I'm Ashley...thanks so much for stopping by. As a mama of four, I know all too well how quickly time passes and children grow. Just yesterday I was meeting my first baby, and now my fourth is getting ready to head to preschool. But also as a mama of four, I know all the challenges that you can face in trying to capture each age and stage and all those special memories. Clients often call me a baby whisperer and toddler wrangler because of my calming presence for babies and yet unending energy for children.

It is my joy to meet you where you are and help fill in the gaps to make your family photos as fun and seamless as possible so that when you look at your images, you are looking at genuine moments and memories filled with all the love and joy that you want to hang onto and cherish forever. 

hello there!

it's so nice to meet you

we're the perfect match if...

looking for a photographer?

You value timeless images that capture beautiful memories with people you love most.

Your favorite kind of images are the kind where you can feel the joy and hear the laughter.

You want an easy, personalized photography experience that you will enjoy as much as your final images.

Sessions with me are so much more than taking pictures. As I plan and photograph your session, I am thinking about what photos will look beautiful in your home as a canvas or matted frame. I imagine the albums or loose prints you will look through with your children for years as you tell them stories about all those precious ages and memories. I think about the joy you will feel as you get to go back in time over and over.

When you book a session with me, I walk you through every step of the process. I love helping style clients for their sessions because I know how overwhelming yet important that can be for beautiful, timeless images. We discuss specifics of your session and what your hopes are for it. We talk through duration, time of day, location, props and more.

My goal for every session is for you to have the session of your dreams. I want you to talk away from your session with a full heart, only to be outdone by the overflowing heart you will have when you see your images in person!

When I am not behind the camera, you can usually find me hiking and exploring with my husband, our four wonderful children, and our golden retriever or else watching reruns of The Office!

what to expect

I can't wait to work with you!

Let's create something amazing together.

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Ashley McKinney is a maternity, newborn, baby and family photographer serving the Charlottesville, Virginia area including Richmond, Washington D.C., Lynchburg, Crozet, Ivy, Keswick, Harrisonburg, Culpeper, Lake Monticello, Staunton, Palmyra, Zion Crossroads and the surrounding areas.

charlottesville VA newborn & Baby Photographer