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Fall Mini Sessions are LIVE!!!!

Hey friends!

Fall Mini Sessions are now available, yay! Fill out the form below to book yours. Please email me with any questions, info@ashleyflugphotography.com

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September 17, 2020

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2020 Bucket List Sessions!

Hey friends!

Now that my busy season is coming to the end I wanted to announce something fun I will be doing for 2020 that I am super excited about!

There are locations throughout Arizona and California that I am wanting to photograph at and you will have exclusive pricing so you do not want to miss these.

I bet you are wondering how it works so here are the deets…

These sessions can be used for family, maternity and milestone sessions. Once you contact me we will set up a date and time for the session of your choosing. The session must take place between February and July. California locations are available for the months of June and July only. The sessions must take place on a weekend unless otherwise noted.

I will help style your outfits through my professional styling tool. It is super easy and fun and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Professional hair and make up is highly recommended but not necessary. I do have some great recommendations for hair and make up artist if you choose to go that route.

What is included?

You will receive up to an hour shooting time, full download online gallery and print release. When you book one of these session you agree to allow me to use these images for my portfolio which includes, but not limited to, social media and my website.

My adventure collection is $695 but if you choose to book one of my bucket list sessions you will receive $200 off that price! Say what?!?

Here is the bucket list..

Arizona locations include:

Sunset Point rest area (Black Canyon)- Mini’s Scheduled on July 25th. Book yours today! 

Merry-Go-Round (Sedona)

Mogollon Rim (Payson)

West Fork Tail (Sedona) – Mini’s Scheduled on July 18th. Book yours today!

Bell Rock (Sedona)

Imperial San Dunes (Yuma)

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior)

Saguaro Lake (Mesa)

Humphrey Peak (Flagstaff) – To take place in spring so there will be wildflowers!

 

California locations include and to take place in the month of late June or early July:

Joshua Tree National Park

Victoria Beach (Laguna)

Beach (San Diego)

 

Did you see one you would love to do?

Snag one of these sessions now. Only one of each available at the exclusive pricing!

Get dolled up and grab your family for a day of fun at one of these amazing locations. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Click here to book yours today!

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January 11, 2020

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4 Key Things to Look for in a Professional Photographer

Scheduling a professional photo session is always exciting but you will need to find the right person for the job before you can get excited about your new photos.

Whether you’re planning a newborn or a family photoshoot, your photographer is going to provide you with lasting memories, so you want to take your time when making this important decision. A little homework can really go a long way.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Photographer

  1. Photographic Style

Photographers all do things slightly differently and you want to make sure that they’re able to produce the types of photos that you had in mind. Your personality as an individual or a family will determine which photographic styles will appeal to you the most.  Decide whether you’re looking for something traditional, something a little funkier or you have your heart set on a particular type of location. Spend time going through the galleries of the photographers you have in mind to decide if their style is a good match.

  1. Personality

The more relaxed you are during your photo session, the better your photos will turn out. If you will be including children in your photo session, make sure that the photographer you have in mind is actually good with kids.

  1. Your Budget

Before you start searching for a photographer, set a budget. This will help you narrow down your options quite quickly, making it easier to select the right photographer for your needs. If your photographer will be sending you a quote, make sure that you understand exactly what is included in the package. You always want to be aware of any additional costs.

  1. Product Options

What do you want at the end of your session? Are you happy with digital files? Do you want to prints or canvases to hang in your home or a custom album? Make sure that the photographer you choose offers the products you’re interested in. Even if your package doesn’t include the products you’re interested in, find out whether it can be added on as an extra.

If you’ve found a photographer that checks all of the right boxes, book your session as soon as you can.

 

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November 26, 2020

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Mini Sessions vs. Full Photoshoots

Which One Should I Book?

If you’ve wanted to schedule a photoshoot for some time now, you’ve probably seen a few mentions of mini sessions.

If you’re wondering whether mini sessions are better than a full photoshoot and vice versa, know that there’s no real way to say one is better than the other because each option serves a slightly different purpose – it all depends on what you want to achieve.

For example, if you want to capture photos of your three toddlers, chances are you’re already pretty strapped for time, which is when a mini session might be a better option for you. Mini sessions are also ideal if you’re considering working with a photographer for a more custom shoot and you want to try out their services, almost like a sample session.

If you need a larger variety of photos that follow a specific style, a full photoshoot would be a better option. A full photo session also costs more, so keep that in mind when planning for your session.

