be the first to know -------> get a FREE gift, insider eye's on all of our happenings, plus fancy-pants surprises in your inbox.

Dear Mama | A Creative Portrait Experience

Dear Mama | xoxo bugg photographer | Charlotte NC photographer

Dear Mama,

This whole mom thing is pretty wild, isn’t it? Some days this journey is exhilerating, making you feel on top of the world, overjoyed at this honor of raising and building up a child. Other days leave you exhausted, counting the mintues until bedtime. Tantrums often feel never ending, messes grow faster than you can even comprehend, and feelings of inadequecy flood your mind. And then fear creeps in, whispering seeds of doubt that you’re even qualified to do this, that you’re wasting your days, wishing them away. Well Mama, I’ve crossed over to a new season. We’ve entered into the teen years and I can assure you that the ground is just as trecherous here. There are new rewards and new exciting developments, but new challenges. And new perspective. One day, you’ll arrive at a moment that will stop you dead in your tracks and you’ll just stare. Stare at your child and wonder when it happened. And you’ll do everything you can to desperately grasp onto time. You’ll look behind you with fear in your bones wondering if you were enough. If you set a sturdy foundation. Mama, we have the most precious yet pressure-filled job. We’re raising adults. And you’re doing so great. Trust me. Give yourself some grace. My deisre is to help you relish and revel in these beautifully messy days. And to document them for you. I’d be honored to join you on your mama-journey as we focus on what makes you the best mama for your babes.

introducing creative portrait experiences | bugg photographer | charlotte, NC photographer

Developed out of a desire to document the creative process of my littles (and my involvement in such!), our Creative Portrait Experiences are designed to not only cultivate beautiful images and films, but to create memories that have lasting impact. We know that raising babes can be messy and often times hard, but our hope is to shift the perspective and allow the beauty within that mess to take shape. As for the images and films, we hope you’ll treasure them and that they’ll serve as visual reminders of the foundation on which you’re building your legacy.

yourstory_square

Petit Artiste

A Creative Portrait Experience designed to document your little’s creative process and to preserve their artwork into pieces fitting with your home’s design and asthetic. During your 30 minute session, you’ll create a one of a kind art piece with your child as I document the process. We’ll also carve out time to photograph your child’s personality and the beauty of your relationship.

$198 mama + 2 | $38 ea additional child

Petit Confectioner

This Creative Portrait Experience was developed out of a desire to document the togetherness of creating in the kitchen together. During your 45 minute session, I’ll document all the floury-fun of baking from scratch. As the cookies bake in the oven, I’ll spend some time interacting with you and your child and photograph all the bits of personality that come forth as they talk about their favorite things.

$198 mama + 2 | $38 ea additional child


 

bugg photographer Creative Portrait Experiences | Charlotte, NC photographer

These Creative Portrait Experiences include a 30-45 minute session, 10 edited high res images on USB (with option to purchase full set) + (4) 5×5 prints.

Option to add our cinematic story telling to your session is available with purchase of a second, adjacent time slot. With this add-on, you’ll receive a 2 minute film of your experience, (10) 5×5 prints, and the full set of 45-60 edited high res images on custom USB .book now | bugg photographer Creative Portrait Experiences

We’re passionate about documenting the everyday and cultivating a spirit of gratitude. We photograph with the intent to empower and encourage others to recognize overlooked beauty within and around themselves.

click here to book your session.

With gratitude,

Ashely + Jon

 

 

0 comment

30 days of Intentionality

As April drew to a close, I realized that as quickly as it came, it was on its way out.

#30DaysOfIntentionality

I shared this image on Instagram and explained that I counted the days of school the big kids had left before summer break…about 30 of ’em…and in all of an instant, God softly whispered a reminder of 30 days to my heart…..my eyes filled with tears and all the feels gripped my heart. I recounted the words of a gratitude-filled, painful prayer I wrote on a paper towel in January of 2011. In that prayer I poured my heart out – surrendering my little girl’s life, yet fully believing for and expecting a miracle. I had known that little babe for 30 days outside of my womb.

