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You know you are in for a treat when you book a quirky photographer like Ashleigh Croxford. A lover of good chai lattes, with a heart for puppies and music, she likes to be the “fly on the wall” at weddings, showing the real story, not the couple’s relationship with the camera. Read on to find out more about her unique brand of wedding photography.

When did you fall in love with photography? I guess I’ve always had a subconscious love for photography as a hobby, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be lucky enough to pursue it as a career. I love to sit at cafes watching people interact and guessing what their story is like, so I guess my love for photography is an extension of my love for people watching. It has allowed me to slow down and see the beauty in everything. I really take it all in now.

How did you go about becoming a photographer? I was at a stage in my life where I needed a creative outlet because I didn’t feel my job at the time was satisfying. I started an interior design course which I loved, but I didn’t think it was something I wanted to pursue further. The whole time I was dabbling with photography and didn’t realise it was actually the thing that made me the happiest and the creative outlet I was looking for. So I left my interior design course halfway through and began a diploma in photography. I’m the kind of person that gives 100 per cent and eager to get things done. As much as I loved the course, I wanted to learn at a faster pace so I decided to teach myself by watching copious amounts of online videos and getting hands on experience by going along to photo shoots with other photographers.

Can you remember your first camera? My very first camera was a disposable film camera when I was around eight years old. I remember being so excited and took it everywhere with me. The film got lost throughout the years and it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I found it and developed it. It was like finding buried treasure! Turns out my bestie and I were selfie queens, even at age eight.

What do you love about photographing weddings? I just love weddings; the laughter, the tears, the grandpa that falls asleep during the ceremony. They are full of honest emotions and bring so many people together. I love that my job is to capture those emotions and retell their story through my photos.

What was the first wedding you captured like? My first wedding was one I will always remember. They were friends of mine (Hi Tom and Jen!) and it was a surprise wedding in their backyard. They told their nearest and dearest they were eloping overseas and that this was to be their farewell party. Once it was announced that it was actually a wedding, the look on people’s faces was priceless. Everyone was jumping in excitement and crying with tears of joy. It was seriously the best. I learnt that day that it’s actually super hard to photograph a wedding when you are trying to hold back the tears.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Music is such a huge inspiration in my life and I love to play music that creates a certain mood. At the moment, I’m especially loving listening to Icelandic bands such as Ásgeir or Ólafur Arnalds while editing. I’m also really lucky to be surrounded by so many talented photographers in Canberra. We’re all so supportive of each other and they inspire me to work hard and never give up.

What do you bring to your photography? I think the thing most people say they like about my photography is the personality I bring to it. I’m a massive dork and never afraid to laugh at myself which I think helps people feel at ease and also allows them to be themselves in front of the camera. When someone is comfortable, it shows in pictures and allows me to capture the intimate in-between moments which can be missed.

Can you describe the signature style of your photography? It’s hard to describe photography in words. It’s like describing music; it’s more about what you feel. But I guess you could say my style is quirky, fun, romantic yet unobtrusive. I like to be a fly on the wall and focus on the unforced emotions and candid moments throughout the day.

What’s next for you? I’m currently on a plane to New Zealand for a short getaway. I plan to hire a car and see where the wind takes me! Travelling without a plan is so satisfying. I just love travelling in general. It’s chicken soup for the soul.

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