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.

Kristin + Justin. Engaged

So a while back I read a book called 29 Gifts.  Here's the quick synopsis:  At age 33 Cami Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the life she knew changed forever. Then, as a remedy for her condition, she received an uncommon prescription from a friend: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days. In one chapter of the book, she ends up giving out flowers to random people on a walk home and she is amazed to see the reaction she gets from them.

So I thought I'd try this idea on an engagement session.  Part experiment.  Part fun.  All good.

Enter Kristin + Justin.

Honestly, we weren't sure WHAT to expect.  We knew we were doing something unique when we told the flower store owner what we were planning to do and he gave us a blank stare.  "So, you are giving these away to strangers?  For free?"  Ha ... yes.  That is the intent.  Its amazing we got to a point (in life) where doing something nice for a stranger - or for anyone that matter - is viewed as something odd and different.  As for the recipients ... they varied dramatically.  One person shunned us and said no in anger - as if we were pestering them.  On the flip side, another invited us in their home for a drink!  But most had a smile on their face and were pleasantly surprised.  It was a good feeling to make another person smile.

And all the while, Kristin and Justin were having such a great time.  You could tell they enjoyed it.  It made for great conversation and it allowed them to relax in front of the camera.  Its easy to forget your in the middle of an engagement session when interacting with other people.  The nerves calm as you are pre-occupied and not worried about what I am doing.  All I had to do was capture it all.

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