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Sarah + Chad

Venue: Beaux Eden Plantation 

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Not only were Sarah & Chad getting married, they were joining families!

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This family is so fun and goofy! I love it!!!

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These two keep each other laughing (and me the entire time haha!)!

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We went back to the same spot they got engaged!

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Shout out to Chad for making that awesome boutonniere!

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The pastor introduced the whole “Sullivan Family”! It was such a sweet moment!

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Y’all were so much fun! Thank you for letting me photograph your amazing day! Congrats y’all!

10 Years of Weddings

There have been so many emotions going through my head the last couple of days. I may or may not feel like crying as I type this. Today marks 10 years since I attended/photographed a wedding with my old boss Joe DeGrandis & his assistant Shelly Watson. That is a really big deal to me. I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude to the Lord for allowing this, gratitude to the people who have believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Here is a little bit of my journey through the years…

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I was a weirdo 19 year old girl working at the photo lab at Wal-Mart with a dream of becoming a wedding photographer. I had decided that was what I wanted to do when I was 16 years old.

ashahphotography_4608I ended up meeting Joe DeGrandis (Milledgeville’s finest photographer) when he was picking up photos at Wal-Mart. He asked me to go to a wedding with him and his assistant Shelly. He said he wouldn’t pay me for the first wedding just so he could see what I could do. I had NO clue what I was doing so I just watched them, asked questions and attempted to take some photos with my Nikon D70 & pop up flash. After the wedding Joe used one of my images on his blog. That really encouraged me & I’ve been hooked ever since. Haha! Joe continued to train me and then hired Shelly & I out together to photograph weddings on our own. We got a LOT of experience though that. It was pretty hilarious because brides & grooms would freak out a little bit when we showed up at weddings because we looked even younger than we were.

Left – Me and Joe in 2007 & Right – 2014 – Yep! We still hang out. He’s the best!

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I actually saved the program from that first wedding.

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A little over a year later (March 25, 2006) I photographed my first wedding on my own for a friend. I wasn’t actually supposed to but the person that was helping me got sick at the last minute. I freaked out and told Elizabeth(the bride). She actually gave me a pep talk & said she knew I could do it. I was terrified but it all worked out. Thanks for that Elizabeth!!!

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About a year later (2007) I started my own business, Ashah Photography. I went full time in 2010 and have enjoyed it so much. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph weddings all over the United States & meet tons of awesome couples.
I am so grateful. First and foremost I thank my Savior. Without His grace & mercy, none of this would have happened. I’ve had so much fun. I also want to thank all of you who have believed, encouraged & taught me over the years.
Thanks for reading a little bit of my story.
To God be the glory,
Ashah
  • March 12, 2015 - 11:07 pm

    Trisha Kumiko McDuffie - Ashah your talent shines with God’s love in each photo. I was Joe’s assistant in 1986 and I cherish every moment that I spent with him. In many conversations that I have shared with Joe over the last few years, he has praised you and your artistry. Thank you for making such loving memories for the community and for all of the families that you have graced by capturing their love in portraits. You are a master kodachrome architect ☆

  • March 13, 2015 - 1:44 am

    Tracy Garner Lashley - Ashah I am so proud of you and proud to say “I knew you when.. ” you are beautiful and talented beyond measure. I enjoy watching you grow in your talent and live to watch how Hod blesses you.