Hi! I'm Ashley - a professional photographer, wife, mom of boys, camera strap designer, Monat Market Partner and a passionate community volunteer. I've been in the photography business for over 10 long years and last year I decided to change things up a bit and take a new stride in the direction of sharing more of my everyday life. A Photo by Ashley is now a place where I can easily share more than just professional photos. You'll learn I'm very giving, I'm opinionated, I'm an introvert believe it or not. I suck at writing (I write like I talk) so, if you're here to correct my grammar, you may want to head to another blog. I'm all in and sometimes I'm all over the place, I love hard, I'm pretty laid back, very sarcastic, coffee addict, creative, free spirited, open-minded and I just want to live and experience what I can, where I'm at, with what I have. We live in what I call a big small town in North Carolina, at the end of a cul-de-sac - within city limits. This is where #culdesacfarmstead developed. Although we live on a small piece of property I took my skills and knowledge passed down to me and I have learned over the years I CAN grow and produce here. I love to share my experiences with others. I can now share my simple lifestyle in ways that we all can relate to, from the roots of our ancestors, parents, grandparents and older generation friends. Farm to table, farmstead, homesteading, backyard chickens, homegrown, homemade, handmade, photography, traveling, exploring, trying new things, natural products, or simply WHATEVER works for ME -- is here. I'll be honest, I don't like to cook, so if I do it's something I really like. This is "my way" of sharing with you my roots along with my other adventures in my every day life through photos... personal blog posts 99% iPhone.