30 Days till 30

So today is my birthday. My 30th Birthday to be exact. And I would like to say I will miss my 20’s but I am quite relieved they are over. I learned a lot over this decade, with heartbreak, loss of friends and family, divorce, bankruptcy, losing myself, rebuilding, creating art, and making a business. My 20’s have not been an easy go but it has built the foundation of finding out who I am and who I want to become. A lot of my skeletons, have long since wasted away, and no longer chain me to that closet door. I have really came to understand the beauty of growing up. Not only do you bloom in to the person you are meant to be but you are challenged to truly appreciate that growth.

I used to live in regrets, anger, and sadness. Now a-days, I feel fulfilled, loved, and grateful. If it wasn’t for all the pain, I don’t think I would truly be thankful for the happy moments. I realize even with all the hurt, and sadness, that it doesn’t make me a person unworthy of love. But I also understand that I cannot have love without giving love to myself. I spent last year, taking care of others and their happiness on my birthday, which was gratifying but it didn’t help me take better care of myself. So this year, I decided to challenge myself. And do the things that scared me. I decided to spend 30 days till my 30th doing things for the person I spend most of my days with. ME.

 

Self-care is very vital key to happiness and so many people, get in a funk thinking how selfish blah blah blah. But look at this have you ever met a person who is truly living their best life and not taking care of themselves? No? Didn’t think so. In order to properly love and care for others you must first take care of yourself.

So let me take you on this journey of self discovery.

My 1st day.

I need a vacation: I travel a lot but it’s always for work. Or I end up in front of a computer editing the whole damn time. I needed a break from electronics, the social media ladder, and plugging in to the matrix.

So I scheduled a mid-week break. I took my pups and my Friend Nichole to Asheville,NC to a litte airbnb tiny house perched up on a mountain. No cell service, cooked in the tiny kitchen, watched the sun-rise with Leo, hiked with the pups, it was a well needed detox and it made me realize how much of our society runs on internet validation. I am super guilty of it. But it was nice to be in moment for the actual moment and not for the likes I’ll receive on the picture later.

My 2nd day.

I haven’t been feeling very good about my body lately I have had health issues and the stress of running a business also puts a strain on you, so I wanted to get in touch with how beautiful I am, so I scheduled a photoshoot with one of my favorite photographers Marie Killen. She was down in Greensboro so I trekked it on down, to check her out and we had a blast! And the pictures look killer, I was like DAMN I look better at 30 than I did at 20. 

3-15 Days.

I work 24/7 being self employed, I always feel guilty hanging with friends when I have work to get done. So I made an effort to make time in my schedule to ACTUALLY hang with friends instead of stating “I’m busy”. It was nice went to concert with my girl Liz, went to see Arctic Monkeys with my QOTSA crew buddies, went to a couple friends house for hang sessions, visited my little nieces in Hampton, had breakfast with the Godfrey’s, and it was great. I think as adults we forget what it feels like to actually have down time and kinda lose ourselves in work and paying bills, but MAKE TIME for your FRIENDS. Even if it’s just an hour lunch! PUT THAT PHONE DOWN. Look at them, catch up on life, it’s awesome to be able to share that real connection, don’t take it for granted.

Day 16

My friend Joey McIntosh is a badass illustrator and Artist. I commissioned him to draw Me and my pups, as Peresphone and Cerebrus, and it is awesome. It will be tattooed on my body one day lol.

Day 17-30

I have been having health issues, and trouble keeping a normal weight, my weight fluctuates about 30-60lbs yearly. Which isn’t good, so I decided to try and research some healthy options to get my weight under control and take back control of my body.

So I started a program with Renew health and wellness. To help get my weight and metabolism in order.

I also started an awesome workout regimen with Dave Robinson of Get Strapped! He has this awesome app, for accountability, and does weekly group workouts in beautiful places around Richmond.

I also have been more embracing my sexy since it is what I do for a living 😉 So I started taking pole classes at Butter and Filth. Let me tell you, Nia and Heather are AMAZING, and they welcome everyone and help you find that inner sexy bitch. I highly recommend them!

I also did a cupping Session with Miss Alyssa at Mint Day Spa Boutique. Get that blood flowing!

