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.

Margaret + Harrison. A Boston Public Library Wedding.

I'm not really sure what I had in mind prior to arriving at the Boston Public Library.  I guess I pictured it to be like the Philadelphia one, which is average at best.  After seeing a bit of the space online I definitely assumed a few things and had some ideas about how it would look but I wasn't prepared for what I actually saw the day of the wedding.

Each year I photograph a wedding or two in Boston and this year was no different.  Each time I've gone I've been able to photograph somewhere new - and this time around it was the Library.  I was able to scout a little bit the day before but some areas of the library were off limits so I didn't get to take in the whole thing.  That is, until the wedding.  The library is magnificent.  The old architecture, lighting, and courtyard are just phenomenal and it was an absolute pleasure to photograph.  I always enjoy great, new venues and the library didn't disappoint.

Margaret and Harrison didn't disappoint either.  I didn't have a chance to meet them ahead of time due to location differences but I talked to them several times prior attempting to get an idea of what they were like.  They are both wonderful.  They, they're friends, and they're families welcomed me into the wedding weekend with open arms and I had a blast hanging out with them for a couple days.  And just wait until you see Margaret's dress in the pics below!  So sick.  I love when I leave a wedding inspired and that definitely happened for this one. 

Congratulations Margaret and Harrison.  I wish you both all the best!

Also, a huge thank you goes out to my wonderful assistant/2nd photographer that day .. Sarah Der.  Several of her pics are included in this post (mostly guys getting ready) and they mesh in well with mine.  

Amanda + Josh. A Society of the Cincinnati Wedding.

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First, I'm going to link you to the Wikipedia page of "The Society of the Cincinnati."  It's so awesome.  Click here if you have a few minutes to spare.

Now you know how private this place is.  When I arrived, I had no idea how incredible it was going to be.  The venue is open to the public on certain days so if you ever find yourself in the area, I suggest strolling through.

When Amanda contacted me to photograph her wedding she mentioned loving instant film, and film in general and that the wedding was going to take place outdoors in a cool garden area.  I didn't hesitate at booking it.  But I was in for a treat because it was much better than I had anticipated.  

I'm not sure what I had in my mind prior to arriving but it definitely wasn't what was in front of me.  I didn't do much research on the place beforehand and they don't do large amount of weddings to begin with.  Whatever I had in my head was based upon conversations with Amanda and Josh.  But when I walked in the front door my jaw dropped.  It was insane.  Once I got over my initial shock I just kept on discovering little amazing nooks.  My only regret from the day was that we didn't have enough time to explore even more!!!

The wedding was fantastic.  The ceremony took place on marble steps overlooking a pool and garden.  The people were wonderful and friendly.  The space was beautiful.  I left there knowing they were going to end up with wicked pictures.  And judging by this response in an email from Amanda, I'd say I was right:

Oh man, these are amazzzzzzzinggggg, Mike! 

Micaela + Ryan. A Red Mill Wedding in Clinton, NJ.

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The forecast called for rain.  All day, rain.

Often, the weather forecasting isn't always highly accurate.  This time, however, it was dead right.  It rained from the moment I left my house until about 30 minutes from arriving back home 12hrs later.  Not just a dainty, light rain either.  It poured.  For hours and hours.

I arrived at Micaela & Ryan's house a few minutes early and got a stellar parking spot directly out front.  I had just parked the car when Micaela walked next to me - head wrap on - on her way over to finish up her hair at the salon next door.  She immediately knew who I was even though we never got a chance to meet in person prior.  

She was all smile.  You couldn't help but smile back.

She stayed that way the entire day.  No joke.

Every single time I saw her she had a smile on her face.  It was completely evident she was marrying someone she absolutely adored.  I liked Ryan before I even got to meet him just by how Micaela was acting!  And Ryan turned out to be just the same.  All day, all smile.  

These two were in their element surrounded by friends and family.  They ate it up.  They couldn't have cared less about the monsoon like rains, or that for a June wedding it was about 20 degrees colder than what it usually was, or that 2 wet vacs had to be used to keep a portion of the reception area from flooding.  None of this mattered.  All that mattered was that they were getting married.  And that couldn't have been more prominent if you saw them on their wedding day.

That makes my job a whole lot easier.