Ashley Wentz Photography
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Let me help preserve these fleeting moments and tell your baby's story while capturing such sweetness in a fresh, timeless way.  My style embraces the use of beautiful lighting and artistic composition to show off your naturally beautiful baby and family.    

 

Yes, that's me, my husband, and our sweet(often rowdy) boys!  My family is what drives me to capture and preserve memories, because as time passes photographs gain an immeasurable value and are our only link to look back on those fleeting moments.   Newborns and children are my favorite subjects to capture--I can't think of anything more special than a fresh, brand new baby.   My Studio Space is located in downtown Niles, Michigan, and I also travel for In-Home/On location sessions all over our Michiana Area.  And I'm also available for travel; recently I was flown to Florida to capture an amazing adoption journey (blog to come soon)!  I also love working with families because giving the gift of authentic, loving portraits to a mom is one of the best parts of my job.  I am part of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and have been inducted as a member to the NAPCP (National Associaton of Professional Child Photographers), and last year I was a finalist for their annual Best Emerging Child Photographer Competition. Being a part of professional associations helps me stay current and continue to further my education as a professional photographer.   Although it's no longer my primary career, I am also a long-time Registered Nurse, and most parents find this very comforting, because handling newborns and photographing them safely is second nature to me.   Safety should always be the first consideration when photographing newborns, always!  On occasion, I even notice things for parents to point out to their doctor or have given comfort to them regarding the status of what baby's umbilical cord/stump looks like.  I feel very fortunate to have worked in healthcare for so many years, but I am a creative at heart and THIS is my calling.

 It is never too early to schedule your newborn session; I accept a limited number of newborns to work with each month to have flexibility with due dates so often times my calendar does fill up.  Contact me using the button below so we can start planning your session.  Ask about my baby plan that covers timeless photos of your baby from Newborn through his/her 1st Birthday. 

 A few other random things about me:   I love ........statement rings and ALWAYS have one on my right hand, I was adopted as a newborn and I couldn't be more thankful for my parents, we have an absolutely crazy PUG that we love but I really am more of a CAT person, pizza can never have too much cheese, my favorite color is cobalt blue but my closet is 99% filled with black clothes, I don't believe in holding grudges, I teach my boys to hold the door for people in public at every opportunity, I like my coffee strong, I believe cupcakes are the most perfect food in every way (have you ever been to a "Sprinkles" bakery?! I am obsessed),  I once ran a half marathon around Mackinac Island, and also a sub 30, 5k at 24 weeks pregnant...now I just run after my little ones.  I do love sleep, but I am an early riser and like to accomplish most of my tasks by 7am.  "Those who rise early, own the day!"   When I practiced as a nurse, I specialized in managing and treating wounds.   If I could change one thing about my life, I would love to have a sister or brother, but I am thankful for the wonderful "sister friends" I have been given!   

A few other random things about me:   I love ........statement rings and ALWAYS have one on my right hand, I was adopted as a newborn and I couldn't be more thankful for my parents, we have an absolutely crazy PUG that we love but I really am more of a CAT person, pizza can never have too much cheese, my favorite color is cobalt blue but my closet is 99% filled with black clothes, I don't believe in holding grudges, I teach my boys to hold the door for people in public at every opportunity, I like my coffee strong, I believe cupcakes are the most perfect food in every way (have you ever been to a "Sprinkles" bakery?! I am obsessed),  I once ran a half marathon around Mackinac Island, and also a sub 30, 5k at 24 weeks pregnant...now I just run after my little ones.  I do love sleep, but I am an early riser and like to accomplish most of my tasks by 7am.  "Those who rise early, own the day!"   When I practiced as a nurse, I specialized in managing and treating wounds.   If I could change one thing about my life, I would love to have a sister or brother, but I am thankful for the wonderful "sister friends" I have been given!

 

 
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Find me on Instagram @ashleywentz_photog

 

My style can be characterized as vibrant, romantic, and timeless, and I strive to provide portraits that will withstand trends.  Therefore, I focus most on composition, correct lighting, and authenticity when capturing your photos.  I use my camera and equipment as tools to bring my artistic vision to life, and I'm thrilled anytime a client hires me with that in mind.  My Studio is located in Niles, Michigan or I am happy to meet at your location.  I serve all of the Michiana communities: St. Joseph, Buchanan, Berrien Springs, Niles, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Cassopolis, and in Indiana: Granger, Goshen, Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend.  I'm also available for travel.   Read some client praises here. 

2017 Best New Photographer Semifinalist 

Member, Professional Photographers of America