I’m Ashley, a wedding and portrait photographer based in Richmond, Virginia and the owner of Aurelia Studios. I first fell in love with photography in my high school film photography class. Don’t even get me started on how much I love the smell of a darkroom. I have been photographing weddings and life events for over ten years. Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic, but I am passionate about documenting love stories and creating beautiful images for my clients. 

I drink entirely way too much diet Mountain Dew, make the BEST chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat and have an obsession with chasing the most beautiful light. Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad you’re here.

Hi there

Meet Witten

My second shooter in training….Witten is my sweet son and my own human version of golden light. We named him after a professional athlete and at five years old, he is already living up to his name. He is a giant, towering over other kids his age, smart as all get out, and is 100% BOY. 

He's playing baseball and golf regularly right now. He's hitting home runs and driving the golf ball 75 yards. Watch out Tiger! But no matter how many sports he plays, he is always willing to jump on Mommy's camera to assist! And the boy loves to snuggle!

capturing your love story

in still imagery

Kind Words

We loved every single picture, & you can really see her attention to detail shine through her work. During the shoots, she makes you feel comfortable & guides you without being bossy or impatient. Behind the scenes, she captures each of your wedding details in ways you couldn’t even imagine. With her experience, she knows what works & always has new, unique ideas that are tailored to each client. She gets to know you, your taste and your top priorities, & delivers on every element!

Kristin + Nick

Ashley is the total package! She has a keen eye for capturing detail, emotion and candidness. We are by no means “naturals” behind the camera, so it was important for us to find someone that made us feel comfortable and confident throughout hours of photos on our wedding day. It's crazy to think that you spend your entire wedding day with a total stranger, but it did not feel that way with Ashley as she was a joy to be around. Waking up to sneak peek photos the next morning was a special treat and the abundance of photos that followed were even better than we could have imagined. She is so talented and we highly recommend using Ashley for your wedding or other events. We would book her again in a heartbeat!

Annie + Sam

Words cannot describe how blessed we were to have Ashley photograph our big day, especially with me being the bride. She made us look natural & got the best candid pictures of us that capture pure emotion. From the moment she walked in the room on the wedding day, she gave me a sense of comfort. She kept me calm & on schedule. After all was said & done, I was amazed with the quality & quantity of photos. There were so many detailed photos of moments that I would have forgotten. Can't wait to work with her in the future!

MADISON + KELLAM

I don't have enough AMAZING words to describe Ashley and her breathtaking work. We seriously hit the jackpot with her as our wedding photographer. We first met Ashley for our engagement session in Richmond and our personalities and sense of humor automatically clicked! She made us feel so comfortable and kept us laughing! Ashley Truly captures every moment in a way that gives you ALL the feels. I love her candid and free style of photography.

AMANDA & BLAINE

Ashley is amazing! She is so talented and captured so many wonderful moments on our wedding day and during our engagement session. She drove up to Northern Virginia for both events and made us feel so comfortable, she is so easy going and knows exactly how to guide you. I was worried our pictures might look forced, but they were so natural and she got some great candid shots. She really pays attention to the little things and her artistry really shines through in her detail pictures (shoes, flowers, rings, etc.). We were SO pleased with her services and she even did a same day slideshow shown on the TV at our venue that our guests raved about. Planning and communication was so easy with Ashley and her years of experience in executing the wedding timeline and shot list was evident on our big day. 

Jessi + Adam

She really made our special day extra special! With so much going on, it was great to have her give us directions during our pre-ceremony photos. She not only captured great posed photos of my husband and with our families and wedding party but she also captured beautiful candid photos of the two of us. Ashley was very accommodating & wanted to make sure we got the photos we wanted, while also making sure we had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves throughout the wedding. 

ALEXA & BRENDAN

When it comes to planning a wedding, finding the right photographer can be a very overwhelming experience. But the moment we met Ashley, we knew she would be the perfect fit. She was willing to drive 6+ hours to help us shoot our engagement photos at Penn State and managed to stage us in a way that felt both natural and comfortable. She was flexible, responsive, and incredibly easy to work with and has a great sense of humor that makes you feel like family from the start.

ALI + CHRISSY

Ashley has been our family photographer for years now. She makes us all so comfortable and our annual family photo shoot FUN (which is sometimes hard to do with teenagers!) We always get so many great shots from her that it is hard to choose which ones will go on the Christmas card. She is a true professional with quality work, and I never hesitate to recommend her services.

THE BAILEYS