Welcome, I am so glad you're here!
Please take a few minutes to take a look around and get to know me better. I am so grateful that you are considering me to be your photographer. I know, as your photographer, you are allowing me to share in life's most special moments with your family and friends- so let's get acquainted!
When I was younger and someone ask me what I wanted to be when I got older the answer was always the same- a photographer. I started photographing with my family's camera as a child and received my very own camera at the age of 12. From there I worked in a studio, shadowed other photographers, studied photography in college and officially launched Caryn Ashley Photography in 2011. I completely love what I do and absolutely consider it to be a dream job.
I am married to my perfect other half, Ted. We celebrated our wedding in 2013 in Northern Michigan and have lived in MetroDetroit ever since. We love traveling together, tasting craft brews, and spending time with our family and friends. You can often find him toting my camera bag around and taking pictures of me taking pictures (he is just a little bit of a proud husband.). We added a little guy, Leland Theodore, to our family in 2018. Leland brings so much joy to our lives! He has a wild head of hair, loves people as much as his momma and is curious and silly.
My job at your wedding is to be both a photographer and a coordinator. To help keep your day moving along the timeline we create together and then to blend seamlessly into that day. My goal is to allow you to be fully involved in making memories on your wedding and then to capture those memories. The big ones from walking down the aisle, to your first dance, and all of the little (yet unforgettable) moments in-between.
A little warning- there is one thing you should know about me. I cry at weddings. Yup, all of them! Not a sob, make a scene cry, just a few glistening tears cry. I think weddings are the most cherished day of your life. The moment you commit to spend your life with the person of your dreams, and then you shout it from the rooftops that you found your person, and then get to celebrate with everyone you hold most dear. Oh goodness- I love it!
As a photographer I know I am so blessed to share in the special moments of your life. I am grateful for your willingness to let me into your family, if for an hour during a family photo session in the park or on the day you marry the love of your life. You will most certainly find me playing peek-a-boo with your babe, talking sports with your graduating senior, and I will apologize in advance for my baby voice, but I promise it always gets the tiniest member of your family to belly laugh!
My goal is to provide images that capture not only time and place, but most importantly emotions. My hope is to blend into the canvas of your family and become an essential part of all your family's most important events and milestones.