Day 30

Today. I am opening pre-orders for MY FIRST BOOK. YES, I am publishing a book. It is a poetry and photography project I have been working on for 5 years. I started it in 2011 and now it is finished. We had a successful show for it in January and now I am bringing for everyone to see! RVA Mag did an awesome write up on the show you can read about it here.

And if you would like to pre-order the book click here.

 

So in turn doing all these things for myself, did it stop me from getting work done? NOPE. Did it make people hate me? NOPE. Did it create chaos and upset the balance of power? NOPE (Mercury in Retrograde does that lol)

So why aren’t you doing more for you? NO excuse do it. Don’t put it off another day, this is YOUR LIFE, start living it and you will start loving it.

Now I am going to get back to work! <3 Love you guys! Thanks for being on this crazy ride with me!

30 here I come.

-Ash Mari whatever my name is lol

We’re Changing our Name!

As some of you awesome people that follow our Facebook page already have seen is that we are changing our NAME! Yes! We have been under Sound Snap Photography for about 3 years now but now we will be diminishing the Pink name and switching everything over to Sound Snap.

This will be Sound Snap Boudoir! But you will still be able to use Pink links to get to us so don’t distress! This is for the good with fully embracing the Sound Snap brand we will be able to bring you more amazing products, services, and a moodier more sultry vibe.

Also ANOTHER STUDIO LOCATION! Yes. We are going national kids! How awesome is that?! We will be opening a studio space sometime next year in JOSHUA TREE CALIFORNIA! For our Virginia Clients don’t stress! We will be here for you guys! But we will also be traveling to locations and doing destination boudoir sessions! A lot of big changes but all of them are good!

We are excited for our rebrand and to make this cross country journey! It will be a blast! The one things that won’t is YOU, we love creating beautiful images, empowering our clients and giving you the experience of a LIFETIME! So Thank you for going on this next leg of our journey with us! It can only get better from here!

Pool Boudoir Sessions- HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH TO ME!


Hey ya’ll. It’s LEO SEASON!!! AKA THE BEST SEASON! BECAUSE THAT’S RIGHT. I WAS BROUGHT IN TO THIS Beautiful  WORLD BRINGING YOU ALL THE SEXINESS! (You’re welcome 😉 So to celebrate this momentous month I am doing an awesome mini-session just fit for a Queen or King of the jungle 🙂 We are doing a POOL BOUDOIR MINI SESSIONS!

One of our awesome clients has a stunning in-ground pool in Prince George, VA, super private wooded area. They have offered to have there all day for sessions! We are offering Day and Night Sessions for just $100! How crazy is that?! Yeah well happy birthday to me!

So here how this goes.

EMAIL US, say you want in on this! We have limited space so the SOONER the better 😉

Shoot is August 26th 1pm-10pm are the time-slots available!

$100 Session Inlcudes

30 Minute Session

5 High Res Images

Online Ordering Gallery

You can add additional look on for $100 or a 30 Second Teaser Video for $50.

We will release address once pay-pal invoice is paid and send you off details! I am so excited guys! I went and checked out the pool and this is going to be KILLER! We have awesome floats of the mystical kind, neon lights, tiki torches, and other fun things for nighttime shoots! This will be a blast!

So email Ashley@soundsnapphotography.com If you want to schedule a time!

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SPLASH around with you!

-CHEERS

Your trusty Lioness

Ash/Mari 😉

Shopping Guide for our Curvy Clients

So me being a curvy lady myself I have always had a hard time finding clothes, let alone lingerie to fit my full figure and look flattering, so I put in the time search the interwebs, did polls, went shopping and tried on, looked for deals on lingerie. These are some of my findings! Some are local to Richmond, VA and some are online! Once we come up with our additional location in California I will further explore all the beautiful stores out there! (CAN YOU TELL I AM EXCITED?!)

Well I am also a budget shopper, I love the lavish things in life but I know what my wallet likes as well. So I have a couple budget options for you lovely ladies!

$10-$50 Range

$50-$150 Range

$150- Above Range

So, lately I am so excited that Forever 21  and Charlotte Russe have embraced that not everyone is a size zero(nothing wrong with that! Everyone is beautiful at any shape and size! It’s just always been a challenge for plus size women finding cute clothes!) lately and widened their shopping selection to us big gals.

I have found some AMAZING! Bodysuits at both of these places for under $30! I even wore one suit for my own Boudoir Session in the desert!

