I am very proud and excited to announce this new business venture of mine. I have spent the last 2 years dreaming of this day.
When I first opened that “fancy camera” on Christmas Day of 2012, I knew I was hooked. For years, I had admired professional photographs and had attempted to create those type of images with my point and shoot. It always failed. I decided that if I had a “fancy camera” that maybe I could get that look I was going for (you know, with the blurry background). I planted the idea into my husband and my mom’s heads that a DSLR camera (I finally learned the name of it) was the ONLY thing I wanted for Christmas. I didn’t care if I got anything else. That first night, after I opened it, I turned my new camera to “Auto” and snapped away. I was already impressed. But over the next week, as I continued to use my new appendage, I realized “Auto” was not doing the trick. Why were my images still turning out blurry and dark? Why couldn’t I get that beautiful blurred background I admired so much? So, I turned to the internet. I read everything I could about photography, turned that dial to “Manual” and never looked back. Here are some of my first photos taken in manual.
I had a blast playing with my camera and trying to get those magical images of my toddler that I wanted. I could slowly see improvement. When my little sister graduated in May of 2013, she decided she was going to save my parents some money and take her senior pictures herself. She recruited her best friend to do her pictures on her phone. On her phone! Her senior portraits! The one that would hang next to her siblings’ own senior (professional) portraits for years to come! I couldn’t let her do that. Wait, I had a nice camera, maybe I could take the photos for her? I ran the idea past her and she was all for it! And so became my love affair of taking images for other people. How did those senior portraits turn out? Better than they would have if she would have taken them on her phone, but not great. I knew I had so much more to learn.
From that moment on, everything I did involving photography, was working toward this moment. This dream I had to start my own business and take photographs for other people. I am so excited to see this dream come to fruition. Is it more involved than I thought? Absolutely! Who would have thought that there is more to a photography business than just taking pictures? 🙂 But, I am loving every minute of every aspect of this business thing and hope to learn much more in the months and years to come. I am eager to get this business of mine off the ground. There have been countless hours of my time spent learning everything I possibly could about photography and business. I read everything I could get my hands on, I studied hard with every class I took, I even did a mentorship session with a local photographer (Hi, Brea!). And, of course, I took an endless number of photographs (thank goodness for digital!) . With every image I took, I could see myself slowly start to improve. I could see myself finally capturing those memories beautifully. I want to thank all the family members and friends that have let me capture them with my camera. Who have put up with my not having a clue what I was doing and using them as guinea pigs. They are the reason I am able to feel confident in my ability to now capture images for my clients.
I am delighted to announce the launch of Ashley Sasak Photography. I vow to do my best to create and capture the memories that you want to remember about you and your family. I want to tell your story.