And in the same breath that I was able to thank God for the 30 days I had known her, unsure if we’d get another, I had the gift of realizing that I had 30 more days of just me and my little sidekick.

So I made a commitment to myself. 30 Days of Intentionality. My to-do lists are |  l o n g  |. My days are FULL. But I decided that I could easily seize one intentional moment a day with my girl. I’m doing my best to photograph all of them, but there’s a few that have escaped the documentation process.

#30DaysOfIntentionality

IMG_0055
#30DaysOfIntentionality
#30DaysOfIntentionality

#30DaysOfIntentionality

I think I like this capsulated goal setting idea. 30 days of something. I can do anything for 30 days…and it’s been neat to actually make an intentional effort to soak up all the goodness I have left of having just her at home with me. Before I know it, summer will be here, and then it’ll be back to school.

#30DaysOfIntentionality
#30DaysOfIntentionality
#30DaysOfIntentionality

Fourteen years….I’ve had a baby at my side for over fourteen years. That’s 45% of my lifetime…45% of all of my days have been spent as a stay-at-home/work-from-home mama (minus those two months I held a full time job…and by full time, I mean 4 days a week 9-3..so…part time then…). And in all of an instant…those days are done. This era of my parenting journey will be complete.

#30DaysOfIntentionality

I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to realize what was upon me…to be swiftly and gently reminded of the gift it’s been to raise my babes under my (near) full-time care, and then inspired to make the most of the last 30 days of having this last one home with me.

0 comment

SHOWCASE | bishops

Everyday stories. It’s what our passion was build upon – the everyday. Noticing the miracles in the mundane. Becoming aware of the beauty that’s gone unnoticed within and around us. It’s with that intention that we document. To help shift your gaze to the loveliness that’s already around you. No fuss, just you as you. Your story, as is. Where it is.

The Bishops graciously let me catch a little glimpse into their everyday. They got it. They trusted me and let me in. Just them. Their story.

I won’t take this for granted. What I get to be a part of in telling people’s stories.

I’m forever grateful.
Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life |
Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life |
Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life |
Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life |
Bishop | Day in the Life |

Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life | Bishop | Day in the Life |

Team Bishop, thanks for inviting me into your everyday. But even more, thank you for inviting our family into your hearts. Your friendship is a true joy. The best is yet to come!

with gratitude,

ashley.

0 comment

working the ground

Growth. Often its painful, messy. Dirty and inconvenient.

Working the ground to cultivate growth. To produce fruit. To thrive.

Thrive.

That word resonates within my soul. It’s the word God gave us for 2016.

T H R I V E

I long for it. I long to work the ground to create an atmosphere for it. To do well.

Thrive: Prosper, flourish. Grasp, to get hold of. All of those things. I strive for them. I want to prosper, to flourish. To grasp and get hold of my purpose. Show me that, Lord. Show me how.

Guys, I’m working the ground here. Doing the work. Tilling the soil. Digging up the old stuff and mixing it with the new, fresh dirt. To create an environment for the best growth. Doing the work to obtain my purpose, by effort. Cultivating growth and movement. Striving for it. Pressing into it. Getting my hands deep into the ground. Dirt underneath my fingernails.

Grow seedling, grow. Produce much fruit.

I’m only motivated by being fruitful. Remaining in Him. Connected to the vine. Branching off to produce much fruit.

Allow us to flourish, Lord. To THRIVE.

You’ve pruned me, O Lord. Thank you. Thank you for the development. The development of character to match my calling.

My calling to create. To be your artisan. To reflect your beauty. To integrate Jesus into everything I create. Every image. Every design. Every word from my mouth and my fingertips. Lord, let it be of you.

I pray that our life’s work would shift perspectives to You.

All our work. All His glory. Allow our work to be our ministry. I’m pulled to it. Called to it. Let it come to pass, Lord. Here and now.

