CHAOS!!! Ashley DeYoung Photography :: Augusta GA portrait photographer :: Nashville TN wedding photographer

Lawdy Mercy, I’m SO behind on everything! I’m trying to catch up on editing photos, uploading photos, emailing, burning DVDs, mailing prints, ordering products, traveling, planning my wedding, moving 400 miles away…WHEW! I’m a busy girl.

My life obviously has turned to chaos. I’m getting married in 4 weeks in Savannah, GA. I’m also moving a few days before I get married from Franklin TN to Augusta GA. I’m also shooting some more weddings & sessions on my free weekends, attending 4 showers for myself in different cities, and hand making my invitations. I’m insane.

Here is a sneak at my invitations. They are grey & ivory on pearlized paper. I designed the monogram & invitation, designed the labels, response cards, reception cards, picked out the paper, printed them, cut them, made the cushion, bows, brooches & glued them with help from my mom of course! 🙂

I’ve done some sessions recently, some of which I’m sad, because I can’t post the pics yet…those brides-to-be will have my head if I do! 🙂

Here are some sessions I’ve been doing…

Baby Callan in South Carolina:

I love working with this little guy. He’s gotten so big!

The Wedding in South Carolina:

An Engagement Session:

A 9 month session:

OK, I’m tired of uploading. More to come later!

Peace,
Ashley DeYoung
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Summer trip almost over :: Ashley DeYoung Photography :: Augusta GA and Nashville TN portrait photographer

A little time at the beach…

I think this is my favorite image from the trip.
There’s a calm that is experienced by the ocean. It has the ability to bring peace to the soul, heal the heart and tame the wild. It’s quite an amazing experience to sit and watch a storm roll up on the beach.

I loved how he looks worn out from digging in the sand all day.

Watching the boats come in. Pure joy.

Swimming in jeans at the beach…

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.”

Heading home Saturday…then things are going to get a little crazy!

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~Ashley DeYoung

Key West :: Ashley DeYoung PHotography :: Augusta GA wedding photographer Nashville TN portrait photographer

I’m sitting here on the balcony of this boutique hotel that I’m staying at…called the parrot key resort in Key West.

It’s actually quite nice and stunning here. The water is crystal clear!

I’m exhausted. It’s hard to sleep unless I’m in my bed. But, this hotel bed is mighty comfortable.

I am looking forward to being married and not living out of a suitcase. I never feel completely put together. I’m so scatterbrained when I pack for a trip, that I end up forgetting half of my things…or I never unpack from the last trip and just use the same stuff. I’m a mess.

It’s incredibly quiet and peaceful here. It’s amazing when you have a day completely filled with noise and chaos and then you find that moment of silence…it’s the most overwhelming calm I have felt in a long time. My heart feels rested.

It’s been a stressful few weeks for me and I’m sure more stress will come when I return home. I’m behind on photography work, wedding planning, packing for my big move and a million other things in life. I’ve got 2 months to have 3 showers…a wedding…a move…another shower.

But life is still beautiful…even more beautiful down here. I hope to capture some great photos…

~Ashley DeYoung

He liked it, so he put a ring on it :: Ashley DeYoung Photography :: Nashville TN & Augusta GA wedding photographer

Mr. Moneybags popped the question this past weekend. It was more of a sneaky-slip-it-on-her-finger-when-she-isn’t-looking kind of proposal. Sweet. Simple. Us.

We were alone, out in this field we go to when he’s in town. Happiness was playing on the iPod.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NE1S1HyTsY (click to hear)

It was romantic…until he said that he felt like we were in the midst of a horror film because they always start off with a couple in the middle of nowhere, then a man comes up with a knife and stabs the man.

I screamed. We left.


Isn’t it gorgeous?

Since I’m a wedding photographer, I want to get married this fall. Spring is too busy along with next summer. Next fall is way to long since he lives so far away. So Fall or Winter are our only options. There are only a few Saturdays available this fall that I’m not booked on, so I had to jump on this quickly. I went wedding dress shopping today. And luckily I fit in the dresses off the rack perfectly with little to no alterations, so I’ll be able to get a great dress really cheap & quick. Now, if only I can find a venue in Savannah that isn’t booked this October!

My life has turned crazy these past few days. I have so much to do. I have to get my dress and pick every thing out for the wedding, I have weddings booked to shoot in SC, GA & TN in September, October and November. Several people are planning showers for me, one of which is in Chicago. So I will be doing a lot of traveling and poor Mr. Moneybags will also have to come up to Nashville and Chicago quite a few times. I also have to pack everything and move 400 miles away before my wedding. Craziness.

Anyhow, that’s what I’ve been up to! 🙂
~Ashley DeYoung

Head shots :: Ashley DeYoung Photography :: Augusta GA & Nashville TN portrait photographer

Mr. Moneybags is being very sneaky lately.
I was complaining about being broke the other day because all of my money goes to bills…hospital bills, insurance bills, car loans, school loans, etc. I was going to visit my friend in Knoxville and was upset because I didn’t have any money to go out when I got there. Just enough to eat out twice and gas to get home.

On my way to Knoxville, I stop at McDonalds to get some sweet tea. I open my wallet and inside I found $100.

Today, I told him I was hungry and cranky. A few minutes later, my doorbell rings and a pizza guy is standing there with a prepaid pizza…tip and all. I laughed.

He’s really wooing me lately and I like it! 🙂
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not with him for money either hahaha, I started dating him when we were in college and I made more money than him at the time!

On another note…here’s some photos I’ve been working on…


A few headshots

~Ashley DeYoung
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