Ashley LaPrade Photography
Armed with a BFA in Photography and a Canon 60D, I founded Ashley LaPrade Photography in 2013—not knowing what it would become (ahem, or what it was yet). And then a friend asked me for a high-stakes favor: to shoot her wedding. I said yes—the beginning of all great love stories—and began a lasting love affair with wedding photography. Since then, I’ve shot over 200 weddings.
Why Weddings? Weddings are my jam I’m not in it for the money, press or awards—I’m in it because I love love. And weddings happen to be the gin to my tonic—the complement to the things I do best, including: Shooting photos (duh) I’m the daughter of a filmmaker and a graduate of Art Center’s world-renowned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. I have the technical training and artistic eye necessary to capture those fleeting moments you’ll want to remember forever. Plus—humble brag—over 10 years and 200 weddings of experience.
Making new friends: Correct me if I’m wrong, but no couple wants those awkward-posed 80s portraits you grew up with. Lucky for you, I’m a fast friend and an open book: I’m your resource for all-things-weddings, from venues to vendors, and I pride myself on making my couples comfortable—as in you won’t notice I’ve been holding a camera the entire time we’ve been wandering the desert. That level of comfort.
Busting a move I mean, I’m no Kevin Bacon circa Footloose, but I’ve been known to open—and close—the dance floor at a wedding or two. What I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm. (If you ask really nicely—or, ahem, feed me a shot—I may break out the sprinkler.)
Your Local Expert Mrs. Palm Springs Whether you live in Palm Springs or it’s just your wedding locale, I know this place like my better half. You may think sunset photos should be at 7:00, but with mountains in all directions, I can tell you when and where our best light actually is. I’ve lived in Palm Springs since I was a kid, and it’s here I’ve shot over 200 weddings, dubbing me Mrs. Palm Springs. From the best vendors to the best light (and the best Mexican restaurants for a mean margarita), I’ll be your tour-guide-turned-photographer.
What happens in Vegas Planning an elopement to Sin City? You’re in good company, friend. From the Gatsby-level sparkle to shows that dazzle, this is where luxury resides. In 2018, my husband and I left our Palm Springs paradise for Las Vegas, where I capture elopements and weddings with the extravagance only Vegas can provide. Whatever your desert of choice, I’ll meet you there.