Artist Bio

Incorporating passion for photography with art to capture your cherished memories. With nearly 10 years of experience, Ashley Thornton is a freelance photographer capturing weddings, anniversaries, family and senior portraits, babies, pregnancy, pets...

Note from the Artist:

As an artist, photography has been my most satisfying creative venture. It is my passion. It is my goal to incorporate that creativity into my work and create photos that my clients will cherish for a lifetime.


I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. My first camera was a clunky 35mm hand-me-down. Even with that most basic tool, I was arranging photos with the family pets and coordinating photo shoots with my cousin. After a summer of babysitting, I spent all my savings on my first film camera with a zoom lens! In high school, I started working at a local newspaper where I learned how to operate their more professional camera and benefited from the knowledge of other photographers in the industry. High school journalism classes were the beginning of my interest in page layout and design. At that point in my life, I began shooting weddings for friends and family. I later received a new camera for my graduation in 2004 and started my business as Ashley McDougal Photography. Looking for a referral, I contacted a semi-retired photographer and ended up getting a series of photography lessons that have proven invaluable in giving my creative photos the professional touch they needed. Things soon changed to digital and I was able to obtain a high resolution, professional grade camera. With my photography skills and digital design skills continuing to grow and improve as trends and the business change, I love my job more than ever. After marrying a man as creative as I am, I have relaunched my business as Ashley Thornton Photography.