Photographer Spotlight: Ashlea Terhune Photography

I love it when great photographers from larger cities move to Spokane. It means we gain some fresh talent with a different perspective. Which is why I am delighted to introduce you to Ashlea Terhune Photography. Ashlea and her husband moved to Spokane from Nashville, and boy are we glad they did! I am in love with Ashlea’s traditional yet modern take on photography. She describes her style as, “photojournalistic with a sprinkle of tradition,” which I think perfectly sums it up. Her photos capture all those meaningful and emotional moments as they happen, and still maintain a timeless quality, you will be happy to show both your best friends and your grandkids your wedding album, it doesn’t get better than that!

Since Ashlea is new to the area, I thought it would be good to get some reviews from some of her past brides in Nashville, so be sure to check those out at the bottom of the post. And also!

Don’t miss the amazing deal Ashlea is offering Apple Bride readers!!! (also at the bottom of the post)


How long have you been in photography?

5 years

Why did you decide to go into wedding photography?

I was inspired by the creativity of wedding photography when I was planning my own.  At that moment, I decided to go back to school and obtain a degree in photography.


How would you describe your style?

I’d love to shoot strictly in a photojournalistic style…just capturing moments as they happen throughout the day.  In my mind, the truest of emotions are captured with this style.  However, the reality is that formals are still quite important to brides and their families.  Fifty years from now, a family formal can be a very important and treasured heirloom that documents the wonderful event of marriage.  I guess the best way to sum up my style is photojournalistic with a sprinkle of tradition.

 

What is your advice for brides and grooms looking for a wedding photographer?

When surfing the web for potential photographers, spend more time on a wedding photographer’s blog, as opposed to their traditional website.  There are a few reasons for this, but I would say the two most important are 1.) that a blog is fresh and regularly updated with new images and 2.) that posts are likely to contain photography from an entire wedding…which gives you a good idea of what you might expect to receive from your photographer. One of our most recent blog posts features over 80 images from one wedding!

Other things to consider while looking:  do the images look heavily manipulated with Photoshop, and if so, do you think that might look dated in 20 years? Does the couple look genuinely happy and do the images capture the true emotion of the day….or do they look extremely posed and somewhat uncomfortable? Which of those elements is more important to you?

What makes your photography unique?

It may sound cliché, but the thing that makes my photography unique is me.  I strive to capture emotional moments because these are the times that define a couple’s day.  I also make every effort to document the details my brides spend so many months planning.  These things are not unique to my profession, but the experience you have with me as your photographer is unique.  I will spend more time with the couple on their wedding day than just about anyone else.  As such, I feel like it’s a secondary responsibility for me to shield the couple from most of the stress that goes on behind the scenes…i.e. vendors not showing up, family feuds, tight timelines, etc.  Sometimes we all have to be reminded that it is the coupe’s special day…not mine, not the mother of the bride, not the overzealous coordinator.

 

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

The reception! By the time the reception comes around, everyone is relaxed…the tension from earlier in the day is long gone.


What is included in your packages? 

Instead of creating large packages which may have things you don’t really want and ultimately cost more, we find that the most budget friendly option for our brides is to start our pricing at $2495 for up to 8 hours of wedding day coverage.  This price also includes a DVD of high-res images, a copyright release, and an online gallery of your images, which makes it possible for friends and family to order prints.  Other options, such as heirloom quality albums, are available a la carte.

Will you travel?

Yes.

Anything else you would like brides to know? 

Consult your photographer before nailing down your timeline.  A great photographer knows the best time of day to shoot and how long to allow for formals.  Keep in mind that having a very large wedding party slows down the entire process.

I did a Google search for Ashlea and found that she has 5 stars on Wedding Wire! The reviews were just so good, I had to post a couple of them!

“Ashlea Terhune Photography was the best choice I could have made for my wedding. Every interaction my now husband and I had with Ashlea was professional and personable and absolutely wonderful. She was also very easy to talk to and listened to any of my questions and/or suggestions. She shot everything from our engagement pictures to our leaving our reception at the wedding and we couldn’t be happier with all the images we have. I will be able to show my grandchildren every detail of the best day of my life because of her and I can’t thank her enough for that.”

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“Ashlea was SO good to us! She is very punctual!! Which is a HUGE deal to me! She was very good at listening to my suggestions or comments and bouncing ideas around with me. I wanted traditional wedding photos with a creative take on them. And we definitely accomplished that!! Also my husband hates having his picture taken and somehow she captured the true him and not some fake photo version that snapshots usually get :)” 

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“Ashlea did and amazing job with our pictures. She was incredibly accommodating and very talented. She was worth every penny and then some! I highly recommend Ashlea Terhune Photography!”

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“Ashlea was a wonderful and welcome addition to our big day! Not only were the pictures beautiful, but she was a master with time management. My make-up artist never showed after double booking himself, so my picture time was very limited. Even with that huge oops, Ashlea got sooo many perfect shots!!! She’s very kind, talented, and affordable. I’d suggest her to anyone planning a wedding!”

 

Ashlea is also offering a great deal just for Apple Bride readers! Act fast though, this deal is not for long!

*Limited time only. Mention Apple Brides to avail.*

Check out Ashlea Terhune’s website for more information or e-mail ashlea@terhunephotography.com!

 

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