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Ashley Sue * Sparkle and Ash
Sparkle & Ash. Insatiably curious. Photography. Art. Design. Writing. And, most of all, Love.
Sparkle & Ash. Insatiably curious. Photography. Art. Design. Writing. And, most of all, Love.
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Please join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BullCollective or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/AshleySue or http://www.instagram.com/BullCoArts . Google+ is the WORST social media ever, making me absolutely long for the days of MySpace in comparison. :D Thank you!

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Please join me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BullCollective or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/AshleySue or http://www.instagram.com/BullCoArts . Google+ is the WORST social media ever, making me absolutely long for the days of MySpace in comparison. :D Thank you!
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I spent last night wondering what could be, if the streets were filled with people from both sides of this argument, together, holding a vigil.  Instead of protests, and anger, what if we filled the streets and stood next to each other in love, knowing that we may not agree with each other on how the verdict played out, but that we can all agree, this is tragic on every level, and that our love - the love of Christ - has to be what changes this, is the only thing that makes young Trayvon not die in vain, the only thing that makes Zimmerman's loss of freedom not in vain...

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I finally informed our wedding photographer (after he asked me for a review for his portfolio) that he was unprofessional in his service and product. His reply? -->

"Consider yourself lucky to have me there. Cheap clients are the worse. They want everything for nothing. why because we were dealing with a gravel wedding ceremony area with 2 picnic tables and the only great place was on the water with beautiful background. If I had shot from the opposite side it would have been a dark ugly background. Don't complain about it if you are not willing to do what it takes to get the great wedding party group shots. You would have had those if you would have not focused on getting drunk with your wedding guest so early. You knew we were coming back before we got to the 1972 elementary school cafeteria reception area. You are such a liar. Maybe you could be bipolar and that would explain it.

Maybe you should have spent less on alcohol and spent that money on a real wedding location. Your marriage is probably already over and that is why you are really mad.So on the next wedding save more money to have a real wedding with people that want to be there. your guest were the ones who didn't want to be there.I have been photographing people and weddings almost longer than you have been living.It is so obvious that you should not have got married you were not ready financially or mentally." - James Ward

I informed him politely that I never asked him to be our photographer - in fact, I never planned to have one at all, but a friend who wanted to shoot the wedding for his own experience convinced us to hire him at a low rate for a win-win. THAT guy, however, with 10 days before our wedding, found out he couldn't do it, and called me and said he had ALREADY hired James Ward as a replacement, and James called to tell me he was happy to step in. I also politely informed him again, as in my original letter to him, that I would have rather not had a photographer at all, as we originally intended, rather than to have someone who 1. obviously felt he didn't have to perform because he wasn't getting a boatload of cash, 2. someone who obviously defines success of marriage among two people he does not know at all by how much money they spend on their wedding (and frankly, I think for $8-$10K, we did alright for feeding and having fun with 92 of our family and friends, and in a lovely historic, rustic, stone boyscout lodge by a lake - not an "1972 elementary school cafeteria"), and 3. someone who defines spending $400 on beer and wine - over half of which never got opened or consumed (we STILL have a case of wine from our wedding in the pantry!) "getting drunk with your guest so early" - despite the fact we did not go in for over an hour after the wedding in order to take photos - that were AWFUL because he had no idea what he was doing.

Lastly, I informed him that my accusations of him being unprofessional and not knowing what he was doing were all completely confirmed by such a hateful, accusatory reply to someone whom he knows absolutely nothing about. I will tell you one thing - my marriage is infinitely more successful and longhaul than his career - in large part because Christ is the center of our intentions. Being hurt and hateful are apparently the center of his.

Man, I feel VINDICATED by his response. It confirms for me that every feeling we've had about him since we met him was completely correct, and NOW I can move on.

Thank you, and that. is. ALL.

#professional #professionalphotographer #photography  
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