Meet the Team

Photo by Artist Jessica Rae

Your Professional Photographer

ASHLEY MATTHEWS

Hello everyone! My name is Ashley (she/her) and I am so excited to be a part of this portrait experience with you. I am the owner and photographer at Simply Lush Portrait Boutique. I am from Northeastern PA and have been immersed in portraiture since 2005 (16 years!) and 8 of those years in boudoir portraiture. I opened Simply Lush as my full-time career in 2015, 6 years ago. I absolutely love what I do and what a fascinating journey it has been!

I have always used art to express myself as a child and discovered the magic of photography in my high school darkroom and never looked back. I always say my passion grew in the darkroom and it hasn’t stopped since. I use portraiture as a medium to expand my knowledge and drive my artistic direction. I’ve spent the last couple of years sharpening my skills through retreats, workshops, and self-discovery.

I am married to my wonderful, supportive husband Mark and we can’t wait to begin a family that doesn’t have fur (haha!). I love tarot and new/full moon rituals to focus on meditation and self-reflection. I also love pole fitness and anything that helps me feel confident!

Why boudoir? When I learned about it, I fell in love AGAIN. I have always stood for human and womxn rights as a young punk rock femme and always enjoyed empowering others. It’s my mission to provide you with the best experience in the world in my safe studio space, without judgement. I strive to be a story-teller and a believer in the power of vulnerability. My soul and love for photographing women of all ages, colors, sizes, and body types resonates deep through a personal journey of uncovering my own beauty, confidence, and self-awareness.

Every woman that comes to me has a struggle of her own. Whether it is physical or mental, these women trust me and open up to me during their session and it truly makes it a transformative experience. Sometimes I jokingly call it therapy as you witness your personal revolution, but I think any of my clients (especially our annual babes) can absolutely agree.

This inspired me to focus more on the “why” within my art and photography. Intimate portraiture isn’t only about sexy photos or giving a gift to someone. It has nothing to do with vanity.

So what is it about?

It’s about you. How you got here. Celebrating your strength. It’s art and appreciating your unique journey.


Your Friendly + Caring Studio Assistant

AMBER CIANFLONE

Amber Cianflone is a loyal client turned studio assistant. Amber had four boudoir sessions at Simply Lush which she credits with having pulled her out of some dark periods as well as increasing her confidence and self-love. She jumped at the chance to be a part of the studio and aid in creating a safe + comfortable space for other womxn. Amber is an avid reader and lover of education. She often takes online courses to better understand the world around her and grow her knowledge on many subjects. As a people-oriented person, she prides herself on her ability to connect with those around her. It is an honor, she has said, to be in a position to help womxn on their own personal journeys, being a part of celebrations, and hearing stories of triumph. She is the first person many of our clients speak to, and she is always a cheerleader for their hopes, dreams, and aspirations both in the studio and outside of it. Trust us, if you’re looking to work with someone who has a huge heart, Amber is your girl, and she can’t wait to meet you!


Your Professional On-Location Hair and Makeup Artists

Ashley

Ashley Levandoski has been in the Makeup and Skin Care industry since 2008. She attended the Makeup Designory in Los Angeles, CA where she studied Beauty and Special Effects Makeup and the Jolie Health & Beauty Academy in Wilkes Barre, PA to study Skin Esthetics.

Throughout her makeup career, she has worked on Music videos for The Black Eyed Peas, various seasons of “Dance Moms” and “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”. She is experienced with all skin and hair types. Having 12 years of experience for MAC Cosmetics, she currently focuses on Boudoir Photography, Bridal Makeup, and is a Certified Eyelash Technician and Brow Artist!

Chelsea

Chelsea Sakavage is a freelance makeup artist with 10+ years of experience in skin esthetics and makeup artistry for all skin and hair types. Chelsea bridges the gap between dermatology and proper makeup application with her degree in skin esthetics and cosmetology through the Dermalogica Institute and Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy. In addition, Chelsea continues to educate herself by keeping up with her certifications each year when new and updated courses have been released. Her biggest passion is boudoir and bridal makeup. Her ultimate goal is to leave her clients feeling beautiful, confident and empowered for their big day. She looks forward to meeting all the beautiful Simply Lush clients and is excited for her future there.

We look forward to giving you the best experience of your life!