THRIVE

 

 

1 Comment

visual reminders

It’s just a season.

Famous words in our home.

And yet, I’m often left wondering if season is the right word.

Because it seems more like a constant.

Seasons…more like that of an Arizona summer….(is it EVER going to cool off?!?! When is fall going to finally arrive?)

Just constant.

A constant state of chaos. And constant state of busy. Of hurry. Of go go go.

Those “seasons” seem to out weigh most others.

And I’m thankful when those seasons begin to shift. When the weight begins to fall. When the blossoms begin to push open.

But in the meantime….in the season…I feel so…so stretched.

And I begin to feel a pull. A pull to reconnect.

It’s easy to snap at each other amidst the season. To find yourself falling into frustration with each other more than into feelings of love and adoration, and perhaps even feeling more like roommates rather than lovers.

We’ve tried to make it a point in our nearly fourteen years of marriage to set our room apart as a place of our own. No pictures of the kids. No toys. None of their stuff.

And taking center stage: visual reminders.

Images of the two of us. Little trinkets of love. Objects that remind us of our adventures.

Just our things.

Just us.

Set apart.

Our house is BUSY. There’s stuff everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Often, I can’t take five steps without stepping over something that belongs to a child.

But our room. Sigh…..our room. I can go in there and shut the door to the chaos. No bills, no kids, no dishes, no responsibilities.

Just visual reminders of our love.

And even in the busy, I can go in, shut the door to the world that awaits, and stare at images of him and myself, and for a moment, find myself feeling reconnected. Reconnected back to the emotion of my love and affection for him.

jon+ashley bugg
jon+ashley bugg

 (images by amy e photography) 

We’re getting ready to launch our new Portrait Experiences.

I intended to begin with a segue that inspired me deeply, but came back around to the idea that began it all.

Sessions that set time apart for lovers.

Because it’s hard to do.

But we feel called to it, and I want to inspire you to feel the same.

We’ll be going public with it this week (just in time for a great Valentine’s Day gift!), but I’ll be sending a preview link to my email list first – so be sure to scroll back up to the top and enter your name to get on our list.

This offering is near and dear to our hearts.

Because setting apart time and space to create visual reminders is valuable.

And we consider it the highest honor to help you do that.

with gratitude | ashley + jon.

bisbee, az
bisbee, az
0 comment

creative portrait experiences | the why

I’ve been pouring over why I feel called to this industry. And in doing that, I’ve been peeling back the layers of how I shoot. And I’ve been rediscovering why I shoot the way I shoot:

I believe in a hands on approach to cultivating creativity.

I believe in miracles in the mundane.

I envision mamas celebrating their mama-ness. Their legacy. Intentionally looking at what they want to hand down and setting practical goals to obtain and celebrate it.

I envision mamas banding together with their tribe and celebrating the village that they are.

I believe this all needs to be documented – preserved as a reminder and a spring board for their kin. Generations to come. To serve as an inspiration to press on, together.

Because I believe we’re stronger shoulder to shoulder.

I believe that visual reminders motivate us on hard days.

Because I know that time is fleeting.

And I know that I’ve wasted days.

I’ve wished days away, only to find myself wishing for them back.

And on those hard days, visual reminders help me to see the foundation previously set. To serve as a new reminder of how quickly it all passes. To encourage me to

|   s l o w    d o w n   |

and to actually enjoy these hard days because I’ll soon arrive at a new moment with longing once again.

And so I believe in telling stories versus simply taking beautiful pictures.

Documenting a legacy instead of snapping a series of smiles.

And drawing forth the beauty in the mess. The stuff you didn’t notice. The smallish things that you thought were overlooked. And the beauty you didn’t even know was there.

I want you to see your life in a new way. A shifted perspective. A new appreciation.

A celebration of your story.

Even amidst the hard days.

Each day a new reason to celebrate. Because each day is an opportunity for growth. And an opportunity for your eyes to be opened to a new perspective.

