ULTRAVIOLET STUDIOS

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.

THOUGHTS // Reality of Love

Snapped these a few weekends ago after completing Javi’s professional headshots. Seeing a friend in love is a magic I will always follow and want to capture and know more about. Natty and Javi met on a day where he, riding his bicycle, wasn’t planning to turn right. They met in a place that if she’d left just a minute earlier, she would have missed him. But what could have happened, didn’t happen. What happened is that reality that brought them together, and reality got it right.

BRAND PORTRAITURE // Amanda Green Pottery

 
Amanda Green photographed by Ashley Thalman at Ultraviolet Studios

I love these images Amanda and I created for her brand, Amanda Green Pottery. Amanda married Jordan Green, my dear friend Natalie’s brother. A few weeks ago while making headshots for Javi, Natalie’s boyfriend, I mentioned my admiration and attraction to Amanda’s work and that evening Amanda reached out to book her first professional production shoot…with ME!

Just a few weeks later Amanda and I met at UItraviolet Studios for her production headshot session to highlight her work. A few minutes before her session she shot me a text, “Hey Ashley! It's Amanda, we'll be there soon with coffee.”

With her little Edie in tow, quietly sitting on a pile of quilts, tinkering with Jenga and oranges, we set up her wardrobe and earrings according to color and style. I loved seeing Amanda’s beautiful work in person. I’ve been a long-time Instagram fan but to see her work in person added another dimension to my admiration. Her earrings are unexpected, feminine, and unique and her pots and fruit basket are excellently crafted. I’ve been wanting to see her work in person and the experience did not disappoint.

Amanda and I utilized my studios’s organic color palates and backdrops to highlight her with her work and the results do not disappoint. The time we scheduled flew by like it always does with the right project with the right people.

I cannot wait for our next session Amanda. Thank you for trusting me as you grow your business and expand your craft and art.

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.

BRAND PORTRAITS // Audrey Christensen - Hey Be Fab

 
Audrey Christensen of Hey Be Fab!

Audrey Christensen of Hey Be Fab!

Today Audrey Christensen of Hey Be Fab shared some photos from her recent headshot session, along with a spot-on “That’s what I’m going for!” review of our time together on her Facebook page,



"Ashley Thalman is an amazing photographer and a dream to work with. She made me feel so comfortable and allowed my spunk to shine through with these amazing photographs…”

Audrey did all the work, don’t let her fool you. It takes a lot of work to show up self-assured. It takes a lot of work to use your artistic voice, to show up at Farmer’s Market and Winter Market and to teach classes and to sweat your ass off in the heat of all that. It takes work to love yourself, it takes love that is stronger than the war inside us that is hell-bent to shut us down. It takes a lot of fight and tenderness to say what she shared yesterday about her self-love journey. I want to share these words before you scroll down to see these really kick-ass images of her. As we fiercely focus to raise the power of the feminine force on our planet, we will see and do see, over and over, that one woman’s success provides a rising effect for an entire generation, community, and species of human beings on this tender mother crust. Read this and feel the invitation she offers. It really is why she is so damned “fab”:

“My whole life I have always been told that I am too much. Too loud, too in your face, too over the top. Stop being sooo dramatic Audrey, calm down, shhhhhh.

But then I found people, a community of people who celebrated my over exuberant personality…

They asked for me to be loud and challenged me to be even louder. Demanded that I told my truth and celebrated my out of the box persona.

Once I leaned into who I was including my over the top, always over sharing, in your face person I am.

My world changed.

I became free.

Free to be fully me.

Friends, this photo that @ashleythalmanphoto took of me at her amazing studio @thatsultraviolet embodies every ounce of who I am.

I see her, the women I am and I believe that she is a damn fine bad ass go getter not stoping world changer and this, this is her time to shine.

Watch me. I ain’t stopping anytime soon.”

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.

THOUGHTS // Ultraviolet Update

Seems premature to write “update” on a forum that is so entirely uninformed about Ultraviolet Studios to begin with, but I cannot be worried and undone by what hasn’t been done. So we’ll start here.

This morning we drove to the studio after having paid the lease for the first month the day before. For me, Ultraviolet has been an act of entire faith. Not faith I referred to 10 years ago that was tied up in “knowing” or assurance but real live “WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING?” faith. Faith that is not seen or known. And I’ve realized its texture. Faith that is created by something unseen, but possible and magical.

I’ve been pit-in-the-stomach sick to one degree or another for well over 6 months. One of the greatest assets and appreciations that comes from massively risky undertakings is the learning. Last month, while healing from my knee surgery, I learned the difference between sinking stomach sensations of the intuition and the pit stomach sick that comes from taking a risk and stepping outside of comfort on your own beautiful behalf. I had never learned that; not in this way. In hindsight, I’ve known this distinction, but it always came to me in times of trauma or massive hardship. I didn’t know (more learning) that understanding the difference between intuition signaling and fear were felt differently when electing to elevate yourself, your family, and your community- which is what Ultraviolet Studios is all about.

So to my point- today a new sensation came to me as we walked in the studio. The familiar pit-in-the-gut groaning fear that has been taunting and ever-present since last March (when I found the studio) and grew greater and more defined in May (when we signed our contract) was quiet. Totally and completely replaced with deep excitement and a feeling that borders on conquering, We paid our first rent yesterday. Writing each little letter and number for our November check was a joy. We saved, we worked, we planned, we risked, we went without in areas that don’t count for us. Our fear of one thing (Can we afford that lease?) became a question we answered. And I’m proud of us.

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