Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank You.

This Sunday evening, I want to say thank you to the many men and women who have given of their time, lives, and families for these past 10 years. Every life lost, and every tear shed, I will always remember. I want to thank you all for protecting us, keeping us safe. I ♥ the US, I ♥ Canada, and I love all of the amazing women and men in the military for everything they have ever done for our freedom. I love you.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Please help me with a contest!! :)

Just For You Photography is giving away a free Kelly Moore bag – check it out! Please please please let her know I sent you or that you would like your entry to count for me, I really really would love to win a Kelly Moore bag and would love you forevvver!! ♥ Thanks!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Empty Shell

I thought about you today. It's been a while since you've randomly popped up in my brain, but I know you're always there. I still love you, and miss you more than you could ever possibly know. Life is busy, which is nice because it piles stress and to-do lists in my mind, which pile on top of the thought of you and the pain that I get in my heart.

I remember how we used to be. I would just forget to breath around you. I was too busy to breath. I wanted every second with you to last forever, and I was afraid that if I let even one breath out, the moment would slip away. And you know what, it did, way too quickly.

I have been so blessed in my life to have so many people come in and out of my life, for whatever amount of time, and have each person mean so much to me. Even though they all meant so much to me, they all meant something different. I learned something from each one of those people, and there is a special place in my heart for them all.

Your place, I keep sacred. Hidden. I don't like to go to that place as much as I used to, because now that place seems empty without you. I feel like my soul was left behind, to follow you because it felt lost without you.

I've found my way in life without you, but it just doesn't feel the same. I have survived without you, like I knew I would, but it's not the same. I feel like an empty shell of of the person I used to be, walking around in a broken body. I know that this is the way it has to be, but I wish it could go back to the way it was.

I just wanted you to know that I thought about you. I still do. I always will.

♥ A

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stuck in a Rut

Happy April! Boy things have been busy lately! It's funny how much your life changes after marriage. It's like there is a part of you before you were married to ENSURE you had time to blog/plan/buy. After it's like that part slows down an awful lot and gets replaced with other stuff like photography/new job/travel. lol At least it did for me. Not that blogging isn't important, because to me it means so much and does so much for me. It lets me express myself when I might not have anyone to listen. Even if no one reads my post, I still feel so good to get the thought out.

I feel like I've been stuck in a rut creatively. Like I have no ideas to do creative shoots, and I almost don't want to? It's a weird feeling and I don't really like it so I hope that changes. Photography is such a passion, and regardless of my own creativity for personal projects, my clients always inspire me. :) 

April is going to be a busy month. We have our upcoming trip to Mexico (aka honeymoon 5 months later) with my bff Becky (and helping her as a second shooter for a super awesome destination wedding). I have a lot of cleaning to do around the house. Spring cleaning to be exact. I've been neglecting my house, so I feel bad. Now I need to cleanse and purge, so I'm excited to get it all taken care of. I have 4 days off for Easter from work, so that is what I plan on doing.

J's birthday is on the 10th, so we'll be in Mexico celebrating, which is nice! I can't wait. Only a few more days and we can have a nice vacation from this cold weather we've been having in Alberta. And it will be nice to get away from the giant ball of stress that's been following me around, targeting my back.

For this weekend, I have so editing to do. I have to get rid of our old van that's been sitting in our parking spot since it died almost a year ago... lol. I have to get my hair done. That's one thing I hate about having red hair... it fades so quickly! It's been 6 weeks since I got it done, and next time I'm making my appointment for 4 weeks not 6. It looks horrid right now. And then we're going to go look at puppies. I wanted to get J a dog for his birthday since he's wanted one for a while now. Oh and we're going to look for a new place to live too, so that's exciting!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

♥ Helping Hearts ♥

Happy Wednesday!

I got an email today from one of my brides that said "I just heard your name on the radio!".  I was like WHAAAT? So it turns out that the little email I sent to the local paper (Red Deer Advocate) about this really awesome organization I volunteer for, was going to be turned into an article for the paper!!

I took a chance and applied to be a volunteer photographer for a non-profit organization, Helping Hearts, that provides photography sessions for families with sick children. I applied because I believe that if I have a gift, that I should use that gift to help people in need. We can be there to help families at a time when things are not so wonderful, but we can help to preserve those beautiful and precious moments with their children. I got an email a few days latter letting me know I have been accepted as a volunteer photographer! I was so thrilled to be a part of such an incredible cause!! They have photographers all over the country, so if you know of anyone who could benefit from this organization, please pass along the information!

I think it's a pretty neat article, mind you some facts were TOTALLY distorted. Like the 'fact' that my photography is a "hobby that developed into a pretty good living". LOL I don't even know where he got that from, and it's totally un-true! Which is why I have a full time job on TOP of that! But I think it's still awesome that they wanted to spread the word about this awesome resource.

Here is the article if you want to take a read (source):

Snapshots of life, for free

Red Deer photographer Ashley King takes pictures of weddings and musicians, and even snaps boudoir portraits for women who want to give their significant others a lasting memory of a moment in time.

It’s a passionate hobby that developed into a pretty good living, but some of her best work is still done for free.

“Photography is a huge passion of mine and the chance to help people is fabulous. If I was ever in the position where I had a sick child, I would hope these resources would be available to me,” King said on Tuesday.

