I'm Caryn and I am so glad you're here.
I am a wife, momma, Great Lakes wanderer, believer, photographer and obsessive planner. I am so grateful you are considering me to help document life with your family. I know, as your photographer, you are allowing me to share in life's most special moments with your favorite people- so let's get acquainted!
When I was younger and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was always the same- a photographer. I started photographing with my family’s camera as a child and received my own camera at the age of 12. From there I worked in a studio, shadowed other photographers, studied photography in college and officially launched Caryn Ashley Photography in 2011. I absolutely love what I do and consider myself blessed to work at my dream job every day.
I am married to my perfect other half, Ted. We celebrated our wedding in 2013 in Northern Michigan and have lived in MetroDetroit ever since. We love exploring together, sipping coffee with a beautiful view, and spending time with our family and friends. Ted and I work together capturing wedding days. We love celebrating marriage with couples and working together as a team.
The greatest joy of our lives is parenting our three kiddos- Leland, Royce and Colette. The boys are crazy about anything that scoots, slides or rides and Colette is crazy about watching her constantly moving brothers. These three are curious, full or energy and keep us on our toes! Our house is hardly quiet and we are leaning into the wild and crazy of this season of life!
As a photographer I know I am so blessed to share in the special moments of your life. I am grateful for your willingness to let me into your family, if for an hour during a family photo session in the park or on the day you marry the love of your life. You will most certainly find me playing peek-a-boo with your babe, talking sports with your graduating senior, and I will apologize in advance for my baby voice, but I promise it always gets the tiniest member of your family to belly laugh!
My goal is to provide images that capture not only time and place, but most importantly emotions. My hope is to blend into the canvas of your family and become an essential part of all your family’s most important events and milestones.
I will coach you through all of our session so that you feel confident in front of the camera. Giving you playful cues for interacting and moving with your loved ones allows us to capture those genuine smiles together. You will receive a mix of playful and posed images from your session.
My job at your wedding is to be both a photographer and a coordinator. To help keep your day moving along the timeline we create together and then to blend seamlessly into that day. My goal is to allow you to be fully involved in making memories on your wedding and then to capture those memories. The big ones from walking down the aisle, to your first dance, and all of the little (yet unforgettable) moments in-between.
A little warning- there is one thing you should know about me. I cry at weddings. Yup, all of them! Not a sob, make a scene cry, just a few glistening tears cry. I think weddings are the most cherished day of your life. The moment you commit to spend your life with the person of your dreams, and then you shout it from the rooftops that you found your person, and then get to celebrate with everyone you hold most dear. Oh goodness- I love it!
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Let's Capture Your Adventure!
I would love to capture memories with your family. Let’s see what type of session makes sense for your needs and schedule a shoot together!