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Embarking upon a creative career comes with a degree of uncertainty. For Ashley (Luedemann) Bird, it took five years of hard work before she felt truly successful with her own photography business. Now, she is able to exercise her creativity daily and can’t imagine a more fulfilling job than capturing her clients’ special moments.
Bird graduated from Galt High School in 2007, having been involved with Color Guard and choir. Her dreams of a career as a professional singer were quickly set aside, thanks to her stage fright, but it was quickly replaced by the idea of becoming a photographer.
“I’ve always had an interest in photography,” Bird said. “It started with disposable cameras and capturing memories since before fifth grade … so figured my hobby could just as easily become my career of choice.”
Bird studied photography at Cosumnes River College, earning her associate degree in 2010. During this time, she dabbled with photography professionally, but didn’t fully take the plunge until after she graduated.
“I would consider the start of my career being 2010,” she said, “but success started in 2015.”
She now owns Three Feathers Photography, serving her hometown and the areas surrounding Galt. She specializes in wedding and portrait photography.
“My absolute favorite content to shoot is children’s fine art. I love working with children, especially between the ages of three and seven, to create magic one might find in the depths of their innocent imagination,” Bird said. “[The style] is difficult to explain, but typically it is more elegant, thought provoking, and photographed in a more unique way than, say, a snapshot.”
Bird describes her style of photography as “timeless.” She draws inspiration from her clients and their chosen shoot location, meaning that each and every shot – while carefully composed – is entirely unique.
“A ‘good’ picture is like art,” Bird said. “It’s all about perspective. What catches my eye personally are photographs rich in color and depth [that] involve an emotion-evoking subject and has flawless lighting.”
Attention to detail is important to Bird and helps her ensure that the end product she presents to her clients truly captures the moment.
In the future, Bird hopes to earn her master’s and teach seminars across the nation or even around the world. She would also like to work with more destination weddings and expand Three Feathers Photography to include staff for videography, as well as marketing.
When not on a shoot or managing the behind-the-scenes responsibilities that come with running the business, Bird can be found spending time with her kids or at the gym.