“Hire her. Seriously. You cannot do better for your wedding photos, especially because she has really reasonable packages for photos that match the work of wedding photographers costing twice as much. We could not have been more ecstatic with our experience hiring Ashley. We first came across her work on Style Me Pretty, and knew we wanted to have her do our wedding – her photos were colorful, and full of life and action (which was a nice change of pace from the also-lovely vintage style that is pretty big right now, in 2012). Working with Ashley was not only easy, but fun, and we really enjoyed both our engagement session (done at an old arcade and park up in Salem MA), and the time taken on our wedding day for photos (she came before the ceremony to do first look photos and wedding party photos, and hustled through our post-ceremony formals so we could get to the cocktail party). Impressively, we didn’t even notice Ashley taking photos most of the time, nor did our guests – she is so great at blending in and being unobtrusive while still capturing everything. However, most importantly, the photos were amazing. She has a masterful way of making the photos from our wedding look interesting without losing the fact that the photos were of us and our friends. Scheduling, payment and communication were all easy and painless, and frankly, for a top tier photographer, her prices were extremely reasonable. She also did a great job with our albums.
Overall, I can’t imagine having hired a better photographer, and I’m so glad that she was able to capture the memories from our wedding that we will have when everything else has faded. If we could give her more than 5 stars, we would.”
“Photography was super important to us in planning our wedding. After lots of research and after meeting one other really great photographer, we met Ashley. To echo the other reviewers, we loved her immediately! We came out of the meeting super excited and signed the contract that night I think. Hiring Ashley O’Dell photography was the best decision of the wedding planning process!
A few things that stand out about her and her work -
- She’s SO incredibly talented! And just plain awesome to work with!
- Having shot other weddings at our venue, she still found some amazing ways to capture our wedding in a unique way and to create images where you can really feel the energy of the day. We could not be happier with the collection of images. It’s so very cool to see them printed and to have these beautiful prints (including the ones of us, the city skyline shots, and other creative, interesting ones) hanging on the walls! Our walls are sort of covered in Ashley O’Dell originals.
- She was really organized and flexible and offered great suggestions. We talked ahead of time about the exact schedule and about any specific shots we wanted. The time before the wedding was mainly spent doing shots with just the 2 of us and we did some traditional formals with family as well. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera! A wedding guest even used a picture she caught of them for the image in their own save the dates!
- Engagement shoot – we hadn’t originally planned to do an engagement session, but since I don’t think of myself as photogenic, we decided to do it. And that was another great decision! It was so much fun and it’s nice to have some pictures of us in ‘regular clothes’ where we look amazing. And I didn’t have ‘crazy eyes’ at all! Again, she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and took super creative shots where we both look great!
I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience! so, just hire her!”
“We looked at TONS of photographers before we settled on Ashley. We live in Seattle but were getting married in New Hampshire. Although the options and choices widely vary, we settled on Ashley because we loved the work we saw on her web-site.
And as soon as we hired her, we knew we had made the right choice. She is organized and very responsive, and the distance between Seattle and the Boston area was not an issue! She is also a very outgoing friendly person, who makes you feel at ease on the phone, over email AND in person.
On the day of the wedding, she was amazingly poised and professional despite the craziness, and she managed to herd my family together to accomplish everything!
The best part was that the the end result was even better than we could have asked for. She not only captured the scenery of my parents’ New Hampshire home and beautiful shots of me and my husband, but she also was able to reflect the joy and excitement of ALL the guests at the wedding. Her photos are beautiful, and I’ve been told by several friends that her “highlights” slideshow moved them to tears.”
I can’t say enough great things about Ashley, and I am so pleased that we were able to work with her!”
“We wanted to work with Ashley within minutes of meeting her. She has a great personality and is professional without being overly serious or stuffy. Photographs are pricey, but the $$ spent was probably one of the best things we invested in for the wedding.
As part of our package, we were able to have a complimentary engagement session, which was quite helpful as it got us comfortable with being photographed, and also familiar with her style.
On the wedding day, as many folks have attested, there were times I had no idea she was even there, yet she managed to capture many subtle moments and details that I was so pleasantly surprised to see. When I was aware of her, it was never invasive. She puts people at ease and her photographs are stunning. I cannot tell you what a great investment we made – we have had so many compliments on our photos, I feel that the prices is worth its weight in, well, the photographs we will have forever!”
