Senior Destination Session | Marleah | Warren JFK

Marleah is one of my ANP reps this year which means a lot of things. First off, she spends a ton of time in front of my camera (which I love). She got some extra perks like a senior destination session because she’s super sweet and dedicated to the team and I like to reward that! And she has such a cool style! Guys seriously, I wish she was staying in the area (selfishly) so I could add her to the team as a stylist in the future!

So for Marleah’s shoot we had some pretty awesome plans. We were taking the short 5 hour drive to Indy to document city vibes and take advantage of that killer art museum to capture Marleah’s artsy side (**cough cough… Fault in Our Stars). BUT, the torrential downpour had other plans. Luckily, my amazing friends Jolene from Jolene Dombrowski and Brittany from Juliana Leigh who were on this trip with me helped come up with plan b. They’re both amazing photographers and if you’re in the Chicago or Madison area, I highly suggest checking them out.

So instead of cool architecture and art museum layouts, we used the super cute airbnb I had booked and basically shot in the dark. I have to say I love the moody vibe that came from those shots. Marleah definitely got the most variety of any shoot, ever!

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We were able to sneak in a few photos during a break in the rain around the neighborhood. We even found some cactus plants in Indiana. I took it as a sign that things were turning around for us!

When I mentioned variety, I feel like I didn’t do it justice. At all. Just keep scrolling.

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This last outfit is everything. The gingham print with that scarf and those heels… ahhhh!! And the location. And props to Jolene for thinking of the shades (shades that I happened to have from a random pool club the day before).

senior destination session youngstown photographer

Moral of this blog post… Marleah is a doll with a killer sense of style. Rain happens and ruins plans but sometimes other really cool stuff happens instead. Traveling is my thing so if you want a senior destination shoot, email me or contact me!


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Fellows Riverside Gardens | Mill Creek Park | Family Session

Theodore is 4!! I was lucky enough to document this cutie at Mill Creek Park which quickly turned into a play date because that’s pretty much how I work. I adore this little guy to no end. When he was a baby, I would constantly make jokes about taking him home with me (*but if his parents would’ve let me…).

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He had a super cool birthday party with a Wild Kratts theme. I linked it in case you’ve been living under a childless rock like myself and have no clue what this show is. It’s educational, adventurous, and teaches about animals. Seems awesome! No lie though, my first thought when I heard Wild Kratts was “so like an updated Rugrats?” partly out of ignorance and partly because I secretly loved that show when my sister when young!

mill creek park family pictures

Theo’s super talented Aunt Jackie is an artist (Arty Pants) and created some awesome props to really bring his Wild Kratts theme to life that absolutely had to be documented during his shoot! The Jeep is my personal favorite. I mean seriously, how cool is that! And it’s the perfect kid-sized selfie booth.

mill creek park family pictures

My favorite photos are never mom and dads favorite but in this case I have a feeling we might be on the same page. I can’t wait to find out! Hint: it’s in the collage above. If you follow my IG story, you saw a few behind the scenes pics of Theo taking pictures of mommy and daddy with my camera. He was so eager to learn and nailed back button focus after 5 minutes. (Proud teacher moment)

mill creek park family pictures

Thankfully, Krista is a chiropractor because this “little” guy isn’t so little anymore and his daddy had him flying through the air throughout our whole session!

Sapp Family, you’re awesome! I will gladly shoot with you any day especially if it means ending the session in a tickle fight with my favorite little guy!

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  • Krista Sapp

    Ashley Nicolle, can’t thank you enough for your exquisite work, and all of the effort you put into our shoot!  You truly have a gift.  I’m always impressed with your ability to beautifully and accurately document people’s lives through your lens, and your writings. We are a busy, loving and always-on-the-go family, especially with this kiddo, and I think you captured all of that, spot on.  Much love and appreciation to you, my dear, thank you!ReplyCancel

Warren JFK Senior David

This Warren JFK grad just shared some pretty incredible news so I thought it was only fitting that he got his turn to be featured. Congrats, David! Plus, I need to share way more guy sessions. I love them. I’m a total goofball in general and during sessions with boys, it seems I have more permission to be a weirdo!! It’s worse with young children, the weirdo part, because they really don’t judge yet and their laughs are encouraging. *digression*

