WOMEN IN ART

BRAND PORTRAITURE // SAMI JO

A few months ago my studio neighbors, Aveda Salon A.&.Co Salon hosted their first Earth Day event which was both successful and well supported. Clients, employees, friends, and community members donated services and gifts, as well as purchase raffle tickets with proceeds donated to Ogden Nature Center. Raffle drawings included a headshot session with yours truly and Sami, an A.&Co contractor won!

Sami is a master hairstylist who specializes is highly detailed work highlighting her clients’s natural beauty. She has a warm, friendly disposition with sharp skill in her art and tells the story of her craft beautifully. Beauty and art and wellness seeps from her soul. She is multi-talented, feels deeply connected to nature, and the soul of our earth. I loved spending time with her and I cannot wait to work together again.

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 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 // 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.”

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.