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Our Chic of the Week is Ashley Ables from Photography by Ashley Ables.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Hello, fellow CC members and other readers! I am a photographer and mother (to one crazy toddler and, in four weeks, to a new baby girl!) in Greenville, South Carolina. I adore both of my "jobs". While my website is currently geared toward children and senior shooting, I love shooting couples, bridal portraits, and all kinds of other things. I'm enjoying the journey of experimentation to find what style of photography most speaks to my heart.

After working for an amazing local photographer for a few years, I launched Photography by Ashley Ables two years ago. I love owning my own business, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to get paid for my work while I continue to grow as a photographer. I have come a long way, but I love knowing that I still have so much to learn! I try, through Chic Critique and other avenues, to learn something new every day that makes me a better photographer. Thank you to all of you who contribute to that!

Image of the week:

Image stats:

This image was taken with a Nikon D200. I used a 50mm 1.4 lens at ISO 250, f/2.5, 1/2000. I did some editing in Camera RAW (mostly adjusting white balance and exposure) and finished in Photoshop CS4.

This was shot during the delicious golden hour before sunset, and the light was amazing. My client bought this photo session as a Christmas and birthday gift for his wife, and we had already rescheduled once because of poor weather/light on our original date. I was thrilled that we had such perfect light to work with, and even more thrilled with the fun connection between this couple. Soon after they got their images printed they found out they were pregnant, so I was grateful to have captured their early married days in such a lovely way for them to enjoy forever.

After sharing this image in the Chic Critique Forum, what critique did you find helpful?

I got lots of encouragement on this image (I'm sure you can find plenty of others of mine that got a longer list of critique!) but the best advice I got was to crop in a bit tighter and to clone out the dark trees. Due to a current house renovation, I haven't had time to make those changes and re-post the image, but I plan to! (Now you're distracted by the trees too, aren't you?)

Congratulations Ashley! You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!

Are you interested in being the Chic of the Week?  Just become a member of the forum, submit an image for peer critique and each week someone will be chosen and featured on the blog!



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