Greetings! So, you know how I said in my last blog post I’d be in Oregon through the fall? That was in reference to last fall! I’m still here, a whole year later, with no plans of leaving anytime soon. Life with my partner, Chris, and our two dogs, Miles and Mooch, is pretty fantastic! I took a break from photography this last year. I had no interest in jumping into a new community and advertising photo services. It wasn’t the right time. In pursuit of selling more art however, I built a new website – ashleystevick.com – just for my fine art photography. I bought a fancy printer and started producing notecards and art prints which I sell in a few shops around town and at John Day farmers market. At this point, I’m also happy to start scheduling family photo sessions, weddings and more! This engagement shoot with Erin and Rob was excellent! I like for even my posed work to have a candid, artistic feel. If you’re into getting outside and want natural, fun photos, then I’m definitely up for making your wedding, family, senior, or engagement shoot a light-hearted and memorable experience.
I’m finally getting around to sharing some images from Meredith and Jason’s September wedding at Beall Park in Bozeman! Here’s what Jason had to say when he first saw them: “Okay, so I am trying to compose myself as I type this, tears streaming down my cheeks smiling like a fool. Ashley Stevick is also one of the finest artists out there; we had the honor of her photographing our wedding. The pictures in this album instantly transported me back to that day – I mean really got me back there. That is the thing that truly separates Ashley from any other photographer I have seen; she captures real moments, not staged or fake, but true moments and true people.”
I had the supreme pleasure of photographing Katie and Andy’s wedding at the Rainbow Ranch up in Big Sky, MT in July. There’s was an elegantly orchestrated Alice in Wonderland themed event. The tables were decorated with tea cups, playing cards, old books and clocks as well as porcelain rabbits and cats. The bride and groom are both quite creative – entrepreneurs actually – so it’s no surprise their wedding was memorable and as sweet as their decked out candy bar! Katie’s amazing bouquet was arranged by my friend Julio of Kirkham & Co. and her dress, as well as the tuxes, are from Eskay Bridal in Bozeman. The Bridger Creek Boys played beneath the gazebo and Mindy Bechtell painted the event throughout the evening. Mollie Eckman at the Rainbow Ranch planned the exquisite event. Blue Chamomile styled Katie’s hair and Rachael Long did her makeup.
I, for one, am so flippin’ glad we no longer need to specify straight or gay marriage! Marriage between two people is simply that: marriage. That being said, some of the most poignant marriages I’ve witnessed have been gay and lesbian ceremonies. I spent a good chunk of time protesting anti-gay legislation and advocating for equal rights in the last seven years or so. While all marriage comes with lovely intention, there will always be something special about photographing gay and lesbian weddings for me. Perhaps there’s a certain inherent bond between all of us who knew ourselves to be on the right side of history. We banded together against unfair and discriminating laws and now we, after years of effort, have won marriage equality! I’m grateful to the states that shot down discriminatory bans and pushed equality before our federal government got involved. Georgia, the state I’m moving to in a few weeks, wasn’t one of those states. I’m interested to see how marriage equality plays out in my new home as it’s important to me to live among open minded individuals within a loving community. Here’s to lots of love and marriage in Georgia! Cheers!