This is why I’m passionate about cultivating a creative portrait experience. And this is why I feel such a deep connection to my subjects.

This is why I photograph stories.

It’d be my deepest honor to help you tell yours.

beauty in the mess 31beauty in the mess 21beauty in the mess

xoxo | ashley.

0 comment

SHOWCASE | moores

I had just caught the last light of the day with incredibly beautiful souls dancing in the last bits of sunshine that shone through the last of the fall leaves. I started my car and paused. Breathed deep and reveled in that moment.

Oh my soul. This is more than pretty pictures to me. It’s deeper than that. Storytelling with my lens. Chaining lives by shifting perspectives. It’s more than pretty pictures. It’s a calling on my soul.

And when these moments happen, I silently smile to myself and breathe deep the confirmation that I’m doing what I was created to do.

Thank you to every single one of you that has passed in front of my lens. You’ve helped shape me, mold me, refine me and confirm in me what I have to do. And I’m honored each and every time you let me in. You let me witness the vulnerable moments. The truest parts of yourself.

Thank you. It’s an honor. Truly.

These lovelies have been dancing their way into our hearts since she carried that second boy in her belly. And I’m so thankful that God used scenic roads to intertwine our lives back together and they’re now living here in Charlotte. We’re doing life together again. And they’re playing a huge part in confirming things in my soul. Oh man. My heart is thankful.

moore family stories

moore family stories |moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories |

moore family stories |
moore family stories |

moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories |
moore family stories |

moore family stories |
moore family stories |

moore family stories |

moore family stories |
moore family stories |

moore family stories |

moore family stories |
moore family stories |

moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories | moore family stories |

moore family stories
family stories |

moore family stories | family stories | family stories |

family stories |
moore family stories |

family stories | family stories | family stories | family stories | family stories |

breathe deep.

with gratitude,

xoxo // ashley & jon.

1 Comment

fresh

The new year has been full of journaling, dreaming, praying, developing, sketching, dreaming and praying some more.

These past few weeks have been quite lovely, but we are coming off of, and somewhat still in the midst of, a very hard season. Moving into our new house at the very beginning of October (and packing prior to), DIY kitchen renovation, unpacking, kids, school, work, more unpacking, traveling, and still more unpacking. Oh and let’s throw in all the Holidays. No end in sight. I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’d work all day long unpacking, repairing, squeezing in photo work, and only find myself looking around at how much more I had to accomplish.

Yet, I couldn’t give myself any sort of grace for the work I DID accomplish. Only frustration that I didn’t get more done.

And with Jon working on average 15-16 hours a day at his new job, there hasn’t been much relief.

Only more piling up.

Feelings of failure.

I have felt like I’ve just been treading water. Not getting anywhere. Just barely keeping my head above the surface (and maybe occasionally slipping underneath).

But thank you Jesus, because there’s grace for that.

And though I can’t get back the past 3 months, I can fix my eyes ahead and point back at what made me stronger in this season. And then take that with me as I press forward into 2016.

Friends…if you’ll stick with me, I have exciting things on my heart. Dreams that have been coming alive in my soul.

And I’m reaching up and allowing mercy to fall down, receiving it with lifted hands.

Thank you Jesus.

And cheers to you 2016 – I think you’ll be a sweet sixteen, indeed.

everyday beauty

 

0 comment

FALL | apple picking

You guys. I’m SO excited.

It’s here.

OUR FIRST FALL. EVER.

NO SERIOUSLY.

e v e r

Arizona doesn’t really have seasons. Just hot and….not hot. Don’t get me wrong…a handful of trees shed their leaves, but it’s not many and it’s in a matter of a few days. Just like that. So if you happen to be binge watching Peeky Blinders that day, well then, you missed it. You’ll have to wait until next year.

So you can imagine our excitement and gasps of wonder as we’re witnessing leaves actually changing colors and beginning to drop their leaves.

