Shelley and Jeff | Zoar Gardens Engagement Session | Canton, Ohio Wedding Photographer

Testing... testing... is this thing on?

It's been a little while.

Let's be real. It's been a LONG while. The reasons I've been neglecting the blog are long and boring and have mostly to do with a certain clingy 2-year-old so I'll spare you the details.

But I'm back! Shelley and Jeffrey's wedding last weekend (sneak peek here) inspired me to share some favorites from their engagement session last year. Full of shenanigans and laughter (spoiler: just like their wedding day), it's sessions like this one that make me so grateful to know wonderful humans like these.

So keep scrolling for flowy-floral-dress-golden-sun-unbridled-joy-filled photos!

 

Golden Hour First Birthday and Family Session | Canton, Ohio

It's been cold and rainy here for the past few days, so I'm warming up with a sun-drenched first birthday and family session from earlier this summer.


Have you ever met one of those families that just... radiate light? The kind that greet you with big hugs and treat everyone like one of the gang? That's the May family. They bring their friends, family and everyone they meet SO much joy and I was so honored to capture a little bit of that spark in some photos this summer.

Even if you don't know them, I think you'll feel a little bit of that love and joy when you look at these pictures. I know I do.

Detail Spotlight: Rings

"IT'S SO SHINY I'M GONNA DIE!!!!!!"

— Me, every time I see a new wedding ring.

Seriously. I love shooting rings. You know what I also love? When my couples have their rings together in one location when I get there so I can shoot them and check the ring shot off my list. HINT HINT. Take note, future brides ;)

From vintage stunners and colored stones to bling-y beauties and classic sets, here are some of my favorite ring shots!

 

Sippo Lake Park Family Photos | Canton, Ohio

Connecting with other photographers is one of my favorite things in the world. When one of those photographers becomes a dear friend? That's priceless to me.

I met Mindy through Facebook after I moved back to Canton and she was one of my very first photographer friends! Not only is she kind, encouraging, and down-to-earth, she's also a seriously talented photographer. Seriously. Check out her work.

Oh, and she has some incredibly cute kids. So when she asked for an updated family portrait to hang in her home, I jumped at the chance. Our session was quick, but awesome. They were expertly styled, the park was beautiful and we even got a little rainbow at the end. What more could you ask for?

From the Archives: Brandy and Justin | East Canton, Ohio Golf Club Wedding

One thing I love about being a photographer is getting to reconnect with childhood friends and being part of some of their most happy moments. Seeing people I've known since we were 6 having babies and getting married and rocking awesome careers is something I'll never get used to. I mean, we just graduated high school like what... 2, 3 years ago?!


Brandy and I went to elementary school together and grew up right down the road from each other. And a couple years ago she tied the knot with Justin in a supremely beautiful, love-filled day. There were happy tears, raucous laughter, two rockin' dresses and an incredible sunset to top it all off. I'm really excited to take a trip down memory lane and share some images from their wedding.

Brandy and Justin — doesn't it feel like this was just yesterday and a lifetime ago all at once?!

 

Ceremony: Indian Run Christian Church
Reception: The Quarry
Ceremony Music: Family
DJ: Pro Disc DJ Entertainment
Florist: Printz Florist
Cake: Cloud Nine Cupcakes
Catering: The Quarry
Makeup And Hair: Headliners, now Shine Salon & Spa
Bride's Dresses: Abbott's Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses: Abbott's Bridal
Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction

Wedding Planning: Do I Need a Second Shooter? | Canton, Ohio Wedding Photographer

This is one question I get a lot. Do I need a second shooter? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. It's a depends.

Second shooters are awesome and I do prefer working with one on your wedding day. But I understand being on a budget (I certainly have one!) and exploring all of your options. If you decide not to include a second shooter in your coverage, I still bring a non-shooting assistant because I need the extra set of hands.

So, in no particular order, here are some things to consider when making the second shooter decision.

  1. Guest Count
    Expecting 50-100? That's totally manageable for one photographer. Are you looking at 250+? That's a lot of people. And while I've certainly shot weddings of that size myself, having a second shooter to help photograph everything that's going on and capture as many guests as possible is vastly preferred.
     
