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 and Kendall College of Art and Design.
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Kristen B. · Married on 09/20/2020
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!
Ashley “Paige” well surpassed expectations, creativity, and professionalism; such a pleasure to see her passion for her work. Ashley’s introduction on WeddingWire is so spot on. She truly takes into account the style and personality of her clients and I was blown away with her approach to the entire event. Photos are spectacular. Start to finish- an Amazing, Amazing, Amazing experience!Sent on 09/22/2020
Apaige Photography's reply:omg kristen thank you so so much. You were so fun and were such a joy to have included in our day
Nicole · Married on 09/05/2020
Where do I begin. Take my advice & hire apaige! She is so fabulous! So much fun to work with, makes the whole experience easy & fun, & of course, takes beautiful pictures! Love her. Higher recommend!Sent on 09/13/2020
Apaige Photography's reply:ahhhh thank you so much Nicole!!
Brettina · Married on 05/02/2020
Incredible artist and person! 10/10.
Paige is not only the most down-to-earth person I have ever met but she is an INCREDIBLE artist. It's her viewpoint on photographing that makes her amazing. She doesn't just take pictures - she truly values creating art. My wedding photos turned out even more amazing than I thought they would. Due to covid, we switched our plans around multiple times and eventually settled for a backyard wedding. Pagie was more than accommodating for each and every change we made. At the end of the day, our day was perfect and Paige was a huge part of it. I HIGHLY recommend her for your wedding. It will be well worth it.Sent on 11/15/2020
Apaige Photography's reply:Ahh thank you so so so much for this. I am so happy I got to be apart of your stunning day. Thank you so much for having me!
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