London's Bridge Photography: Blog en-us (C) London's Bridge Photography (London's Bridge Photography) Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:00 GMT Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:00 GMT Jack's "King Suit"

If you've followed my work for very long...especially on facebook, you know that my boys are full of personality and love to dress themselves.  Unless we're going to church (and even then, I pick my battles), I let them express themselves.  There are worse things.  Plus, I love the freedom they have at this age to just be not worry about what everyone not try to please everyone else.  There is such beauty in that.  I hope & pray that they always feel comfortable in their own skin. 

Having said that, yesterday when we got home from school, Jack (who usually changes clothes about 10 times a kidding) told me that he was going to put on a "King Suit".  I'm used to him changing outfits to match his mood (or whatever he's, music, baseball,etc.), but I have never heard him say "King Suit"!! LOL :)  I just went with it, and he went upstairs to pick out his clothes.  He came back downstairs with this beautiful combination! Haha!!  He absolutely loves his jacket that a dear family friend gave him, and he loves his "rock star boots" that Santa brought him.  The "top hat" (as he calls it) just really made the outfit complete!  He wanted me to button his shirt all the way up and asked if we had a bow tie.  We didn't....I guess that's next on the list for him! :)  Anyway, after he got dressed in his "King Suit", he asked me to go upstairs and get his horse that he could ride.  I convinced him to bring the horse outside so that it would look like he's riding through a big open field!  Thankfully, he was okay with that...and we had some beautiful sunshine, too! :) 

Along with Jack's crazy outfit, Jagger had his own self-expression going on.  From soccer uniform socks to his fluorescent new shoes...along with his camo jacket (of course), he was lookin' goooood!! LOL! :)  He even hopped on the little horse that he was given when he was a baby! :)

I really think I will look back on moments like these and love them so much more than if my boys were perfectly dressed in clothes that actually match! :)  I absolutely love telling the story of my precious boys and their childhood through images such as these. :) 


*From a photography standpoint, all images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, & edited in Lightroom. 

(London's Bridge Photography) Jack & Jagger Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer Kentucky Child Photographer children lifestyle Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:11 GMT
Jessie Jessie is my beautiful cousin.  She is so sweet, funny, smart, and an amazing singer!  I recently photographed a benefit that Jessie was singing at, and we got to spend a few minutes in front of the beautiful sunset!  Her outfit, her curls in the sunlight, the sun flare...swoon! :) * All images taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 50 f/1.4 lens, and edited in Lightroom. :)  


(London's Bridge Photography) Jessie Key Kentucky Senior Photographer lifestyle personal singer Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:29:06 GMT
Sunshine & Ice We have gotten a lot of snow & ice lately here in Kentucky.  As much as I would rather be drenched in warm, summer sunshine, I admit that the ice-covered trees, bushes and grasses have been beautiful.  These images were taken in my back yard about a week ago when the sun was getting low in the sky, and the golden light was glistening on all of the ice.  I was freezing, but it was worth it! :) All of these images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200 2.8 IS lens.


(London's Bridge Photography) February ice kentucky nature photographer snow sunshine winter Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:33:23 GMT
Jagger & Jack on the RR tracks :) We live one street away from the railroad tracks in our little town.  We're kind of immune to the passing trains, but whenever we actually take the time to watch one pass, the boys still love it.  One day last month, we walked over to Main Street, and the boys just played.  They put pennies on the tracks for the trains to flatten.  They played with "swords" and found cool rocks.  They chased each other and finally got to watch a train pass.  These are the times when I'm so thankful that I lug my big camera around with me everywhere! :)



(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky children family lifestyle personal photographer Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:57:03 GMT
Project 365 (2014) - January When I started this project on January 1, I wondered if I would last a week! :)  I'm excited that I've actually managed to capture my boys together for a whole month already! :)  Hopefully I can hang for 11 more months!  It's been so much fun capturing my boys every day just being themselves...from exciting, hilarious things (like stair sledding) to simple, mundane things (like watching TV together).  Here's to February and all the joy it will bring! :) 




(London's Bridge Photography) children jagger and jack lifestyle personal project 365 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:02:37 GMT
2014 - New Year, New Outlook As this year comes to a close, I can't even begin to express my gratitude for your love & support.  You have allowed my business to flourish, and I have been busier than I ever imagined!  I have met so many incredible people, have captured so many precious memories, and have been able to donate to wonderful organizations & charities.  My prayers to be busy and build my business have been answered, and I am so thankful for every opportunity I have been given this year. 

