I started hosting women's retreats focused on self-care and self-love because I strongly believe in the power of these practices to transform women's lives. I am passionate about self-care and feel that it is a critical aspect of overall well-being that needs to be prioritized in our lives. Through hosting retreats that focus on self-care practices like yoga, meditation, healthy living and mindset, I aim to help women learn how to take better care of themselves and prioritize their own needs or even just provide a space for them to do just that.
I believe that all women deserve to love themselves fully and completely. Many women struggle with low self-esteem or negative self-talk, and I want to help change that. By offering workshops and activities that promote self-love and positive affirmation, I hope to teach women how to appreciate themselves for who they are, 'flaws' and all.
I also enjoy creating a supportive community through hosting women's retreats. Bringing together like-minded women who are all committed to self-care and personal growth is incredibly rewarding. By creating a supportive community, I hope to help women feel less alone in their struggles and provide a space for them to connect and support each other today and tomorrow.
I have seen firsthand how transformative self-love and self-care practices can be. How detrimental sacrificing ourselves for everyone else, every day can be. This is a space where women can come and pour in to themselves and be filled up by one another, simultaneously. By helping women learn how to take care of themselves and love themselves, I believe that together we can help each other make positive changes in all areas of our lives, from relationships to careers.
Hosting women's retreats focused on self-love and self-care is a fulfilling and meaningful way for me to support and empower women and I am so thankful for the opportunity to make it happen.
Want to learn more or interested in attending? Click on the button and head to the Strong. Capable. Female. Info Page.
Boudoir Photography is one of my favorite forms of art. Why? Because of what it gives my clients. There are a variety of reasons someone might consider taking boudoir photos and a lot of those reasons are also why I love what I do. I will always offer Boudoir Sessions for anyone who wants to explore it.
Check out these Six Reasons why clients schedule a Boudoir Shoot:
Boosting Self-Confidence: This is my favorite reason! Boudoir photography can be a powerful way to boost self-confidence and help individuals feel more comfortable in their own skin. The process can help people appreciate their bodies and celebrate their unique beauty, leading to increased self-love and confidence.
Celebrating Special Moments: If you've got a big event coming up, like a wedding or anniversary, boudoir photos can be a fun way to celebrate and remember the occasion. But it doesn't always have to be a big event... it could be a different type of celebration like achieving a healthy milestone in your fitness or overcoming a battle with disease.
Artistic Expression: Boudoir photography can be a really fun way to express your creativity and try out different poses, lighting, and outfits. It's a chance to explore your artistic side and see yourself in a new light.
Spicing Things Up: If you're in a relationship, boudoir photos can be a way to spice things up and get a little more intimate with your partner. By creating intimate and sensual images, couples can explore their sexuality and deepen their connection.
Overcoming Insecurities: For those struggling with body insecurities or negative body image, boudoir photography can be a way to confront and overcome these feelings. By embracing their bodies and seeing themselves in a new light, individuals can learn to love and accept themselves just as they are.
Document This Time: Our bodies today will be different tomorrow. And the next year and the year after that. We are changing every day. There is something magical about looking back on a photo and remembering the way we look and felt at that time. To appreciate ourselves for then and for now.
In conclusion, boudoir photography can be a powerful and transformative experience for those who choose to embark on it. From boosting self-confidence to celebrating special moments, there are many reasons why someone might consider taking boudoir photos. Through this unique form of photography, individuals can learn to appreciate their bodies, explore their creativity, and deepen their connections with themselves and others.
If you're considering taking boudoir photos, I encourage you to take the leap and give it a try. As a boudoir photographer, I am dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable, and empowering experience for all of my clients. I believe that everyone deserves to feel beautiful, confident, and celebrated, and boudoir photography can be a wonderful way to achieve that.
So whether you (or you & your partner) are looking to boost your self-confidence, celebrate a special moment, or simply explore your creativity, let's make some magic together and capture the beauty that is uniquely you!
Ready to capture your boudoir session?
Lis has taken our family photos for a couple years now and every single time she blows my mind with the shots she gets.
My kids aren’t always cooperative but she always catches them perfectly! Lis even went beyond the lens and came to the place I work and spoke on a panel of women who all own their own businesses.
She’s just as sweet as she is talented.
