Meet your photographer, Ashley
Hi, I’m Ashley Matthews, a boudoir photographer in Scranton, PA. As a full-time small business owner and a wife to a great (and sometimes pain-in-the-ass) husband, life can get a bit hectic—especially when we’re planning to be homeowners and parents by 2020. Every day I deal with my busy schedule, taking care of our fur babies, and trying to maintain a social life. Like many other women, I worry about missing out on experiencing my confidence and self-love journey. With such a busy life, it’s easy to forget about my own authentic beauty that often hides in plain sight! Despite the chaos of my busy lifestyle, I always strive to push myself out of my comfort zone by going on crazy adventures, trips, and even having photos taken of myself. (Yikes!) I absolutely love looking at my past boudoir photos and remembering the growth I’ve experienced, the reconnection I’ve made with my genuine self, and how it helps me embrace my personal journey and evolution as a woman. I know was placed on this earth to help women achieve confidence and comfort within their own journeys.
Meet our studio assistant & blog babe, Justine
Hi, I’m Justine Yeager and I’m the studio assistant & blog babe at Simply Lush Portrait Boutique in Scranton, PA. I joined the Simply Lush team in summer 2017 as their blog babe, and within a few months, I added studio assistant to my repertoire. The boudoir business is quite a change of pace for me. For nearly 20 years, I worked in public libraries, and earned my master’s in library science in 2013. I know—it sounds like a strange combination of career choices. But, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been driven to help people realize their inherent value. Since childhood, I’ve struggled with self-esteem issues that obscured my own sense of self-worth. To be ridiculed and ostracized just for being yourself is agonizing, and I resolved to do everything in my power to prevent others from feeling that same pain. During my tenure in Libraryland, I dedicated myself to empowering people with the resources they needed to live their best lives. In that time, I discovered I felt empowered when I was empowering others. That’s why I love being a part of Simply Lush! We are on a mission to reconnect women with their authentic beauty, empowering them with a sense of lasting confidence, and greatly enhancing their quality of life. And now it’s your turn… because you’re perfect, just as you are.
Meet our professional makeup artist, Maria
Hi, my name is Maria Bonacuse-Martin. I am a 28 year old Scranton native, mom to V and married to a wonderful man.
I have been a make up artist and licensed cosmetologist since 2011. After working in the beauty industry for everyone else, I opened my own studio in early 2017 and have been providing glam since.
In my spare time, I love to travel, draw portraits, and relax at home with my family.
My career is my livelihood and hobby and I can’t imagine doing anything else.