However, I humbly admit that I have allowed my desire to build my business to take priority over my family this past year. Most of my free time (when I'm not working full time as a special education teacher) has been spent in front of a computer, and I’ve been consistently “too busy” for my family.  My little boys have become used to Mommy saying, "not right now" or "wait a minute".  Going out to eat with my husband has been replaced with editing. 

Although my original prayers of being so busy were answered, I feel I have learned a great lesson.  I have realized that the demands of being overcommitted and spread too thin has made my passion for photography feel like more of a "job".  That realization has been so powerful because I NEVER want photography to become a job! I love & respect it too much for that to happen. I also realize that no matter how much I love photography (and I love it a lot), it defeats the purpose if I put it in front of my family.  Therefore, I have made a prayerful decision to limit the amount of sessions I schedule each month.  I want to focus on quality and staying true to my vision rather than trying to break records for scheduled sessions.  I want to shoot with meaning & purpose, to be intentional, and to never provide a cookie-cutter experience for my clients simply because I'm "too busy". 

With all of that being said, I am looking forward to a refreshed and focused new year…to be the best I can be for my family and for you!  My slogan is "Let your Heart Smile".  I need to get back to letting my own heart smile every time I pick up my camera!  I can’t thank you enough for your incredible love & support!  It means the world to me! <3     

(London's Bridge Photography) 2014 London new outlook philosophy purpose vision Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:09:26 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life {October}

Every October during Fall Break, my whole family goes to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We stay in a cabin and the boys love having a hot tub and a pool table :)  This year, we got to see 5 bears walking down the road in front of our cabin!  It was so exciting :)  This year, my sister & I took our boys to the Ripley's Aquarium.  They loved it!  They got to see a scuba guy feeding the fish, got to dig for dinosaur bones at the dinosaur exhibit, and got to see sharks!  Jack had a love-hate relationship with the sharks.  He was amazed, but chewed his nails off the whole time.  We had a great time!


After viewing my "30 minutes in the life", be sure to follow our blog circle and see what fourteen other wonderful photographers around the world captured for their 30 minutes!!  Next up from here is Rebecka LeFoll, Washington Lifestyle Photographer.

Sam wasn't real sure about climbing into the Penguin tunnel.  After Jagger & Jack did it, he went for it. :) And I managed to trudge through the Penguin tunnel, too! :)  Have you ever smelled Penguins?!!  YUCK!!  It's a good thing they're so cute! :)  


(London's Bridge Photography) 30 minutes in the life Gatlinburg children family lifestyle Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life {September}

I am fortunate to be included in a blog circle with a group of super talented photographers who have chosen to capture "30 Minutes in the Life" every month.  If you know me, you know that I am not a depressing person.  I absolutely love to laugh, to joke, & to have a great time!  I do not take myself too seriously.  However, the month of September tends to bring about my most joyful feelings...and my most sad feelings. 

On September 7, we celebrate our first son, Jagger's birthday.  It is always a day full of fun, laughter, and lots of partying!  Just 4 days after Jagger's birthday, we celebrate our precious daughter, London's birthday.  On September 11, she would have been 6.  It's hard to "celebrate" her birthday without being sad and full of wonder of "what might have been".  It's hard to go to her grave on her birthday when we want nothing more than to be planning her party.  However, this is our life, and for this month, I wanted to share our "30 minutes in the Life" as we wished our precious London Cloe a very happy 6th birthday in heaven.  Don't get me wrong...we know that she's not really "there".  We have full confidence that her sweet spirit is in heaven...where she is laughing and playing and safe in the presence of Jesus.  However, this is where her precious little body was laid to's where we can go - on this side of heaven - to visit her, to be close to her, and to honor her. 

