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So, you know when you were a little girl, there was always this person you idolized? That older teenage girl that you just wanted to be? Like your best friend’s cool older sister, or that babysitter who always brough Seventeen Magazine over, and looked like the model on the cover?

For me, that was Kelly Kapowski from Saved By the Bell. There was just something about her effortless beauty. She was young and beautiful and sweet, all with out really trying to be. She was an enigma. And no matter what you did to try and emulate her casual sense of cool, it didn’t matter…because it radiated from inside her. It was something you could become.

That’s Sierra.

I can’t help but wonder how many little girls see her and think, “that’s exactly who I want to be!”

She’s as sweet as she is sun kissed, and her inner joy shines as brightly as the natural highlights in her hair. She radiates!

Sierra was actually the first of my senior girls I had the pleasure of meeting, when she modeled for my promo shoot. I feel in love with her straight away.

She has a strong faith that’s carried her through one of the toughest things a young woman can face; being the new face. She moved states in the middle of her high school career, and landed right here in St. Petersburg…but she embraced it with her contagious optimism. She’s easy going, but I have no doubt that a lot of that comes from her knowing that life is in the hands of someone much greater than her, who loves her an awful lot.

Sierra makes her own jewelry! And it is breathtaking. I actually had no idea about this, until she showed up to the shoot with a bag full of accessories that we all “oooh”ed and “ahhhh”ed over! It’s really quite unreal, and such a talent.

She’s a self proclaimed movie and music buff, which is right up my alley! And she’s going to rock senior year at Keswick Christian.

I’m so proud to say that Sierra is on my team, and I am so lucky to get to know her. I count all of the girls as my friends, and I won’t lie…it’s a little fun to say I’m friends with a real life “Kelly Kapowski” 😉
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When you first see Chelsea, you are immediately taken by her striking beauty.

Her fair skin, dark eyes, and gorgeous chestnut hair, make it almost impossible to stop looking! And then? She smiles! And it’s all over. She reminds me so much of a young Andie Macdowell.

Obviously I try not to put too much emphasis on physical appearance, because as we all know, there is so much more beneath the surface that defines someone’s beauty (and Chelsea is no exception). But it’s hard not to mention it, in Chelsea’s case. She is just so stunning!

But what is beauty without brains? Chelsea will never need to know the answer.

Chelsea is an ambitious young lady. At, St. Pete High, where she will be a senior, Chelsea is enrolled in (and dominates) the International Baccalaureate Program, an intense and rigorous high school program that prepares students to be well rounded and globally minded. For those who take on this huge and challenging task, the work load is doubled and in some cases tripled! And Chelsea manages it with grace.

One of the things I love most about Chelsea is her honesty. She talked about how she had to learn to manage her anxiety when it came to school work her freshman year. Instead of quitting or letting it get the best of her, she actively pursued solutions…and one of those was co-founding the Yoga Club at her school. And now she serves as VP of the club!She is passionate about balancing her life with activities that calm her. Her ability to be so well rounded, amazes me.

So how will she fill her spare time in her senior year(😂)? She is Vice President of the English Honor Society, Service Chair for the Rojan’s service Club, and she volunteers as a tutor for freshman students entering the IB program. She was recently named Captain of the St. Petersburg High School Devilettes Dance Team!

One of my very favorite fun facts about Chelsea, is that every year she accompanies her father on trips around the world. She has visited Slovenia, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Belgium, London and Tokyo. So well traveled and only 17!

No wonder there is so much life and wisdom behind those striking brown eyes.

This young woman is such an inspiration and role model to me, and she is half my age! I just hope I can adequately capture her spirit, because it is tangible. I’m so humbled that I get to try.

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Today is day two of my Level Twelve member feature. And I woke up SO excited today to introduce Catelyn. I literally leapt out of bed with excitement, because her pictures are to die for!

Before we get to the portraits, I want to tell you a little bit about Catelyn, and the amazing girl she is.

Catelyn is a beach girl at heart, and it shows! Her skin is glowing from the the sun, natural highlights shine in her hair, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she was born with the sand between her toes! When you think of a florida girl, Catelyn is what you picture!

When I first met Catelyn, I noticed how reserved she was. Her sweet nature makes her a great listener, and she comes alive in front of the camera.

