I <3 Great Harvest

Ashley Stevick PhotographyBlog, Commercial, Montana

Last week I drove to Dillon to photograph a plethora of sugar cookies, gouda stout bread, soda bread and more! I love working with Great Harvest Franchising! For the last two and a half years, their art director, the talented and lovely Kaylee Zito, is the closest I’ve had to an actual co-worker. I might be a little sentimental about that considering I’m moving to a new state without any professional connections at all. (Eeek!) Either way, their food is awesome and if you don’t already frequent your local store you should. Also, the pictures Kaylee and I construct end up as posters and web materials for stores across the country. So I may actually wander into a store in Atlanta and see one of my pictures hanging on the wall!

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This time last year, I travelled around Montana’s Golden Triangle with their executive chef, meeting farmers and photographing their fields. Grain from different farms in the Golden Triangle is mixed together to make the perfect blend and is shipped all over the country to Great Harvest stores to make the bread and cookies y’all love! Check out their chef’s blog post to read more about where your food comes from and the Montana families that make it possible! There’s also a great shot of me on top of a combine! Cause I did that and stuff.

Photos in the rain!

Ashley Stevick PhotographyBlog, Bozeman, Family, Montana

I recently had a photo shoot with probably the coolest little family in the world. I’m serious! Saisha contacted me and we managed to get the shoot scheduled before my imminent departure. She told me she had used a rather inexpensive photographer last time around and definitely got what they paid for; this time they found someone who’s work they really loved (yay!) and decided to make the investment. She told me she loved bright, vibrant colors and wanted more or an urban backdrop than mountains, so I found a lovely bed and breakfast across from a worn metal building.

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The day of our shoot it was cloudy – which is actually great lighting for an outdoor shoot. But then, as I drove over the hill to Bozeman, it started to pour! I remembered the umbrella I kept in my trunk and hoped they’d be up for playing in the rain. I got the impression from our previous discussions they’d be up for anything – but you never know!

They were such a blast to work with – and their willingness to go along with my rainy day photo ideas made for some awesome shots! Not to mention their bright, springy clothing was a great contrast to the gloom and rain. This experience makes me seriously consider only photographing people who are chill enough to rock a rainy day photo shoot!!

Marriage = Marriage

Ashley Stevick PhotographyActivist & Photographer, Blog, Wedding

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!

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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!