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  • For the Love of Blogging began many years ago as the space for a young (and slightly naive) design school graduate. Since that time, I've grown a bit wiser and (hopefully) matured in my design perspective. So, my goals for this blog have evolved, and now I look forward to using this space as a way of sharing my experiences with Braizen, motherhood, and as a Jedi Master of design.

  • That's me: mom, greatest wife ever, designer, business owner, and the single largest contributer to Diet Mountain Dew's vast soda fortune. It's hard to believe that my journey into design and branding began nearly a decade ago with this blog and a drive to create dynamic brands for boutique photographers in the Atlanta area. Today, I'm the founder of Braizen, a small business branding design firm, and I dabble in a handful of other design-centered projects. This is my life, thanks for reading. Look for me on DribbbleFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram or head over to Opieh Studios to see all works in progress.

  • You read right – our's son's name is Opie. Well, his really name is Oliver Paul, but everyone calls him Opie. He's a real cool kid who loves to draw, makes messes, get dirty and work on cars with his Dad. He knows no strangers even at 4 years old and we expect he'll never be the shy kid in class. He is known for his many expressions and the conversations he spurs are off-the-wall-hilarious. He has an imaginary friend from California named Jack who is six and can drive. He's not really into social networking yet, but stay tuned. I am sure he'll add a twitter app to his iPad shortly.

  • Aside from being incredibly handsome, my husband Paul is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. I love him for his nerdiness, mostly because it means he can fix just about anything that goes wrong on the homefront. He's a brilliant engineer, loving father, and always manages to keep me interested, no matter the subject. For all of his awesomeness, I let him maintain a significant workshop in the garage, where he tinkers on his cars, motorcycles, and top secret projects with which I'm certain he will one day rule the world.


I have been so overwhelmed with my new job (i.e. motherhood) that I’ve hardly had a spare moment to photograph my new little model. I apologize to all my blog-stalkers who have been looking for new pictures of baby Opie. I hope to appease the masses with a couple of new photographs. This was my attempt at a real session… I only shot about 10 images and then I was beat! This is just another reason why you should always hire a professional. Images from the hospital to come soon… it’s just really hard to proof images with a baby in your arms 90% of the day.



P.S. Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard being a mom really is? I can’t figure out why anyone would do this over and over. Whew!

May 30, 2008 - 10:10 am

Jodi - Absolutely delish!! I adore that little man and you can bet I WILL be flying my Texan self to Georgia soon! And you can count on me not giving him up while I’m there. :o) He is just beautiful.

And why do we do it more than once? After having 4, I can say definitively that it’s a light case of lunacy. Ha!!

May 30, 2008 - 11:35 am

Photography By Shay - He’s simply adorable! and don’t worry…things will get easier. :)

June 1, 2008 - 3:22 pm

Lauren - It gets easier. Eli is pretty much sleeping through the night (at 4 months). Opie will only be this small once. So enjoy it! It won’t be long before you won’t be able to pin him down for cuddles.

June 2, 2008 - 10:22 am

Rachael Boling - he is ridiculously cute. I love the second one!!

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New Car Goodness

New babies and sports cars just don’t mix very well. Well… not so fast… while my 2000 Cougar doesn’t work for us anymore, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fun grocery getter out there. If anyone knows my husband they know that he LOVES cars, especially fast cars! So… we ended up with a car that’s perfect for our growing family and perfect for my speed-racer husband too – a Cadillac CTS-V – with the soul of Caddy and the heart of a Vette. Can anyone say Road Trip? Oh yeah – anyone wanna buy a 2000 Mercury Cougar?


May 28, 2008 - 11:00 am

Sue - awesome! Enjoy…but be careful!!!

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This kid is the spitting image of my sweet husband. They even make the same funny facial expressions. He’s already got so much personality! Ahhh…I’m in LOVE! CHeck out some new images of my sweet little man. More to come…





May 14, 2008 - 7:27 pm

Jodi - I simply adore him. LOVE!!!!

May 14, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Rachael Boling - The first one is amazing! What an awesome expression! You have a handsome little man!

May 15, 2008 - 8:04 am

Jackie - Congratulations!! He’s such a sweetie!

May 15, 2008 - 3:23 pm

Lauren - OMG! He is so cute. He looks JUST like Paul. I cannot wait for Eli to meet him.

May 15, 2008 - 3:47 pm

Sue - AAAWWWWWW….. he DOES look like his Daddy!
So happy for you all!!!

May 16, 2008 - 3:20 pm

Nancy Remling - Yeah Ashley!!! He is sooo wonderful!!!

May 16, 2008 - 3:54 pm

Photography By Shay - Oh, he’s perfect. Congratulations!!!

May 19, 2008 - 11:18 am

Tif - my mind cannot wrap around the fact that he was in your belly. what a miracle! love the first pic!

