The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig.

Sonder:
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own - populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness - an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
— The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

About the Photographer

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Hi and thank you for wanting to learn more about Sonder Portraits! My name is Ashley and I'm the girl behind the camera. I'm also a wife and a mother of two. The picture above shows my oldest son Bradley, 7, and my husband, Ben, with our youngest son Logan, 3, on his chest. They are my life. Photography and those boys are what brings me the most joy in my life. 

Photography became a hobby for me probably about the age of 15 or 16. My mom and dad bought me my first little digital Canon and I was in love. It remained a hobby for the next couple of years but it wasn't until my oldest son Bradley was born that I wanted to get serious about having quality pictures. 

Bradley playing with the hose on a summer day.

Bradley playing with the hose on a summer day.

Logan being silly in the bath.

Logan being silly in the bath.

Professional photographer and humanitarian, Jeremy Cowart, his wife, myself and his children during their documentary shoot!

Professional photographer and humanitarian, Jeremy Cowart, his wife, myself and his children during their documentary shoot!

Over time, like a lot of "mom's with camera's", friends started asking if I would take photos for them. That was pretty exciting for me. It's something I loved and I was new to editing. So, I learned some things. Then learned some more. I did a session here and there for a little while. But I started feeling unfulfilled with my style. Then I had my second son, Logan, so I decided to take a break from sessions. Over that break, my style changed A LOT and I found my groove. I was ready to begin something new,  so I started Sonder Portraits. 

I chose the name Sonder because I wanted the name of my business to convey the nature of my photography. Sonder is the moment when you are made aware of the details of someone else's life - when you catch a glimpse of their story.

That's what I try and do for my clients. It's the kind of images I take of my family. I strive to create photographs that convey genuine connection, relationship, expression and personality that evoke warmth and emotion. Which is why, as you can see, my work is very unposed and moody. 

I encourage you to consider having these types of images hanging on the walls in your home. Photographs can be powerful and add an amazing atmosphere to your house.

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