50 THINGS ABOUT ASHLEY

Eekkk! This is my first blog post about myself. I've been meaning to write this since well . . last January when I started my business, but I just kept putting it off.

I complete many creative workshops, listen to entrepreneur podcasts (such as Being Boss) and read dozens of photography blogs. Basically the first key of having a successful business is to identify your ideal client. It's no surprise my "ideal" client is basically myself. Ha!

photo credit: Emily Steffen

photo credit: Emily Steffen

So, this blog post is for those of you who already know me (thanks for reading Mom!) and for those lovely ladies and gents trying to get to know me better. If the list below sounds a lot like yourself — let's connect so I can create beautiful photographs for you!

photo credit: Emily Steffen

photo credit: Emily Steffen

  1. I drink black coffee (my tea is plain too)
  2. I shower at night (I don't understand why people showering in the morning)
  3. I currently snowboard at Granite Peak in Wausau, Wi but really want to try skiing
  4. I love dogs (hope to get a German Shorthair Pointer soon)
  5. red and black checkered flannels are the best thing ever created
  6. I'm still driving the first car I've ever owned (a 2005 Saturn Ion)
  7. favorite movies are the new Daniel Craig Bond movies
  8. mac & cheese and raw cookie dough are my go-to comfort foods  (shout-out to my girl Hilary!)
  9. hard liquor . . . tequila
  10. beer . . . Spotted Cow
  11. wine . . . merlot
  12. I actually don't drink THAT much 
  13. I ran a 2 hour 15 minute half-marathon in 2011 without training . . . like at all
  14. hope to run the Chicago marathon someday
  15. I drive 40-minutes to my full-time, day job (but I don't mind because I listen to the following podcasts: Serial, Dave Ramsey, Being Boss, Mind Body Musings)
  16. April Violet is my badass mentor (I wouldn't be where I am without her)
  17. my friends call me "Lady"
  18. it's not uncommon for me to experience a blonde moment
  19. I'm a cradle Catholic and frequently pray to the saints (i.e. - Saint Anthony the Patron of Lost Things)
  20. I did not have the typical sorority-girl-lots-of-friends-and-parties college experience
  21. I'm an introvert
  22. my goal in life is to acknowledge, respect and enjoy the little things . . . such as reading a book, cooking dinner or going for a walk in the woods
  23. Waylon Jennings is the best road trip music for those weekends up north
  24. I'm new (and loving) crossfit
  25. I've never met another adult with smaller hands than myself
  26. I practice Ayurveda 
  27. clearly from the above, I've been a yogi for many years and hope to become a certified teacher one day
  28. I would love to have a large vegetable garden sooner-rather-than-later
  29. I try to eat Paleo 80% of the time
  30. I tend to have expensive taste (i.e. - interior design, clothing, hobbies, etc.)
  31. my favorite stores are: Gap, J. Crew, Great Lakes, Lululemon, Tess + Tricia, Madwell and Sorel
  32. my boyfriend is the best thing that's ever happened to me
  33. if I could turn-back time, I'd go to school for holistic medicine and nutrition
  34. I've lived in Minneapolis and Madison but moved back to the central Wisconsin
  35. I'm horrible at canoeing (ask my boyfriend about our Boundary Waters trip)
  36. if I could describe myself in one word it would be "creativepreneur"
  37. I'm a clean-freak 
  38. a great Friday night consists of a bottle of wine, Netflix and organizing the house
  39. remember Bob Saget from Full House? Yes, I vacuum the vacuum. 
  40. my dream house is a fixer upper in the country with horses and chickens
  41. my parents are awesome and irreplaceable 
  42. I'm a perfectionist and a Virgo
  43. I love to nap
  44. the absolute perfect day would look like: cook a healthy breakfast with a freshly ground cup of joe, walk the dog, work on my photography business for a couple of hours, Bikram yoga, bubble bath, nap, cook dinner with veggies from the garden, glass of merlot and Netflix
  45. my eyes always give-away what I'm really thinking
  46. I love all food — except english muffins
  47. I'm loyal to my family to a fault (Yes, all of the goonies including my immediate, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephew, and in-laws. I hope they don't ask me to jump off a bridge because I would.)
  48. my favorite photographers are Sally Mann and Annie Leibovitz
  49. I will always choose pen + paper verses completing something digitally
  50. my goal for 2016 is to learn calligraphy