senior portraits have come a long way...

Senior portraits have come along way since I was in high school. The traditional senior portraits of the past didn't really show your personality. You hired that one guy for the cookie cutter, over-Photoshopped, portrait. These days, senior portraits are all about showcasing who you are at this point in your life and capturing you in a more personal and unique way. So much of what we look at these days is image-driven, especially in the teenage world. Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of social media are the biggest examples of this. Teenagers are gravitating towards a more candid, original, and fashion-oriented approach to senior portraits, which I love. 

I am finally getting around to sharing some of my favorite images from a senior portrait session done last fall with a lovely senior named Molly, on her parents' gorgeous property. Molly was sweet, kind and up for all my crazy ideas! Her session was just right for her personality. 

Spring 2018 sessions are booking now! Shoot me an email at ashleysheaphoto@icloud.com for more details. I'd love to tell your story! 

yogasmith

Hi there! It's good to be back. I don't think I realized back in January that I would be taking a hiatus from blogging, but here I am 7 months later ready to share my images and their stories with you again. The following shoot was especially fun because it was new territory for me and I got to help support a friend's local yoga business. Yogasmith, formerly known as Zev Yoga, has three different locations on the seacoast. One in my lovely home town of Exeter, where these images were taken, another location in downtown Portsmouth and a third over in Dover, my old stomping grounds. Laurie Smith, part owner of Yogasmith, had a vision for their new website and together we helped make that happen. Be on the lookout for the new website coming soon!

I will admit, I was not all that familiar with yoga, but now I have a deeper respect, understanding and appreciation for this unique practice. The teachers that came out for our shoot love what they do and it shows. I walked away in awe of their strength, focus, and determination. I may have needed them to hold some extra long poses in order "to get the shot" ;) Thank you, everyone, for your hard work and easy going, down-to-earth nature. Hope you had as much fun as I did. 

The Mighty Quinn

This sweet little bundle of love was such a delight to photograph and seeing her adoring first-time parents with her was the icing on the cake. She slept like a charm for us and I am so glad we were able to capture such special keepsakes for this trio. We all know they don't stay this little for long, sigh. The late morning sun was on our side this day. This light lover and newborn admirer couldn't have asked for more. Newborn photography is quickly becoming one of my favorites…So keep those babies coming!