Catelyn is extremely involved in her church, where her father serves as pastor. It is evident that her faith is extremely important to her! The age old stereotype of a “PK” does NOT apply to her. She wears her faith like a badge of pride and it’s clear that it guides her in all of her choices,

She will be a senior this year at Keswick Christian! Recently she has decided that she wants to pursue PT, so her schooling has become a top priority for her.

Catelyn’s laid back, beach personality drew me in the first day I met her, as I can totally relate! She has been such an asset to this team bringing her natural ease and out-going persona into every event and picture. I honestly think she could have a future in modeling, should she want to pursue it!

Dibs on shooting that portfolio 😉.

I am so thankful Catelyn and her sweet parents decided to trust me to capture her amazing spirit. I can hardly wait for her senior session!
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Level Twelve has been so much fun for me! For those of you who do not know, Level Twelve is Ashley Sanchez Photography’s Senior Portrait division! And I have the ABSOLUTE best girls, reppin’ me and St. Petersburg.

These ladies are teenage girl #GOALS.

And today, starts my very first feature for the team. I want to introduce every one to the beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious Rylee Hickman! this is a young woman I look up to, and not just because she’s 5’8 😉

Rylee is what every parent DREAMS of their daughter becoming. She is an upcoming senior at St. Petersburg High School (whoop! go Green Devils!), but beyond that, she is enrolled in the IB (or International Baccalaureate) program. For those of you unaware, that means she takes on more than 3x the work load of a regular student, in classes that help craft her to be globally minded and prepared for continued education at a higher level.

Sounds stressful, right? No worries, at school she helped found the Yoga Club because she recognizes and values balance and peace (what? come on! 😍). She is Vice President on the board of Habitat for Humanity at her school, and is a member of the service club; Rojans. Don’t worry…in case you didn’t think she has enough to accomplish and dominate, she is also a part of St. Pete High’s Dance Team; The Devilettes!

WOW!

So what do you think? Can she get all her work done?

Well, let’s see…she is in Mu Alpha Theta (the math honor society), Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Rho Kappa (the history honor society), and English Honor Society, for which she is an Historian!

SHE WILL RUN THE WORLD!

Honestly, I am so completely humbled and honored that she felt that Level Twelve was worthy of gracing her resume. The true definition of beauty and brains. She is the entire package, and I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes!

Make-up by the incomparable Michele Galletto at Lasting Luxe Hair and Make-up Artistry
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It’s that time of year again! Can’t you feel the crisp in the air? The change in the wind? Aren’t your evenings getting a little cooler, and the days a little less hot?

No?

Yeah, me neither 😏

it is after all, the middle of July in Florida (also know as the 7th circle of Hades, for those not from these parts).

BUT we must, I repeat we MUST think of the relief that is to come, to push us through! And what better way to do that, than booking your family’s Holiday shoot?

Back by popular demand, is Ashley Sanchez Photography’s annual Holiday Campfire Mini Sessions! This year, we will be shooting again at Lake Louise State Park in Clermont, Florida for all of my Central Florida friends, and at Fort De Soto State Park in St. Petersburg, Florida for all of you in the Tampa Bay area!

Listen, I love Florida. Beach shoots are the best, and I can’t imagine a life where I’m not minutes away from digging my toes in the sand, but sometimes you want to throw on a sweater and cozy up to a fire. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re surrounded by palm trees and mosquitos in November and December to get into the Christmas spirit…but that’s why I created these!

This session is fully styled, from the cozy blankets to the s’mores and hot cocoa! It’s designed, both in location and ambience to look like a mountain escape in the middle of Florida. If you have children, this type of session is perfect, because the gooey s’mores and the cracklin’ ampfire keep them happy and occupied. My handsome hubby, who just happens to be a Paramedic/Firefighter will be on scene assisting me, you and the campfire!

Here in Florida, we might not get autumn leaves or a first snow, but my skill and vision can craft photos that will transport you to a place beyond the sand and sea (bug spray still highly recommended 😉).

The sessions are $225.00, 20 minutes long and will include 5 digital images, a free digital Holiday Card design, and a custom FB timeline photo. You will have the option to add extra digital files, the entire digital gallery, and to purchase prints or products from my professional lab. If you’re interested in booking and for more information, click the links below! First come, first serve and they will go fast! I require a $100.00 deposit to secure your spot 😊. I hope to see you there! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite shots from last year!

Now, off to turn down my AC by another degree.

               BOOK Central Florida/Lake Louisa Campfire Mini

                   BOOK Tampa Bay/Fort De Soto Campfire Mini

 

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