And the WEATHER. Oh my gosh. It feels like January today. It’s incredible. I keep saying it’s September, guys. It’s only SEPTEMBER. (note: it’s still about 102 in AZ)

So to kick off the first official day (of our fist official) fall, we took to an Carrigan Farms with our bests for some lovely apple picking..

fall activities_apple picking_080 fall activities_apple picking_009 fall activities_apple picking_008 fall activities_apple picking_007fall activities_apple picking_077 fall activities_apple picking_078 fall activities_apple picking_001fall activities_apple picking_013 fall activities_apple picking_014 fall activities_apple picking_010fall activities_apple picking_015

fall activities_apple picking_011
fall activities_apple picking_012

fall activities_apple picking_019 fall activities_apple picking_024 fall activities_apple picking_020 fall activities_apple picking_021fall activities_apple picking_081 fall activities_apple picking_082 fall activities_apple picking_079 fall activities_apple picking_032 fall activities_apple picking_031 fall activities_apple picking_017 fall activities_apple picking_018 fall activities_apple picking_016 fall activities_apple picking_023 fall activities_apple picking_022 fall activities_apple picking_026 fall activities_apple picking_025

fall activities_apple picking_003
fall activities_apple picking_002

fall activities_apple picking_035
fall activities_apple picking_029 fall activities_apple picking_027 fall activities_apple picking_034 fall activities_apple picking_036 fall activities_apple picking_038 fall activities_apple picking_040 fall activities_apple picking_039 fall activities_apple picking_042fall activities_apple picking_041fall activities_apple picking_044 fall activities_apple picking_045 fall activities_apple picking_043 fall activities_apple picking_046 fall activities_apple picking_047 fall activities_apple picking_048 fall activities_apple picking_049 fall activities_apple picking_053 fall activities_apple picking_050 fall activities_apple picking_051 fall activities_apple picking_052 fall activities_apple picking_054 fall activities_apple picking_037 fall activities_apple picking_057 fall activities_apple picking_056 fall activities_apple picking_058 fall activities_apple picking_060 fall activities_apple picking_061

fall activities_apple picking_062
fall activities_apple picking_064

fall activities_apple picking_066 fall activities_apple picking_067 fall activities_apple picking_068 fall activities_apple picking_069 fall activities_apple picking_070 fall activities_apple picking_071 fall activities_apple picking_072 fall activities_apple picking_073

fall activities_apple picking_065
fall activities_apple picking_063

fall activities_apple picking_075

fall activities_apple picking_076
fall activities_apple picking_074

As I was tucking Xander into bed, he told me that it was the best day of his life.

(melt. my. heart.)

FIRST FALL GUYS. And we have apples for DAYS now. I don’t know what to do with all of these!

Please comment with your favorite apple recipe or favorite way of preserving/canning apples. I’m clueless!

 

 

 

0 comment

SHOWCASE | nichols

I can’t even begin to tell you how much this little family means to my heart.

We’ve been friends for over a decade – and in that time, we’ve created a ton of memories together. The biggest yet being packing up our entire lives and setting out east. That’s right, internet. We got to move alongside our very best friends. Our kinfolk. Our lobsters.

It’s been a heck of an adventure you guys.

As we are beginning the prep for their first session in an ACTUAL AUTUMN setting, I’ve been reliving their shoot from last year. Last year when we weren’t exactly sure when or where we were going (we had a dang good idea as to where, just not when), only knowing that God was preparing the way and that we were confident it was a path we’d head down together.

So this shoot was a bit extra-special to us. Marking the end of a chapter. An end of an era. And looking ahead to greater things to come.

family session in the cityfamily session in the cityfamily session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city nov14_nichols099_100 family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city family session in the city family session in the cityfamily session in the city

and their story in motion…

 

I’m so inspired to photograph a fresh batch of folks this year. These fine people and new ones.

If you are in Charlotte, or nearby and want to get on the schedule, drop me a line.

A lovely season is on the horizon.

xoxo // ashley & jon.

0 comment

1 2

error: please don\'t steal my images
TOP