BASED IN chicago, IL

WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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I’m Ashlee, southern girl in the big city! Lover of sand between toes, sunsets and vintage goods in fields. I LOVE comedy, it is the one thing I am usually always listening to while I am editing or true crime documentaries. I have been married for 7 years after eloping in Orange Beach, Alabama and for our 10th anniversary we plan to have a GRAND celebration! I can’t wait!
I prefer a fine art approach to my work, I love the tones and I stay true to color so your images are timeless. One of my favorite things to get from my couples is photos of their beautiful day on their walls. Prints are so valuable in telling your life story.
 I truly adore each and every couple I get to photograph. There is so much in store for 2021 and beyond! Don’t miss out on any of the gorgeous couples, silly moments and behind the scenes! You can follow along on Instagram at @ashleelcole.

I'm ASHLEE


Where love, family and friends are the raw sugar in my iced latte.”

I was born and raised in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. While working in the airline industry, Chicago became my new home in 2012. Since then, I've traveled up and down the western Lake Michigan coast documenting love stories for couples and families. 

My love for photography has brought me to some gorgeous locations. But regardless of where I travel, the breezy winds and endless possibilities of Chicago will always be my home. 

chicago.

Jennifer + Joey
West dundee, illinois WEDDING

she was awesome and captured our wedding day better than we could have ever expected. 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Nothing cools you down faster in a Chicago summer than a venti iced latte on the river walk (with extra raw sugar of course!) Throw in a few friends and you have the ingredients for a perfect night. 

Sipping iced latte's 
on the riverwalk.

(with extra raw sugar.)

with my family riding bikes or having brunch

Ski boats are fun, but nothing beats packing a picnic and heading out for a day of sailing on the ocean. Turn on Amazon's "Yacht Rock" radio station and pack a picnic lunch for the perfect Sunday afternoon.  

Sunset sails on the ocean

02/05

While I may not be trying out for the Quiksilver team anytime soon, I love mornings spent catching waves on the shores of Folley Beach. 

Catching waves on the beaches of Folley 

03/05

Nothing cools you down faster in a Southern summer than a tall glass of sweet tea on the front porch (with extra honey of course!) Throw in a few friends and you have the ingredients for a perfect night. 

Sipping sweet tea 
on the font porch.

(with extra honey.)

03/05

Ski boats are fun, but nothing beats packing a picnic and heading out for a day of sailing on the ocean. Turn on Amazon's "Yacht Rock" radio station and pack a picnic lunch for the perfect Sunday afternoon.  

Sunset sails on the ocean

03/05

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ON SUNDAYS YOU’LL FIND ME

IF I HAD TO DESCRIBE THIS BUSINESS IN THREE WORDS, THEY WOULD BE JOYFUL, SIMPLE AND TIMELESS.

The first time I realized my husband would be my husband, he was helping me put together furniture in my new Chicago apartment. I was standing at the sink rinsing out my new dishes when I looked up and thought "Why am I not dating this guy?". I truly believe he is my person.
I LOVE being with my clients on one of the most important days of their lives. I love seeing your connection get deeper with each glance, dance, laugh, conversation and whatever other moments you share together. You can rest assured knowing I have a history of capturing those moments not just between the two of you but your friends and family who have come to celebrate this beginning journey. 
We will laugh, cry and have an AMAZING time. At the end of the day, you'll be married and be able to look back at this incredible day with your carefully curated heirloom album and beautiful prints gracing your home. 

why choose me

THE HEART BEHIND THE PHOTOS