May 20, 2008 - 1:34 am

Kylie Banks - Aww.. I was just coming by here to see if you’d had your little one yet. Congrats! He’s beautiful.

May 20, 2008 - 1:46 am

Phaunt Actions » Spell with Flickr- - […] Random link, I found while checking in on Ashley Jankowski and oohing-ahhing over her newborn baby […]

May 20, 2008 - 12:31 pm

Pam Troxel - He’s gorgeous! Congratulations!

May 21, 2008 - 9:12 pm

christy pacanowski - ashley! so happy for you! i was just thinking…hey i bet my graphic designer had her baby by now so i checked your blog and lo and behold…!! congrats! hope youre sleeping:)

May 23, 2008 - 2:37 am

Roxanne Miller - SOOOOO sweet Ashley- congratulations to you both- enjoy him while he’s tiny! :)

May 28, 2008 - 9:54 am

Barbara Knox - Ashley…congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and your sweet family. Opie is precious! Such cute pics! Take care and try to get sleep when you can!

May 28, 2008 - 12:21 pm

Joyce - Oh he is the sweetest thing, Ashley!! Many congratulations!! You were probably too tired to notice that your ears were burning Monday–I shot a session for one of your clients and we wondered how you and little Opie were faring (check my blog!).

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My Ultimate Creation

Oliver Paul Jankowski a.k.a Opie  |  May 9, 2009  |  8:52am  |  8lbs 1oz  |  19in


I thought I’d be posting something earlier, but after a long hard labor and no wi-fi signal in my hospital room, it just didn’t happen. So sorry guys. But, we’re all healthy and safely at home. More pictures to come soon!!

May 12, 2008 - 7:47 pm

Tiffiney - aweeee! ashley. he’s so cute! sweet chubby cheeks. glad you’re all safely home. get some rest!

May 12, 2008 - 8:24 pm

Jodi - OH. MY. HEAVENS. He is absolutely beautiful, Ashley. Much love and MANY congrats to you and Paul. You make beautiful babies for sure. And you know how to make me weepy, too. Gorgeous, gorgeous baby boy.

May 12, 2008 - 8:36 pm

Vanessa - He is beautiful! Congratulations!

May 12, 2008 - 9:11 pm

Season Moore - Awwww, a day before my son was born. Congrats!

May 12, 2008 - 9:44 pm

Mia Houle - Congratulations Ashley on your little bundle of love! He is adorable and I can’t wait to see more pictures of him.

May 12, 2008 - 10:42 pm

Alli Rupp - SO flippin precious. Enjoy this time and each other. Glad to hear everyone is well and wonderful. He is ADORABLE.

May 12, 2008 - 11:12 pm

Rachael Boling - oh my! he is so adorable! CONGRATS!!!!

May 12, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Eva - he is perfect … your best work to date ;) kiss him for me, I wish I could be there to do it myself :(

May 12, 2008 - 11:58 pm

ashli wolf - oh my goodness…i have been watching your blog and counting down with y’all….so happy that everything is so perfect now…nothing like it, huh! happy mother’s week to ya! xoxo.ash

May 13, 2008 - 2:26 pm

sarah goodman - HOORAY for you!!! What a blessing that he is healthy and here! Get some rest…I can’t wait to see more pics of your BEST creation yet!!!

May 14, 2008 - 9:15 am

Lisa Reichman - Congratulations! What an adorable little one. I’m sorry to hear about the labor but it’s all in the past now and look what you have to show for it. The most precious gift. He is gorgeous :)

May 14, 2008 - 3:24 pm

anni - Oooohh what a squishy little face. He is amazing, Congratulations!

May 14, 2008 - 10:59 pm

Angela Majerus - He is BEAUTIFUL!!

Congrats to you and your family! He is your best creation…with my custom logo coming in a close second (wink)

Thanks again for your hard work…and congrats once again on your sweet little boy!

May 15, 2008 - 3:23 am

christina rainey - congrats! he’s a cutie pie! :)

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Now We Wait

Just wanted to update all my friends, family and clients…After having contractions for nearly 2 days – we’re finally at the hospital! Wahoo! Even better – the epidural is in! Double Wahoo! With any luck I’ll be able to show off my new love in the next few hours. Everything is going smooth and now we wait! I’ll keep everyone updated and hopefully have some pictures to post soon. 

May 9, 2008 - 7:39 am

Jodi - Woke up (my usual 6am) and, of course, checked my email since I knew the epi was in based on your email last night. :o) Bless you girl, labor is exhausting!

Many prayers headed your way while you deliver the one thing that will change your life forever! You and Paul will never be the same. I can’t wait to see him!!!!

May 10, 2008 - 1:58 pm

melanie - sending lots of happy anticipatory wishes your way! warmly, -melanie-

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