Gary + Sarah

She quietly slipped into the polka dotted lace dress, the same one her mother wore on her wedding day, cinching with a gold ribbon. Her bridesmaids who had traveled from Tokyo donned beachy dresses and varying bouquets wrapped in burlap and popped on their floppy hats. Gary met Sarah while working overseas and when he saw her just knew he couldn’t let her go — his smile relishing the moment when she met him at the end of their ceremony aisle. Guided by both her parents Sarah and Gary committed their lives to one another on a beautiful, sunlit hawaiian day. Filled with cute handmade details (designed by the bride herself, an artist!) and full of New York love, the lawn hosted the ceremony as East met West at this whimsical Turtle Bay Resort, destination elopement. Brightly colored ukuleles, fake tattoos and PINK FLAMINGOS! Guests were given stylish aviator shades paired with fans to beat the heat and were greeted with luxe straw “welcome” totes. Every single element carefully curated with joy, a detailed eye and love, right down to the pineapple aisle markers…and of course a hint of Hello Kitty. This is my kinda party!

To see their wedding gallery, click here

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Leighann + Mark

They met living in the same apartment building. Leighann, taking a minute to decompress as she walked her dog encountered her downstairs neighbor Mark. He seized the opportunity of this vibrant woman passing by to engage her in conversation, boldly inviting her to dinner just before they parted ways. On the beach with friends and family Leighann + Mark celebrated their one year marriage anniversary with an intimate ceremony on Bellow’s Beach where Mark surprised her with a heirloom — a gorgeous and glittering family wedding band.

Wishing you both the absolute best of days and a joyful marriage that keeps growing stronger by the day. Cheers!

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Out of Office

She brushed my basket of Lara bars, travel conveniences and toiletries across the flashing scanner. “Going somewhere?” she asked. “Yep! I’m going on a mission trip to Thailand with my church!” I exclaimed, forever excited to talk to others about the awesome things God will do in your life if you just let him. “Sounds like fun! What church?” she wondered. “Inspire church in Waikele”, I again anxiously shared, I just love that church, “yeah, it’s fun” I exclaimed, “but a lot of work. Well, I probably shouldn’t call it work...” I debated outloud to the Target cashier on Friday as she pointed her finger to the sky “well, it’s work for Him“.

I smiled and graciously nodded.

It’s 12:14am. Tomorrow morning I board a plane headed to Thailand with a stopover in Korea where I will meet up with my sister, Sarah, who will have been traveling over 18 hours, to continue our journey to Chaing Mai (bless her heart! Literally!). But not before I stop by the bank to get brand new hundred dollar bills for a better exchange rate, and drop a package off at the USPS store that I forgot 3 times to mail. A quarter past midnight with about 13 things left on my to-do list. “Finish cleaning, clear iPhone (oh, I should do that now as I type…multi-task!), and of course…schedule blog posts. I’ve been meaning to for days, clients have long gotten their images and I am just dying to get their glossy onto my blog’s screen. But already I hear God talking, telling me what He has already urged: to stop for just one second Ashley to pray today, and that’s to let some of it go. The house doesn’t have to be perfect in order for me to leave. Every email doesn’t have to be answered (okay it does, and they are), the freshly washed towels can stay in the laundry basket even if that DOES mean Napoleon will knock them over and make a cozy bed of it for the next week. And this blog will be a-okay if I don’t have posts scheduled for the 10 days I’m gone. Life won’t fall apart, business won’t come to a screeching halt and you will be able to do what you’re called to do, and that’s take a break from plugging away in your creative little cozy bubble of non-stop work for 10 days and focus on working for the Lord. That’s me, talking to myself. 

September 2 thru September 13th I will be wandering Chaing Mai, Thailand with members from Inspire Church, taking photo (and video! Girlfriend got schooled this week!) on behalf of jeSUS! (You gotta say it geeeSUSSsss all gangsta like.) There won’t be any scheduled blog posts, because I didn’t set-up any, and the call of the dinging emails will not be answered until my return. All the while I’m praying to just pull and Elsa and let. it. go. Being unplugged feels real hard right now, but as my trip taught me last year it’s always always for the better.

So if you email, call, text or Facebook message me and don’t get a response, don’t panic. I will return your messages promptly upon my arrival except for your FB ones because you’re crazy if you think I’m dl-ing that new messenger ish. And when I return, expect to see a wholleeee lotta wedding + session + film friday goodness, like this one of Faunah + Zach in Kauai.


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Basic Film Scan Edits in Lightroom

Everyone always asks, “Does film need to be edited?”. Truth be told, usually a little, yes. But that’s honestly based on your personal style. While you all know how much I love love loveeee film, it’s rare that you get back a batch of photos that don’t need to be touched by editing software at least a little. A lot of factors effect the end result of an untouched film scan, most being the lighting conditions + changes throughout the day, the natural reflectors creating colors casts around the subjects, the way you metered for the image, and lastly the eyeballs of the actual person sitting in front of a computer at the lab scanning your roll of negatives into the computer creating digital versions. For the most part I like to “clean up” film photos to make sure colors in the same lighting are consistent, they are nice and bright and sharp where they need to be. With a few quick edits of exposure, tint, sharpness and mayyybbeeeee curves and/or contrast, film scans are transformed into final presentable files. As I can’t speak for other shooters, I’m pretty confident that what we THINK we are looking at when we see bright, perfectly colors and exposed shots are images straight from Richard Photo Lab are in fact scans that have been given some love. At least a lil hug.

Everyone’s editing style is different, but here are the minor but helpful adjustments I make from original film scans resulting in final photo. So don’t be fooled, it’s rare to get all of your rolls back looking 110%. And if you do, then freaking BRAVO!

These photos are a mix of both Fuji 400h + Portra 800, shot on a Contax 645 at different times in the day.

ps: See all those lightroom actions on the left? Yeah, those. I have ALL the popular ones and STILL none of them I love. To me those all take WAY longer than this to get right with digital and still can’t compete. So, they just sit there. But that’s a post for a different day… ;)

pps: In editing the first photo I say “add a little bit of contrast” when I really meant exposure.

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