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    Sunanda // Graduation Session

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    Meet my friend, Sunanda! It’s hard to pinpoint my earliest memory of my friendship with Sunanda. I’m pretty certain that it revolved around 6th grade and the lunch table. Oh, those days of junior high! Days that will either forge a friendship or destroy it. Luckily, ours was a friendship that was created and strengthened during that time.

    Sunanda is one of the sweetest people I know. She’s proven time and time again to be a faithful friend, always up for a bowl of pasta or a zumba session. An encourager during both the joyous and the hard life moments. A incredibly hard worker that doesn’t back down, even in the face of challenges. She’s someone you want in your court.

    I absolutely adored doing this graduation session with Sunanda. Being able to capture her laughter was a delight. Seriously, I love it when she gets the giggles. I’m so glad I was able to get her to giggle during our time together. There’s nothing better as a photographer than feeling like you’ve been able to accurately capture who someone is. I also absolutely love the photo where she is stoically looking out to her future (or the distance at least). I love the fierceness of it. It’s such an awesome array of who this sweet friend is.

    Thank you dear friend for allowing me to photograph this moment in your life. Also, a special thanks to your mom who graciously drove us, carried stuff for us, and encouraged us during the entire shoot. Her words hit upon my heart in such a wonderful way causing this to possibly be one of my favorite shoots ever.

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    sunanda 2017 college graduation senior portrait photography session // ashley karlen photography

    Sunanda, I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

    To Sunanda and the rest of the 2017 graduates, well done and congratulations!



    Nick + Hanna // Maternity Session

    I’m not sure when I first met Hanna. It seems like I just turned around one day and there she was, right by my side. We’ve weathered some great times and some terrible storms together. I’ll never forget the joy of moving into our very first place on our own – the college dorms at Texas A&M University. She was the best of roommates. She’s one of the sweetest, most caring, thoughtful, driven and beautiful people I’ve ever known. I am so thankful that we became friends in high school and that years later, we’re enjoying new seasons of life that our little high school selves could never have imagined.

    Three years ago, I had the privilege of watching this girl marry the love of her life, our high school classmate, Nick. Hanna was the second of my closest friends to be married. The night was perfect with her family’s Ukranian traditions sprinkled throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. They are wonderful friends to both celebrate and to celebrate with. It’s been a joy these past several years to watch them love and support each other.

    The birth of their marriage was a new beginning for them and just a tiny step in leading us to today – Hanna’s pregnancy. I can’t imagine a better set of parents for a little boy. Andrew is extra lucky with the jackpot of getting to call these two Mommy and Daddy. Andrew’s been with us for a little while now, even though I’m just now posting these maternity photos. Hanna is definitely a natural and is glowing in her new role as a mother. Baby Andrew is adorable as can be.

    A Prayer for this New Family

    God, I pray for baby Andrew to grow into a courageous, daring man of God after your own heart. I pray that as he grows and life changes with him, that he will be grounded in you. Lord, I pray that when seas are calm, he will know he is by your side and on the days and seasons where the seas are more tumultuous, I pray that he will know that you are protecting him in your loving arms. I pray for these new parents, Nick and Hanna, that they will look to you and your word for guidance as they parent baby Andrew, and that their family and friends will surround them all of their days. I pray that you use Nick and Hanna to show Andrew what it looks like to live a life that glorifies you. Lord, protect these sweet friends of mine as they weather this new season together with all its unknowns. Show them you in the midst of everything. Amen. 

    I absolutely love this shot. It tells me that Hanna is not only ready for motherhood but ready to conquer the world. I love the fierce determination in her eyes.

    Go forth and conquer mommyhood, my friend!


    Meet My Friend Sara K!

    Meet my friend Sara K, a graduating senior at A&M Consolidated! There is so much to say about this lovely lady! She is just wonderful. Her passion and heart for missions is inspiring, she loves deeply and has a contagious laugh. I’ve loved getting to know her from church and seeing her grow these last few years.

    I’m extremely excited to see where the Lord is going to take her as she steps into this next stage of life. Love you, Sara!

    Pink, Red, Adorable.

    As if all of the stores haven’t thrown up pink and red hearted adorable-ness lately, here’s some wedding fun for y’all to check out on this romantic holiday:

    Nerdy love notes. You fog my spectacles. Genius.

    Travel themed engagement photos are quickly becoming one of my faves.

    There’s something organically beautiful about ribbon streamers.

    Cute little animated proposal.

    How fun is inviting some flamingos to enjoy your big day?

    Loving options for different stationary papers. So cute, elegant and fun!

    Muppets + Proposals = Loving both this couple and their fun attitudes!

    Super colorful and cute bachelorette party.

     Backdrops of sheer genius.

    With all of the Will & Kate hype long gone, I still think this picture is pretty neat.

    There’s something about graphic designs on walls like graffiti that I just love.

    A terrifying way to take the plunge into marriage.

    Not sure where I am on the long vs. short wedding dress debate, but I would say ‘I do’ to the skirt of this dress.


    I have redesigned my joyephotography website and wanted to show it to y’all.  I hope y’all enjoy it. It needs a lot more updated photos, but I wanted to get it up and running again. Let me know any feedback y’all have!

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    It’s been about a month since I’ve been back from studying abroad in Costa Rica with the Quiocho Family. Being back is still extremely weird to me on many different levels. A lot of things have happened in the last few weeks. I’ve gone back to college and begun trying to readjust back into my ‘old’ life. It doesn’t seem to  really be fitting back together. I’m in a major period of transition from college kid to adult and I’m not a fan of this change at all. Also, I am completely lost as to where my life is leading to say the least.

    I realized that I never finished updating my pictures from Costa Rica. In addition to that I have become a slacker on my Project 365 as I have become incredibly horrible at remembering to take photos over this past month. I’m not sure why exactly that my photo taking has decreased, but it is finally starting to increase back up to the daily photo which is good. I’m guessing that the slacking is probably due to a lack of desire, which is what I seem to have for many things that are happening around me right now…

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    At least this week I’ve been consistent with my inconsistency of taking photos. Somehow I’ve made my Project 365 into a Project Take A Photo Every Other Day. Hopefully that will change this week.

    These past few days, I made some new friends and worked countless hours on my COMM 485 paper over social media. The good news though is that my paper is done! It possibly has the longest works cited ever though. It was supposed to be a 12 to 15 paper and despite it ending up to be much longer, the works cited ended up being 15 pages in itself!

    In other news, I got to visit the clinic this week. No parasites here! 🙂