family photographer

Cole Family

Sometimes when I take a look at my calendar for the month or week, I am excited for a shoot simply because I get to hang out with a family.  Yes, I will get to photograph which I always love, but I also get to know a family better that I may not spend much time with.  Photography gives me such an amazing opportunity to get to know families on a more intimate level than I would ever get the chance to do normally.  

We attend church with the Cole family and we exchange pleasant hellos and how are yous on Sunday mornings and at other church events. but getting to explore the park with their family and capture their giggles together makes our relationship so much more meaningful. I had a chance to really get to know their little ones and learn what brings out their biggest smiles.  For their oldest son I learned that thing is Star Wars and their little guy certainly adores bubbles.  

I just love how these pictures capture their family, and it is all because of how comfortable they were during their shoot.  They let themselves giggle, laugh, and cuddle.  Each person truly has a genuine affection for their other family members and it shows so clearly in these photographs.  Thank you so much for letting me capture this crazy and fun season of life with you, Cole Family!

Emma turns 2

Happy 2nd birthday to you, Miss Emma!  I met Emma and her family last fall for their first family shoot and was so excited when they contacted me to photograph Emma for her second birthday.  They are one of those families that I could spend an entire afternoon with, and my time with them feels a whole lot more like fun than work.  Not to mention, their family is quite adorable.  Little Emma with her big smile and dark curly hair, such a doll!  So naturally I jumped at the chance to photograph them again!

Emma was so great for her shoot and sang along to just about every nursery rhyme I know, which I realized isn't many, so I will be trying to up my repertoire. This shoot is such a great example of doing a lot with what you have.  The heavens opened up right before Emma's shoot and because of the weather we did the majority of her shoot inside.  Really all we did was move a chair and table, remove some photographs from a wall and with Mom's awesome props we had a perfect little studio. I love when clients keep things simple, and the finished product is gorgeous!

Also, can we talk about how hilarious two year olds are?!  Emma is really talking now, and I couldn't help but laugh as she let us know exactly what she wanted in the sweetest little sentences.  I imagine life at the Sirhan house is never dull!  Not to mention, Emma is going to be a big sister this summer, so the fun continues! Already looking forward to meeting your little sister, Emma, but until then enjoy just being 2! 

Baby Sophia

I have to be completely honest with you here.  Sophia may have been one of my easiest babies to photograph.  She was totally out when I got there and pretty much stayed in a deep sleep the entire shoot.  I also have to be honest, I had some awesome assistants for this shoot- Mom, Dad, Grandma and an auntie- they helped streamline everything and doted on little Sophia.  They moved props, changed Sophia and came up with some of their own fun poses.  So, what I want you to know is that I can't take all the credit for how amazing Sophia looks, because between her awesome nap skills and her kind family- it basically took a village for these photos, and I am so grateful for that. 

This little lady arrived early, so when her mom e-mailed me to say she was ready to schedule her shoot I was a little surprised.  It wasn't even her due date yet!  But, as babies sometimes do- Sophia made an early entrance into the world and thankfully she is doing great.  Mom and Dad seemed to have everything under control, and I couldn't help but watch as they lovingly passed Sophia between the two of them.  I know I have said it before, but one of my favorite interactions to watch is between a new mom and dad.  They pass their little one back and forth so gingerly, basically radiating love between the three of them.  I mean if you ever need a good dose of positiveity in your life, just watch a brand new mom and dad pass their little one between the two of them.  It is the sweetest.  

Sophia is undoubtedly already so loved.  Remember that village I was talking about?  I think they all would do just about anything for Sophia.  She is going to be so lucky growing up with that kind of love and support around her.  I am continuously grateful that I get to share in these moments with families and feel that indescribable love in their homes.  Enjoy loving on your little lady, Giannosa family! 

Baby Shea

Photographing the Barlage family is always such a treat for me.  Jess and I were good friends in high school and played volleyball and softball together.  After graduating and attending different colleges we didn't see each other much, so it has been so wonderful seeing her and her family regularly to capture this season of life with them.  

Their newest addition, Shea, totally rocked her newborn session.  And by rocked her newborn session I mean she slept the whole time and let her older brother crawl all over her.  What a champ!  Her big brother was so excited to introduce me to Shea and he wanted to be near her at all times.  Too sweet!  

Being a part of these special moments with families is something I will never take for granted. It is so encouraging for me to see the way these families adjust and welcome their newest additions with such selflessness and love.  How did I get so lucky? I will always feel so thankful to be capturing these irreplaceable memories with families.

Baby Emma

Currently we have a whole bunch of friends expecting little ones and growing their families, and it is pretty much the best.  It has been such an honor to walk through these seasons of life with those closest to me.  Being a photographer I get to spend even more intimate time with friends in these seasons- spending the whole day with them on their wedding as their photographer, capturing their family a few days after their little one is born and joining them in their homes for personalized lifestyle shoots.  It really is such an honor and these are memories I will always cherish.  

Chris and Lindsey welcomed their second child early this year, making that 2 under 2 for their family!  We captured their sweet family during a lifestyle newborn shoot a little over a week after Emma was born.  Big brother Ethan was cautiously curious during the shoot.  He wasn't sure how he felt about all of the attention being on Emma, but he was willing to give her love and spend some time quietly cuddling with her while Mickey Mouse played in the background.  If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen Ethan in my stories.  He decided he wanted to sit on my lap while I photographed Emma, and he was sure to approve each photograph on my screen before we moved to the next pose.  It was so sweet and also totally hilarious.  Thank you for letting me be a part of these milestones with you, Tapping family!  

