Ashley Ward Photography
Lifestyle and landscape photographer.
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I am so, so excited to share my first My Best Self Session with you! This session was such as blast to do, and Taylor was so much fun to do it with! It was freezing this day - like I'm talking that there was a warning the stay inside from the radio as a drove to this session - but the light was beautiful, the trees has a fresh blanket of snow on them, and Taylor was amazing. I don't think it could have been better. If you are thinking about booking one of these, or even just an individual portrait shoot - do it! There are so many amazing reasons to do it. You can use this session for headshots, for a branding session, for some updated pictures, or just for fun!
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Ashley, why do you post about your adventures and landscape photos on a portrait photography site? What cha doing there?
Maybe you've been thinking this question every time you see one of my adventure posts go up. At first glace, the only thing that seems to be related is that there's a camera involved in both, but there’s so much more!
I love photography. I first fell in love with portrait photography, and over the last year-ish, have fallen in love with landscape and adventure photography, too. At first, I thought the two of these things couldn’t be connected, that they were two separate fields of photography.
Recently I have realized that that is not even a little bit true. Through being inspired by some amazingly talented local photographers across our beautiful maritime provinces, I have come to realize that the two fields of photography mesh very comfortably together.
I have photographed wonderful, loving people and I have photographed beautiful, jaw-dropping landscapes. So, I thought: why shouldn’t I photograph those great people IN these stunning landscapes?
That is my very long winded way of saying that I write about my adventures on this site because I want to show all of you, potential, present, and past clients, what AMAZING locations New Brunswick, and the Maritimes in general, have to offer.
Whether you are looking for a portrait session in an amazing spot, or are just looking for somewhere cool to explore this weekend, that is why I am posting these. My ideal portrait session is with someone who loves being outside and exploring our great province as much as I do.
So, whether you are looking for a new spot to explore or are looking to make some great art with me, these adventure posts are for you :)
P.S. If you have a neat spot that you think I should check out, please let me know in the comments!
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Hey guys! I'm always on the lookout for new places to explore to share with you all, and the Sussex Bluffs are a place that I have been wanting to explore for forever. So, for our 4 year anniversary, Kyle and I grabbed Harper, got in the car, and headed to The Bluffs.
The directions to get to the trail can be found here: http://www.hikingnb.ca/Trails/FundyEast/Sussex/Bluffs.html
The trail itself was great. You can follow the edge of the mountain almost all of the way to the top which gives you fun little sneak peaks of what you will find at the top, which was gorgeous:
It was gorgeous, even on a dreary, overcast day. I would love to see it on a sunny day at sunset, so we'll be back.
This adventure was absolutely Harper approved, and she was voguing hard that day.
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If you are from the same area as I am, Southeastern New Brunswick, there is a good chance you have been to the Hopewell Rocks - probably in summer. I have been there in the summer so many times I've lost track. They are known around the world, and for good reason. They are incredible. They show the awesome power that the highest tides in the world hold. The tides have shaped these giant rocks into what they are. Unfortunately, year after year we see more of them crumbling. So, time may be ticking on being able to see them.
BUT until a few years ago, I had never been there in the winter. For our anniversary a few years ago, Kyle and I went snowshoeing down to the rocks. We have gone almost every winter since. We later discovered that you don't have to put in all the effort of snowshoeing down, you can drive almost right to them.
So a few month ago, we had some friends visiting from Switzerland, and we decided to take them. I mean, you've got to admit, it's pretty authentically New Brunswick: winter, rocks, and the Bay of Fundy.
So, here's something to add to your winter bucket list.
BUT keep in mind:
The main stairs are usually closed and pulled up to get down to the beach because of the ice that comes in with the tides. So, you probably have to find another way down unless you're far more talented and coordinated than I am. To the left of the main stairs, toward the lower parking lot, there is a smaller set of stairs with less of a drop. They are also pulled up, but the drop is much more manageable. I don't know if that's allowed (so shhhhh), and do so at your own risk ;).
Also, this is the home of the HIGHEST TIDES IN THE WORLD. Watch the tide chart, which you can find right here: http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/learning-centre/tide-tables
Once you're down there, also watch the tides because they come in quickly, and they cover the set of stairs we took first, so if you're not paying attention it's easy to get trapped. That's a big time no-no. We don't want that. It easy to forget about the time while you're down there looking at such an amazing piece of nature, but be safe!
As always, Harper came along. This is definitely a Harper approved outing :)
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Hey y’all, it’s been a bit, sorry about that. Life gets crazy, but no fear! We have been doing plenty of adventuring, so many more posts will follow! Also, I’ll make up for my absence with a puppy photo because that fixes everything, right?
This seems like a while ago now, but we went to Grand Manan back in late October. It was definitely the down season, but it was gorgeous and not crowded. You shouldn’t be surprised, we brought our dog Harper and she loved it.
We took a beautiful (and chilly) ferry ride to the island.
So, we stayed in the cutest little cottage with this killer view right on the Marsh:
It was an adorable, quirky cottage on the Castalia Marsh Retreat. Check them out. So much fun.
The numero uno spot I would recommend going is the Swallow Tail Lighthouse.
It is very close to the ferry terminal, and just a short walk to the lighthouse from the parking area. When we were there, we were all alone for the majority of our time there (but then again, it was almost winter on a summer vacation island).
Waaay down on the other side on the island (about a 20 minute drive) is Southwest Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse here is gorgeous, but just to the right is a stunning cliff view. You can walk along a trail through the tall grass, and I swear, the ocean breeze running through your hair mixed with that view will take away any of your stresses and clear your mind. It’s the best therapy. Kyle had to drag me away, god love him.
There is also, of course, Seal Cove, which I’ve been told is one of the most photographed places on the island, and man, I can see why. I mean, just look for yourself:
There is a beautiful beach just down the road a bit that has a TON of beach glass. So crafters, go here. and bring buckets. and buckets.
The famous Hole-in-the Wall was also on our bucket list, and of course we had to stop in here. Again, not far from the ferry terminal, and really just up the road from Swallow Tail. This was another gorgeous, rocky, cliff-side view that had me swooning (and so so happy for my newly upgraded camera gear).
Overall, Grand Manan is a MUST if you are in the area. It’s worth the ferry ride, and I can only imagine how much better it would be if you could swim at all of those beaches to top off the amazing views. This one will require a return trip from us, maybe in the warmer weather.
Here are a few other of my fav pictures from the trip:
Also, a Harper approved outing.