Capturing the story of your life,
one chapter at a time.
Oh, hey there, and welcome to my new website!
I'm Ashley, but you can call me Ash. I am based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) but I would never turn down the opportunity to travel! I'm a full-time nanny and I run my photography business on the weekends! Although I studied photography in college, it wasn't until I became a nanny that photography really became a passion. About 4 years ago, I started taking images of my nanny kids as a hobbyist photographer; After seeing how my images made an impact on their parents', I decided that I should see where this passion could take me.
On January 1, 2017, I opened my first photography business, "Ashley Diabo Photography". I spent months building a portfolio, and before I knew it, business was booming! For those of you who don't know me (personally), I have struggled with depression for several years. A few months after I started ADP, my depression hit an all-time low and I was in a really bad place. I could barely get out of bed. I remember thinking you have no reason to be so sad, business is good; you have a fiance who adores you; a family who loves you... so what else do you need? But unfortunately, depression doesn't come with a warning. I started cancelling sessions because I had no desire to move, no desire to live. Those cancellations led to lots of really disappointed people, and word traveled fast. I never told my clients why I canceled on them but I don't think it would have mattered anyway. I let my depression take over my life; my first brand; my love for photography. I closed up ADP November 1, 2017; just 10 months after being in business.
I spent months working on making myself a happier person; I went to therapy and over time, my depression settled. I decided that I wanted to give photography another shot; my best shot... But I started to think that there was no way I would be able to bounce back from this setback. Lucky for me, I have an amazing support system that wouldn't let me give up. I worked (tirelessly) on how to better my business; I signed up for workshops, online classes, and asked my fellow photographers for advice. I decided to re-brand.
On January 1, 2018, I launched my greatest achievement, "Sea You Smile Photography", in memory of my father (who passed away in 2015). Here I am, 2 years later; living out a dream that I never thought was possible! I'm still working towards my ultimate dream of being a full-time photographer, with my own studio; one day at a time.
My goal is to provide an experience that makes you feel comfortable and valued; without judgement! I want to get to know you, your family, your partner; and tell your story because I know it's a beautiful one.
“The comeback is greater than the setback.”
Mary Apfelbaum; 2/28/20
“Ashley was wonderful to work with!!! She did our in house newborn + family pictures. She was so flexible with times, great with our kids, patient and responsive. She made us feel at ease and was able to get some absolutely amazing photos! She delivered her beautiful work in a timely manner as well! Ashley is so passionate about what she does, she came back another time with special newborn accessories to shoot with :). We look forward to having her capture many more beautiful moments for us.”