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About Photography by Ashley Ables

Welcome. Thanks for checking out my blog! I am a photographer in Greenville, South Carolina. I have nine years of professional experience in nearly every type of photography. I shoot a little of everything, but my main focus (and love!) is children and high school seniors. I love capturing the essence of people and relationships in a fun, artistic way. I hope you enjoy viewing my latest work and learning a little about my life. Also, please visit my website,

Archive: ‘Animals’

Glimpses 52 | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

If I had to choose one thing that my entire family shares an intense love for, it’s dogs.  We adore dogs.  Our life feels incomplete when we don’t have a dog.  My husband and I both grew up around dogs, and couldn’t wait for the day that we got to choose our own dog.

Neither of us had a dog in college, because we wanted to wait until we were married and had our own house.  A few months into our marriage, we were ready for a pup of our own.  We took a quiz online called “the ideal dog for you” or something like that, and the quiz gave us a short list of dogs that would be a good fit.  At the bottom of the list was a dog called a Hungarian Vizsla.  We had never heard of or seen this kind of dog, so we started doing some research.  We fell in love–this was the perfect dog for us!

Then we found out how much they cost.  Cue Debbie Downer music.

After a looong hunt, joining multiple vizsla rescue societies, and all kinds of crazy shenanigans, we found a vizsla in Nebraska that needed a home.  Nebraska?!?!  It took months of maneuvering and some divine intervention, but we finally got the dog transferred from Nebraska to the sunny state of South Carolina.  She was a 1 and 1/2 year old girl named Scout.  We fell in love with her instantly.  She truly couldn’t be a better dog.

Even more fun–our son loves her too!  He loves to lay in her bed with her, count her toes, and throw her ball down the hall for her to fetch.  He pets her, hugs her, and lays on her.  When we go in to get him up in the morning, he pats the rail of his crib and says “dog?” so that she’ll stand up there and greet him good morning as well.  Maybe I’ll try to get  a picture of that soon for another Glimpses post.

Anyway, because of our love for dogs, and especially vizslas, we get VERY excited when the dog show comes to town.  We love to see all the vizslas and the many, many other dog breeds.  I love to beg Gareth for all of the tiny, ridiculous, cute little dogs that I see.   Today we took our son to the dog show, and he was a big fan!  There were more dogs than he had ever seen in one place.  I wonder what kind of dreams he had during his nap today, after seeing so many different kinds of dogs.

Anyway, here is a quick Glimpse of our experience.  Stay tuned for some cute twin pictures in a few days!


Glimpses 52 | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

After a week that seemed full of sickness and icky weather, I think our dog Scout’s face says how we are all feeling around the Ables house:

I’m grateful for every day that we have, grateful for our health, and for a million other things.  But, that doesn’t change the fact that some days are just gloomy and hard!  I’m hoping for a sunny, healthy week next week.  :)

If you are a photographer, or someone looking to grow as a photographer, be sure to check out the Chic Critique Forum, who is hosting this project.

More Lea | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Ok, I finally found the rest of my pictures of Lea!  If you didn’t see my first post about this little two-pound pup, you can see it here.

I’ve been posting lots of dog pictures lately!  I do love dogs. . .

Speaking of loving dogs, here’s an interesting fact about the adorable little girl in these pictures.  She’s allergic to dogs (and lots of other things), and when they lick her, she breaks out in (mild) hives.  But, she so enjoys a good sloppy dog kiss that she tells her mom she’d rather the dog kiss her and have the hives than miss out on the kiss.  How sweet is that?!?






Scout | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We’ll be pretty busy this weekend, so consider this my weekend post.

Have you ever seen a more beautiful dog?!? We love this pup.  

Leanidas | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Seriously, did I not post pictures of Leanidas yet?!?  I found this one, and can’t seem to locate the rest of them right now, but I had to go ahead and share her with the world.

Our friends recently got Leanidas for their two girls.  ”Lea” is a teeny, tiny Yorkie Poo.  When she is full-grown, she will tip the scales at somewhere around two pounds. (!)

This picture actually makes her look bigger than she really is.  Her name was chosen by the only man in her house, to make her sound bigger (and tougher) than she really is.  She’s a cute little dog who is going to grow up in a home with lots of love and attention.

More Chickens?!?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I know that’s what you all will be thinking when you see that I’ve posted more pictures of chickens.  You’re asking yourself, “Is she a Child Photographer or a Poultry Photographer?”

Well, friends, sometimes you have to work with what’s in front of you.  When I’m stuck at home because it’s too hot to go anywhere, my finger is still itching to click the shutter, even if my subject is less than ideal.  :)

To make it up to you, I promise I’ll have some adorable pictures coming soon.  A friend of mine just had a little girl, and my sister-in-law is due any day (my first nephew!) so I’m about to be surrounded by newborns.

Stay tuned!

Ben | Greenville South Carolina Pet Photographer

Friday, May 20th, 2011

This and That | Greenville South Carolina Child Photographer

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

First, I’d like to announce: my son got his first scraped knee today.  While we were at the park hanging out with my adorable new photogra-friend and her precious kids, he fell and started crying, which happens about 50 times a day.  This time, however, there was blood.  I know it sounds dramatic, but my heart bled a little as his knee did.  It’s the worst to see your little one hurting!

Ok, so the picture doesn’t look that bad.  It was worse when it was bleeding.  :(

In other news, our chicks are growing fast!


Some of the chicks are making the (could-be-fatal) mistake of thinking that our bird-dog, Scout, wants to be their best friend.



Happy Wednesday!


He Has Risen! | Greenville South Carolina Child Photographer

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

A quick greeting from my house to yours on this, the most important of all holidays.


I am rejoicing that Jesus rose from the dead roughly 2,000 years ago and saved me from my innumerable sins.  Without Him, I would have no true hope or joy.  I would have no reason to create.  He is the source of all beauty and love, and He gave His life for me.  I’ll never get over that.

I wanted to show you all how we decided to celebrate Easter at the Ables house.  We’re not down with baskets full of candy, so instead. . .


Little E is in love with his new “buors.”

Wishing you all life, and life to the full.


Tyson | Greenville South Carolina Couples Photographer

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I post these pictures with a sad but hopeful heart.  Meet Tyson.  He is the beloved dog of some of our dearest friends, the Tippins.  He’s also my dog’s best friend in the world.  When Keri went to pick out a puppy from a wiggling pile of yellow labs, she picked this one, and named him Tyson because he was chewing on another puppy’s ear.  :)

He is a very intuitive, energetic, and sweet dog.  He loves to give little E lots of kisses.  He brings his family tons of joy.

A few short weeks ago, our friends noticed that his energy level seemed to be low.  This continued a while, and they took him to the vet to find that his red blood cell count was very low.  The vet told them it was either an auto-immune type illness or cancer.

After going through every treatment that seems to be available, Tyson hasn’t responded, and his RBC count continues to drop.   His family decided to do an improptu photoshoot yesterday evening, and tonight they are holding a party to celebrate Tyson’s life.  They have handled this heavy burden with lots of grace and wisdom.

While hope isn’t gone, Tyson seems to be slowly fading.  We will continue to hope and pray for his healing, and to celebrate the joy he brings all of us.

Tyson–a big hug, kiss, and spoonful of peanut butter to you!









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