So it all started on an ordinary Tuesday when I saw this message come across Twitter:
A surprise! From Ashley Salazar! I was very excited!
Ashley Salazar - you may recognize the name - is Playboy's Miss Social of the Year 2013! (Click here to see some of her extraordinary photos from her Playboy photo shoot earlier this year.) She's a Maxim model, too.
Ashley Salazar (now soon-to-be Ashley Stormborn with impending nuptials) and I had been following each other on Twitter for a while. We have a lot in common: We are both bilingual - although she speaks Spanish a lot better than I do! We share a love of nature and animals (She is highly active in efforts to save rhinos from poaching;) and we are both moms to little girls.
I saw her amazing photos, such perfect presentation, exquisite lighting, and of course her natural beauty - and got to know that there was also a beautiful businesswoman behind it all.
She's the CEO and founder of MissOohLaLaa.com, and a professional photographer! She's not only great on camera, but she's a star behind the lens, too. She's the force behind Lady Ashley Photography - bringing out the beauty in everyone from aspiring models, to capturing special events like weddings.
"I have experience in front of the camera from my years as a model which I believe makes me very creative and flexible with getting more than just average shots. I can also offer my models make-up artists, stylist work, and modeling jobs," she says.
Honestly, her experience posing in front of the camera is invaluable when it comes to photographing her subjects, because she knows not just the technical aspects of how to produce the perfect picture, but all about the posing point of view, as well. It's a rare combination to possess.
In the midst of planning her wedding, this lovely lady had taken the time to pose wearing one of my signature t-shirts and surprised me in the best way possible. Right after I had finished dinner, I saw Twitter and Facebook light up with this fabulous photo of her sporting a TheLadyinRedBlog t-shirt with her starlit smile. She took my breath away! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to receive this surprise - revealed to the world in the best way. She's got a permanent place in my gallery.
I look to Ashley for inspiration. So do many others. She inspires women to be beautiful inside and out, to be proud of who they are, and do it with a smile at the same time. And to the guys out there, yes, she's just downright gorgeous through and through.
Thank you Ashley!
To keep up with Ashley Salazar you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the icons below!
Stop by Lady Ashley Photography to see her latest work behind the camera, and give her page a "like" while you are there!
MissOohLaLaa.com is her online magazine featuring models, designers, stylists, musicians, make up artists, hair stylists, photographers, nightlife, MMA and more, too!
And don't forget about her website!