Main Differences Between a Mini & Full Photo Session

Here is a quick comparison of these two types of photo sessions. Keep in mind that this might differ among photographers.

Mini Sessions

  • The location of the shoot will be predetermined
  • A specific time slot will be made available and is a lot less flexible. The average mini session lasts about 20 minutes
  • Clients can expect to receive a fewer amount of images
  • Subjects will only be able to take photos in one outfit
  • Since time is limited, only a limited number of poses can be used

Full Photo Session

  • You can choose a location for your shoot
  • The average full photoshoot lasts about a half hour to an hour
  • Clients can expect to receive more images as the session is longer
  • Subjects can bring along an extra outfit for the session
  • A wider variety of poses can be used during the shoot

Regardless of the option you choose, you can expect to receive beautiful photographic memories that you can use for years to come. Speak to your photographer about your requirements to decide what’s best for you.

 

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November 10, 2020

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Now offering stuido sessions!

Hey friends!
I am so excited to announce that I will now be offering studio sessions!

With the kiddos back in school I now have the time to focus more on my photography during the week  which I am so excited about.

I have an area in my home (Buckeye, AZ) with lots of natural light that will be set up for indoor studio photography. My studio sessions are simple and sweet. I do not use props in my sessions and if I do they are very minimal. Not to worry, I still create timeless images that you are use to seeing from me!

Check out the images below of a recent studio session.

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Cute right!?!

For a limited time I am offering 15% off any studio session. These can be used for small family, newborn, milestone and maternity sessions.To book yours email me at info@ashleyflugphotography.com or fill out my contact for at www.ashleyflugphotography.com/contact. Make sure to mention this blog pot for the discount!

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October 29, 2020

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The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photo Session

Every mother wants to capture as many photos of her new baby as she can and if you’re currently expecting, you’re probably wondering about the best time to schedule your newborn photo session.
The reality is that all parents have different preferences, with many not wanting to photograph their little one too soon. Others simply don’t have the time or energy to schedule in a photoshoot directly after birth.
Every shot of your newborn is special and this is a time that you’ll want to remember for years to come, so what are your options?

Understanding Your Newborn Photo Session Options

The First 48 Hours

The first few hours after your baby is born are very special and filled with ‘first moments’. If you want to capture your little one’s first bath or the moment they meet siblings or other members of the family, schedule your newborn shoot during the first 2 days. Usually these will be taken at the place of birth whether in the hospital or at home, you will be happy to capture these very special ‘firsts’.
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The First Two Weeks

If you want time to find your feet as a new mom and you simply love how newborn babies look when they’re sleeping, schedule your shoot during the first two weeks after your baby is born. Your little one will still be very new to the world and will spend more time sleeping than anything else, which makes for beautiful photos.
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One to Three Months

If capturing your baby’s personality is more important to you, wait a month or two before you schedule your session. During the first three months, your baby will become more alert, open their eyes and even smile. If this will be your first baby, you may only be feeling more relaxed after a month or two, which will make the shoot more pleasant for you.

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Newborn photo sessions are very personal, so do what’s right for you and find a photographer that you feel comfortable with.

 

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July 7, 2020

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6 Inspiring Ideas for Your At-Home Photo Session

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Home is where the heart is, which is why it’s one of the best locations for family photos.

Your home is where you feel most comfortable and it offers countless photo opportunities for you to take advantage of.

If you’ve been looking to take some updated photos of your family but want to beat the summer heat or keep things close to home, here are a few inspiring ideas for your upcoming photo session.

Take it to the kitchen.

There’s something about making a meal together that really brings a family together. You already spend a lot of time in the kitchen so why not use it as a backdrop for some new family photos. Throw on some aprons, choose a fun recipe and get the entire family involved in the process. These candid shots will definitely be something that you’ll want to print out or place in an album.

It’s all about the cuddles.

Curling up with the people you love in a big bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning is simply the best so throw on your best PJs, grab a few books, a cup of coffee, and let your photographer do the rest. Have a laugh together, read a story to your children or show off your matching socks at the foot of the bed.

Head to baby’s nursery.

If you’ve spent a lot of time decorating your baby’s nursery, it’s the perfect place to grab some memorable photos with your family. Plus, the natural light from the window will provide you with a warm atmosphere that will enhance every photo.

Hit the couch.

