We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“I like butt squeezes and bad words” I’m very informal, what you see is what you get. I love having fun on my shoots and making my clients love their time with me. I don’t like uptight boring shoots that leave people saying, “I’m glad that’s over with”. I like passionate fun shoots that leave my clients saying, “That was awesome, I can’t wait for the next one”. It’s what keeps them coming back.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always love photography. It was my hobby for some time. But, when I took it from a small hobby on the weeks to full time, I truly fell in love with my work. Of course there were hard times and it wasn’t always fun. Watching video after video and participating in monitorships while rising two girls with my husband working presented a challenge. My clients loved me and it grew so fast. Before I knew it, it wasn’t just photography I was learning. There was social media advertising, finance, website designing, legal contracts, and OMG figuring out digital storage. But I loved being out on sessions and weddings, so I kept pushing. TwoMermaids grew and I grew with it. Now my husband has joined me and we’ve introduced videography with my packages. Specializing in weddings, elopements, and couple session, I have created my own unique style that people love.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Las Vegas!!!!!!!! I live only an hour away. We would walk Fremont and take in the vintage vibes of old Vegas. The art, the food, and the unique atmosphere is electric. Then there is Sedona. It’s over 3 hours but worth the drive. The calming energy of the vortexes cleanses you. Then of course there is off roading back home. So many trails with little treasures people have left to explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Elle of Wondering West Photography
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