  2. Timeline
    Super tight or room to breathe? If it's super tight, a second shooter and I can be two places at once. If I'm the only shooter present, you might have to make some sacrifices on what gets covered. Often this ends up meaning I'm with the bride getting ready and the guys are on their own. If your timeline is a little more spread out, that gives me more time to spend time with everybody getting ready, and to spend more time setting up and photographing details. But, more often than not, timelines aren't ideal and having a second shooter makes capturing every single detail a whole lot easier.
     
  3. Another Perspective
    You know that shot of the groom in tears as his bride walks down the aisle? Chances are that was shot by a second shooter. Most primary photographers are focused on the bride at that moment in the processional. But if you have a second shooter, you get both points of view. Plus, my second shooters are incredible, creative photographers in their own right. And while they shoot in similar styles to me (and I always edit all of the images so they stay consistent and cohesive), they bring a unique perspective to your wedding day, resulting in a wider variety of shots and angles.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and what works for your wedding day. I'll never pressure you to include a second shooter in your coverage and I'll be up front and honest about whether or not I think you HAVE to have one. I hope this helps! If you have more questions, I'm always happy to discuss second shooters further!

Here are some awesome images that my couples wouldn't have received if it wasn't for my equally awesome second shooters. 

 

 Photo Taken by  LovelyInk Creative  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by LovelyInk Creative for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

 Photo Taken by Lisa Lachmaier for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Lisa Lachmaier for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

 Photo Taken by  Mindy Leeders Photography  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Mindy Leeders Photography for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

 Photo Taken by  Jeremy Gruszewski  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Jeremy Gruszewski for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

 

 

 

On My Bed, In the Late Hours of the Night

I've mentioned this in my bio, but to give you more insight into my life, I'll elaborate: I'm a part-time photographer.

During the week I work as a writer. I love writing. And I love photographing people, too. Writing gives me a chance to flex my creative and problem-solving muscles in a totally different way than photography. Plus, I work with some really awesomely smart and inspiring people. I work with my friends. 

I also have a son, a husband, three cats and a dog.

So my day looks like this:

Wake up.
Get ready.
Drive to work.
Work. Work. Work.
Drive home.
Play.
Dinner.
Play. 
Hang out with Kyle.
Maybe laundry? Maybe dishes?
Bed time.

All of that gets me to here. To where and when I'm writing this right now. The late hours of the night with Henry curled up at my side and the dim glow from my laptop washing over his sweet little face. This is when I dream a little bigger. When I edit photos. When I schedule social posts and blog posts. When I update my website. When I upload galleries and order prints and design albums.

I could be sleeping. Or reading. Or watching Law & Order: SVU. So why do I do it? I like being busy. I like challenging myself. I like taking cool photos and helping people feel beautiful and happy and cool. I like knowing people are looking back at photos I took and remembering.

So I'll stay up late. Not every night. But a lot of nights. I'll keep writing and editing and pausing to watch Henry's round toddler belly rise and fall. Rise and fall.

But it's getting late and I should be getting to bed.

Goodnight, all.

Rachel and James | Canton, Ohio Sunset Maternity Session

This post is so very near and dear to my heart. Which is probably pretty obvious since I've posted about Rachel and these photos numerous times on my Facebook page, Instagram and my personal Facebook.

But I'm JUST SO EXCITED I can't stand it. When your best friend is having a baby it's like you're having a baby but without all the pain of childbirth and exhaustion of parenting a newborn. And I recently went through this with Henry and my heart is overflowing knowing the incredible journey Rachel and Jimmy are about to go on.

Instead of just gushing on and on about how Rachel is a beautiful majestic pregnant goddess (Jimmy is a handsome dad-to-be, too!), I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. 

 

Baby Nina, if you're reading this, your blog post is live so you can come any time now!

 

 

Floral Dress: Motherhood Maternity
Ivory Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories 

Morgan and Evan | Canton, Ohio Downtown and Lakeside Engagement Session

A gorgeous bride-to-be, a man in uniform, an adorable little boy, — these are the things engagement session dreams are made of.

Morgan and Evan's engagement session was effortless, fun and unique. We started out on a rooftop, adventured around downtown Canton, then made it to Sippo Lake Park just in time for the perfect sunset. Morgan, Evan and even little Ezra were complete naturals. You can feel so much chemistry, love and excitement radiating from these photos. Looking back on them to put this post together makes me so happy and excited to photograph their wedding this weekend.

Morgan and Evan — this is the week! I can't wait to see you Saturday!

 

Lauren and Brian | Canton, Ohio Hoover Hall Wedding

Last week I shared photos from Lauren and Brian's Sippo Lake engagement session. Today I'm sharing a handful (ok, like 20 handfuls) of favorites from their wedding day. 

