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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.

Jenn Di Spirito: Branded

Jenn Di Spirito is a natural light, lifestyle photographer based out of Vancouver (I love Vancouver!) who specializes in children and families. She didn’t give me many constraints, but she wanted a cohesive brand. She asked for simple, strong, modern and colourful. We talked talked about several ideas but ultimately we settled on the idea of using a window… natural window light… windows to the soul…  all that jazz. Take a look at Jenn’s new brand… with a few more projects still to be done.

(Top to Bottom) Business Card, 1/2 Page Magazine Advertisement, PDF Price Sheet

And Jenn’s new blog… designed by me and programmed by Into the Darkroom.

What a blessing it is to have clients who put faith in me to do what I do. Thank You Jenn for being such a great client!!

December 19, 2008 - 1:21 am

carolyn bowles - Wow Ashley! How much do I love the window concept! And beautifully executed too! Fabulous design and creativity! I am inspired. :)

December 19, 2008 - 5:16 am

melanie pittman - oh my goodness! Fantastic Job! I’m counting the days down till I get a phone call from you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2008 - 1:07 pm

Jenn - Seriously Ashley, I can’t think you enough for being so amazing to work with! I have loved every single thing you’ve come up with and have had tonnes of compliments on my ad and blog. Everything flows together beautifully and you really did develop a fabulous brand that truly reflects me and my style.

January 1, 2009 - 5:32 pm

Erik Maziarz - super job! love the window concept and the whole colorful, “fresh air” vibe. :-)

January 15, 2009 - 3:40 pm

amy.SilverBox - YOU are TREMENDOUS!
we LOVE what you’ve done here with Jenn’s branding.
we’d hire you in a heartbeat but are a little intimidated by your waiting list.
we actually reference you in our brief here:

and sure hope that’s ok. you must be incredibly busy (and deservedly so) — but we’d be honored if you’d take a peek and provide feedback on the logo journey we’re diving into.

thanks so much for being such an inspiration!!


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Up. Up. Up.

Another milestone happened this a.m. Opie pulled up and stood. Can you say trouble? We’re about to be knee deep in it. Nevertheless – Opie was so proud of himself! And I couldn’t help feeling blessed that I am able to be here to capture all his milestones and still be able to make a living doing the things I love to do.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this face every morning?!

December 17, 2008 - 12:37 am

Sarah F - Oh My Gosh, that second one put a huge smile on my face! How could it not with a grin like that! He will be so thrilled to have these photographs when he is older. Be sure to print them as well!

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Allofus via Almasy

The camera was finally turned on me. I met with Anne Almasy last weekend to get our family portraits on. It’s about time, right!? We had such a great time with Anne! I think we’ll have to make this an annual or semi-annual thing. In case you guys forgot what I looked like or if you never know… here ya go! We’re a family of four eyes and we’ve been assured by our optometrist that Opie will inevitably have them as well! For more check out the Almasy Blog! Thanks Again Anne! Can’t wait to meet up with you again and swap some self-employment stories.

December 14, 2008 - 8:31 pm

carolyn bowles - Lucky you! These are breathtaking! I absolutely LOVE some of the ones on Anne’s blog too — the one in front of the red and gray thing is awesome as is the last one with the beautiful sunlight. And I am really digging this individual one of you just as much! Enjoy the blessing of having your own family photographed. I’m so jealous! By the way, your boys are too cute!

December 15, 2008 - 10:28 am

Jodi - LOVE THESE SO MUCH!!! If you don’t get a ginormous canvas for the family pic of y’all (on the other blog), then you are clazy! Clazy I tell ya! :o)

December 16, 2008 - 10:47 pm

Heather Essian - awww you’re family is too cute! She did a fabulous job!

December 17, 2008 - 11:17 pm

Anne Almasy - Aw, THANKS, chica! Love the shout-out! :D

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