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My name is Ashley Young, although I like being called Paige (middle name).
I consider myself an artist, more so than a ‘wedding photographer,’ because I like to create and really make connections with people.
My photography style is one that reflects the personalities of who I am photographing. I don’t necessarily like ‘making up’ a day, as I do storytelling about that day.

My photography is a variety of posed imagery, lifestyle imagery (unposed), fine art based images, and quirky moments that hopefully my clients remember more than any of the above styles I offer.

My workflow is one that is not heavily edited, although sometimes I like to play around with more fine art based photography. This means that I will not alter your body when I edit your images. I love how you look, and I think you should too. I do edit out the occasional zit when I find it necessary, but I won’t alter a body to reflect a body that does not exist. I think our world needs to slow down and find acceptance in people, and altering body types is a way to go against that mindset, as well as make the unattainable body ‘ideal’ even more unattainable… and to be honest I want my clients to look at their images knowing they are beautiful in every way, and they exist.

I have been photographing since I was 16.
I interned with a studio photographer for 2 years from 16-18.
Went to Lake Michigan Community College from 18-20 – where I studied Film photography, and received my associates in Art.
I studied at Grand Valley State University from 20-23, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in both Advertising and Photography, and received an Associates in Business.
I took two years off school and photographed on the side, while working at a full time real-estate office, where I photographed and managed social media, website and other online ‘things.’
But I got bored.
So in Fall of 2015 I went back to school at Kendall College Art and Design and started my Double Masters, one being in Fine Art Photography (MFA), and the other being in Visual and Critical Studies (MA). I graduated in May of 2018 with both degrees and now do full time photography as well as I teach at Grand Valley State University, Michigan State, and Kendall College of Art and Design.

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Britt F. Sent on 07/28/2023
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I have followed Apaige for years and in 2016 I knew I wanted her to capture my wedding (someday). From then on her work just kept getting better! My partner knew she was my favorite and fast forward to 2022 and we booked our wedding (2023) and engagement! And I can honestly say she is worth every penny and more. Wedding photos are forever and they truly help bring back the feeling of the day. It goes by so fast - invest in your photos! She truly captured our quirky relationship and was there for all the small details! Everything included is absolute perfection.
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Ashly J. Sent on 09/06/2021
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We're so thankful Paige was available for our wedding date. Our wedding was seriously better due to Paige's presence. She's wonderful to work with, takes amazing photos and is an all around very nice person. We had a small, morning wedding and all of our guests were commenting on how great she is. She even did a photo shoot with my husband and his vegetable garden. It was hilarious to watch and the photos turned out so well! We've already seen a sneak peak of our photos and they're turned out amazingly. I would definitely work with Paige again should we be in need of a photographer. I highly recommend her services - you will not regret it!
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Casey D. Sent on 09/10/2021
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Simply the best!

I cannot imagine anybody but Paige capturing our engagement and wedding photos. From the first contact all the way until the end Paige was nothing but professional, helpful, fun, and calming. During the first few moments of our engagement photos we knew we picked the right person - she made us forget we were being photographed and put us at ease to have fun on silly moments and helped create intimate romantic moments that made me love my husband more. on the wedding day my bridal party and guests commented out amazing she and her second shooter Kaitlin were. I cannot recommend this woman enough for any special life moments. Paige- you, my dear, are a gem. We cannot wait to get our final photos! Thank you for help making this the best day of our lives :)
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