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Meet Ashley Köstepen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Köstepen.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started to get interested in photography again after my first son was born. My mom set up a newborn session for him-typical newborn shoot with the sleeping baby and cutesy props. And while the photographer did a great job, to me, the photos just seemed very impersonal. So while he looked super cute dressed in a hand-knit dinosaur hat, it didn’t say anything about him, or how we felt about him. I wanted photos that captured him beautifully and authentically at each stage of his life. So eventually I found some professional artists doing just that, and I took workshops and classes and began learning, and I was hooked.

Please tell us about your art.
I do documentary style family and event photography. So it is more moment driven than posing, though there is some light posing. My goal is to tell the story of a family in an image.

Kids are naturally themselves, and as parents, they bring us along for the ride. We become less worried about how we look, or what people think of us when we are in the moment with our kids. There are the sweet, quiet moments when a toddler’s little hand on your cheek will melt your heart or the crazy, chaotic moments of our kids running around in their rain boots and no clothes on (I’ve been there ). I love it all, and I think families deserve to have these real-life moments; memories captured for posterity. I don’t think any of us are looking back at our Olan Mills family portraits with warm, fuzzy, childhood memories! I want you to feel that moment again when you look at your family photos.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Finding your people. Letting the type of clients that want your work know that you are out there can be difficult. I think a lot of people don’t even realize there are other options for family photos. You don’t have to stress about finding matching white shirts and jeans for the whole family! You can be yourselves, mismatched clothes and all.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website is www.ashleykostepenphotography.com or on Instagram @ashleykostepen and Facebook. The best way to support any local artist…hire us! We love what we do and want to be a part of our community. It truly is an honor to be welcomed into a client’s home to be a part of their family for a day.

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Ashley Kostepen

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