Monthly Archives: September 2009

my time in myrtle beach: polaroids

if you’re not in the loop yet, let me enlighten you in something that takes up much of my thought these past 5 months: my dad has cancer. and it is the bad kind. it could be worse, I suppose, but the day after my 28th birthday, we got the news – the terminal diagnosis telling us that the best case scenario medically means we may be separated in less than a year, and there has been much bad news since with just a sprinkle of good. The beautiful part of the story – my dad is a marvelous man who has lived and continues to live a life with a bold and beautiful story. His unwaivering trust in his creator and his passion for squeezing life out of each day have changed me and thousands more, forever. His life is like the roots of a tree that go miles into the soil and miles around its trunk and come up in myself – in my expressions and my voice and my character. It’s amazing to be a part of his story, really. In celebration of this, and this fleeting life in which we all find ourselves heading at a rapid pace towards eternity, he and my mother went to Myrtle Beach for a couple of weeks of chemotherapy-free beauty and relaxation, and they took me with them for about 5 of those days, something I will always be thankful for. I felt alive, at peace, and thankful as I spent time with the two people who have made me who I am. Here are the polaroids of my experience with them – the pool we played in, the walkway to the beach just outside the place we stayed, my parents holding each other early in the morning as they walked on the beach, the sunrise, and the carnival at the end of the beach…..and the love love we share.

sarah - 11/05/2009 - 1:42 pm

I love the way polaroids look – gorgeous images.

alysia - 09/30/2009 - 10:20 am

emotional and beautiful. thinking of you and your sweet dad and mom.

ReneeW - 09/29/2009 - 5:21 pm

oh dear, I am in awe of the strength this takes. These are amazing.

Dev - 09/29/2009 - 11:06 am

really beautiful, ash. what amazing memories to have. love you.

Dale - 09/29/2009 - 9:44 am

Yay! Yay for the roots. Yay for the love. Yay for sand between your toes. Yay!

filip - 09/28/2009 - 11:40 pm

love it!! You guys ARE amazing…I love the story the pictures are telling… i’m speechless!! Prayin’ 4 U…

jessi - 09/28/2009 - 8:26 pm

priceless images…

Brown - 09/28/2009 - 7:37 pm

I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

josh solar - 09/28/2009 - 7:22 pm

Much love to you and your parents. You all are amazing, beautiful, wonderful people and an inspiration to us all. So glad I get to call you my friend.

bethany good - 09/28/2009 - 6:51 pm

absolutely beautiful. Mat & I had the privilege of sitting by your dad one Sunday at church when you guys were gone. He blessed us beyond words. His zest for life and love for God amazes me! Thanks for sharing your pics- very cool.

becca - 09/28/2009 - 6:34 pm

this is beautiful, ash.

so well-captured. not that i would expect anything less from you.

i hurt for you and your parents and yet i am constantly blown away by the example you all represent for being a stronger follower of christ.

miss and love you.

nate - 09/28/2009 - 6:33 pm

fricking beautimusful…all of it…totally beautimus.

ale - 09/28/2009 - 6:33 pm


Jessi + Dave : Happy Anniversary! a one year after shoot in the rain.

If you’ve been following our work or twitters for the past year then you must know of jess and dave (aka @jessilueck and @livingroompics). One year ago, we were blessed to be let into their world as they lived out their wedding day. Their wedding (view pictures here) was, still to this date, the most memorable one we’ve ever shot. Partly because it was unique and did away with all of the normal wedding “garb” that inevitably leads to stressed-out brides and grooms. But mostly, it was memorable because of them, who they are, the way they live their lives. Little did we know that only a year later, we would consider them some of our closest and dearest friends. Throughout the past year, jess and dave have been a constant presence, faithful reminders of what real friendship can look like. We have laughed till our stomachs cramped, cried together over loss and the pain life brings our way, shot weddings together (dave started his new videography business this year and it rules: see his work here.), and eaten lots of good food, mostly made with ingredients pulled out of their garden. It’s been refreshing to watch them live, and to add 2 more people to this beautiful story we are living called life. Thank you, Jess and Dave, for adding a bit more whimsy to the story. :)

With that preface, you can imagine how much fun it was to go out in the rain with our friends and photograph the two of them, exactly one year after we had photographed them on their wedding day….