Back to David! Who plays soccer for Warren JFK so that’s where we started! Waiting for the sun to cooperate with me midday on an open soccer field, we were able to chat about life and careers and his super sweet girlfriend. Pro tip: when you need to capture the perfect grin and smiling eyes, bring up the girlfriend.

warren jfk senior pictures

warren jfk senior pictures

Admittedly, I know very little about soccer. And by very little I mean one thing. Don’t use your hands. So I told David to do his thing. Capturing someone authentically is allowing them the freedom to move and show emotion as they see fit. Telling an athlete that during their senior pictures they get to play rather than pose doesn’t hurt either.

warren jfk senior pictures

Did I mention he was captain?!

warren jfk senior pictures

As it turns out David works for the cutest restaurant. The back patio area looks like it could be in a gardening magazine or something. The owners were kind enough to allow us to take a few photos back there during their off hours.

warren jfk senior pictures

McKinley Library is staple in Trumbull County for picture taking. Students go there for prom pictures, wedding parties go there for portraits, and in the fall it is surrounded with couples getting engagement photos. Since David had a suit for his final look, I knew it would be the perfect spot. Classic and timeless.

warren jfk senior pictures


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Cruz Girls | Mill Creek MetroParks Family Session

For this Metropark family session, Miss Karina had just turned 2 (last summer) when these photos were taken hah! She’s probably minutes away from turning 3 now and has grown so much. But who doesn’t love a throwback moment to reflect on how stinking cute their kids are!

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I’ve had the privilege of photographing this kiddo every year for her birthday and each Christmas and I can honestly tell you those curls get better every single time!!

metroparks family session canfield

This spot is not a secret one by any means but I like to think I found it one day while exploring our MetroParks. It’s one of those places that doesn’t look like much to most but to a photographer, it’s a playground! And Kayleigh and Karina’s white sundresses and bare feet were the perfect ensemble for this spot. Kayleigh is the BEST big sister always looking out for Karina and showing her so much love and patience during our sessions!

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

Can we talk about the bubble machine? GENIUS! Mom (Krissy) thought to bring it and I was definitely the most excited out of all of us!! Not only do they keep the kids occupied and having fun during the shoot, but they photograph so pretty too!

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

The photo above is an all time favorite of mine. It’s not posed. At all. And likely won’t be the photo hanging above the mantel but it captures childhood pure and simple. That’s my goal during family sessions. Moments.

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

metroparks family session canfield

Until next time, Cruz girls!!


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Liz | John F. Kennedy Catholic

youngstown senior pictures

youngstown senior pictures

Admittedly, I’m terrible about blogging. This session happened at the start of the school year and Liz just graduated. BUT, it’s here now and that’s what’s important. Not to mention, I’m still obsessed with the shoot.

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Most of my senior sessions start somewhere- urban, nature, city, etc. Each session is customized based on your personality, outfit selections, and interests from there. So for Liz’s session, we started out with a classic glam look but paired it with a mixture of urban backgrounds and nature.

Her next look was more on the trendy side but still in a classic neutral palette. When you guys book with me, you’ll get lots of advice on outfit choices. Some of the advice is a must- like no neon colors, ever. Other things are just suggestions to help you avoid looking back and cringing at styles you had on in your photos.

downtown youngstown senior pictures

This door. If we shoot downtown Youngstown and you bring neutrals, expect some shots by this door. One minute in front of it will result in golden goodness!

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downtown youngstown brick wall photo

Special shoutout to Sin Pretty Beauty for the clip-in extensions for Liz’s senior session. Liz already has long hair so the extensions added just the right amount of volume and bounce for those hair flips I love so much!

I spend a lot of time shooting around the Youngstown area, but I love traveling as well. Don’t feel like you’re limited to getting your senior pictures done in the same places as everyone else. And don’t worry about them looking the same; they won’t. I promise. I capture moments. No one can replicate that.

Destination Shoot

So what is a destination senior session? It can mean anything from Cleveland to San Diego. Keep an eye on my instagram for dates I’ll be in different cities or contact me about a city you want to book!

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