women in art

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.

Production Headshots // 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.

Priscilla Bingham

 
Priscilla Bingham, Photographed by Ashley Thalman

I remember the first time I saw a photograph of Priscilla Bingham. The photo was a perfectly toned black and white image taken on Priscilla’s wedding day by my friend Kiera. I wanted to know her and talk to her. I called her in.

Over the years the concentric circles of life, interests, and the collective evolution of the women in my life who feel the charge of, “It’s time” circumstance drew Priscilla into my life.

Priscilla Bingham is deeply creative. Her work as a Kundalini Yoga instructor and student, jewelry alchemist, sound medication and conscious eating guide provide an invitation for slow, deliberate and powerful healing.

I have been lucky to have a friendship of sharing insights, discussing the need for deepening morality, shared movement, conscious parenthood, and of course, and above all, the art with which all of these tender things need to be handled. I learn so much from Priscilla. She has helped empower me with tools to be a better, more free version of myself; from white tantric and golden milk to the energetic power behind chanting and laughter this woman has a mission and to know her uncommon outlook is to know power.

Priscilla has heard the call to rise and share her voice, her experiences, her humor and her strength with the world and I am so lucky to support her, witness her and feel the power of her immense artistry and compassion as it is shared with the world.

Portraits taken on at the shore of Seattle’s Lake Washington.

Audrey Christensen - Hey Be Fab // Production Headshots

 
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.”

McKenzie Steele Foster // Production Headshots


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.

Erika

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.

Published // Distance of the Moon

The benefit of collaborations are that they bloom and steady the players, benefitting subjects, creatives and the goals of the individual artists that contribute to that collaboration. Matthew Peterson (my partner in life and love) and I created these images in support of Sackerson’s latest original work, “Distance of the Moon”. “Distance of the Moon” is an adaptation of Italo Calvino’s captivating short story about a long-ago time when the moon was close, pulled the earth’s tide water treasures to its skin and attracted the most eccentric characters to its scaly surface. The original short story was adapted and creatively interpreted for Sackerson’s stage by the brilliant Morag Shepherd. Directed by Dave Mortensen.

Playing at Wasatch Theater Company through December 22nd

To read reviews and see online publications of our images see:

Medium

Utah Review

ALICIA SANFORD- LINEN VISIONARY

In addition to booking her annual family portraits this year, Alicia Sanford added an extension to document her beautiful cranberry linen creation.

I love the happy humming vibration of handmade things. Handmade and uniquely designed clothing is so rare, a dying art. The contrast of factory-fast disposable clothing makes seeing the value of one-of-a-kind pieces very obvious. This dress carries the energy of Alicia’s learning and flow. It tells the story of cut fabric, folding and pinned, of broken needles and late night frustrations, of Liberty of London details and the perfect weight for October.

Artists and their art make the world go round.