Ash Imagery - Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Philadelphia Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Ash Imagery is a film photographer based in Philadelphia and Upstate NY.  Ash Imagery will photograph weddings and elopements in Philadelphia, Lake Placid, the Adirondacks and around the world.  Ash Imagery also offers Boudoir photographer and commercial photography such as lifestyle sessions.  Ash Imagery is considered to be a Film Wedding Photographer and a Film Photographer with a unique style and vision.  Ash Imagery is owned by Michael Ash Smith, a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Philadelphia using film as his primary medium.

Kara + Jimmy. A Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Wedding.

Quite often, I have the honor of photographing a family more than one time.  Normally what happens is I photograph a particular person and then I'll photograph someone related to them, usually a sibling.  Sometimes though, it goes beyond a 2nd person, which is the case for Kara + Jimmy.  This is the 3rd wedding I photographed in this family, but the first one in my home state of PA.  Even after 7 years in the wedding world I still find it extremely humbling that families ask me to photograph numerous events in their lives.  I've photographed an engagement, wedding, maternity, and family session for several "clients" and its just an absolute amazing thing.  I definitely don't take it for granted.  Kara + Jimmy's wedding at the Inn at Barley Sheaf farm was a rain filled relaxing day with great people in good spirits (regardless of the downpour).  I look forward to photographing more events of the lives of this wonderful family.

Kristen + Sean. A Backyard Wedding in NJ.

Wedding ceremony on the front steps of your new home:  check.
Sunday brunch wedding:  check.

Breakfast buffet served in the yard (yes, with bacon and eggs):  check.
Pink(ish) vintage wedding dress:  check.
Involving your daughter IN the ceremony:  check.
Giving out coffee mugs to each guest for them to keep:  check.
Kickass photographer:  check.
Officiant in a kilt:  check.
First look on your front lawn:  check.
A Star Wars entrance song:  check
A bouquet made of paper flowers:  check.

I could keep going but I'll stop and show you the pictures ... 


Dasha + Serge. A Barcelo Puerto Vallarta Wedding.

Dasha walked up to me at some point during the getting ready process and asked:

"You are going to blog about me being sick, aren't you?"
"Yes, yes I am," I replied.

Let's rewind.  At 7am in the hotel lobby while waiting for van to arrive to transport the girls to a ferry, I greeted Dasha with a smile.  It was still dark out, her still in pajamas.  She was feeling super ill, just hours after we joked at dinner the night before about being sick.  Nobody knocked on wood.  She felt like shit and there was no way around it.  

Back to getting ready.  As the hours ticked by I could visibly see her getting better and she handled her situation wonderfully.  Maybe it was the anticipation, the excitement, the nervousness, or just the "bug" she caught leaving her system.  Regardless, by ceremony time, although not 100% she was looking much better.  The gorgeous surroundings could have helped as well.  After all, we were on a remote private beach in Mexico only attainable by a ferry.  Her close friends were with her, her family, and her fiance as well.  While I'm positive she didn't expect being sick, she definitely didn't let it get her down too much.  She was marrying the man of her dreams on the Pacific coast of North America while back at home in Philadelphia it was cold and snowing.  She couldn't help but be happy, and smile.  She also knew that in less than a week, her and Serge would be starting to hike the entire Pacific Coast Trail.  Start to finish.  Tell me thats not a badass honeymoon!  

I always love it when couples plan a wedding experience so close to their personalities, and this was no exception.  Everything was just like the two of them and you could tell they were in their element.  Just like when they travel, they were dealt some cards they didn't expect and they played the best hand they could ... and it paid off.  It was a long, humid, fun, day and I'll know every time they think about it they'll have crazy stories and big smiles.