~abi~ - 08/26/2010 - 11:57 am

aww! is there a working link to any pix from their wedding still online? i wanted to show it to a friend as inspiration for his wedding!

Kim Kurkinen - 04/13/2010 - 4:54 am

I cried. I hope to someday fly you guys out to Portland to have a photo shoot with “Tim and Kim.” Maybe we’ll have a little baby named “Jim” by that time- and independently wealthy :). For sure we’ll be dancing like these love birds. Thank you for sharing these pictures with the world. You are a bold ministry. For marriage. For love. For never giving up!

Mary Schroeder - 09/28/2009 - 8:10 pm

I think I’ve been e-stalking too long as I remember their shweet wedding images, too…nicely done, Team Parsons Photo Squad! :D

alec vanderboom - 09/28/2009 - 4:57 pm

Great job capturing the rain falling. fun photos. i wish i had dreads. EPIC WIN.

Jackie - 09/27/2009 - 10:29 pm

So wonderful to meet you two this weekend on the bus ride home! I told you I would go to your website the minute I got home! I have spent the past hour and half on here and am worried that I have found a new online obsession! Your work is AMAZING and these pictures in the rain are straight out of a fairy tale! Can’t wait for you to get the ones up from the 30’s wedding in South Caroline! When I get engaged one day I will have to plan my wedding around your availability!

Thomas Nash, Photographer - 09/25/2009 - 10:43 am

No one captures emotion like you guys do. These blow my mind. Seriously.

cristy cross - 09/24/2009 - 10:54 pm

love the green green fields. I miss that about Kansas compared to New Mexico.

Bethany Jones - 09/24/2009 - 4:37 pm

sexy beasts. the end.

sarah - 09/23/2009 - 5:11 pm

the wedding pictures DID make me cry!

Cameron Ingalls - 09/23/2009 - 4:28 pm

looks like fun…. can you photograph me running around in the rain please? k. thanks!

tayfoshayshay - 09/23/2009 - 3:16 pm


meg poore - 09/23/2009 - 2:29 pm

their wedding pictures almost made me cry… and these are WONDEFUL.

~abi~ - 09/23/2009 - 12:56 pm

sweet! their wedding has been permanently embedded in the “awesome” section of my brain ever since i saw it on your blog! :)

Kristen Snyder - 09/23/2009 - 11:41 am

AH! what a cute couple! =) the last picture is beautiful! what a happy couple!

Kayla - 09/23/2009 - 10:43 am

These are so sweet! I love them!

jessi - 09/23/2009 - 9:50 am


Dev - 09/23/2009 - 5:20 am

these are incredible, what a great memory to have, both the pictures and the experience. the 2nd to last one is absolutely stunning and made my heart flip flop! also, I LOVE the pic of the week! :)

bethany - 09/22/2009 - 3:56 pm

Jessi, Dave, Ashley, and Jeremy: thank you guys for making marriage look so good.

jessi - 09/22/2009 - 2:34 pm

jeremy parsons knocks it out of the park… again.
beautiful. i LOVE that we got to do these with you!
thanks for loving us and walking with us thru the journey of marriage- can’t imagine the last year without you two!!!

karlie - 09/22/2009 - 2:18 pm

these are perfect, you did a great job as always. we missed you at dinner! ashley we hope you feel better soon. :)

Heather - 09/22/2009 - 2:02 pm

Love, love!

Hugh - 09/22/2009 - 1:49 pm

so rad! that field is a joke. btw, just listened to your gettotallyrad interview. it, too, was really rad.

Rebecca - 09/22/2009 - 1:04 pm

so sweet! love an anniversary shoot–

jen berry - 09/22/2009 - 12:34 pm

always hard to pick just one. but if i had to, the LAST one is simple, real and comforting

Dave - 09/22/2009 - 12:31 pm

You two are wonderful.

josh solar - 09/22/2009 - 12:02 pm

I heart these. A lot :)

Lisa - 09/22/2009 - 11:56 am

love these! phenomenal!!

Aaron - 09/22/2009 - 11:49 am

Ummm… yes please! These rock.