* Just a side note, London's middle name is "Chloe" without the h.  My Nana, who was one of the most wonderful, kind, loving & devout Christian women I ever knew died when I was pregnant with London.  Her name was Cleo.  Just days before my Nana passed away, I told her that if I had a girl, I would name her after her.  Although Nana was so weak with cancer at the time, she smiled and said she would be honored.  When we found out we were having a girl, we decided to use "Chloe" as her middle name, but spell it Cloe in honor of my Nana.  I find comfort in knowing that my Nana, Cleo, and my sweet London Cloe are together. :)

We always bring her pink roses and balloons. I don't want to confuse anyone...Jack is wearing on of Jagger's old shirts :) 

I know it sounds weird, but this is the place where I feel I can be with all three of my children at the same time. 

When we got there, we noticed that someone had sowed grass, brought a vase of freshly cut flowers, and put angel wings on her angel.  Later we found out it was my mom...London's Grandmommy.  It meant so much to us. 

The boys love to send the balloons to London...and watch them until they drift out of sight. As I zoomed in to this next image, I noticed Jagger's tears on his cheek as he let his balloons go.  He loves his sister so much. We always clean her beautiful pink stone and make everything tidy.  Jack helped clean my Papaw's stone, too.  Papaw's "angel day" was September 15.  London's was the 13th. The boys love to explore, so Jonathan & I enjoy a few moments of quiet. Jonathan always takes a little pink rose with him. Jagger wanted to take a few pictures, so I let him.  My necklace in this picture is one that my dear friend, Abby, gave me on London's one-year birthday.  It's made from the ribbons and heart pins that the staff at my school wore on the day London was born.  It is so very special to me, and I wear it every year on her birthday & angel day. And then it was time to go.  It was another year without our princess...and another year closer to seeing her again.



Thank you so much for taking a glimpse at these precious 30 minutes in my life this month!  Now, please visit the incredibly talented Stacey Markel, Maryland Family Photographer to see what her 30 minutes in the life looked like this month!  ~ Ashlee :) 




(London's Bridge Photography) 30 Birthday Kentucky Life Lifestyle London Photographer minutes of Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT
"dear god help me with my saddnes"

Sunday, when we left church, Jagger was holding a paper airplane he had made.  It was his Sunday School paper...he always folds them into paper airplanes.

He flew it up to me as we drove home.  I asked him what they learned about and he said they learned about asking God for help when we need Him.  We talked about the importance of asking God for help and that God is always there for us.  We got home, and I started grabbing all of our junk from the car.  I grabbed his airplane and thought I'd look at it before I threw it away.  This is what it said.

I stopped and took a deep breath.  I covered my mouth and cried.  Jagger's words were so simple, yet so powerful.  He just turned 8 on Saturday, and lately it's as if he has realized the void in his life more than ever before.  He has always talked about London and "missed" her.  However, he seems to understand what he is missing now more than ever, and he has been sad.  He has cried more, asked more questions, shown anger and confusion.  He has grieved.  And he needs God's help.  And so do I.

This is a week that I have been anticipating for a while.  Every year, as the summer comes to an end, the leaves begin to fall, and the air changes, I begin to "go there" again.  The memories of this week start to become very fresh and vivid.  I remember details like no other time during the year.  This is the week that our precious London Cloe came into the world.  It's the week we got to see her and hold her for the first time. 

It's the week that Jagger became a big brother for the first time.

  After months of anxiously awaiting her arrival, it was this week that we finally got to feel her and hear her little grunts.

It's the week that Jonathan held "Daddy's Girl" safe in his arms.

We got to smell her and rub her little head.  We got to swaddle her in pink.

It's the week we got to tell her how much we love her.

We got to pray for her, sing to her, read to her, rock her, kiss her and snuggle with her. 

It's the week I got to see her make a funny face when she didn't want her paci.

It's the week I got to see her wear the same dress that I wore home from the hospital when I was born.  My mom surprised me by bringing this dress to the hospital. 

