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I'm Ashley-- a natural light, motherhood & family photographer in Virginia!  I'm a sentimental romantic, and I think that is one of the big reasons I was so drawn to photography...I love photographs, because they're a way to remember exactly what was happening at a certain moment in time.  I could spend hours sitting on the floor looking through the boxes of old photos at my parents' house reminiscing about sweet memories!!  I enjoy capturing special moments and authentic emotions for my clients so that they, too, can have memories that will last a lifetime!  

I love Jesus, quality time with my sweet family and friends, sunshine (especially that golden hour glow right before sunset), fresh flowers, laughter, and joy filled moments! I have a handsome hubby, Robert, who is wonderful and helps me with many of the behind the scenes aspects of my business! 

In August of 2017 we had our first baby boy, Jack! We love him to pieces and cannot imagine life without him.  After having Jack, my passion for motherhood & family photography grew even stronger.  Babies and littles grow so quickly.  My hope is to capture those special moments for you so you can look back and remember them forever. 

Images captured by: Andrea Pesce Photography 

Images captured by: Andrea Pesce Photography 

And we can't forget about our sweet furbaby...

ashley powell photography | our puppy ellie mae

We love our golden pup so much, and that wet little nose brings so much joy to our lives! 

We're asked all the time, "What type of dog is she?"  I think it's because she looks like a golden, but her coat is almost white!  Ellie Mae is an English Golden Retriever.  English Goldens have blockier heads and are usually a bit bigger and broader than American Goldens, which are usually a bit lighter and leaner looking! Our Ellie girl is very, very light! Her coat is a soft cream color, and she's about as dark as she's going to get!

She loves sticks and will always retrieve a toy for anyone who walks through our door! She's a sensitive girl with loads of personality, and we love her so much! 



I love coffee (with a good pour of creamer and a spoonful of Truvia!)! There's something about that first sip of warm coffee in the morning, y'all! 

All things romantic

I’m a hopeless romantic & a lover of history.  When you put those two things together you get manor houses, chivalry, carriages, and ball gowns… and I just swoon EVERY time! Chick flicks are my favorite type of movie (you probably could have guessed that) and I love a happy fairytale ending!  Actually, I try to avoid all movies that don't have at least a semi-happy ending. The world is already full of so much sadness, so I choose to watch only the things that bring me joy!  

Low Country & Hilton head Island

Spanish moss, good sea food, and charming historical streets?  I can't get enough.  The southern plantation homes are definitely my favorite...and Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina? If I could figure out a way to live there, I would in a heartbeat! 

the south

Speaking of southern plantations, I'm a southern girl through and through! Fried okra, peach cobbler, sweet tea, rocking chairs, and a wrap around porch…y’all when I’m in the south, my heart is happy! We visit my family in Alabama every year, and it's like a second home to me!

My Faith

Most important of all, I am a Jesus follower.  The reason I started my photography business is because I felt like I was being called to do it.  Before my photography business, I practiced photography as a hobby, and was a nanny for a family with 5 kiddos. I LOVED nannying, and I love kids. I actually studied child development in college, and while working with kids, I was in my comfort zone!  I knew how to be a nanny…I didn’t know how to run my own business.  So, the idea of taking photography from a hobby to a full-time business was a scary one! But after lots of prayer and conversations with friends and family, I took the leap. I am so thankful for all of the people God has brought into my life through this little business of mine, and I am eager to see what He does with it in the future! 

If you'd like to know more about our little family (especially Ellie Mae & Jack), follow along on Instagram and Facebook!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll stay and take a look around! 

xoxo, Ashley