Ashley is the owner and artist of Do Well Concepts, LLC, a brand bringing metaphysical healing into your everyday lifestyle. Diligently self taught, Ashley considers herself a claircognizant empath and uses her different claire senses & connection with spirit to guide her in creating custom Orgone pyramids and crystal bead bracelets for her clients.
Where to Begin?
Crystals can be overwhelming when starting out, especially when you realize they have metaphysical & healing properties. Like, whoa! But getting started is as easy as just acquiring what calls to you..
I learned by slowly purchasing about 20 different types and sizes of tumbled healing crystals as I started my orgone pyramid journey. I studied a crystal encyclopedia while holding crystals in my hand to feel their energy and different vibrations. I learned about energetic chakras and how crystals can aid in their realignment.
Build Trust Through Intuitive Experience
I began meditating and connecting with clients’ spirit guides and would see the exact color of crystal needed to aid in their healing. I would ask my spirit guide for confirmation of what I envisioned and would get chills (my truth meter) when correct. After clients received my pyramids and confirmed these healing crystals and the included detailed analysis of each crystal were needed for their current situation, this slowly built up my certainty in my gift and confidence.
Alas, when introducing an audience to a brand new metaphysical item and new age modality of healing, it can take time to trust not only the product, but the artist as well. I have had many clients not know where to begin either for themselves or for a loved one’s gift. They come to me with a specific problem or intention and ask for guidance and a crystal consultation. It is in that moment of intuition that I am able to build their trust.
I took another leap and decided to get into jewelry making, specifically crystal bracelets with a clasp fitting, to make it even easier for those curious about healing crystals to slowly dabble and familiarize themselves with crystals’ properties and vibrations. Wearable healing jewelry still upholds the crystals’ metaphysical properties and allows people to incorporate crystals in their everyday style. Simple, but elegantly stated, you can dress these bracelets up or down. They are perfect for everyday wear or a family photo session! Each strung bead is energetically programmed with its specific intention and each bracelet is handcrafted with love.
Becoming a photographer is really interwoven with the story of how I became who I am today. Through creating our family I found myself through the art of photography. So, let’s start from the beginning shall we.
From FL to TX
I was born in Florida, where my fondest memory was of daily beach visits. In high school I moved to Texas and continued my stay through college in Lubbock. GO RED RAIDERS! There I got a degree to teach science and met my forever best friend and now husband and father to our three children.
We moved to my husband’s Texas hometown and there I taught high school science for eight years. I loved it! I am passionate about science, so I felt like I got to teach what I loved. But the best part was the feeling I got from making a difference in the students’ lives every day.
And I can’t leave out that I had my dream wedding on a Maui beach with the perfect dress and the perfect man. It was simply amazing!
We felt Colorado calling us! My husband had lived in CO for a short stay and our vacations kept bringing us back to this colorful state. When we decided that it was time for the next chapter in our lives, Colorado felt like a fresh start. I love getting to live in a state that has all of the seasons. And you can’t beat having the mountains just a short drive from our Northern Colorado home.
Shortly after moving to Colorado, I had my first little girl. Like any other new parent, I wanted to experience everything. I had the privilege of staying home with her while my husband worked. I took many photos of her myself, but we decided to invest in professional photos for her first year and that is where I fell in love with newborn photography.
Finding My Next Passion
During my first born’s newborn photo shoot, I was amazed by the photographer. She made it looks so easy. My little one was overwhelmingly precious all wrapped up and placed in these little sets.
I already had a camera that I had been playing with before my daughter was born. I fell in love with the beauty within the newness of babies. Their innocence, how quickly they change. I became passionate about capturing these moments to help them last forever.
I put a lot of time and energy into learning the art of maternity and newborn photography. Through online courses, hours perfecting the art of shooting and editing, newborn safety courses, and mentoring with an awesome newborn photographer, I am very confident in my craft. However I am continuously learning.
The Studio Experience
I created my own private studio so I can do what I love most in a place that is 100% a result of my creative nature and inspiration. From having a relaxing and comfortable space for parents, to the backgrounds, lighting, props, sweet outfits for the littles — my creativity and focus on the whole scene really shines.