For two days, regardless of her diagnosis, regardless of knowing that she would endure major open heart surgery, regardless of understanding the risks of the surgery...we got to be London's mommy & daddy.  We got to love her and be with her and admire her and be proud of her.  She was perfect and so very beautiful.  The joy far outweighed the anxiety of her diagnosis.  The excitement of seeing her sweet face and loving her unconditionally for two days far outweighed the heartache that we would soon endure.

This is the last picture I have of her precious face.


It's the week we had to say good-bye...for a lifetime.  That was it.  Two days, and it was over.  All of the anticipation, the hopes & dreams, the preparation...

It was over.  London was gone...and our lives were changed forever.

Tomorrow, September 11, our beautiful little London would be 6.  Every year, I feel like I say the same thing, but I simply can't help but imagine what she would look like, sound like, what she would be doing and playing with and saying.  I wish I could hear her giggle.  I wish I could hear her sing and see her dance. 

I teach Kindergarten special education, so my classroom is in the kindergarten hallway, and I work with students in all of the kindergarten classrooms.  I would be working in London's room.  I would be seeing her in the hall, I would be with her on the playground.  I would eat lunch with her.  I would've brought cupcakes to school tomorrow for her class.  We would've gotten all dressed up this morning for school pictures.  It would've been the sweetest Matilda Jane outfit :)  I wonder if she would have argued with me on how to fix her hair.  Would she be missing teeth in her first school picture?  Oh, my heart aches as I wonder these things.

This week, our hearts are heavy, yet we are thankful.  We are thankful that the Lord shared our precious London for 9 months in my womb and two days in our arms.  We are thankful that we got to see a glimpse of heaven through her and now long for the day that we will be together again.  We are thankful that, although we do not understand His ways or His plan, that we trust Him more because of London.  We are thankful that Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could spend eternity with Him and with her.  We are thankful that, although this lifetime away from London seems so very long, it is just a blink of an eye to her.  We are grateful that we have HOPE.

Bleeding Hearts

I thank God for London, that I am her mommy, that I can celebrate her life and her 6th birthday, and that God has given me the opportunity to honor her, share her story, and celebrate her life through photography.  Thank you so much for your support...this week and always!! XOXO

~ Ashlee







(London's Bridge Photography) London babies birthday children Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:12:40 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life (August) For this month's personal project, 30 Minutes in the Life, I chose to follow my wild little boys doing what they do best...being wild little boys! They were really busy one afternoon riding bikes, exploring in the woods, attempting to do cartwheels, wrestling in the grass & climbing trees, so I just followed them around and captured their play time.  I admit that I'm pretty much addicted to sun flare and dreamy light, and on this day, the beautiful evening sun was like a golden blanket on my boys. :)  I had fun and they did, too!

When you're finished here, be sure to visit the super talented Cindy Cavanagh of Image 421 to see what her 30 minutes looks like for this month!  Cindy is an incredibly talented family portrait photographer in Albury, New South Wales, Australia!







(London's Bridge Photography) 30 minutes in the life children kentucky children photographer lifestyle Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:00:00 GMT
Rock the Shot Photo Challenge - July Rock the Shot Forum ( is a wonderful website for photographers!  Each month, they have a themed photo challenge, and July's theme is Sunflare.  I'm excited because I absolutely love sunflare.  In fact, I'm a little bit obsessed with it! :)  This image was taken one evening last week when the sun was just dreamy!  * Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200 2.8L IS...processed in Lightroom 4.




(London's Bridge Photography) Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:55:40 GMT
30 Minutes in the Life (July) I am extremely honored & excited to be a part of an amazing group of photographers (in all parts of the world, I might add) who have chosen to document "30 Minutes in the Life" every month.  The possibilities for our project are endless!  I'm thrilled to document my boys and all of their adventures!  This month, I chose to document 30 minutes in the life of my boys at their very favorite place...Grandmommy & Papaw's pool!! 

On this particular night, the boys were really showing off for us!  Jagger was trying lots of new tricks (including his new dive & front flip) and Jack was seeing how far and high he could jump in the shallow end.  He thinks he's big stuff since he can stand up in the shallow end now!  Not only were my boys having a blast, but the evening sun was absolutely dreamy!  I'm such a sucker for sun flare...I love it!   

