Melissa + Travis {Day After Session}..

There is something exhilarating about a “day after” session. Whether it’s a week, month, or years after your wedding….I truly encourage some do it:) Perhaps its getting to see your husband all distinguished & snazzy again, or perhaps reliving the magic of  “the white dress”….. Most of all, I think its because there are “NO RULES”. No timeline…no nerves, no angst about getting your dress wrinkled before walking down the aisle. It’s pure and blissful dress up….(and C’mon…you can never have too many pictures with your darling lover!)

We have been wanting to do this session with Trav and Melissa since meeting them in December..we met them a year too late…so we didnt get to photograph their wedding..:( So this was destined to happen at some point or another:) We are in the process of opening  a new photography studio in downtown Willow Glen..and knew we wanted a killer session for our first window display…We wanted to incorporate the accessories and invites we can make into the shoot,  as well as have our buddy Dave from AVRfilms to come film with us so we can make a fun promo video. Lets just say..there will be many lovely and angelic glances caught between Travis and Melissa…slow motion studly camera work by Jason, then there will be awkward-hiding-behind-my-camera faces when the camera is pointed in my direction..cuz being the one being not my cup of tea..(insert dorky third grader with buck teeth and tie Dyed MC Hammer pants…cuz thats about how lame I feel in front of the camera:) Nonetheless..Dave and his buddy Ryan Black were a joy to have with Jason and I, as we set up a quaint little mock wedding day shoot… (in perhaps the most heavenly orchard imaginable). Travis and Melissa..your beauty is breathtaking..but most of all, you are one of the most grounded, grateful, and pure hearted couples we have ever met…and thats what really makes you beautiful. Here is just another smidgen from our “year after session” with these hotties:)

A few behind the scenes shots:)


Dress-Pronovias from Adorn Bridal Boutique– (Which is now on sale for $900.)

Bouquet- Asiel Design..Linnae, you are amazzzzzzing!

Suit/Vest-Ted Baker, shirt, tie-J.Crew

Cupcakes-Jens Cakes

Video-(to come) Dave Ethridge at AVRfilms and Ryan Black of Ryan Black Films

Hair accessories, invites,belts and fabric boutonnieres-Me (Ashley Maxwell)

Table set up- Jason Maxwell


Paul Graham - March 25, 2010 - 11:56 am

I have truly been around photography and photographers all of my life and I can say without an unbiased thought that your work is breathtaking and captures the essence of love, passion, and playfulness. Your attention to detail is exquisite. If creating and capturing the moment is the goal…you hit this one out of the park….Sweet Daddy

kym - March 25, 2010 - 2:23 pm

i agree completely with the above comment! You are phenomenal!

Erin Brannan - March 25, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Ashley, the b&w photo of Melissa laying in the grass, as well as the one of the two of them between the train cars make me want to cry they are so unbelievably stunning. Your accessories are to die for. I think I have to make a trip out to No. Cal. this year to see your studio in all its glory. I wish you the BEST of luck, but I know you don’t even need it =)

Pam Morfin - March 26, 2010 - 9:31 am

Ashey, Wow Baby, Your art is amazing. Melissa and Travis’s pictures slowly produced a lump in my throat that grew to tears in my eyes.I will never forget them.They are simply the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. Yes,and you also have intuitive marketing skills. These will certainly evoke emotion in a storefront window,and get people to want to come in and view more of your art. I can’t get over what you have become. And you’re still so young. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I love you.

Jeanette Tourville - March 26, 2010 - 8:09 pm

I agree with Erin….those are the two I “mmmmed” audibly over! Well done! Quite impressive!

Courtney - April 1, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Hello! First of all, your photography is GORGEOUS!!! I will be contacting you about your availability to shoot our wedding this fall! Second, I am in love with this location – where is it?! I tried to google Summerhill Orchards and have come up with nothing. Is it available for weddings? Thanks so much!

Brooke - April 2, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Just found your blog and had to tell you that I love these photos! Such a great eye. Beautiful work!

Rochelle Jones - April 6, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Hi! Your photography is amazing and inspiring for a photography student like myself. but my question is did you make those beautiful invitations that have the pink and wonderful lace like material? I am in love with them and would really love them for my wedding spring of 2011. Can you email me if that is at all possible? Thank you!

Christine -SimplyBloom - April 15, 2010 - 4:36 pm

we adore your work!!!

Janet Pera Worley - May 21, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Ashley to say that your work is amazing would be an understatement. I found you on Tyler’s FB friends list. You grew up breath-takingly talented and pure in soul just like I thought you would. Blessings to you sweetie!

Heather - October 26, 2010 - 3:42 am

I adooooooore your work!! What is the style name of her beyond GORGEOUS dress? I have searched, and cannot find it.

Mary - December 16, 2010 - 6:36 pm

These two are honestly the cutest, best looking couple and this session is my absolute favorite! Your talent in art shines in these pics with not only the couple but the props, poses…everything! I can’t wait to get engaged just to hire you! LOL

Whitney Loche - January 25, 2011 - 8:57 pm


Jennifer Abernathy - March 24, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Melissa’s dress is so gorgeous! I was wondering what style it is? I have looked all over Pronovias’ website and other sites, but I can’t find it. Also, I just wanted to say that you are so very talented. I am an amateur photographer and when I see pictures like yours it just inspires me to get out there and practice!

[…] {Travis  and Melissa}- You may recognize them..well…because we just LOVE them..and have taken pictures of them several times..they have brought us so many amazing clients!!!! We are so grateful for that..and their friendship more than ANYTHING:)….Melissa is also pregnant with a little boy…so expect to see MANY more pictures of them in the coming years! Brooklyn we cant wait to meet you:) […]

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