Hey there, I'm Ash! Just your average dog mom, and margarita enthusiast. It feels weird to be writing about myself on the internet. I am more of a " let's get to know each other in real life" kinda gal - but here we go! My full name is Ashley Gabrielson, but in high school my friends used to called me Ash Gabes. [Hence - the name of my business!] I have lived in San Diego my whole life, and love the heck out of this sunshine town.
When was the first time you picked up a camera?
The first time I picked up a camera was during a college study abroad trip to Barcelona. My Grandpa gifted me a Canon Rebel to take photos during my trip. I probably should have been taking photos of all the beautiful architecture, but instead I was photographing my friends and everything we were doing. I definitely have more photos from that trip of people laughing with a glass of sangria in their hand, than I do of Barcelona itself.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I shot my first wedding in 2015. At that time, I had just graduated college, was working a 9 to 5 and was taking photos as a hobby. I had never photographed a wedding, or really thought about being a wedding photographer. A couple I knew from high school was getting married, and they asked me to take their engagement photos. They loved the engagement photos so much that they asked me if I would photograph their wedding day. After that, I was obsessed with shooting weddings and wanted to learn everything about the industry.
How do you make your work look so candid and natural?
A lot my posing is movement driven. I try my best to capture all the in between looks or giggles where my clients were totally focused on each other and not thinking about the fact that they are in the middle of a photoshoot. One of my go-to poses is asking a couple to slow motion run towards the camera. It sounds ridiculous, but you are guaranteed to laugh at yourself while doing this. Those are the kind of moments I love photographing.