Headed into the weekend like, YAY! I LOVE YOU! LET'S GO! But seriously, one thing I truly hope for (and have prayed for) is that I get butterflies during every wedding I shoot because I'm reminded of my own love story. It means my love is still alive and that I'm watching a new chapter of someone else's unfold. My hope for my people is enduring, fearless, laugh-till-you-pee-your-pants, things-can't-get-weirder-or-more-fun-than-this, alive kind of love. So, raise your rosé (or, if you're like me, your pint o' Colorado craft beer) and cheers to the freakin' weekend, to SUMMER and to bein' ALIVE WITH THE GLORY OF LOVE! (
Spent my afternoon at the wonderful @letteredwest digs soaking in the loveliness and talent of the gal behind the press, @kwcarlin. I am amazed at the work and forethought that goes into letterpress, especially this ol' guy from 1896. He's a handsome beaut, ay?! My eyes swept across the studio in complete awe of the space, the machine, the process, the product and the artistry behind it all. Letterpress is next level stunning, and talk about timeless, heirloom, legacy. I mean wow. As Whitner mentioned to me today, there's just something really special to behold about this age-old craft in today's fast-paced, mass-produced digital world. Gosh, I can't wait to share more. (And Don't kill me, Whitner! This is the only one I snagged where you made an appearance! 😜)
THIS is Colorado. This past weekend, Thomas and I hit the road for a lil' adventure in the south central part of the state for a @hipcamp field scout assignment. We stayed at the base of Mt. Blanca hosted by @theoffgridhomestead and it was AWESOME exploring the area. One of our escapades included the nearby @greatsanddunesnps and all I could think of was bringing a couple down here for an epic shoot. Most of my images isolated the dunes and most of Thomas' included mountains, so it was fun to see how our minds work differently together. This one shows the vastness of the dunes, but hints at the incredible juxtaposition of those big ol' Rocky Mountains. Get outta here, right?! It reminded me of being in the Sahara...BUT at the base of the dunes, snow melt makes a creek April-June where #allthepeople come to cool off and where the kiddos and pups splash all day (Home on the Range, anyone?). So, OBVIOUSLY calling all adventurous couples--who wants to play?!?!! What's the coolest place you've ever visited in Colorful Colorado?
GUYZ. #TRUEBELIEVER over here!! Just got back my very first roll of manual film EVER from @thefindlab and I'm pumped that I've got some good stuff! I started back in March with @colleen_c_h and Michael during our ski trip. I took a few on my Papa's old Canon AE-1 with cheap drugstore #fujifilm superia 400 and the rest on my @fujifilmx_us #xpro2. I have 0 regrets and frankly, I'm so damn pumped I gave it a shot (literally) and finally sent the film off. In fact, I got the camera tuned up 3 years ago and picked it up on the day I quit my worst and last media job (sayin' see ya never, suckers). I just can't get over this and a few other gems from the roll. This is the beginning of a fresh new journey that's really just the continuation of a damn fine legacy. I could go on and on about legacy--the good and the bad. But it feels real good when ya just know it's all in the blood. I should probably write a blog about this 😂#firstrollchallenge
Every detail of Brett and Therese's wedding day was filled with intention [[and so much JOY]]. Here, Brett opted to wash his bride's feet instead of a traditional garter toss. And OBVI the light during the reception was COOL and so fun to play in!
So this is what I get to do now, play with fun people in my backyard on important days in front of majestic stuff. I'll take it! Also shooting alongside my faves @thescobeys is the best. Don't worry, Ash, I'm never leaving and I did move here just for you 😂😂
This is one of my fave photos lost in the Neverland of my iPhone storage. (I knew I shouldn't have agreed to the storage upgrade!) It was my last weekend in the good ol' home state of NC. I was in the middle of goodbyes and moving and shooting weddings. It was one of those (ten day) stretches where I just thought, If I can make it through this, I can make it through anything. But I made sure to take time to pause in my safe zone, my landing spot nestled in among the Spykermans in their lil' home in Dilworth. This place holds a heck of a lot of love and learning for me (and for a lot more besides me). We may or may not base most of our decisions--including the neighborhood we chose and the home we bought--off of all our many Spyker-lessons. In fact, this image could be made in my neighborhood right now! 🤗 Here, Kristen, 9, was circling the street telling me to hurry up! so we could hide from Liam during bike tag (their incredibly fun and original game). Kristen, don't worry, I'll come alongside you any day, my silly, goofy, determined, passionate lovebug💕
Yeahhhh, so I just moved. I'm inconsistent. I'd rather scroll than submit. And I've sorta definitely kinda absolutely beat myself up over social media inaction. But that's dumb. It's already a crazy, busy, sometimes stressful life--why in the world do we still tear ourselves apart over failures, real and perceived? Behind the scenes of this tech/social interface, I'm still working. On life, on marriage, on business, on a garden, on community, on a house, on networking, on everything. Sure, it may set me back on some followers, maybe some potential clients. But I'm here and I'm working and I'm trying to love my people on this side really, really well--regardless who sees it. And with that lil' personal bit, I'm thrilled that this lil' guy came in the mail and that a couple of you special people get a lil' surprise soon. How's that for lil' bitty love? (Cue Alan Jackson) BTW COLORADO PEOPLE AND LOVERS. There are some not so lil' mtns in our backyard. Who wants to play? Still have a couple adventure shoots and reduced weddings (think like $1k off 😳) to offer! Raise yo' hand or tag a friend. YOU might get yo self a lil' bitty surprise, too. #passportprogram
#repost of an epic photo in celebration of our epic love and epic adventures...every day of our lives. Three years ago today, we sealed the deal on the biggest, best, most wonderful, most epic adventure of all--marriage. Thomas, you're my best friend, my teammate, my person, my forever man. You're my pre-kids and my golden years. You're my calm and steady, you're the weirder to my weirdest. You're my home. And I won't get any snappier because I see you tomorrow and home together right where we're meant to be is just a few days away! Happy Anniversary to us!!
