Guest Speakers

Ashley Marston

Birth, Lifestyle and Documentary Photographer

The Birth Experience (Bespoke)

Ashley Marston and Sophia Costa are two experienced birth photographers that come together to bring you "The Birth Experience". With over 150 births between them, they are passionate and wanting to share what they have learned over the past 7 years. In this in depth class you will be able to shoot alongside them as they capture simulated birth scenes with a model and her partner. Lighting, Composition, Storytelling and respecting the space. They will cover everything from the moment you arrive to a birth, labour, delivery, and postpartum. Also including time to chat about how to start up and run a successful birth photography business, the challenges of being on call, self care as a birth worker, gear, how to work in the hospitals and build trust and respect from care providers and your clients. Sophia and Ashley are excited to share their experiences with you and to shoot along with you in this incredible class!

A Daily Occurrence | Finding Beauty and Harnessing Your Creativity in the Everyday (Inspire)

Ashley has been documenting her family daily for over 5 years through a 365 project she calls "A Daily Occurrence". What began as a way to grow as an artist and create a priceless keepsake for her family has turned into so much more. She will share with you how she keeps focused and creative day after day using simple tricks, everyday tools and gear she has grown to love and harness as a way to share her families life with the world and ultimately creating a childhood time capsule for her children. Whether you are wanting to take on a big personal project, or a small one. Or simply to document your family more in simple and/or creative way, Ashley is excited to share her experience with you over the last five years and fill your photographer 'tool box' with ideas and ways to get you on the right track and create a body of work you are proud of and your family will cherish for a lifetime.

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Love and laughter comprise the primary subject matter for Vancouver Island-based photographer Ashley Marston. An award-winning and published Birth, Lifestyle & Documentary photographer/filmmaker (and busy mother of three), Ashley strives for images that capture those two staples of family relationships, as well as the quiet moments that might otherwise go unseen. Always seeing life through a lens, Ashley also photographs her own family daily, cherished images she shares on Social Media through her year-long “A Daily Occurrence” project. Whether the photographs capture moments with her family or a client, storytelling is the heart of all her work.