Proof that high school sweethearts will always be a thing, Lauren and Brian's big day was a long time in the making. It might have been the day that it was made official, but these two families have blended seamlessly together from the beginning. I'm honored to have been part of the story and I can't wait to see what life has in store for two of my very favorite people. And to photograph it, too!

Lauren and Brian, I hope you're ready for some one-year anniversary photos later this year — because we're totally making that happen. 

 

Ceremony: Peace Lutheran Church
Reception: Hoover Hall
Florist: Perfect Petals By Michelle
Videographer: Photography By Kelly Ross
Cake: Litty's Cakes and Cookies
DJ: Russell Sound Lab
Makeup Artist: Gracie Cox at Scott Talbot Salonspa
Hair Stylist: Anne Saleh at Scott Talbot Salonspa
Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Renea's
Bridesmaid Dresses: Linde's Bridal

Lauren and Brian | Canton, Ohio Engagement Session

You'll recognize these two from their wedding photos I shared late last summer on Facebook. But today I'm going to back up a minute and share their engagement session.

Lauren is the little-sister-of-my-best-friend-turned-actual-friend. I had SO much fun helping her plan her wedding, making invitations and just hanging out. And bonus: I got to photograph her and Brian's gorgeous faces.   

We had a beautiful and warm summer evening for their engagement session. We started in their backyard and snapped a few quick photos with their adorable dogs, Copper and Kyrie. Then we ventured over to Sippo Lake Park just in time to catch a beautiful glowy, golden sunset.

Their wedding was equally beautiful, but I'll save that for another day. For now, enjoy the first chapter in Lauren and Brian's wedding story.

From the Archives: Meghan and Adam | Columbus Cultural Arts Center Wedding

MY FIRST WEDDING BLOG.

You might have noticed I foreshadowed it on Instagram earlier this week if you're following me there. And you'll see from the beautiful embroidery featured below that it took place almost 3 years ago.

I've been shooting (6 years) longer than I've been blogging (4 days), so I've got a lot of things I want to share. Enter the From the Archives series. In addition to sharing current work, I'll sprinkle in some of my greatest hits from the past. This way, I get to reminisce on some of my favorite times, and you get a first-hand look into how my style has evolved over the years. Win-win.

Now, on to the good stuff.


I met Meghan at my first big girl job at an ad agency in Columbus. We bonded over our mutual love of photography and when she approached me about shooting her wedding, I was so excited!

When I learned of the unique venue and non-traditional reception, I was downright thrilled.

Meghan and Adam, both Columbus artists, got married on the patio of the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and moved inside to host their combination reception and art show. They reached out to the local art community and had artists submit works inspired by love, marriage and commitment. The result is easily one of the most incredible and memorable wedding receptions I've ever had the pleasure of shooting. Add to that getting to walk around Columbus on a beautiful day for portraits and I was one happy photographer. 

Where are they now? Meghan and Adam just opened up their new gallery and studio space, Blockfort. I told you guys they were cool!

Meghan and Adam, I hope you're well! I can't wait to check out Blockfort next time I'm in Columbus!

PS: One last cool thing about this wedding — it was featured in 614 Magazine!

Number One

So, here we are. My first blog post. 

I've been putting this off for a long time. For a multitude of reasons. What will I say? Do I even have anything to say? Are my images good enough? Will people care? Do I have the time?

Well, the answers are: whatever I want, yes, yes, I hope so and no, but who does? 

Time is the tough one. I've never felt like there was enough time to blog. Yet I've always found the time to document other areas of my life, whether it be through cell phone photos, writing books or emails to myself, or even updating my resume. So, with much contemplation and planning, I've decided that this a journey worth documenting. Not only my own, but my clients (well friends... frients? Cliends?) have awesome stories worth sharing, too.

If you decide to stick with me, follow along or just check in periodically, you'll find my favorite images from weddings, portrait sessions and daily life. I also plan on sharing some tips and tricks, behind the scenes looks and maybe even some personal ramblings. If there's anything you want to see or that you've been wondering about, let me know and maybe it will show up here! I'm all about the team effort.

It's a step outside my comfort zone, but I think it will be fun!

 Blogs without photos are boring, so here's a personal one for ya.

Blogs without photos are boring, so here's a personal one for ya.

Sending my love,

Ashleigh