Artist Spotlight: Ashley Holstein / by Louis Holstein

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
— Dorothea Lange

My wife is a professional photographer. This is a statement I find myself saying often. Mostly because it is a true statement, but also because I just enjoy saying it. There are not more challenging decisions than the decision to jump into full time artistry. Ashley made the leap a little over a year and a half ago (three weeks later she would find she is pregnant with her first child). I suppose the point of that story is that there is never a "convenient" time to take the plunge, you just have to be willing to take the risk.

Her main focus is wedding and family lifestyle photography, but she can also be seen doing occasional engagement shoots, Senior pictures, and editorial work. Her mantra is wanting to create work that is timeless, and captures a moment that would be forgotten otherwise. 

What I love most about Ashley's work is that she captures people for who they are. She doesn't have this "preset" she applies to every picture to make them feel like a suburban neighborhood in the 90's. Each photo shoot, each moment, each person, is treated with supreme delicacy and care. She captures personality, quirks, heart, and emotion (this is no easy feat); this is true artistry. 

Ironically, what I love most about Ashley's work, is perhaps what people may not like about it. Her images are candid and lively, while others may prefer poses and everyone looking in the same direction. I just love that she captures real life in motion. The two year old may not always be looking, or maybe the beauty is in the tension just before the couple kisses. This is real life. 

See more of Ashley's work at here: ashleyholstein.com

(In other news, I cannot wait to share more about how I collaborated with Ashley Holstein Photography to create "Communitas: A Photographic Exploration on the power of Community and the Love that Holds it Together"... More details to come!)