3 Steps To A More Fulfilled Life
Fulfillment looks different to everyone. For some, it may be achieving a career or educational milestone. For others, fulfillment may arrive unexpectedly in the form of a new romantic interest, a growing family, a hobby or passion fulfilled, or a new adventure unfolding…
At its core, fulfillment is that self-awareness that we feel when we look at our lives and feel content, thriving and at our peak. If you’re feeling low or battling to develop a more fulfilled life, remember to appreciate the small things that really matter.
Honor your past, take root in the present and realize your dreams for a better future.
1. Honor The Past
Your past may be riddled with mistakes or ‘mis-steps’ towards living a fulfilled life.
You may have faced disappointments and heartache that have shaped your outlook. However, in order to fully embrace your present life, you need to acknowledge the past – and not dwell in it.
Never allow the wrongs of your past to define who you will become someday, but use the lessons learned along the way to shape you into a better person.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard.
2. Take Root In The Present
“If you feel anxiety or depression, you are not in the present. You are either anxiously projecting the future or depressed and stuck in the past. The only thing you have any control over is the present moment...”
― Tobe Hanson
Learn to appreciate where you are right now.
No matter our current circumstances, we can attempt to adopt a positive outlook and choose happiness, triumph and fulfillment in the present moment. This is not always easy, especially when going through a valley. But each day, each moment, we can make a choice.
3. Set Goals For The Future
The future certainly is yours for the taking. Dream those impossible dreams. Write them down. Create goals you can work towards and realize the dreams you have waiting to be birthed within your heart. Manifest your greatness.
“It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.”
― John Guare.
Photography: Elisabeth Ashliegh / Elisabeth Ashliegh Photography
Are you ready to create some beautiful memories? I would be honored.
Why you might regret not having a maternity session | Dayton, Ohio maternity photographer
As a photographer of ten plus years (& a photograph lover myself), I understand the significance of having beautiful moments captured. But if you are anything like myself and the millions of other moms out there, you are not so sure about photographing your pregnancy...
Photography is a luxury and you are probably already trying to figure out how to save money when this little one arrives. Plus, we often do not feel our most beautiful self as our bodies begin to change and adapt to this new life inside.
But let me give you a few things to consider before you completely brush off the idea.
Here are six reasons you might regret not having maternity photos taken.
1) YOUR BODY IS ACCOMPLISHING ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ACTS OF NATURE
Growing a new little human within your own body in itself is a true miracle. You have nurtured it within your own womb, giving it life! And then your body gives birth to this new little life. How can we not marvel in the delicate intricacies of all of the little things that come together to create life. This extraordinary miracle deserves to be honored.
2) YOUR CHILD WILL LOVE LOOKING BACK AT A TIME BEFORE THEY COULD REMEMBER
There is something magical about looking back in to the past. My children and my friends children all love to look back on a time when they were so connected with their mother. Just knowing that is them within those curves fills them with the magic of life, a bond beyond any other bond, and sense of love.
3) YOU WILL LOOK BACK AND REALIZE HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU REALLY WERE
I know, I know. I see you there shaking your head. It is understandable. Right now you are likely swollen in places you did not know could swell, your body aches and you feel gigantic. But if you could see yourself through the eyes of the world, you will see how uniquely beautiful you are. The way a body curves and embraces this child is absolutely beautiful. And you will never be in this moment again.
4) IT GIVES YOU A MOMENT TO REALLY SOAK IN THIS BEAUTIFUL GIFT
This is a time you will never get to be part of again. Eventually your home will be filled with a more complicated schedule, sleepless nights, and emotional changes ravaging your mind, body & spirit. This is a moment to pause, breathe in the moment, and really connect with yourself (& your partner). Do not let this beautiful gift pass by, unrecorded.
6) NO REGRETS TO BE HAD
I have heard countless mothers tell me that the regretted not taking professional maternity (or newborn) photos. I truly believe this is an investment you will never regret.
Ready to capture your miracle?
Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is a state of mind. It is the daily decision to appreciate all that life has to offer and to live out of a place of thanksgiving.
When we choose gratitude, we in turn choose positivity, hope, thankfulness, joy and so much more.
Did you know that there are many benefits to adopting an attitude of gratitude? As you begin to take on a mindset of thanksgiving, you may begin to curb negative thoughts, eliminate anxiety and even diminish depression.