King is one of three photographers in Red Deer who donate their time and skills to Helping Hearts, a charity started by two female photographers in British Columbia that provides free portrait sessions for families with children who have life-altering illnesses and disabilities.

The charity lets interested families choose between all available photographers, sets up the session and provides the photographic work for free. After the session, the photographers give the clients the photos on a disc, and an eight-by-10 print of their choice.

The challenge is to make sure the clients feel emotionally satisfied with the photographer’s particular methods, King said.

“Every photographer has their own style, so it’s important that the family feels comfortable and connected to the photographer.”

A growing demand for these professional photographic services has made King take to her website to spread the word about the new charity, and she hopes that other photographers in Red Deer and Alberta will think about volunteering for Helping Hearts.

“If there’s a chance for me to help out a family that is struggling with the pain of a sick child, you do what you can to help,” she said.

King also hopes that families in need will catch wind of Helping Hearts and get in touch with a passionate photographer like her, who understands the need to capture these pivotal moments in a family’s life.

“I know there are lots of sick kids in Alberta and Canada and we want to do more, we want to make sure their families have these memories forever.”

For more information on Ashley King and Helping Hearts, visit and

Pretty neat right?! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spin Around

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. It's so funny how each day is so different. It can be the most gorgeous day outside,  but people can have the most terrible days. I know personally, it's the terrible days that make us appreciate when we have a good one.

Last month I had the most terrible string of bad days. I sure hope March is better. So far we're doing ok.

My poor kitty Zero passed away on the 27th. We've only had her for 3 years (September would have been 4), and she was only 3 1/2 years old. She's always been a sick cat... she had a thyroid condition and a gastrointestinal problem. She had her good days and bad days, luckily most of them were good. Suddenly, she got really sick and hadn't moved for about 3 days. No water no food, nothing. I would move the water and food over to her and she would take a sip or two, but that was it. I knew something was really really wrong. So I made the appointment for the vet. Zero hated the vet with a fiery passion. She passed away the night before we could take her. So I don't officially know what it was, but we were thinking it was some form of cancer or a tumor. :( Either way, I really miss her, but I know she's in a better place.

Work was busy and hectic all month. Josh's work is just driving me nuts right now and we're just waiting to see if he has to go back to the truck or not.

My grandmother is stable and at home, but unfortunately it's a waiting game for the cancer to start affecting her system. For now I am just grateful that she is happy and relatively pain free. Glad I got to see her while she was coherent and happy to see me.

I had traded with a photographer to get some photos done, and I am pretty happy with the outcome. :) I made a 12 month calendar for Josh with them for valentine's day, so that was pretty cool.

On a happy note, Josh and I are packing up our bags and heading to Mexico (I don't know about happy or sad face for that yet lol) and I am doing my first destination wedding!! My BFF Becky asked me to help her out and be a second shooter for this wedding. Josh and I were planning on going on a vacation anyways, so this worked out quite well! I am so super pumped. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Long Weekend!

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! I know for my US friends it was President's Day. Here in Canada it was Family Day. I didn't get to spend it with family, J had to work, but what else is new in that department. Mind you, I shouldn't talk because I had to work too! But I always have to work. When I'm not at my day job, I'm doing my <3 other job (photography).

I did this wedding on Sunday, and I just have to say... if you are planning on hiring a photographer, please ensure the following things.

1) Please decide on locations that YOU like. Please do not leave this task to the photographer if you know you don't like certain settings or have something specific in mind (but you do not tell them). Also have a BACK UP PLAN. Take the time to go for a consultation with your photographer to find locations that you would like.

2) Please do not have your photographer walk around your reception for 5 hours with nothing "specific" to do. You can only have so many pictures of people dancing and sitting. If you are having a photo booth, that's perfect because it gives them something to do.

I just had to vent for a minute, because while I love weddings, I try to point these things out to my couples before hand. Sometimes people listen, and sometimes they don't. Vent over.

Aside from that I did some editing and I had a massage which was nice. And another frappuccino. I'm terrible. lol

I also watched rich bride poor bride for the firs time since the wedding. YIKES. Some of the couples on there just make me wonder....

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hello world!

I get home and sit down, and think "Boy, it's nice to be completely caught up on editing. What should I do with myself?" And then I remembered the fact that I am the WORST blogger ever...

I did not mean to leave you all for so so so long!!! I am mortified to think of how long it's been since I posted. At one point, THIS was my only means of expressing myself for so long, and I can't believe I abandoned it. It feels like I abandoned ME! But alas, I have returned. After a long hiatus (quite possibly 5 months or more... lol).


The Dominican was absolutely gorgeous and everything with the wedding was so stunning. Except me, I was kind of a disaster, BUT that doesn't matter because I married my absolute best friend in the entire world!

My new job is going incredibly well, and my photography.... well let's just say I freaking love my 2nd job. It's not even a job, it's just something that I so love to do that I don't really remember what my life was like before I started it. Well I do... but now it just seems so empty! I am so pumped for 2011, I have my very first destination wedding in April in Mexico, a wedding in Vancouver, another one back in my home town (not birth town though) of London, Ontario. So many exciting adventures, wonderful people, and cool places!!

What else is new.... OH I tried a Starbucks Frappucino (sp??) for the first time EVER. OH MY GOSH. How did I ever exist without these?! Probably the greatest discovery all year!

Anywho, I will depart for now, but promise to keep an updated blog. Not posting every 5 months or so, but I'll try to make it a weekly thing. :)