Tell us abit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
AM : I have focused my business and client work around celebrating love in every way. I strive to document fleeting moments for my clients and tell their story so that they have something tangible to hang onto forever. I have been a Birth Photographer for over 4 years now, and the intimate & rawness of that work has slowly been integrating itself into all of my other sessions as well.
I am a mother of three, and three years ago I started documenting our own story as part of a 365 Project. As a photographer of almost 6 years now, I can truly say that every time I pick up my camera I am shooting what I love. Wether it be my own family, the anticipation of a mother and father about to welcome a new baby into the world, the fog of those first few weeks at home, or the beauty in your everyday with all of the people you love.
What about this session was most memorable?
AM: Vancouver Island, Canada is one of the most incredible places on this earth. We are blessed with the beauty of the Mountains, Ocean, Lakes and Rivers. This particular
stormy day the sky opened up for us and was spectacular. It was the perfect back drop for this glowing mamma, who actually ended up having her baby only a few days after these were taken.
Were there any hurdles?
AM : Not really…The ‘soon to be dad’ was a bit unsure, and didn’t like to be photographed. I find this with most men. I always assure them that all I require is that they love their wives and children, and that never seems to be an issue. It most definitely was not an issue in this session.
Your best photographer/session advice?
AM: Let them be. Couples always find a way to ‘puzzle’ in together. Let them find that first. Then I always ask them to breath together. It seems silly at first and most rush through it. But after a few minutes, they melt into each other with collective breaths and that’s where the magic happens.
What gear was used to achieve these?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV with a Sigma ART 35mm lens and a Canon 70-200mm
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Love and laughter comprise the primary subject matter for Vancouver Island-based birth and lifestyle photographer Ashley Marston. An award-winning Birth, Lifestyle & Documentary photographer (and busy mother of three), Marston strives for images that capture those two staples of family relationships, as well as the quiet moments that might otherwise go unseen. Always seeing life through a lens, Marston also photographs her own family daily, cherished images she shares on Social Media through her year-long A Daily Occurrence project. Whether the photographs capture moments with her family or a client, storytelling is the heart of all her work.”