Good grief, it's been quite a stretch and I've been working my booty off behind the scenes--traveling, scheming, dreaming, painting, shooting, driving, toning (get ready, @_bridget_p, yours are all finished!), packing, cleaning, moving and drinking a whole lot of coffee because there's no time for sleeping (or posting). It's Cinco de Mayo and I had Thai takeout. There's a lot to love about this transition time, but daggum. Life is just better when we're together (in our new home, in our forever place). We were made for a lot of things and this is one of them. Can't wait to see my man soon! Also 5 days till our anniversary! 😍
I believe we've upped the ante, @lilliangraycharles 😏😆 Thanks for the feature, @kitandace! If you haven't visited the ATL storeroom, go! @kerryhays and her fab crew will hook you up with some fine and functional threads. #BIGFAN #TRUEBELIEVER Also, Denver bloggers and stylists, wanna play?! I'm itchin' to create some mile-high work. See ya at @ladyjonesdenver + @denverstylemagazine on Thursday night 😉😉
Hi! It’s a Good Friday to do a first #fridayintroductions and because I’m not a rule-follower, I’m mixin’ it up a bit with an adventure theme. 😉 I’m Ashton Songer Ferguson and I’m a people-smitten, world-traveling photographer with a knack for havin’ a blast. 1️⃣I’m an expert traveler. I’ve been to 36 states and 12 countries and counting. Travel and experiencing new places and cultures is where I thrive—mind, body and soul.🛫 2️⃣I lived and studied in Morocco in 2012 and regularly return to visit my sweet family there. I learned Moroccan Arabic when I moved to a village where I wouldn’t hear English for days and days.🇲🇦 3️⃣In 2016, I took a spontaneous 3-day trip to the Middle East where I photographed the Palestine Marathon for the Washington Post alongside my incredible journalist friend and fellow Tar Heel @jhkantor. We have a great story about leaving Israel and I have a menacing passport sticker to go with it. 🛂 4️⃣My husband and I embark on an epic backpacking trip every year. Our list so far: the Italian Dolomites on our honeymoon, the Canadian Rockies (Jasper and Banff) and Chilean Patagonia.🏔🏕🎒 5️⃣And in the spirit of travel and adventure, I’m MOVING!! To DENVER, COLORADO! After a heck of a lot of years of daydreamin’ and schemin’, Thomas and I are watching our longtime dream of heading west unfold. We both knew ages ago that our souls are meant for the Rocky Mountain air and all that it has to offer. That means Ashton Songer Photography is along for the glory ride, too! I’m pumped to announce a special treat for a few of my lucky future clients in Colorado👏🏽✨🦄💕: I’m gifting three adventure sessions and three reduced rate weddings to new Colorado-based clients! One wedding has already been swiped up, so only two weddings and three portraits left! Raise your hand if you wanna know more! 🙋🙋♂️Not in Colorado or not looking for couples portraits or wedding photography? Tag your friends who are—if you refer a client, there’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ in it for you, too.🍾🍻🎉🎁
Photography is for exploring.
Because it's your birthday, @dallas_watson55, and I'm reliving @frontierranch. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!! 😘😘😘
Best, best job. Today I got to photograph little Evan Reid, who is truly growing like a weed! I can't believe tomorrow is two weeks since I documented his debut! I've loved being able to build my business on incredible relationships and amazing moments. And I'm so thankful for my awesome clients who make it possible for me to journey through life with them, at every touch point of this adventurous life.