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After searching high and low for baby photographers in Chicago, I decided to instead look for one in Des Moines for our visit home over the holidays. It was pretty last minute, but I asked Ashley if she could squeeze us in for our son's 6 month photos. She somehow made it work and we were so appreciative. From the minute our session started she was fun, warm, and professional - Jack loved her! Ashley somehow made time for small talk, all while planning outfit and scenery and lens and prop changes. Before we knew it, 30 minutes were up and we were on our way. On the way home we thought, how many good pics could we have gotten in that short time? A week later (yes - a week!) we had a disc full of the most high quality, beautiful family and baby photos. To say we were pleased is an understatement. People still comment on the photos when visiting our home. Nevermind Chicago, we plan to schedule all our future photo sessions in Des Moines instead! {the A family}

Our experience with Ashley completely exceeded our expectations. Being new parents, we didn't really know what to expect. We were nervous and afraid our baby wouldn't sleep for her! Her session was super easy and completely relaxed. We were in awe as she magically got our newborn to fall right to sleep! When we got the preview of our photos - just a week or so later! - it brought tears to my eyes, how beautifully she captured us with our new son. It was a period that we will never get back with him, having him grow so quickly, and we are absolutely blessed that she got such precious, perfect moments of us. We are looking forward to having her capture us throughout the years as our family grows! {the S family}

Professional, prepared, positive and such a people person! You made our sessions smooth and easy. Love how connected you get with the kiddos. They were involved and having fun at the same time. I also personally love and value the attention to detail that you give your photos! They are crisp, clean and in the moment. {the H family}

With 2 kids under the age of 2, our family had tried several options for professional photographers to capture the beauty of our babies. Ashley's technique - both with a newborn and 16 month old - really brought out the best in the kids! Some of the small touches, like bringing a space heater to make sure our newborn wasn't cold, and quickly downloading an app on her phone for a 'choo choo' sound to bring out giggles in our lil guy, made a tremendous difference in the REAL expressions she captured through her pictures. We also loved the natural light settings. All in all, it was an awesome experience! Thanks, Ashley! {the G family}

We have been fortunate enough to have had two sessions with Ashley. She makes family picture time the least stressful it can be! (At least it's stressful for us Mom's!) Ashley makes suggestions while shooting to make sure she's getting the best shot. This makes it nearly impossible for us to choose which ones to display because we have so many to choose from! We have three kids and she makes them feel comfortable and disarms them with her friendliness and charm so they are themselves and their personalities show. I love that she takes some candid moments along the way. It really captures the family dynamic. I don't recall ever receiving as many compliments on our family pictures until Ashley began taking them. I have to credit her for that, because the five subjects haven't changed! :) Thank you Ashley for capturing moments for our family that will last forever. {the G family}

The birth of our son Cole was the most incredible day of our lives. From the moment Ashley entered our home she set the tone for a very relaxing and calming environment for our little Cole. Her love and passion for photography was evident from the moment she laid eyes on Cole. It was as though the images were entering her mind and we couldn't help but be excited! After having a baby it's common to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. I was worried that would show in the photos. Ashley made me feel beautiful and comfortable. She was also amazing with our son Cole who was 4 weeks old. She seemed truly excited to be photographing our beautiful boy and she kept expressing how happy she was to be there with us. There is an incredible amount of personal touches and artistic quality that is put into each photo. Ashely is exceptional and "one of a kind". We can't wait to see our sons future through the eyes of such an amazing artist. Thank you so much Ashley, we are grateful for your talent, and the photos that we will cherish for a lifetime!! {the K family}

My children were 9 & 13 years old when Ashley took our professional photos. Needless to say at this age, they did not want to get their photos taken. Ashley was very professional & made it fun for my kids, even when they had to put their arms around each other! The individual photos were amazing as well and all photos were top notch. I had so many compliments from family & friends on the quality & personalization that Ashley brought out of each photo. {the C family}

I have never had photos taken of my children that I absoultely love before going to Ashley. She has a way of capturing the moment in time to portray their spirit, personalities, and joy. Even on a day when they were not acting so joyous!! She was able to freeze those tiny moments that depict their characters in such an honest and beautiful way. I will treasure these photos for years to come and will most certainly be back to capture more memories of the ever changing stages of childhood. {the S family}

We used Ashley after she was highly recommended from our realtor. Newto the Ankeny area we knew nobody. Ashley was just amazing! She did awonderful job with our son and it shows in her photos. We HIGHLYrecommend Ashley Ireland. {the S family}

My husband and I are fairly new to the Des Moines area, and we were in search of a photographer that we could trust to capture the precious moments of our newborn baby. I contacted Ashley before I had my baby, and she was extremely professional and very informative about what to expect from the session. After my son was born, I got in touch with Ashley and we set up a session in our home for a few days after we brought our baby home. I was impressed that she took time out of her weekend, on a Sunday no less, to come over to our house and spend time with our baby. I was so impressed by all the props she brought along, and her ability to relax our baby. She even included our dog in the pictures when he ran into the room we were using and jumped on the bed. It was just for a moment, but it is one of our favorite photos from the session. I will definitely be using Ashley for all of my family’s pictures from now on. Thank you Ashley for your wonderful gift! {the W family}

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Ashley Ireland Photography. Natural light newborn & family photographer serving the Des Moines Metro Area.