Hi! We’re Ashley and David, and we’re SO happy you found us!
We’re a photography duo mostly based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our love of weddings takes us all over the country, which is kind of awesome! We LOVE photographing weddings and being a part of one of the most exciting days of your lives!
We’ve been documenting weddings and awesome couples in love since 2009, though our love of photography started way before that. We adore meeting new couples and creating awesome images together!
We would love to bring our experience and enthusiasm for capturing those special moments to your day!
David and I have been friends since junior high, but we didn’t come an official couple until our college years. We’ve been together for over a decade years now, and love working side by side.
When we’re not photographing fun wedding parties, you can find us traveling or exploring local boutiques, museums, and Thai restaurants…with the occasional Netflix binge, of course! (Is anyone else obsessed with Stranger Things?!)
Your Wedding Day Experience
We have a laid-back approach to photography and always want your experience with us to be a fun one. We live for genuine moments and like to think we have a knack for bringing these out of our couples. Basically – we never want you to look back on your photos and remember, ‘that’s when the photographer told us to…’ We want you to remember every emotion you felt that day – not the ones we tried to manufacture.
We offer collections for weddings, elopements, and individual sessions. Our collections always include the digital images from your wedding with a full print release. We also offer prints, canvases, guest books, albums and pretty much anything else you could want. So check our our info pages, catch our latest work on the blog, and if you like what you see…let’s chat! We’d love to buy you coffee and hear all about your story!
Why Our Couples Love Us
“Thank you guys so much for everything you did on the day of the wedding! Helping with dogs, toddlers, loading/unloading cars, carrying my dress, getting ceremony music on a CD, and just everything! You always said the right thing and it REALLY helped me get through that stressful day! I was on the edge of the crazy cliff and all it was going to take was a small breeze to push me over, but having you two there to help with things really helped keep me sane. All of the things like, “You guys look amazing! Your hair looks great! Everything is going to be fine! It’s going to be perfect! I love your earrings! Does this box of stuff need to go to the chapel? I’ll put it in the car! Did I mention how great you look?” …Seriously, it was like therapy, and we really could not have done it without you! And my family members all ADORE you, too! I mean, it was like having photographers/counselors/coordinators/personal assistants/babysitters/dog wranglers/extra family members there during the whole process.”
“You have an amazing knack for capturing the real us in photos!”
“We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding amazing! I still don’t know how you put up with all of my emails!!! I really feel like you guys have become great friends! We truly appreciate all of the hard work & planning you have put in to create life long memories for us through pictures. I know that you spent countless hours making ours beautiful. I can honestly say that I consider you friends and I am so glad that you were there to share in our special day. Thanks a million!”
Q&A with Ashley + David
I took my first photo when I was 5 years old. After days of pleading with my parents to let me use their camera, they finally gave in! My mom handed it to me and told me I was allowed to take ONE picture. In true fashion, I made my parents go outside and pose in a variety of ways before I was satisfied. And when I finally pressed that shutter? Hooked! Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed with photography for most of my life!
I adore being able to create beautiful portraits and tell stories with my camera that will be cherished for a lifetime. Cheesy? Maybe a little! But seriously – I feel super lucky to be able to share this passion with others.
Owner + Girl Boss! As the lead photographer, I’m usually the ‘face’ of Ashley + David Photography. I’ll be scheduling all of your shoots and coffee dates, handling all of the emails, and guiding you along the way. I’ll also be editing all of your photos and sending you sneak peeks along the way!
Best advice for couples currently planning their own weddings?
Hire someone you absolutely LOVE! This is one of the most beautiful days of your life – you can’t put a price on that! Find someone you click with and are excited to have capture your story.
Co-Owner・Second Shooter・Tech Guru
I’ll be tagging along to every shoot and session, capturing your day from an alternate perspective. I’m mostly behind the scenes – making sure the website is running smoothly, and culling + editing your photos to make them perfect.
If you could photograph any famous person, who would it be?
Bill Murray. Hanging out with him for a day seems like it would be a good time.
What gets you through editing/culling:
Music and comedy podcasts!
What advice do you have for couples planning their weddings?
Be present in each moment. Soak up all of the love and excitement of the day that you can, and don’t stress about the details. There are hiccups in every wedding, and that’s what your planner and photographer are there for…let them take care of you!
Also, decide on your cake and caterer last so you can make a few date nights of some delicious tastings! 🙂
Favorite activity for the rare weekend off?
I try to watch as much college football as possible. (Woo Pig!) Otherwise, I like to relax by cooking and going wherever Ashley drags me.