Ashley Thalman

THOUGHTS // I Know How You Feel

 

I know how you feel. When you’re photographed by another woman who shares love for and with you, when she is grounded with experience and can support worries and insecurities- it shifts something.

Self love looks different for everyone. Here’s what it looks like to me in this moment: women, a shade of rust, rocks, sage in desert landscapes, my partner at home with the kids and dinner sending encouragements, doing something nice for myself even when I have lots of reasons not to, leaping into the unknown ultraviolet risk. It means receiving for myself, what I love to give others.

Thank you Lindsay for your eye and talent.

And yes, this suit is silk and yes, it’s been in my closet for two years waiting for me to step into it. And yes, it’s the most gorgeous thing ever, cost too much at a time I was walking a penny line and yes, I made the right choice.

THOUGHTS // SOUL MATE LOVE

Love is immeasurable. Though we’ve probably kissed a million times, and our word count is Brittanica in volume our love is yet building.

Where is love stored? Where did our love begin? Is it karmic? Is it healing the unseen inside? Does it transform our cells with the comforts of belonging, and the tremors of taking a chance?

Is there a dimension where acts of kindness and passion create something only the soul would recognize? What is that feeling of recognition?

The shedding, stepping in, claiming, healing, letting go, trusting, sobbing, laugh-crying love is only so good as we let it be. And the forever invitation is to let it be everything.

These portraits were taken on a spontaneous vacation to Kanab, Utah. Thank you for being my traveling companion and artistic match and best friend.

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 // 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.”

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

FAMILY AT HOME // The Beatty Family

Their home has changed since we made these photos. Holiday decorations bring color where autumn leaves once lining the river receded into winter coming. The dark of solstice brought ice to a once flowered walkway. And the subjects, the individual beauty of these people who call each other family? They have changed too. We are all changing. The soul of this family has evolved by visiting new places, finding tradition in habit and routine, by feeling melancholy, exhaustion, and comfort ebbing and flowing- expanding them, shifting their shapes. But after all that they return home. Night after night, after moving through the world this is where we land; hurt and hollow, reeling and regal, wanting and adventuring in the nest of home. 

After discussing what it meant for Amy and Matt to be photographed, after the ordering of prints for walls and an albums to tell their home story, I was struck: There is never a good time to be photographed just as much as there is never a bad one. 

Every little bit of our lives together has value and tells the story of you and the people you love as they expand. Every moment is worthy. 

As the year ends, resolve to find the perfect photographer to see and capture you. Soon. Do it soon. Invite the camera into your home and show it what you look like, show it your unique untamed wild. And in showing up, you will be seen. And now is a great time for that.

REVIEW // Mitchener Twin Children Portraits


“I had prepared for my kids to be shy and scared for their photo shoot. Within minutes they weren’t just enjoying the photo shoot, they had made a new best friend in Ashley. The way she connected with them was more than I knew I wanted it to be. She captures moments in them because of the connection she made with them. I had been looking forward to this photo shoot and it was an absolutely magical experience. Ashley is in every way incredible and her photography is stunning.”- Jensenne

Thank you for the generous review, Jensenne and Mark.

FAMILY AT HOME // The Sanford Family

Colby and Alicia live a life of intention and artful trust that I deeply admire. This is our second time collaborating to make portraits of their family. This time Faye greeted me by name. She’s grown. We all have, but most obvious is her growth. She answered a question of, “Faye, what kind of cheese do you like?” with “SWISS!”. Her parents erupted in laughter and so did I.

We didn’t spend nearly as much time at the Sanford home as last year, opting to visit nearby Rock Canyon Park- exploding with the happy subtle fall colors often found in Colby’s home-centric painted celebrations of home and family relationships. The weather was brisk, the colors rich, and the sky was perfectly overcast (my preferred climate for photo session days).

This session Alicia wore a stunning red linen two-piece dress that she sewed and an abstract pattern crop. Colby’s knit cap and Faye’s cardigan are also Alicia’s creations. It is so easy to join Colby in seeing Faye and Alicia as generous muses.

See Colby’s prolific and moving painting HERE