Ashley Ludaescher describes herself as being “madly in love with love.” The wedding photographer followed her heart from the beaches of California to industrial Berlin, where she still manages to find the sunshine that can sometimes prove elusive in Germany’s north. In addition to engagements and weddings, her passion is travel and lifestyle photography–her work has been featured in publications like New York Times T Magazine, PDN, sisterMAG and Matchbook. Ashley’s shots of alluring and cosmopolitan cities like Istanbul or Amsterdam and the sweeping rural landscapes of France and Germany always leave us tempted to book the next ticket overseas. And we’re just as enamored with the details of her everyday life: her adorable French bulldog puppy, bicycles along the river, fresh flowers. She’s just as adept at illustrating the beauty of life as she is at capturing the look of love.
Ashley wears the Brooklyn Camera Satchel in Chestnut.
ONA: How did you get into Photography?
AL: I first started taking pictures when I was a little girl and was really into documenting and creating albums from my family’s travels. It started with a little point-and-shoot film camera and later my dad’s Canon A-1, which he graciously allowed me to “borrow.” I continued to take a ton of pictures and when the time came to figure out what to study in college, I chose photography over my love of ceramics. I am pretty sure I made the right decision 😉 I graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara in 2005 and have been working as a photographer ever since.
AL: I recently started getting back into film, which is what made me fall in love with photography in the first place. So I have dusted off my Mamiya 645 AFDand recently traded my old Nikon F100 in for a Canon EOS 3 which I have been carrying around with me everywhere. For work I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II and will hopefully be picking up the Mark III next month. Lens wise, it all depends on the job, but I am madly in love with the 85mm 1.2L.
AL: In general, I am incredibly inspired by travel and exploring new places. I love traveling for work and am always thrilled when I can combine my wedding and travel work for destination weddings. A big dream of mine has been to use my work for good, so a true dream project would be to be able to give back to the world through photography. One of my goals for 2013 was to find some organizations that I believe in to donate my photographic services to.
AL: Maybe not the hardest, but the biggest challenge for me is handling the business side of photography and I struggled with accounting for a long time. After I moved to Germany, I fell in love with an accountant, my husband, Andreas, who has played a huge role in helping me get everything in order. Being a creative, the business side of things does not come naturally to me, but I have certainly overcome the hurdles now.
ONA: Describe your style of shooting?
AL: I have always been drawn to natural beauty in the world, whether it be a beautiful landscape on one of my travels, or a person’s radiant smile. When photographing people, I prefer to capture them as naturally as possible, so while I give direction, it is all about getting them to feel comfortable in front of my lens and just be themselves.
AL: Look beyond photography as your source of inspiration and get out there and shoot, shoot, shoot!
AL: I saw a post on Jamie Beck’s blog last year on was thrilled to find a company that made camera bags that were stylish and well made. I absolutely hate most camera bags, and as I carry my camera around with me almost everywhere I need a bag that looks more like a purse than a camera bag. The Brooklyn bag and the Roma insert get a lot of use and I get so many compliments on my ONA bag!