Ashley and Oskar as a puppy.
Ashley Timms and her 2-year-old Chocolate Lab Oskar spend their mornings playing in the Rhode Island surf, and their afternoons exploring new hiking trails. Born in Solihull, England, Oskar chose Ashley at just 3 weeks old with a nip on the nose. The rest is history. Oskar is a typical lab that loves food, people, cuddles, and adventures. The dynamic duo loves documenting these joyful times on camera.
Ashley works at getting the perfect shot!
Ashley, an extraordinarily talented dog photographer, captures gorgeous shots of Oskar, but also photographs other dogs and the details that their owners adore about them. “I think humans can be hypercritical of themselves in images,” says Ashley. “With dogs, the owner can truly connect with the image and the emotion they feel rather than focusing on any insecurities. It's an amazing feeling to bring that connection to another human. And, of course, the images last forever so they can relive that emotion.”
Photographing adoptable dogs from the Potter League is a labor of love for Ashley.
When Ashley isn’t photographing her clients' dogs and spending time with Oskar, who she describes as the “happiest dog on earth,” she is snapping shots of adoptable pups at the Potter League to increase their chances of finding their forever homes. The Potter League is the animal shelter of Newport County, Rhode Island, and provides shelter and care for lost or unwanted companions. “They do so much for all of the animals that come into their care; it's truly phenomenal. Anyone who adopts from the Potter League gets a 10% discount off a dog portrait session.”
Every photograph tells a story that helps these pets get adopted!
As new residents of Rhode Island, Ashley had to get Oskar some new sWag, and was hoping to find something made locally. “I found Up Country's North Star collar at a shop in Newport, RI and had to get it. Oskar also rocks the Union Jack Collar to show off his British roots. The collars really suit our lifestyle of always wanting to explore. I can wash the collars whenever I need (which is often…!). I can't believe how well they hold up to all the salt water and sand!”
Oskar revels in the ocean breeze in Newport.