imagery (unposed), fine art based images, and quirky moments that hopefully my clients remember more than any of the above styles I offer.
My workflow is one that is not heavily edited, although sometimes I like to play around with more fine art based photography. This means that I will not alter your body when I edit your images. I love how you look, and I think you should too. I do edit out the occasional zit when I find it necessary, but I won’t alter a body to reflect a body that does not exist. I think our world needs to slow down and find acceptance in people, and altering body types is a way to go against that mindset, as well as make the unattainable body ‘ideal’ even more unattainable… and to be honest I want my clients to look at their images knowing they are beautiful in every way, and they exist.
Who Am I?
I am a laid back photographer, but high strung person. Meaning, I am very organized in my personal life and workflow, but very laid back on wedding days and during engagement sessions. The more chill I am, the more relaxed you’ll be, thus the more you will enjoy your time.
My philosophy consists of a variety of things, but I’m going to list my MAIN C’s. 1. Comfort. I am always striving to make whoever is in front of me comfortable. 2. Compliments. If I feel like whoever is in front of me is ‘killin it,’ I tell them so. What does a compliment do staying inside my head? Nothing. So I am a pretty complimentary person, which helps those feel welcomed and comfortable around me. 3. Chill. The more relaxed and chill I am, the more my clients will be. Wedding days do not go perfect. Some things will happen unplanned, but that is normal, and that is okay, and it’s my job to get my job done regardless of what happens. I’ve done over 100 weddings (end of 2017 will be 104), so I’ve had a few scenarios where my bride and groom and I have had to figure some stuff out, and guess what? We always do.
Some More Important Credential Stuff.
I am associated with the Black Sheep Bride – which is a community of vendors that give back to the community – whether that be services, time, or donation.
I have been published in a good amount of online blogs and wedding magazines. Sometimes I have been published multiple times within these online/and print magazines within a year. These include but are not limited to:
TTF – The Trend’N’Female
Woman Getting Married (.com)
Gay Weddings & Marriage Magazine (Fall Print Edition 2015)
Eco Brides Magazine
The Inspired Bride
Wedding Day Magazine
Wedding Lovely Blog
A Touch of Modern (Many publishing as well as their “best of 2015” post)
The Frosted Petticoat (Blog and Print)
The Trendy Groom
Equal & Forever
The Black Sheep Bride
Borrowed and Blue Weddings
Love Inc. Blog (Many different publishing’s as well as their “best of 2015” post)
Elegant Wedding (.com)
Beauty & Lifestyle Magazine
Black Sheep Bride
Women Getting Married
Brides & Weddings
Head over Heals Wedding Blog
Bridal Beauty Magazine
Education + Experience
I have been photographing since I was 16.
I interned with a studio photographer for 2 years from 16-18.
Went to Lake Michigan Community College from 18-20 – where I studied Film photography, and received my associates in Art.
I studied at Grand Valley State University from 20-23, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in both Advertising and Photography, and received an Associates in Business.
I took two years off school and photographed on the side, while working at a full time real-estate office, where I photographed and managed social media, website and other online ‘things.’
But I got bored.
So in Fall of 2015 I went back to school at Kendall College Art and Design and started my Double Masters, one being in Fine Art Photography (MFA), and the other being in Visual and Critical Studies (MA).
I graduated with a double masters in May of 2018, and now teach at GVSU and Kendall as an adjunct professor, while I photograph weddings, events, and other commercial stuff for breweries and businesses.