Below, I've shared the full, unclipped, unedited testimonials from my clients. While the photos themselves are important, the experience of working together is equally so. As you decide if I'd be a good fit for you, please view my portfolio and read my testimonials. Wedding planning can be a stressful time, but choosing a wedding photographer that you can trust should not be. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
"I could not write enough kind words about Ashley. She just has a way about her and with the things she does -- she is so thoughtful, creative, kind, and an absolute joy to work with.
From the moment we met with Ashley - we knew we wanted to work with her. We met with several photographers in the Chicagoland area, but nobody came close. We felt immediately drawn to her romantic, candid and very personal style - we knew without a doubt that she would be able to capture exactly what we were looking for.
A photographer is such an important part of the wedding - they are there for every moment, from the intimate moments of getting ready to the moment you say I do. It was important to us that our photographer be someone we felt comfortable with and someone with whom we knew would take good care of our friends and family as well. Ashley was all that and more.
Many people commented on how wonderful she was and how comfortable they felt with her around - as did we. The pictures themselves were absolutely stunningly beautiful. She and her wonderful second shooter captured every single detail. The portraits were natural and easy - capturing the emotion, joy and many laughs that made our wedding day so special.
Her care and attention to quality is unmatched and her thoughtfulness was incredible. I mean it when I say that Ashley is one of the best. As a photographer and as a person. I could not recommend her more highly. We absolutely adore her!"
"If this is the only line you read of this review, then the most important thing to know is this: if you choose to work with Ashley, you will always be so thrilled that you made the best decision!
It's hard not to instantly fall in love with her photos - her talent is so clear. But when I spoke to her on the phone for our first interview, I immediately felt like I was talking to one of my friends. It was right then that I knew she'd be our photographer and I didn't bother to interview anyone else. We ended up signing with her the same day we met her.
Throughout the entire planning process, working with Ashley was always so easy. When the time came to do our engagement photos, I was a bit nervous cause I have often hated professional photos of myself. Ashley made us feel so comfortable and we ended up having a blast with her! Then we got the photos and were so overwhelmed - the pictures were amazing!! For the first time in my life, I actually loved photos of myself. That was all thanks to Ashley.
On our wedding day, I couldn't wait until Ashley got there and started snapping photos! Her calm demeanor made Sam and I feel so relaxed all throughout the day. When the time came for her to leave, we were so sad and didn't want her to go. We just wanted her to stay and party with us - that's how much we love her!
When we got our photos back, we were beside ourselves. Ashley had captured the entire day more perfectly than we could have ever imagined or hoped for! Every picture transported us back to that incredible day and countless people have told us how you could really feel the emotion and love in all of them. Ashley, Sam and I will forever be grateful for you and couldn't be happier that you are part of our story. THANK YOU!!!"
"For what it's worth, I referred 3 clients to Ashley at Artistrie Co. who hired her for their weddings prior to hiring her for my own wedding. It's important to note that I made these recommendations solely based on Ashley's work that she posted on social media and who she represented herself out to be through posts and blogging. I literally met her for the first time shortly before we hired her for our own wedding...6 years later.
Based on those representations alone and my friends having rave reviews of Ashley I knew without a doubt she had to be our photographer for our wedding.
After reaching out to Ashley about her availability for our wedding day it quickly became clear why she has so many positive reviews and why my friends who hired her for their own weddings still thank me left and right to this day for recommending Ashley.
From our first initial phone call with Ashley to the point of delivering our wedding photos, Ashley was nothing but transparent, honest, calm and accommodating. Amongst hammering out all of the little details that go into perfecting the engagement session and wedding day timelines, Ashley was so pleasant to work with.
We did not make Ashley's job easy by giving her somewhat specific photos that we wanted for both the engagement and wedding day photos along with a pretty tight timetable but she was nothing short of delightful, organized and professional in keeping our expectations realistic in developing the best plan to capture the most moments.