We used to have an American Apparel Store in Richmond Down in Carytown but it closed last year. Before they closed I hit up their clearance section for Body Suits! I got this cute simple black suit for about $12 ( probably about $30 not on sale!) But it fit wonderfully I am a size 16 and this suit was a large, and it fit! I should have gotten and XL but they were out but it did the job and was super stretchy! You can also look at our local Sex Shops Priscilla McCalls and Taboo.

For online shopping I tried the awesome Adoreme.com I have gotten a few cute bra and panty sets, bathing suits and cute PJ sets for all under $40!

Another one of my favorites with affordable cute lingerie is CHEAP UNDIES! We carry some of their awesome products in studio ALL the time in a variety of sizes, they also carry mens underwear as well!

Yandy.com, Lovehoney.com , fashionnova.com has also been another popular place online.

Well if looking for middle ground on lingerie I have found so many amazing bralette and panty sets at Torrid. I shop there on the regular and love their brand so much!

I have also found cute sets, corsets, and high waisted panties at Lane Bryant, and Ashley Stewart.

Now if you have a little bit more to splurge and want some high quality goodness some awesome shops to check out in Richmond would be Kiss and Makeup off Patterson, Ruth will make sure you are wearing the right size bra and style to fit your ever day needs and you nightly goals. Blythe in short pump has some of the most couture plus size lingerie I’ve seen in Richmond!

Online I have found Love Child Boudoir which has some awesome body cages for all sizes!

Moldie Goldies is amazing for custom Lingerie, she makes every piece herself so there is a wait but it is SOOOO WORTH IT. Her pieces are beautiful, one of kind and stunning! 

Fredericks of Hollywood also has a awesome plus size collection too!

So I hope this guide helps you find some amazing pieces for your session, and there is so much out there now a days and sometimes it just takes someone putting in the work to find it for yah!

We also offer shopping consults! $50 to add it on to your session and we TAKE YOU SHOPPING! You give us a budget and we help you stay within it! So there is that option as well!

Merbae- Lottie Ellington

         Lottie has been one of my clients, colleagues, and friends for a few years now. I always love creating with her and she was one of my first clients to fully embrace me taking on photography full time. We work together once a year and she always has some cool concept for a costume she has created for one of her routines. Lottie has been a prominent fixture in the Richmond Burlesque Community for years, she is talented teacher of the arts along with being one of the coolest and creative performers in this community. As you guys have probably figured out I work a lot within the burlesque community because I used to be a performer myself. Even though I have popped my pasties in to retirement, I give to my fellow  burly girls in other ways.

When Lottie came to me with her Mermaid act I was like this will be awesome, A I love mermaids, and B SHE HAS A TAIL! I have done some awesome mermaid shoots on beaches before and I love them but for Lottie we had to do something eccentric to fit her.  That’s when she told me she made her own underwater ecosystem! The coolest coral reef, I’d ever seen. I wasn’t joking when I said she was creative!

With this look we decided to do a more Pin-up/Burlesque inspired theme. Using seamless paper to create that underwater floor, and a bubble machine for the water effect. It was such a blast creating this shoot I hope you enjoy as much as we did creating it!

And if you have time go check out this Act in person when Lottie performs!

Want to learn burlesque? Click here to take classes with Lottie! 

Shower Boudoir Sessions July 14-15th

 

Last month in our private group on Facebook CLICK HERE (which you should join BTW!) we released a mini-shower boudoir session. I rented a beautiful room at Aloft and we had clients meet us there and WOW it was amazing! We got some beautiful images and we had such a huge response we decided to DO IT AGAIN and adding a bath bomb option!

So here are the details on how you can get in on this EXCLUSIVE DEAL!

Email us! Ashley@pink-photography.com

What you get

$100 Shower Session

30 Minute Session

5 High Resolution Images with Print Release

Online Ordering Gallery

$250 Bath Bomb Session

1 Hour Session

8 High Resolution Images with Print Release

Hair and Makeup Done by Marina Blayce of Hair Dare RVA

Online Ordering Gallery

For Couples it is no additional cost! Unless you both want Hair and Makeup!

If you would like to add on a mini boudoir session as well it’s only $100! and includes 5 High Resolution Images as well!

So message us today to secure your spot for this awesome session deal!

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