Part of being a wedding planner is being connected. I "know a guy" that can help with whatever you are looking for. Do you need an authentic cuban cigar roller? I know a guy. Perhaps a master sommelier or someone to hang from the ceiling while pouring tequila shots? I know a guy...or girl. Really, I do! When it comes to wedding photography, I know Ashley Hamm. When I met Ashley, we immediately connected over having the best name on the planet! Hello, Ashley Squared! :-) Ashley has been the owner of Ashley Hamm Photography for ten years! Ashley was a blast to interview. Please get comfy, grab a cup of coffee and get to know my friend.
How did you get started in the wedding photography business?
Gosh, that's a great question! I remember the first time I found a disposable camera in my parents' junk drawer and went out to play with it in the woods. I was maybe 7 years old and I loved the clicking sound of the camera when I pressed the button and the way the light shone through the trees. At first, it was a hobby, just for friends and coworkers, but then it became something I just couldn't live without.
What do you love about being a wedding photographer?
I love working with people capturing their favorite moments. The moment they say I do, the moment they hug their children and watch laughter spread across their face or the moment they hold hands and fall in love all over again. I get to see how people look at each other and love and embrace and cry and just be amazing.
Let's be honest, what do you not love so much about wedding photography?
Honestly, it's the laundry (from working with kids getting on the floor and getting dirty) and finding comfortable shoes. That's it. Worst answer ever? Maybe. There is not much I don't love about this profession.
You deal with couples on the most important day of their lives, what is something you wish all couples looking at photographers considered or asked?
Full weddings! Before you book, ask to see at least 3 full galleries of the most recent weddings from your photographer! From start to finish, consistency should be a key element when booking a photographer for your wedding day.
Where are some of your favorite engagement session locations?
Downtown Milwaukee, Starved Rock, and The South Shore Cultural Center!
What is your favorite wedding venue? Why?
Wandering Tree Estate, Salvage One and Emerson Creek.
Wedding days can be stressful and over in a flash. What do you wish people considered on the day of the wedding?
I would actually prefer it if they didn't think about it at all. Be in the moment, live it up, smash the cake all over each other's faces. Be present! I am there to document your day just as it is, so be there and enjoy!
Tell me one thing no one knows about you (but you are okay with the world knowing!)
I own 35 cameras (film and digital) and collect them from all over the world when I travel! I'm also allergic to kiwis :)
Thank you, Ashley, for joining me and allowing my corner of the internet to get to know more about you! If you are interested in meeting Ashley, or getting to know more about her, I recommend you reach out directly to her. You can find her corner of the internet by clicking Ashley Hamm Photography Tune in next week when I provide my top 5 Engagement Photo tips!