Ashley Baumgartner is a hybrid photographer and calligrapher based in Northern California. A romance and color lover, Ashley crafts joyful photographs to capture client love stories. Since she started as a calligrapher, Ashley loves styling the details her clients choose for their day. She has a shop for brides featuring tanks and mugs. With a background in public outreach, Ashley also leads her local Rising Tide Society Tuesdays Together chapter and teaches photographers how to elevate their flatlays. In her free time, you can find Ashley biking to froyo, watching The Office, or snuggling with her husband and her grumpy bunny Murph.

Ash Baumgartner

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Ben Finch is a Destination Wedding, Commercial and Editorial Photographer and the CEO of Finch Creative Education. Though most well known in the creative community as a wedding and commercial photographer, continual learning and education has always been at the heart of Ben’s diverse career story. Pre- wedding world, Ben was a professional musician in pursuit of a PhD in Strategic and Organizational Leadership and was later hired by a consulting firm to teach medical professionals how to run healthy businesses. With the success of this training, for several years he traveled the US teaching this content for other companies until 2008, when his desire to pursue his own creative interests and implement these business strategies led to founding Finch Photo.

In 2020, at the height of Covid-19, and at the request of numerous business owners, Ben revisited his role as consultant and began helping Creative Business owners learn the core aspects of running healthy and profitable businesses. What started as a select group of 15 applicants grew exponentially, resulting in the creation of Finch Creative Education. It seemed to be a natural extension of his desire to invest in others. His signature course, “Business Rhythm,” was released as a means to help creatives learn business principles in a way they can easily understand.

Ben Finch

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Kristine Herman is a hybrid photographer based in Northern California. Creating timeless and joyful images for her clients, Kristine’s goal is to capture each couples love story through both film and digital mediums. With a background in coaching, Kristine loves to share her love of film with photographers. She has a love for landscape photography, where she began her journey, which she incorporates in her work. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband, shopping, playing basketball, hanging with friends with wine, and cuddling with her pups, Teddy and Dany.

kristine herman

Octavia Elease is a Showit website designer and HoneyBook Pro based in Atlanta, Georgia. She fuses brand storytelling with a modern aesthetic to create conversion-focused brand visuals for creative entrepreneurs. As the Rising Tide Leader in Atlanta, Octavia is on a mission to educate and inspire the creative community to chase their dreams. She’s a Disney obsessed, charcuterie board enthusiast who loves to FaceTime with a cup of coffee!

Octavia Elease

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Paul Von Rieter Internationally recognized Wedding and Portrait Photographer. Over the last decade he has had the privilege of shooting shoot over 300 weddings on several different continents and all over North America. When Paul isn't not shooting he is educating and inspiring photographers how to implement his "Artisan Method" into their photographic work and businesses. His imagery has been published in several on-line and physical wedding publications and is proud to be an ambassador for amazing photography brands such as Fujifilm, Holdfast Gear, and Mastin labs. When he isn’t traveling to some far off destination shoot a luxury wedding for his discerning clientele, or creating images of genuine connection and romance for exceptional humans, you can find him at home with his beautiful partner Taylor, his energetic son Xander and their two Mini-Schnauzers Dusty & Grace. Possibly exploring the outdoors, preparing something exquisite in the kitchen or hoping in the car for a road trip up the coast.