I can't wait to share 30 more minutes next month!!  Thanks again for stopping by!  When you're finished here, head on over to the super talented Norman, OK Lifestyle Photographer, Allison Wheeler of Poetry & Prose Photography to see what her 30 Minutes in the Life looks like! :)




(London's Bridge Photography) Central Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Wet & Wild Boys! On Father's Day, we visited Jonathan's grandparents after church.  The boys LOVE going to "Grandmother & Granddad's" because they live on a farm, so they can run and play, ride the 4-wheeler, see the tractors, and all the other good stuff!  It was a hot day, and while all the adults were still inside finishing lunch, the boys wanted to go outside and play. A few minutes later, I looked out the kitchen window and saw them spraying each other with the water their clothes...completely drenched!!  So what did I do?  What any normal mother would do.  I grabbed my big camera and ran outside to capture the wild moment, that's what! :)  The clothes didn't last long. 



(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Family Photographer children family lifestyle Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:01:00 GMT
Chloey {6 months} Chloey's round little cheeks, piercing blue eyes, button nose, curly hair and chubby legs are just a few of the reasons why I absolutely love taking her pictures!! :)  Not to mention, she has two much older brothers who adore her, and she is the princess of her home!  I could just eat her up!!  Can you blame me? :)  It's just too much sweetness in one package!! 




(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Childrens Photographer children family lifestyle Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:27:00 GMT
Afton {Senior 2013} I know I'm a bit biased, but I think that my "baby" sister, Afton, is just gorgeous.  It also makes me feel really old that she graduated from high school!  I was 14 when she was born and remember lugging her around like she was a baby doll!  Nevertheless, we had a gorgeous afternoon for her Senior pictures.  The sun was golden and beautiful.  The purple flowers (on the side of the road) were perfect with her purple dress, and we even found a cool yellow 69 Chevelle to use for a few pictures, too!  She's not one that loves my camera by any means, so getting her to let me take these was like pulling teeth.  Oh well, I'm glad I bugged her and made her come with me.  It was worth it!



(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Senior Photographer Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:31:00 GMT
Kinsley is ONE!! Miss Kinsley is one little firecracker, and I have LOVED being able to document her milestones since she was 2 weeks old!  Kinsley is blessed with wonderful, loving parents who happen to be great friends of mine.  They waited a long time for this little bundle of joy, and I know every moment with her is nothing short of wonderful! :) 




(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Family Photographer children family lifestyle Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:08:00 GMT
Madison {Senior 2013} Madison is a beautiful girl and made my job easy!  She is a natural in front of the camera and was totally up for anything :)  We had a great time and lucked out with a gorgeous poppy field and beautiful golden light!  Madison brought her grandfather's cowboy hat with her for some pictures.  He passed away, and she wanted to incorporate him in her pictures.  I love the images we got with his hat.


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(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Senior Photographer poppy field Sat, 01 Jun 2013 20:44:00 GMT
The Hafer Family It's not very often that I get to photograph an extended family, and this session was nothing short of a blast!  We had a great time on the farm, and I think I smiled more than they did because I was dying laughing at them the whole time.  They are hilarious and funny and just truly enjoy each other!  I'm so thankful to have been able to capture a glimpse of the love & happiness they share! :)





(London's Bridge Photography) Kentucky Family Photographer children family lifestyle Wed, 15 May 2013 20:25:00 GMT
Caroline & Charlotte These adorable little divas are a blast to photograph!!  I love chasing them, laughing at them, teasing them, and just watching them play and giggle and have fun together! :)  With Caroline & Charlotte, I was able to truly have a "fly on the wall" approach to photographing them.  I love when I can simply observe children being themselves.  There's nothing more pure and sweet.  :)




(London's Bridge Photography) Children Kentucky and caroline charlotte family lifestyle photographer Fri, 10 May 2013 19:33:00 GMT
Chaz & Maya I love these little cuties so much!  Not only is their mommy a lifelong friend of mine, they also go to the babysitter with Jack.  Jack & Chaz are big buddies!  Now that Maya is walking, she's giving the boys a run for their money!! :)




(London's Bridge Photography) children family lifestyle Mon, 06 May 2013 20:02:00 GMT