Ash Imagery

Portrait & Wedding Photography based in Philadelphia

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.

Carolyn + Dan. A Belmont Mansion Wedding in Philadelphia.

Outdoor Spring weddings in the Philly area are always such a risk.  I run into clients all the time that just don't want to take the chance of having their wedding rained out so they take safe route and keep everything indoors.  But that risk paid off big time for Carolyn and Dan.  Their day was one of those handful of days during the year where the weather was absolutely perfect.  I can't stress perfect enough.  If you from the area you know what I'm talking about ... 100% sunshine, no humidity, not too hot, not too cold, no bugs at twilight, and the list just keeps on going.  They knew it too.  It was what everyone was talking about.  Living in an area with such unstable weather allows us to really get excited when its as perfect as it was.  

Their wedding day reflected the weather.  Cool, bright, relaxed and just plain wonderful as you can tell from the pictures below ...

Julie + Ross. A Pomme Wedding in Radnor, PA.

philadelphia wedding photography, pomme wedding, film wedding photographer, pennsylvania weddings, ash imagery, michael ash smith, leica weddings, instant film

4 for 4.

If you follow my blog at all you will know that last year I was given the chance to "make the call" a few times about whether the wedding ceremony would be held outside (or not) due to weather concerns.  When given the chance to help with the decision, I went 3 for 3 in 2014.  Meaning, I got it right.  Julie, the bride at this wedding, knew of this streak and allowed me to help make the call at her wedding - the first time I had the chance to do so in 2015.  The forecast wasn't looking very good during days leading up to it but it switched a little the day before and after a good chat where I voiced my opinion, Julie and I decided to push forward with it outside.

The day of, after consulting again during the "getting ready" process we stuck to our guns and we were right.  The rain held off.  And while Ross, and the gentlemen of the day, had to deal with some insane humidity in their suits (leading up to the rain), we weren't forced to stay inside for pictures and the events - which was obviously the biggest concern for both Julie and Ross.

The plans remained unchanged and the wedding was incredible.  Julie and Ross have been huge fans of my photography for quite some time and they put ALL their trust in me; encouraging me to "do my thing."  Those are the words all photographers of any genre want to hear.  Full creative freedom.  I was given that and I believe they were rewarded with some pretty stellar images.  I always wonder what clients think about their pictures afterwards.  Some email me right away and some never say anything (so much anxiety in the latter one), but Julie provided me with a wonderful testimonial just hours ago - which I will leave with you here just before seeing the pictures from their wedding day ...

"Mike's talent with a camera is truly hard to describe in words but his pictures speak for themselves. I wanted pictures from my wedding to tell the story of the day capturing the smiles, the hugs, the tears and the laughter. His use of light and watching for the real moments rather than staging formals produces pure art. The photographs from our wedding are well beyond expectations, in fact, I really never thought WE could look that amazing. They are absolutely breathtaking. I have never looked or felt so beautiful. These photographs are my most treasured possessions to date and I know booking him was the best decision we made for our wedding. Between the engagement, boudoir shoot, and wedding day, Mike made everything SO easy, comfortable, and FUN! On the day of the wedding, Mike coordinated times, facilitated a sparkler exit and honestly took care of me all night, including taking a solid 10 minutes to scrub a stain out of my dress. I seriously can not wait until we are in need of professional pictures just so I can see what incredible photos Mike will capture for us again."

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Julie + Ross's wedding at Pomme in Radnor, PA and I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.