As a photographer I believe the top three phrases I hear are, “I’m not very photogenic, “Do you edit wrinkles?”, and “I can’t even remember the last time I had professional photos. I hate getting my picture taken.” If you’ve ever had these thoughts, you’re not the only one! Most people don’t go around with a camera in their face every day and a majority of us aren’t all that comfortable in front of a lens. I totally get it.

But there are times when a cell phone photo just won’t cut it. That’s not how you want to remember your wedding, that’s not how you want yourself represented on the back of your book bio, and that’s not how you want your LinkedIn, dating, or social media presentation of yourself to be either. You want not just good photos, but GREAT photos that are special, memorable and not like everyone else’s. Welcome to Ashography–Real pictures. For real people.

I want to document those moments and those quirks that set you apart and makes you different, find the things that only you do, and capture every detail that you painstakingly craft to show the world your true self!

Yes, you say… But how??

I agree, it sounds like a lot to take on. But, I promise, I got this.

Hi. I’m Ashlee Bratton.  When I decided I wanted to be a wedding and portrait photographer, I asked myself “how can I learn to do this without royally messing up a really important day or project that you can’t redo?”The Solution: slave away as an assistant to two wedding photographers in California and be an extra hand, then move back to Colorado to find the most amazing clients that I can connect with to work with them directly. This means I am honored to have been a part of over 100+ weddings in the last eight years.

What does that experience mean for you? Well, it means that I can handle any crazy wrench that might happen.  Your flowers just fell off of the alter? Let’s grab some pine branches and wire your flowers to them. Your friend was supposed to be the DJ and they didn’t show up? Here, use my playlist. I’ve got everything from Sinatra to Beyonce, let’s jam. Weddings are crazy, but to me they’re crazy fun.

After starting Ashography Event & Portrait Photography in 2009 as a bucket list item, I’ve morphed from an amateur hobbyist into a full-time photographer based in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. I also currently dabble as a freelance writer and published author with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and master’s degree in business administration. Basically, I think in pictures and colors and experience life through words. Based in Colorado (generally photographing in South Fork, Vail Valley, and the Denver Metro area but often found elsewhere), I enjoy snapping photos of those who are on the shy side or don’t think they’re “photogenic” enough for good pictures. Challenge accepted.

This girl’s mission is to provide a little sass and add some spice to this world, using my lens to provide real pictures for real people. To me it’s not just a wedding–this photographer believes everyone deserves a chance at the best possible version of their real selves. Real portraits for real people.

FYI…It’s not just about the “I Do’s”

I love those with a cause. Photography contributions include working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, photographing special needs students through various school programs,and specializing in author bio portraits and authors writing for impact, not necessarily fame and fortune.

My goal is when I’m behind the camera, you don’t just get a picture, you get a flair and zest for life thrown into an unintimidating and warm package that has been customized to deliver exactly what you need. I am not a cookie cutter photographer and each session is tailored specifically for each client.

Along with completing 29 of the 30 things on my 30×30 bucket list, I often trade my camera for a pen with published writing contributions articles for Vail’s EAT magazine, creating a 56 page Visitor Guide for a mountain ski town, blogging and guest blogging, being featured in multiple newspapers and e-zines, and various other projects. I love the publishing world.

Currently, I keep my camera in hand all over Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, am a complete and total foodie, and I take plane rides for fun. I like things that go.



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