Prioritize gratitude and you may begin to live a healthier, happier and more joy-filled life.
I will share a few simple ways to help you nurture a habit of gratitude and thanksgiving every day.
· Be mindful. There is always something to be grateful for. Look for the silver lining in every situation, no matter how small and start to develop a deeper sense of gratitude for the simple things in life. I like to take a walk at some point in the day and really dwell on what I am grateful for that day.
· Create a gratitude journal. Begin to daily write down those things that you are most grateful for. It may start out simple but over time, you may begin to experience the power of positive thought and nurture a real sense of gratitude for the things that matter most. I write down a list of things in my daily planner as I think of them.
· Express thanks to others. Make a point of thanking others for their role or contribution in your life. Write a note to that inspirational teacher or role model who encouraged you to become the person you are today. Verbalize your thanks to your parents or grandparents for raising you. The more we learn to express gratitude, the more we give others the freedom to do the same. I love encouraging others and finding ways to share how I appreciate them.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend,”
― Melody Beattie.
The Sigler Family
Photography: Elisabeth Ashliegh / Elisabeth Ashliegh Photography
We met Elisabeth back in 2016 when she drove to Toledo to photograph our wedding.
Since 2018 we have been hiring her to photograph our family 2 times a year! She has always gotten the best pictures of our family!
We appreciate her so much for giving us these memories our family can cherish! We recently had our second child and immediately had Elisabeth booked for a newborn shoot! She was so patient and took extra time to get the best shots.
She has an eye for detail in all the photos she shoots.
Ready to book some beautiful moments together?
10 Keys to a Happy Marriage
It is estimated that around 40-50% of marriages in the US end up in divorce. The reality is that marriage is hard work and will take a lifelong commitment in order to achieve success. So what can we do?
Here are 10 things I think are important to a healthier, happier marriage.
1. Communication is vital.
Good marriages often fail because of a lack of communication. Learn to share your highs and lows with your partner.
2. Adopt a growth mindset.
Marriage is a work in progress. Set and achieve goals together and reap the rewards as you grow together – and not apart. This includes checking in with one another and talking about the things you have done right for one another and the things you need to work on.
3. Take care of yourself.
"I am learning how to love him, by loving myself." If we took better care of ourselves as individuals – emotionally, physically and even spiritually – we may be in a better position to take care of those we care about and help them take care of themselves too.
4. Forgive often.
Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Throw perfectionism out of the window. Instead of harboring false expectations and negativity in marriage, let’s forgive often (when those things don't matter in the long run) and choose positivity in every situation. A positive mindset can go a long way.
5. Say thank you – even for the small stuff.
Sounds simple enough but a lack of gratitude can tear a marriage apart. Learn to adopt an attitude of thankfulness and express your gratitude in marriage daily. Thank you husband for the every day things he does. Thank your wife for all the little and big things she does daily. Even as simple as being the driver on your next trip to the store.
6. Speak love into being.
Your words have the power to make or break your spouse. Choose to speak kindness, grace, love and respect over your partner daily. To them, in your own head, and to others.
7. Be your partner’s biggest supporter.
Take an interest in what is important to your spouse and support them in their endeavors. After all, in marriage you are on the same team.
8. Stay faithful.
Many marriages fall apart as a result of unfaithfulness and deceit. Stay true to your vows and practice honesty and trust daily.
9. Listen more, talk less.
It’s easy to offer advice and shrug off what really matters to your partner. Practice the art of active listening and connect with your spouse on a deeper level.
10. Add romance.
Schedule date nights and plan intimate moments with your spouse to keep the spark alive. Capture the memories in a romantic couple’s photoshoot – and treasure the keepsake of your love forever.
Susan + Willie at Wegerzyn Gardens, Dayton
Photography: Elisabeth Ashliegh / Elisabeth Ashliegh Photography
Taking Care of Yourself First
As busy women, we’re often taking care of everyone else’s needs. Preparing meals, cleaning our homes, pursuing a career to support our families… and yet, we seldom take the time needed to make our own needs a priority.
Here are few simple tips to help you prioritize yourself this year.
Remember – sometimes we have to put ourselves first.
We can’t possibly pour in to others when we’re not pouring in to ourselves first.
Prioritize your needs through the end of this year and ensure a healthier, happier 2023.
I am Elisabeth.