About Mary Lynne
For over ten years, I specialized in studio photography of babies, children and their families, but have changed my direction in the past few years. Because there are so many incredible new baby and child photographers on the scene, I know I’m leaving parents in search of portraiture in good hands!
I’m recognized as a Master Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and am also recognized as a Photographic Craftsman for providing service and education to the professional photography community, also through PPA.
Several years ago I defined a mission for my professional life, and it comes down to this:
Help as many people as possible get photos they love of the people, places and things they love, all while doing something I love.
I’ve found three areas of photography that make me super happy while helping me achieve my mission, and that’s where I now spend the bulk of my attention professionally.
MY AREAS OF FOCUS:
Photography Instruction and Tutoring. I love working with individuals to help them learn how to use their cameras to create the photos they’ve always wanted to take.
I also love teaching group classes, and writing articles sharing my photography experience and knowledge.
It is so satisfying to help foster that “Aha!” moment when someone grasps a previously elusive photography concept.
Most of my tutoring involves helping people make sense of their DSLR cameras, and I’ve gotten quite familiar with most of the DSLRs on the market. I own both Nikon and Canon DSLRs, and am comfortable with both.
I’ve also created an online course, DSLR Savvy, which walks you step-by-step through learning how to make sense of your DSLR camera. Enrollment for that program is currently closed, but I am working on reopening it soon.
My Photo Booth Business. The Photo Love Bus is an amazing photo booth inside a 1971 VW bus. Operating a photo booth is more fun than I could have ever imagined, and having one inside an old Volkswagen bus puts the whole experience over the top. It’s really just a mobile laughter machine.
It is so fantastic sharing this fun experience with people at weddings, parties and festivals, and the photos are so amazing, authentic and fun. The photo booth has enabled me to get out and attend all sorts of events around town while meeting countless new and interesting people. A number of my family and friends have helped out, and we’ve quickly gained lots of rabid fans of our fun and unique business.
Dog Photography. I’ve photographed all sorts of dogs as a volunteer for dog rescue organizations. Photographing dogs, especially rescue dogs, is my true passion in photography. I can’t get enough of it.
I’ve wanted to help shelter/rescue dogs find homes through photography for probably 20 years, and the perfect opportunity finally presented itself in early 2014 when I had the opportunity to start volunteering for National Mill Dog Rescue.
If I were wealthy and didn’t have to “work,” I’d be out photographing and loving on rescue dogs every day! My poor doggies Marty and Dolly are very jealous when they can tell I’ve been cheating on them.
Sometimes I even get to merge my passions, as when we get dogs in the photo booth, or when I get to teach a dog photography class to rescue volunteers. Those are the times I know I’ve found my calling!
My photography business attracts clients from not only Colorado Springs, but also from nearby Pueblo, Monument, Woodland Park, Falcon, Fountain, Peyton, Cascade and Castle Rock, Colorado. You can contact me at MaryLynneAshley@gmail.com, or 719-205-7236.