Halberg Family

It is such an honor to photograph extended families.  Over the holidays I was contacted by a whole bunch of families to see if I could photograph their whole gang while everyone was in town celebrating together.  I think it is so important that these families make it a priority to take time out of their visit to snap some pictures together.  I come from a big family, and although we are together all the time, we hardly ever take pictures with everyone in them.  And when we do get one of those pictures, it always becomes my favorite photograph of the year.  So, I am always eager to work around everyone's schedules and fit these shoots in, even if everyone is only in town for a weekend.

The Halberg family was incredible to work with.  They kept each other laughing the whole time.  I love seeing aunts and uncles love on their nieces and nephews and this was certainly the case with this bunch.  I was exceptionally grateful for their fun interactions when it came to getting smiles out of middle school boys!  All those kiddos absolutely adored Grandma and Grandpa and were eager to cuddle up with them any chance they got. It really was an honor to be a part of their family's Thanksgiving celebration, and I hope you cherish these photographs for years to come, Halberg family!

Miller Family

If you can't tell, this guy is my big brother.  Which means I am lucky enough to call these gorgeous humans my family.  Every year I get to photograph their family at a new location.  This year when Amy and I chatted about their shoot she let me know that she was specifically eyeing a golden hour shoot.  She was speaking my language on that one!  We timed it perfectly and the setting sun gave us the perfect glow to capture their family.  It felt like each turn we made around the park, that we found a more gorgeous glow of light peeking out through the trees.

I have to be honest I haven't made it a big priority to time shoots around golden hour in the past.  There are usually more pressing elements to scheduling like naps, meal times, soccer practices, the list goes on and on.  But you guys- let's shoot at golden hour!  I am serious, I just love the way these photographs turned out.  It totally made me realize that shooting at golden hour needs to become a priority when possible because it gives the images such a soft, gorgeous look. 

Alright I know I just chatted a lot about the light, but also these people.  I love them.  It has been so much fun to watch these 2 little humans quickly growing into young adults.  They are outgoing and sweet and being their aunt is such a pleasure.  And I couldn't have started this business of mine without the help of Todd and Amy, through the years it feels like they have been on staff in my personal marketing department.  Thanks Miller family, I sure do love you guys!

Barlage Family

I met with the Barlage family on a crisp morning in November at Kensington Park.  Jess and I grew up playing sports together and it was so fun to catch up with her and her family.  Through this job I get to see so many people that I otherwise may not have the chance to stay in touch with and it makes these shoots even more special. 

Their little guy, Cam, was basically modeling, so I can't even take responsibility for how cute these pictures are because he is just all sweetness.  We wondered through the park and he discovered ponds and birds along the way, and didn't seem to mind the crisp morning air in the least.  They brought along their pup for a few of the shots and I couldn't help but laugh when Cam tried to take him for a walk.  Their pup was basically walking Cam, and stood at just about the same height.  But Cam was fearless and held his leash as they strolled through the park together. 

It was a great morning with great people.  Thank you so much for letting me capture your family's story, Barlage Family!

Sirhan Family

Alright I know, more fall pictures?! But how can I not share this gorgeous family? So until all of the fall shoots have been shared you can find me over here reliving warmer months and slowly but surely getting caught up on a very hectic year.

Little Emma has such a big personality and instead of trying to tame it we let her run wild and captured her true personality.  That is why I love the way these photographs turned out.  We let her wander around the backyard, pick the prettiest pink blooms, and give her mom and dad lots of love.  She didn't seem to mind having me as her personal paparazzi, and instead enjoyed the gorgeous fall day that we had for her shoot. 

I hope I don't sound like a broken record over here, but there is just something so special about capturing first time parents.  They may be slightly sleep deprived, and maybe ready for a large glass of wine by the end of the shoot, but they are filled with so much joy.  They are filled with so much giving, love and overwhelming laughter. And I consider it a true honor to be able to capture that joy and love.  Thanks so much for letting me photograph your sweet little family, Sirhans!

Bluhm Family

Well there is a thick blanket of snow currently covering everything outside my window, and I am still getting caught up on posts from the changing leaves.  What a season this has been!  When I decided to pursue photography full time I never imagined how rewarding it would be to finish a season so packed with shoots.  My heart is overflowing as I wrap up the end of this year and look forward to what is in store for Caryn Ashley Photography in 2017. But before I do all that I still have a whole bunch of fall shoots to share with you.  

I was able to meet so many new families this fall- one of them being the Bluhm Family.  We had so much fun during the Bluhm's photoshoot.  They welcomed me into their gorgeous backyard and immediately their little ones invited me on a walk through the trails in the woods behind their home.  We spent the next hour just hanging out and laughing.  Everything was so carefree and comfortable, exactly how you hope a shoot will go.  I got in my car feeling so thankful for clients that truly make this job a joy. 

 I love these images, and my favorite part is that the Bluhms just natural laughed together the whole time.  You could tell that after a day of working and going to school that they were simply glad to be together at their favorite place- home.   Thank you for letting me join in a few moments of home with your family, Bluhm family!