hi, i'm ashley!
I am a family portrait, engagement and wedding photographer based in my hometown of Arlington Heights. My work is a mixture of classic and photojournalistic with a focus on candid moments and creating an invaluable connection with each and every client. It’s my passion to capture your family portraits and weddings in a way that tells your story. I am a proud member of the PPA, NAPCP and am LGBTQ friendly.
My love for photography began when I was 6 years old. It was on a hot summer day that I was in the kitchen looking for markers when I found a disposable camera. I remember wasting my afternoons in the woods taking photos of trees and the sunlight through the dust in our back alley. As I grew older, I had a tendency to document each and every event. From nights out in high-school, to friends leaving for college to road trips, and travels as I grew older. Photography for me has been a lifelong journey, my saving grace, and my true passion.
when I'm not photographing...
When I’m not out capturing amazing moments, you can catch me hiking at Starved Rock, enjoying a live show with my better half, spending time with our new puppy (Cosmo), taking my dad to a Cubs game or traveling the world! My travels have taken me to Costa Rica, Iceland, Jamaica, Ireland, France and later this year Scotland and the UK to visit my younger sister.
“My husband and I had Ashley and her team as our photographers for our wedding just a few months ago. We knew immediately upon chatting and meeting up with Ashley that she would be the perfect fit as one of our vendors. We were looking for someone whose photo style we loved, as well as someone we could feel connected to. Her vivacious and kind personality drew us to her immediately, and we knew Ashley Hamm Photography was the company we wanted to go with. Not only is the entire vibe of the team positive and comforting- which is so important on your big day- but the photos are gorgeous as well. We are absolutely thrilled with the photos and will cherish them forever!”