Speaking of capturing moments, Ashley has a knack for capturing those mic drop moments; stuff you see in magazines that you think has to be staged because it almost seems too perfect. When looking back through the gallery I found myself saying, "how did she capture this?" Or "where was she and why didn't I see her?" Ashley and her second photographer are the most non-intrusive photographers you could ask for.
Ashley encourages you to be in your element with your significant other and adapts to your style to make these somewhat fleeting moments last forever in the form of photographs. Ashley captures so much joy and emotion her in photographs that just by looking at the photos, you are instantly taken back to those moments and can actually feel everything you were feeling then.
If you are even remotely considering hiring Ashley to shoot your wedding, engagement or proposal, I would strongly encourage you to reach out to her. She is such a breath of fresh air amongst the wedding industry vendors that you will feel like you are speaking with a friend in planning some of the biggest moments of your life.
Ashley puts all your nerves at ease by following up each conversation or meeting with an email as well as puts together everything in writing before the big day so that there are no surprises to anyone.
Investing in photography for these big life moments is so beyond worth it, especially with Artistrie Co. Ashley will capture all the details you miss in the hustle and bustle of the day and will let you relive each moment for forever.
You're not just hiring a photographer for one day. You're hiring someone that you trust is going to capture this one day so that you can relive it forever. Memories fade and photographs are the only things left to show you why you spent so much on that day. Therefore, you are investing in forever and there is no one that I would trust more for the job than Artistrie Co."
"We had such a great experience with Artistrie Co. during our engagement photos that we hired Ashley and her team to do our rehearsal dinner AND our wedding day -- and we could not have been more thrilled that they played such an integral part of our wedding weekend.
Leading up to the wedding, the weather was starting to look dicey so Ashley created customized Plans A, B, and C in the event of rain, wind, snow...you name it. Not only did this calm our nerves ahead of time knowing we had great photo backup plans, but it also enabled each of our wedding vendors to be flexible and accommodate a changing schedule - this was crucial!
Ashley and her team worked incredibly well with our coordinator, videographer, hair and makeup, and caterer in the months leading up to the wedding, and on the day of. The amount of thought and planning that went into the weekend ahead of time certainly paid off -- Ashley captured each moment we discussed, we made it through extensive family and large bridal party photo requests, she caught some incredible candids we didn't know were happening at the time, and we didn't get behind schedule! We were also really impressed with Ashley's ability to coordinate and communicate effectively to get shots of large groups of people.
When we got back to the hotel post-wedding, we realized Artistric Co. had already posted several photos from the wedding -- and we were completely floored by them!! The next day, everyone who encountered Ashley and her team had nothing but positive things to say about their patience, efficiency, and positive vibes. This honestly played such a large role in creating a stress-free and incredibly fun day for the bride and groom, and our family and friends!"
"We are absolutely thrilled with our wedding photos!! Ashley and her second shooter did an amazing job capturing all the little details of our wedding, including the emotions on our guests' faces! Seriously, nothing captures the moment like a good reaction shot. They also somehow have the incredible ability to make traditional posed family portraits look alive and breezy. Every single shot is a work of art, and everyone I share the photos with is amazed that wedding photos can look so good.
We loved working with Ashley and her second shooter, who put us at ease from the start. We did our (amazing) engagement photos with Ashley as well, so by the time the wedding came, we felt right at home in front of the camera. Ashley knows all the best and beautiful locations for shooting in the Chicago area, and she is an expert at getting fun, natural poses out of her subjects. I loved how much our personalities came through in the photos!
I am already making plans to have Ashley document anniversaries, babies, all that good stuff coming up.
Also, Ashley will absolutely meet you for a beer and frites at Hopleaf to talk shop. Wedding planning can be just as fun as the party itself. :)
P.S. We also purchased an album from Ashley after the wedding, and it is so luxe and gorgeous. Ashley's beautiful photos deserve to be in print and not just sitting on a hard dive. This album is hands down the best memento we have of our wedding day."
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