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  • About me!

    My name is Ashley Behrle and I am the owner of A Family Affair Photography. I am a wife, a mother, crafter, chocoholic, craft beer lover and photographer. I have an affinity for capturing important moments…even the mundane ones, because well, moments are just a fleeting snipit in time that will be forever lost. To me, a photograph is priceless.
    I started taking photos of friends and family as a "hobby". I am proud to say that after 6 years of this business, I have grown as a photographer and person. I have met some pretty cool people along the way and have built friendships that will be life lasting. I owe everything, and I mean everything to God's grace. He has opened doors for me that I never thought were possible for my life.
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and look at my work. I hope to not only share people's photos and memories, but an insight into my life as a mom, wife and photographer.

Ahhh where do I begin?!

So Elisha messaged me over 3 years ago to take 1 year photos of her daughter. We did them and soon after we became friends on Facebook. Over the next couple of years I watched Elisha post about a business called itWorks. I was already a user of their all natural products, loved the results I got from the skinny wraps and that was that. Thennnnn December of 2013 I decided I needed a serious change in our lifestyle. I had just had Sawyer and needed to place an order for some products to help me lose the rest of my baby weight. I was *miserable*. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been and hated looking in the mirror. I contacted Elisha on Facebook and told her I needed to place my order. Some how(in Elisha form) I ended setting up a meeting with her to discuss the financial/business side of itWorks. Not really my intention but the more I thought about her posts, how much fun she was having with this business and what it was doing for her financially, I decided to meet her. Annnnnd I left our meeting a Distributor. I had built THIS business from nothing and knew I could do it with itWorks just the same. Their business model was legit, people were getting out of debt and I thought it was a great way to pay off student loans and take a few extra vacations a year!

Over this last year, Elisha and I have grown extremely close. She is one my closest friends, one of my biggest supporters and genuinely wants me to succeed in life. Our relationship is carefree and easy…I can be myself around her, cry on her shoulder when needed and know I can text her at any point with my nonsense. She is a “drop everything” for you kind of friend. She is selfless, laid back, is an inspiration to so many and has an impeccable sense of style 😉 Simply put, Elisha is amazing!

I absolutely love love love her little family. Tyson, Ally and Kan-Man are Elisha’s world. Their family dynamic is fun, sweet and full of so much love. I am blessed to be a part of their lives in a way that’s more than their photographer and business partner, I get to be their friend too. I have told her tons of times but God really does put people in your life for a reason and I’m so glad He put them in ours! My photography brought us together, itWorks brought us closer:)

It was time for a family session and this time we wanted to do something colorful and fun. I helped with their outfits(as I do with many of my clients!) and we wanted a location to match. We decided on downtown. It was colorful, unique and just what Elisha had envisioned. We also needed to update her head shots for her business so you’ll see those below as well 😉 I’m in love with how they turned out!

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I had the pleasure of photographing this family last Spring. They had just moved to STL and I was honored they chose me!! So when they contacted me to photograph their sweet new baby girl you can just imagine how happy this made me! Evie was so so SO good during our lifestyle/semi posed session. All I brought was a rug and a few simple props that would coordinate with her nursery. It was imperative to get some big sister/little sister shots and Big Sis Maya nailed it! We got some adorable family photos/parents shots too- I call this session a win:)Thank you again for choosing me to photograph this time of your life!!

 

xoxo,

Ashley

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I cannot wait to share this birth story with you! I think I may say this every time I blog a birth but they really are my most favorite thing to photograph. I love the emotion, the complete and utter rawness and the STORY that unfolds. The anticipation, the waiting, then the main event which is just so….unlike anything else in this world. Then the after…the crying, the facial expressions between husband and wife…then the family rush comes in. The pure excitement is just the best thing to witness and I get to be a fly on the wall for all of it! Ugh! Just love it so much.

You know what has never happened before? Walking into a birth without meeting the couple. That is trust right there and thank you Michelle for TRUSTING me to do this! It means way more to me than you know.

Some of my favorite moments of this birth were when Michelle was writing her letter to Ryker, that Michelle wanted to watch Dexter, Season 1, during her labor, Chad goofing around to distract Michelle and when Ryker was put on to Michelle’s chest and Chad’s expression in the background during all of this.  I could literally go on about every picture, in detail, that I am posting for this blog post. But I’ll let this story and their bond speak for itself.

xoxo.

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