I'm Ashley! I live in Somerville with my husband, Chris (and our cats, Oreo & Boots). Chris and I have been together for 11 years and just got married in April, 2019!
I'm a full-time nanny and I work my business on the side. I take care of 1-year-old twin boys in Boston. We're quite busy, but like to explore the area in new ways, when time allows! I've watched these two boys grow for the last several of months, and I can honestly say that I'm so blessed to be a part of their life. I love watching them grow - their lives mean a great deal of value to mine. Needless to say, between them and photography, I really have the best jobs!
I've been a photographer for 10 years. I photograph a little bit of everything, but candids are my favorite, because they tell a story (and the feeling is genuine, not staged). I have also started to become really passionate about Boudoir Photography (which can be found here). Curious what to expect in a session with me? Read all about the experience here.
- I have 10+ tattoos.
- Coffee gives me life.
- My favorite wild animal is a monkey.
- I have 3 siblings (2 of which I found out about a few years ago).
- I listen to pop, country, rap, and acoustic music.
- My happy place is the ocean, where I can listen to the waves.
- I'm a cat-lover; we rescued 2 but if it were up to me, we'd have like 4!
What is the meaning behind the name sea you smile?
My dad loved to fish. He would take me and my mom to Castle Island, in Boston, all of the time. I still remember our weekly fishing trips (just me and him). I'd help my dad put the bait on the rod, throw the line and impatiently wait (I mean, I was a kid, ha). When I caught my first fish, I was pretty young (maybe 6) and I still remember the joy it brought to my dad's face... he was so proud.
My dad spent all of his extra time seaside, which is why I chose "SEA" as opposed to "see". As for the smile part, I wanted to let clients know that capturing smiles is what brings me joy, just like fishing brought joy to my dad's life.
How did you come up with the name?
I was actually scrolling through "nautical business name lists" and came across fishing boat names. "See Me Smile" was one of the options, and I knew that was I wanted to re-brand as, only with a bit of my own twist.
How do you cope with depression?
Simple. Photography, Nannying and an (excellent) Support System!
I love capturing memories that people can cherish daily. Seeing the joy on people's faces when I capture their most precious candid moments, is the reason I do this. Even on my worst days, a session with a client always puts me in a better mood. Don't get me wrong, I still have my days when I feel like my world is caving in, but I know my dad would want me to push forward, and that keeps me going. On the flip side, there's a special joy to watching a child grow and having an impact on how they grow. I love being a mentor, a teacher and generally someone child will look up to when they need to make a tough choice. Children were my first passion, and will always be, but photography is a close second.
Plus, now I live to make him (and my mom) proud. I know he's looking down on me saying "that's my girl" <3
Do you struggle from depression and need someone to listen? Let's be friends :)
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