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Meet Ashley Plante of Analog Wedding in Newburyport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Plante.

Ashley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I count my lucky stars that I grew up in a family full of creative people. My dad started a production company out of our house when I was seven and I can vividly remember him doing things like pouring glue onto a bowl of cereal to explain how the commercials created the slow motion milk shots. That environment really molded the way I think today.

I took a job with my Dad’s company shooting corporate digital photography, and on the side I continued shooting film whenever I got the chance. I got really into documenting my own life on antique cameras so it was natural for me to photograph my friends’ weddings on film as well. I fell in love with everything about it. With the encouragement of friends and family I launched Analog Wedding in 2013. Because I was already working a job, I was able to grow my business in a very organic way that was driven by fulfilling myself artistically.

For the first two years of business I documented everything on a mix of 35mm film and digital cameras and then I added medium format film into the mix. It’s been an incredible journey. What I love most is having a front seat to raw, real, beautiful moments where people can let their guard down and express themselves. Being able to capture that and then present it back to the client is something I am so grateful to experience.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Seeing Analog Wedding grow has been a dream come true, but of course building a business from scratch has taken a lot of time and sacrifice. One of the biggest challenges I face is learning how to balance work and life because there is always work to be done. Special thanks to my friends and family who listen to me talk about weddings every day.

Please tell us about Analog Wedding.
Analog Wedding offers full wedding coverage and portraiture on a mix of film and digital cameras. I work in a way that prioritizes the experiences of the people I’m working with, keeping the focus on the real moments that naturally unfold. I really believe that all the love and details that make up each life moment is beautiful enough on its own – it’s art. Having a spectrum of ways to tell that story is the fun part.

Based in New England, available anywhere!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My grandfather gave me a box of his old film cameras because he knows that I love film. When I was sorting through them I found an exposed roll in an old medium format camera. I decided to surprise him by developing the roll in hopes I could give the photos to him on father’s day. My jaw hit the floor when I got the scans back and saw perfectly preserved images of my grandfather playing a high school football game. You can see his jersey number as he was setting up for a play. That was a big moment for me that really solidified my love for film.

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