About Ashlee Bratton

Ashlee Bratton - a Colorado native that busted a move years ago to California while working as an area manager for Coors Brewing Company...and took her communications degree from Colorado State University and internet marketing background with her as she went. After getting her master's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands and studying abroad in Scandinavia, Ashlee pursued her love of photography and started her Ashography Event & Portrait Photography business in 2009, studying underneath two wedding photographers and taking classes at the Ansel Adams gallery in Yosemite. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as evidenced through projects such as producing a 56 page visitor guide publication distributed in over 2,400 locations, writing food reviews for Vail's "EAT" magazine, and starting and maintaining the ever-entertaining 30x30 blog. So after the 30x30 experience it only seems fitting to tell the stories in her own words. Now back in Colorado and loving life in the mountains, it's time to tell the 30x30 tale and real-life lessons of completing 29, yes 29, of the 30 items on her 30x30 list. (Think a real live "bucket list"...with very real obstacles and a very real expiration date.) Dreams aren't meant to stay in your head. If she can do it, anyone can. Thank you for being a part of this journey and seeing this book dream come to life!

Day 17: Yes, I like pina coladas…and all that goes with it.

I like pina coladas. And this summer I had the unique opportunity of getting caught in a true Colorado rainstorm. Not on purpose mind you, but I couldnt’ have planned it better if I had tried.  A group of us … Continue reading

Day 15: Life Before the Lottery

Life before the lottery Most of us are not living lottery lives. Mostly this is because the majority of us have never won the lottery. And statistics show that most of us never will. But what exactly is a lottery … Continue reading

Day 14: The days that leave scars…

Today the plan was to tackle the ugly and confront my procrastination. I always have good intentions to do that but always seem to find a reason to postpone it another time. *smiling* But today was the day. For reals … Continue reading

Day 13: When you don’t know what you’re doing, do something.

Yesterday was an interesting day. I had the opportunity to meet with an editor regarding the next steps on this 30×30 book. Have I ever published a book? No. Do I have any clue what I’m doing? No. But there … Continue reading

Day 12: If you plan it, they will come.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this Dirty Thirty experience it’s that people will come along for the ride. They will. I learned early on that if I took the initiative and planned something, no matter what it was, … Continue reading

Day 11: “A photographer I am not”…a phrase I need to delete from my vocabulary

Today I was reminded of one of the items on my list and why I like it so much–photography. Some clients vacationing in Breckenridge hired me to document an afternoon out by the lake with their extended clan. I love … Continue reading

Day 9: Don’t judge me by my golf game

Let’s talk about golf…and how I can’t. I was reminded of this recently when out on the range at the local golf club and found myself explaining to my golf partner why he was suddenly and unexpectedly playing best ball. … Continue reading

Day 8: Good intentions mean squat

Ever missed a deadline or been late meeting someone? I hate being late, and yet somehow it happens more often than I would like. I’m the squeeze-in-just-in-the-nick-of-time, or more often the five minutes late girl. I have a friend who … Continue reading