There is so much to learn as a studio photographer. Lighting is everything! Where, how strong, if natural light is also coming in, big set, small set, backlighting, shadow lighting, moody lighting. It’s a lot to learn, but it is also all in my control.
I enjoy a lovely outdoor family shoot too, but I really love getting to pull from all my skills to create the studio experience for my clients.
I LOVE this job because every day children grow and develop into who they will become in the future. I get capture the before moments and the new moments, tiny features and small details.
Getting the perfect shot for my clients fills my cup. I know it means so much to me, but I feel over the moon when my clients tell me how much it means to them.
Future plans include a stand-alone studio space with a full-service boutique. I’d love to have a selection of products so my clients can leave my studio with exactly what is going to go straight onto the walls in their homes.
I’m also learning how to create more dramatic studio shots for my maternity clients. Amazing dress shots, working with shadows and black and white. It’s such a gift to get to capture the beauty of pregnancy as well.
I know these dreams will become realities in my future because I have already made the dream of Amber Sullivan Photography come true.
I've told you my story; now let me help you tell yours!
Tegan is a certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant in Northern Colorado serving families all over the world the gift of sleep. Learn more about Tegan, aka Your Dream Maven, as well as more great infant and child sleep tips on her website, Facebook or Instagram.
Healthy Sleep Habits From the Start
If your little one is less than three months old, or if you are expecting a new baby and want to get off to a great sleep start these new born sleep tips will be very valuable.
You will be teaching your baby healthy sleep habits right from the very beginning.
As a Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant, I help families safely get their babies, toddler and older children sleeping through the night.
Newborn Sleep Goals:
Goal #1: Independent Sleep Skills
One of the most crucial elements for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep is helping them develop independent sleep skills. It is important that you avoid teaching your baby to rely on a sleep prop. (feeding to sleep is the most common). Keep your baby awake during feeding is key.
Goal #2: Full Feeds
Encouraging full feeds during the day by creating an Eat. Play. Sleep schedule. Newborn babies (up to 3 months) will need to take 4-5 naps a day. These naps should ideally be between 1-3 hours. Most newborns should only be awake for 45-60 minutes before it is time to take another nap.
Goal #3: Consistent Bedtime Routine
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine from day one is a great way to help your baby organize days and nights, which leads to consolidated nighttime sleep more quickly. One of the best things to signal that bedtime is near is a warm bath.
Example Bedtime Routine
Ashley calls Windsor, CO home with her husband (Colton), two son's (Wesley & Hayden), and their two orange cats (Bow & Arrow aka The Ginger Boys.) She is the owner and operator for Mother Nurture LLC and is passionate about giving mothers a loving, lifelong keepsake to honor and remember their breastfeeding journey.
Mother Nature is Northern Colorado's original breast milk keepsake artist. I am setting the gold standard in breast milk keepsakes and I aim to capture a mother’s physical representations of their life journey within beautifully handmade keepsakes.
My vision grew from an idea and passion behind the significance of a mother's breastfeeding journey. Mother Nature captures the pure essence and feeling behind a physical and emotional aspect of someone's life, by taking their items which represent their journey, and hand crafting them into delicate jewelry and other pieces in which they can hold onto forever.
Care, Love and Pride
I am changing the way breast milk is seen by establishing a professional service with heart and soul. I place the utmost care and love into each piece I create, and treat them with respect and care for which they deserve. I take pride in creating these lifelong keepsakes.
Hand crafting such a special piece of art isn't just about placing materials together, it's about you and what makes your journey unique. It's about celebrating your goals and capturing the most amazing moments. The moments in which you may have had to overcome fear and struggles with such determination as well as the sweet, nurturing moments you never want to forget.
Your story matters and should be captured with love. “Inspired by life, handmade with love.”
What would these pearls represent for you in your journey? Let us know in the comments.
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Amber Sullivan- Northern Colorado Photographer
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