Big news and changes for Ashley Warren Studios – Birmingham Photographer

Ok, so I have been putting off this announcement for a while, but I feel it is time. As of next summer, I will no longer be photographing weddings. EEK! I know, I know! I have been dragging my feet because I didn’t want my current brides to somehow get the idea that I was jumping ship or that my heart isn’t fully in it. THAT IS SO NOT THE CASE! I LOVE shooting weddings! I receive so much joy getting to know my brides and grooms and sharing in their special day! I am fully committed and involved in creating timeless beautiful images for the couples I have on the books in the upcoming year. PLEASE know this!

There are a number of reasons that I will no longer be doing weddings, but the biggest is my family. As some of you know, my husband is in the Air National Guard. He deploys quite a bit and definitely doesn’t have the job where he can reschedule if I need him. More often than we would like, I am playing single mom to the boys. My oldest started “big school” this year and my youngest will be starting next fall. I got a very sudden reality check with our first year of “big school.” I never see my son! He is gone all week and all I have are the weekends. Throw in a ballgame, practice, church, etc. and you are toast! I am just NOT ok with not being there for them on the weekends or telling them that they will have to miss this or that because I have a wedding. So with hubby’s crazy schedule and deployments, I really need more flexibility and my Saturdays back.

I still may do a wedding here and there for a friend or family member, but I will not be marketing myself as a wedding photographer or have a web presence as such. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, this I what I truly believe is right for me, my business and my family.

I thank all my past and future clients for trusting their most important day to me. I value that trust like you could never know. It makes me so happy to be able to document such a special time in people’s lives. Thank you all!

Heather Odom - July 26, 2010 - 5:00 pm

I know you must have put a lot of prayer and thought into this decision. I understand completely!! It’s for those same exact reasons (except the deployment part) that I don’t book a lot during ball season. It’s one thing that our entire family LOVES and enjoys together and I made the decision I just couldn’t miss seeing them play. We only have our children at this age for a little while!! Proud for you!!

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