But don’t mess with her. Mom tells me she knows how to use a chainsaw.
Ashley looked like she was born and raised on the farm as she hung out in the wild grasses of Hickory Creek Forest Preserve during her senior session.
Totally comfortable in her own skin, we used the early evening sun and her natural beauty to make stunning imagery.
As we shot, I noticed she kept straightening the ends of her hair. Not out of nervousness, mind you. But out of an endearing habit that was surely formed long before Ashley ever thought about graduating from high school.
The little girl she once was clearly remained as her hands came up, touching the ends of her hair, and she flashed her Julia Roberts-sized smile.
I had to say something because the pose was so… her.
“Do you always do that with your hair?” I said.
“Do what?” she asked.
“You know, this,” I said, as I brought my own hands up to my hair to show her.
“Oh, that,” she said. “Yea, I always do that.”
Mom Dawn nodded in agreement.
It was that very gesture that became the signature of her session, and we began incorporating it into every backdrop we chose, all the way to my studio.
“That is such a great look,” I told her. “I’m going to call it, ‘The Ashley.’ ”
And thus, “The Ashley” was born.