“As soon as we saw Ashley’s photos, we knew we wanted her to document our wedding. We couldn’t have been happier with Ashley and with our photos.
Ashley is very professional (despite the foot of snow we got that day, Ashley was on time) yet casual, which seems paradoxical, but is ideal for a wedding photographer. We had an intimate wedding with just with just 10 people and Ashley’s presence was comfortable and unobtrusive.
To top it off, Ashley was very quick in getting our photos to us and was incredibly easy to work with during the process.”
“Ashley is wonderful! Not only is she a great photographer, but she’s also tons of fun. Despite having met a number of photographers that impressed us very much, we walked out of our first meeting with Ashley knowing for sure that she was the one. Her professionalism has been outstanding: transparent and reasonable pricing, quick turnaround times for photos and rapid response to e-mails all set her apart from many other people we’ve done business with. Also, she was flexible, traveling out of town both for our engagement shoot and for our wedding. At the wedding, we never had to think about Ashley or her assistant; they blended in (and seemed to have a pretty good time) as they created a huge quantity of gorgeous and highly entertaining images. On top of that, whenever we needed last-minute advice on how to plan our wedding (or when to cut the cake once the reception was underway), Ashley was there with her wealth of experience. More important than anything, though, she’s a good time to hang out with. We had the good fortune of spending a lot of time with Ashley for an extended engagement shoot, and we had fun and got a beautiful guestbook out of it. We could not be more pleased with Ashley.”
“Without fail, every single person that has looked at our wedding album has asked about the photographer, a one Ms. Ashley O’Dell. She was one of my favorite parts of the wedding from start to finish. She listened to us, she fit right in with our friends and family at the wedding, and was so professional the entire time.
She shot the wedding exactly the way we wanted to capture it- in a low-key, laid-back and more-beautiful-than-actually-was-in-real-life kind of way. One of my friends said it well while looking at the album: “She captured MOMENTS…these aren’t just pictures of your wedding, these are moments from your wedding.”
As for nitty-gritty stuff, the day of, she was on time, well-prepared (for the hurricane weather that presented itself moments before the ceremony, amongst other things), and super-helpful. I was recently looking at a video of the ceremony someone took and I noticed Ashley a couple of times in the background…honestly, during the whole day, I barely noticed her taking pictures- she was surprisingly organic to the whole mix of the day as far as the wedding photographer goes. We were impressed.
Ashley goes beyond every expectation we could have had for a photographer. I cannot recommend her highly enough!”
“Ashley is one of the most awesome, talented photographers we came across in our VERY long search for the perfect wedding photographer. She’s extremely professional and very prompt in responding to emails. She got our full set of pictures up in less than 3 weeks and they were INCREDIBLE! Ashley loves working with creative brides and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an artistic, unique photographer. She was worth every penny we spend, plus many, many more.”
“Todd and I want to thank you for being our photographer! You were very easy to talk with and we liked your energy and walked away from that first meeting feeling confident that we had made the right decision. Four months later, on September 22, 2007 – you delivered the goods AND truly impressed us with your talent and artistic flair. Todd and I are extremely grateful that you were the photographer we chose! We are incredibly happy that we decided to make it all happen. The dollars that we spent on your talents were worth every penny. The memories that you were able to capture from our wedding day will last us, and our family and friends, a life time. Our friends and family still compliment us on our wedding photos. We will never forget your agility to roll around in the poison ivy covered grass to capture that perfect photo! You moved through the crowd unnoticed and we never really noticed you or your assistant lurking with your camera, yet we found us in so many wonderfully shot photos. How did you do that? My brother in law, who is a professional photographer in Los Angeles, said that you nailed it AND we agree whole heartily. Your photos were elegant, fun, candid, romantic and artistic but more importantly, you somehow managed to capture the true energy and essence of our wedding day through your lens, and that energy permeates each and every time we view our photos – Thank you for that gift! Thank you for all your hard work and focus! We can’t wait to have you photograph the next phase of our life – the pregnant belly and babies! We love you!”