PORTRAITS OF WOMEN

BRANDING PORTRAITURE // Emily Fox King

 
Emily Fox King, brilliant and colorful.

Emily Fox King, brilliant and colorful.

I don’t know what would have happened without Andi Davis introducing me to Emily Fox King, but I know what did happen, I met a dynamic soulful artist who lives right here in our beautiful Ogden. Andi’s reverence for and words about Emily introduced me to a deep and spirited woman who makes art from angry, grieving, happy, bold flowers. Emily is honest and open. It was my honor to create these images for her.

We made these portraits at Ultraviolet Studios in Ogden for Emily’s work as an artist. You can see her work HERE .

After I delivered these images Emily said, “It’s like looking at a reflection of myself that doesn’t move.” Yes. And that study, that standing up to ourselves, for ourselves, is a powerful ceremony and speaks to the value of this medium that I love so so much. Thank you for making these with me, Emily.

BRAND PORTRAITS // Dr Dee Frayne -My Yes Life

 
Dr Dee Frayne photographed at Ultraviolet Studios by Ashley Thalman

I met Dr Dee Frayne of My Yes Life at Audrey Christensen's Be Fab Launch event this January hosted at my space, Ultraviolet Studios. Dee’s fun-loving, magnetic, no-bullshit personality was immediately evident. As I’ve gotten to know Dee these last few weeks, it is clear that Dee shows up. She shows up for herself and others, for community action, improvement and the betterment of herself and her community. Dee shows up for self-love. Like all inspiring humans, Dee takes her short time on life seriously and she has structured her professional career around confronting and accepting powerful truths.

Dee and I worked together to create an updated headshot collection that complemented her hope-bringing, hard-working brand. We wanted to create images that highlighted her steady confidence, positive grounded demeanor, invitation for movement, and the competent professionalism needed to coach people to the higher-ground of self love.

I’ve been sitting on these images for a few weeks now while Dee’s latest publication went live. National publications often require images and copy that are entirely unique and never before seen. So we waited. Last week her article, “The Yes Addiction” was picked up by 50 publications including the Boston Herald. It is so inspiring to see women do huge things, share compelling, life-changing ideas. Thank you for trusting me to see you and support you in this next phase of your professional bad-assery, Dee.

BRAND PORTRAITS // Angel Castillo for Ogden Mayor

Angel Castillo and I met to get to know one another in preparation for her upcoming headshot session with me, at Ultraviolet Studios. Angel reached out upon booking and invited me for a quick coffee date at Wasatch Roasting Company which let’s be honest, I am not one to turn down coffee. Angel recommenced the mocha because it isn’t “too sweet” because well, she gets it. We settled in for coffee and conversation, exploring the power and responsibility of leading a city that is growing at the rate Ogden is. I’ve seen it in Utah County, she has seen it in LA. She gets it. She does this place.

We discussed art, culture, diversity, what it means to move to a new place, friendship, food, and mountains. We talked about the power of honest portraits and about why she needed them. Angel’s campaign is built on showing up and protecting a city that is on the cusp of massive growth, she needs to be seen and shown as real. She needs to be shown as the competent, experienced voice that Ogden needs for our upcoming Mayoral race who looks forward to the opportunity and responsibility of Mayorship. Because the truth is, Ogden needs someone who sees this beautiful, growing place we call home, the way Angel Castillo does- with foresight.

I was so happy to make these campaign headshots for Angel and cannot wait to work with her again and see her leadership extended through this valley home we share.

PRODUCTION HEADSHOTS // McKenzie Steele Foster


I met McKenzie on a cold December morning as we drove west to Little Sahara. There were five of us and we had exactly 40 minutes on the cold swirling sand to make portraits that supported the in-progress production of The Little Prince. The turn around and asks were direct- we needed to communicate the character relationships that made Sackerson’s “The Little Prince” the lasting and memorable telling it is. Our time limit was significant, the cold biting and our collaboration new. And we did it. McKenzie and the entire Sackerson team were focused and talented inspired by what it means to collaborate creatively.

Now, two years later, with so many beautiful stories and characters explored, McKenzie hired me to make these portraits for her. We worked at Ultraviolet Studios using the cyclorama wall, mobile walls, and a piece of really wrinkly duck cloth I flopped over our clothing rack. I love the undone messiness of it. We played a playlist we both loved, we both sang, we both laughed a bunch and talked about mutual friends, and work.

I knew little about McKenzie aside from my admiration of her as a compelling actor who communicates the nuance, puzzling intersections of life and death, discovery and searching, love and loss. She has an ability to focus the nuance of a character’s story inviting the crowd to connect with the wonderful equalizing experiences of being human.

McKenzie invests in herself. She sees her own talent and she moves forward exploring it more, growing what she loves. She regularly invests in photography to document her evolution, her change, and her growth. It was my pleasure to document her, to see and spend time getting to know a woman who knows how to channel her infinite being into characters that communicate what it means to exist.

Check out McKenzie’s work and reel HERE.

SEEN // ERIKA EDDINGTON

I have been photographing Erika for seven years. I have images of her hunched over a table, fiddling with petals in her early 20’s with old-soul fashion. She wore a striking white lace top tucked into something perfect.

Erika Eddington by Ashley Thalman. Woman in sunflowers.

Once we images of her precariously teetering on a wooden ladder while wearing woven wedges. Sweaty and determined we set a scene in an overgrown field, both of us pushing away stalky sunflowers, hoping the ladder would hold. We needed her high, we needed her caught in the late fertile light of September. Like yesterday I see her straw hat angled in picturesque style on her curl-topped head, surrounded by sunflowers.

We made photos on her wedding day, standing on a carpet of summer grass with perfect Claudia Dell contrapposto. She wore a classic cream dress, a peach in hand, wearing a bemused smile.

I have behind the scenes images from my Provo studio where she arranged flowers to top my Dotter’s tiny head and later atop Carol Lambert’s elderly one.

Mrs Lambert’s granddaughter hired me to photograph her purple-obsessed grandmother and I hired Erika to make floral crowns. We worked together to make images that captured Carol in her aged glory; crone, mother, maiden, girl- all the parts of a woman there and gone, rising to old age in the white-haired woman who sat regal, in flowers. Carol died a few days after that session of royal purple and flowers. We caught that image just in time.

As women and creatives, Erika and I have seen things, life has intersected over us and we’ve witnessed it together and apart; a confluence of witnessing and documenting, sharing and showing.

Erika has allowed me to chronicle her majestic life unfolding; here a little, there a little while mine unfolded unseen behind the camera. Totally comfortable and trusting, our relationship has always been fed by apertures and flowers. Each time we’ve worked together we basked, created and remembered while I attempted to understand the ethereal spaciousness of the archetypal woman in myself, in her, in Carol, in us all.

And so it is.

Here are some images from last Spring when we celebrated Erika. I hope to make photos like this again.

And so it shall be.