Hello! My name is Ashley and I'm a photographer who wants to powerfully, intimately, and authentically present visual stories of humanity; with the purpose of expanding mindsets, influencing change, and showing glimpses of the workmanship of mankind. As a photographer this is who I am, how I live my life, and is what people can expect of me.
The types of projects I create include elements of storytelling, hope, and transformation. Photographing people is essential for me, which means many of the photographs I create are in international scenes as I live outside of the United States. The work I create is hopefully diverse and informative, sharing about the people around me.
As I’ve lived abroad, I’ve encountered the phrase “shared humanity”. What is shared humanity? It's simple. The earth we live in sometimes can put up boundaries or stereotypes between us, due to our languages, our cultural habits/lifestyles, or even our religions, morals or ethics. However, one thing is true. We are all human. We all have the same needs and I believe even deep down, we all have the desire for purpose in our lives. My camera is the tool I use to show this.
Living and working in a third-world country, my perspective has changed over time as I've seen the beauty of diversity in this world. Growing up, I had a fear of anyone different than me. It's been an interesting journey over the years as I've conquered my fears—befriending people from other nations and realizing the lies I was told from media and even friends/family. I am so glad these fallacies are uprooted, as I now experience all the unique people God created with joy and no fear.
Ultimately, my goal is to show the world with my camera that everyone on earth, no matter what race, ethnicity or religion, are at a basic level the same. We all have different stories, backgrounds, and nuances of life/culture, which are important to share—and I don’t want to diminish the beauty of those differences. However, I think commonality can bring peace and remove fear of the unknown. It did in my life!
Besides shared humanity, I have many personal projects that I’m working on and specialize in photographing people. When you see my work, you will notice lifestyle portraits, head shots, and freelance work I do for companies.
I really am so glad that you've stopped by. I'd love to get to know you more. Feel free to contact me by the contact form on my website, checking me out on social media, or by emailing me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out my blog, where I share more in detail about what I’m up to photographically.
Look forward to hearing from you!