It’s finally here. Today is the day. It’s hard to believe I’m muttering these words! So much planning, hard work, and love went into my new brand. There were so many people who filled out questionnaires, showed up for styled sessions, created content, or offered moral support. To say I’m appreciative is an understatement. If I’m being honest-putting words into how revealing all of this makes me feel is so difficult.
In sticking with true AKP blog fashion, we will dive right into “Five Fun Facts.” There are so many things I love about the new brand. Here are just a few:
I loved my old website, but it always felt like a toned down version of me. When Michaela of Beachside Studio and I started chatting about what I wanted, I told her I really just wanted to throw some sprinkles on it. Working with a custom website creator gave me the opportunity to start from scratch. Not only did we chat about visual elements, but the flow of the website and what I wanted in an online experience. Michaela took the time to chat with my couples and scheduled multiple sessions with me. When we started this journey, I had no idea what the final product would look like. She made it so easy, and absolutely nailed the look. I can 100% see myself in my new branding!
Beachside Studio killed it. What started with a scattered Pinterest board of my favorite things came this beautiful website. I smile even looking at it because the color makes me so happy. What’s even better about this gorgeous canvas that Michaela created, is the way everything flows. Efficiency is so important to me, and I finally feel like the online space is as welcoming as it is user friendly.
When I moved to Baltimore, I made a promo video with Lee Russell Films. I had never added any sort of video presence to my business before that, and I have received so many compliments about that video over the years. It has connected me with many potential clients, but my how things have changed! While a lot of that passion remains the same, so many elements of my life and business have adapted. In the time since this original filming I’ve been proposed to, added another dog to the mix, started hosting the AKP Retreat, and married my best friend. Lee worked with me throughout the year to capture footage for the all new promotional and it is the perfect addition to the brand as a whole.
With the new website comes new features! You can now subscribe to the AKP newsletter and blog. Upon doing so, you’ll receive my exclusive planning roadmap. This essential wedding tool is free to subscribers and has been customized by yours truly. Beachside Studio displays this plan beautifully in an instant download that can be enjoyed by engaged couples at any stage in their nuptial prep!
Ask and you shall receive! In the past, the main way to mentor with me has been through my travel experience, AKP Retreat. Moving forward, I’m making myself more accessible. There are now three ways to coach with me. Creatives can sign up for one on one coaching, join my first “slay squad” in November, or sign up for first-to-know details on the 2019 AKP Retreat date. Interested in coaching with me? These spaces will be limited, so don’t hesitate to use the contact tab on the “for creatives” page to reach out!
It wouldn’t be a true launch day if I didn’t give something away! I’m doubling up on the goodies because I’m just so overjoyed to share the new brand with all of you. This week, I’m giving away one photo session and one mentoring session. Want to win one? Here’s how you enter:
Step ONE. Comment on this blog and tell me YOUR favorite part of the new website, and mention which session (photo or mentoring) you want to win.
Step TWO. Share the website on social media and tag Ashton Kelley Photography.
Step Three. Subscribe to the blog!
Entries will be accepted once per person from today through next Monday (the 22nd) at noon, EST. The winners will be drawn at random, LIVE, on Facebook. Join me live on Monday at 4 PM to reveal the lucky winners. I’ll have the confetti ready to cue. May the odds be ever in your favor, friends!
Words cannot express my gratitude. Thank you, all, for sharing in this progression of my business with me. I am so appreciative for all of the efforts taken to make this possible. Thank you, and thank you again.
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