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Meet Ashley Strong Smith of Ashley Strong Photography in Oceanside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Strong Smith.

Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am the oh-so grateful photographer and owner of Ashley Strong Photography! I’m a very curious soul, capturing the breaths of Mother Nature with my lens. Maneuvering, adventuring, exploring, discovering, capturing and ultimately creating. I can happily say, excitedly express, I am a lover of life and quite frankly all those in it. I believe in the power of loving, of communicating, of educating, of capturing, of creating moments reflecting all the breaths within these beliefs. I am drawn to spreading knowledge, authenticity, compassion, growth, union and ultimately the love you share both with yourself and with those around you using the power of photographs to communicate these very aspects of life.

Originally, from the Southern part of California. Raised in a small town called Oceanside. Sprouted in the community of Long Beach and found my wings as an adventurer of this world, our world, flying my wings, expanding across the country into various islands and tropical environments. Through Central America on the South East edge of Africa, landing on Mafia Island and a lot of South Africa in-between as that’s where the roots of my second home have been growing. The power of photography has been my vessel, bringing awareness to each of the above mentioned pieces of my soul for the communities of the world to share, connect and uplift.

I started interning with an amazing wedding photographer is San Diego back in 2010. I continued documenting over the years, but mainly travel photography, as that’s where my life had taken me. Upon returning back to Southern California in April of 2015, I launched Ashley Strong Photography has a full time photography business sharing photographic exchanges for couples, families and individuals!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been very blessed to live out my passion of a profession and expand my business quite rapidly! With this, there have been some amazingly rewarding moments, but as life has it’s ebbs and flows, there have been some challenges. In the moment, the challenges were difficult, but as I progressed from these very experiences, I soon came to realize how much these “challenges” influenced my business enabling me to better understand my commitment to my clients, the values we share and how I can be the best possible be and story teller!

Ashley Strong Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Ashley Strong Photography engages in photographic connections and time capsule creation for lovers, families and individuals throughout Southern California and worldwide!

Being inspired by the Author, Dave Eggers in one of my all-time favorite books, “What is the What.” He tells a story. The story of Valentino Achak Deng, a young man, once a refugee from Sudan, now a citizen of the United States.

His vantage point, well it was told from the voice of Valentino Achak Deng in what would be the climax of this story, the book. Eggers painted the pictures so vibrantly, so passionately, a story. A true story within this life time lives by another soul, yet described as his own. ​It clicked. Me, yes me. I am drawn, connected to put on this earth to tell stories, that story of you. My vantage point is this moment. Where you are in your life right here, right now. An engagement, your wedding, an anniversary, documenting your new or ever growing family. That business you just started, are revamping or the personal triumph of you being the best possible version of you!

It is my whole hearted commitment to capture you in your best possible light sharing the natural beauty, euphoria, pure joy, the laughter, the tears, the wildly candid moments when you are skin glistens. I do this through and with confidence, transparency, an inspired heart and intimate connection. Your session is designed through a unique vantage point of posed expressions interwoven with naturalness. Your desires, space and time always of value, always honored because quite frankly you being you, creates space for me to be me.

Our photographic exchange is that time the very time for me to witness, take in, capture, process and share that every moment, that very part of your story. My communication will always be honest, sincere, humbly, truthful.

As your connection, your love, your support and mirrored vulnerability will be cherished, valued, heard and held dear. ​It is my honor to document your story and to tell it, share it, through the most vibrantly unique vantage point.

Some common values that connection Ashley Strong Photography with it’s unique and beautifully vibrant clients are:
Down-to-earth, caring, sincere and passionate.
Having a profession that is the perfect expression of this very passion.
Being naturally beautiful, both inside and out as this beauty comes from honoring the self,
Creating time and space to both feel and look good.
Valuing unique expressions, being stylish and well put together.
Believing in oneself, in genuine love, sincere friendships and transparent relationships.
Having a partner that is a best friend and no matter how long you’ve shared this exchange, there is this giddiness hearing each other’s names.
Valuing great communication and thorough information.

Having a smile that is welcoming, a heart that is radiant and a love for oneself and those in our lives that is contagious.Excitement to connect, share exchanges and meet new people.
Each day is beautifully anticipated, as it is an opportunity to acknowledge, honor and share deep life enhancing connections.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being able to sustain, expand and humbly document so many lives enhancing moments and doing so with the utmost passion, sincerity and honesty!


  • Engagement, family and portrait sessions start at $425! This includes one session, one location, one photographer, rights to all high resolution edited images presented via USB!
  • 2018 Wedding packages start at $2100! This include one session, one photographer, six hours, rights to all high resolution edited images presented via USB and password protected online viewing gallery!

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Ashley Strong Smith of Ashley Strong Photography!

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