The lounge is another area of the home that your family probably spends a lot of time in, especially if you enjoy lazy days on a comfy couch watching all your favorite movies. It’s also the perfect spot to take some updated family photos. Depending on your preferences, you can all wear something comfy or outfits that are casual and coordinated – the choice is yours.

Have a playdate.

You don’t even need to pick a particular room for your family photos, you can simply aim to have a little fun with your kids for the afternoon and let your photographer capture your time together. Whether your kids want to throw on superhero capes or they want to play with building blocks in their room, these are all perfect photo opportunities.

Spend some time outside.

If you have a picturesque backyard, why not have an intimate picnic with your family while you capture some new family photos at the same time.

 

Your home is filled with perfect photo opportunities, you simply need to think outside the box!

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June 1, 2020

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Why Your Professional Photography Session is Worth the Price

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A lot of people may love the idea of a professional photo session but many end up being put off by the price.

While it might seem like YOUR photographer is simply getting paid to push a button for an hour or two, it’s so much more than that.

Here are 6 reasons why a professional photography session is well worth the price:

Your photography session extends beyond the shoot.

Even though your photo session may only last an hour, your photographer still needs to travel to and from your location, spend time selecting the best photos and edit those photos too.

Photography gear costs money.

Producing high-quality photos requires professional equipment. The price of your session factors in your photographer’s camera, lenses, flash, reflectors, tripods, storage cases and more. Certain types of photography can also cost more because more gear is required. Wedding photography being a prime example.

You need the right skills to take great photos.

As with any other profession, building up the skills required to be a successful photographer takes time and money.

Technology doesn’t come cheap.

Along with having all the right gear, photographers also need to have certain technology in order to process and edit their photos. This includes high-end computer equipment as well as professional photo editing software.

Experience is priceless.

Photographers spend years honing their skills and developing an artistic eye that allows them to produce the results that they do. From knowing how to work with different types of lighting to being able to spot the perfect photo opportunity, you really can’t put a price on experience. It’s also experience that gives them the know-how necessary to guide you and pose you during your photo session.

Sometimes assistants are required.

This is particularly true with event or wedding photography. When there are multiple things happening all at once, an assistant will be required to get the job done right, which will often be factored into your pricing.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. If you truly like a photographer’s style and are impressed with their skills and experience, the price you pay for your photo session is definitely well worth it.

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March 19, 2020

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How to Get Rid of Your Photoshoot Jitters

If you’ve never done it before, the thought of being in front of a professional photographer can be rather nerve wracking.

If you are really excited and terrified about your upcoming photo session, there are a few things that you can do to relax and enjoy your session to skip the photo jitters.

3 Ways to relax during your professional photo session

Keep your mind busy

When you’re about to have your photos taken, it’s difficult to not think about where you should stand and how you should pose, which often makes you act unnaturally. It’s important to remember that it’s not your job to work for the camera, the camera is here to work for you.

To take the best photos, you should ideally be as relaxed as possible. To help you do this, start by focusing on your surroundings. How would you naturally act if you were alone with family and friends in this type of surrounding? Treat your photographer as if they were someone you’ve known forever and that they’re simply spending a few hours with you.

Turn your thoughts to things that make you happy and what you really appreciate about being alive.

Don’t let the quiet moments make you panic

During your shoot, there will be moments when your photographer will pause, which can make a lot of people nervous.

It’s important to keep in mind that your photographer is a professional and is either dealing with something technical or thinking of their next shot. If they need you to change your pose or do something different, they will let you know. If they don’t, just keep engaging with your surroundings and enjoying yourself.

Be kind to yourself

Even though it can be easier said than done, it’s best not to let critical or negative thoughts take over. If you’re feeling uncertain or self-conscious, take your thoughts back to a positive place before the negative thoughts can build on each other.

Adopt a fake-it-till-you-make-it mentality and own your photo session. You can also think of all the positive things friends and family members say about you to bring yourself back from a spiral of negative thoughts.

You should know that it’s completely normal to feel nervous before and during a photo session but choosing the right photographer and going in with the right mental state makes all the difference.

 

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March 9, 2020

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Totino’s Papago Park Sunrise Session – Phoenix, AZ

Welcome back, guys and gals!

I recently had a fantastic sunrise session with the Totino family. The Totino’s were in town for a wedding and wanted some gorgeous desert photos for their yearly holiday card.

We met at Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ. I loved shooting there because the morning light was so dreamy!

Okay, on to pictures of the Totino family!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I truly have the best clients ever! This family was no exception, either. I mean, just look at their outfits.

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February 20, 2020

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