Information a philosophy + introduction
Hi, I’m Ash. Your Story is Important.
I’ve been living in Richmond, Virginia since 2006, it is home, and a community I’m grateful to be a part of. I’m super honored to be invited to document stories for folks around the world. When I’m home I’m likely spending time growing food + being around plants. I’m equally stoked for love stories in Virginia, as I am for those in India, so please don’t let a time change (or not) stop you from getting in touch.
This is a Collaboration.
I approach photography as a mutual endeavor. I’m not a director, and you are not an actor. For the most part, I’m reacting to events as they unfold, with little intrusion or manipulation, as my greatest hope is for you to recognize yourself within an image. In order for this to happen, you have to allow yourself to be seen. You need to be willing to be yourself, in front of the lens. But this only happens when folks are able to dismantle the self-imposed boundaries we build around ourselves, and I know this takes a significant amount of trust. I take this request to heart.
But I also believe love is alchemic. And that when you’re 70 you’ll look at photos of you being yourself 35 years in the past, and be able to be a time traveler. You won’t be thinking, ‘oh I wish I hadn’t been laughing so hard in that moment. ‘ So right now, that means acknowledging that when you laugh your eyes get wrinkles around the edges and being able to find grace in that. It means actually being present with your friends and family, rather than worrying if all the details of the day are just so. It means you have a desire to have proof of what this really feels like, what this life really looks like, what your love truly is. Right now. (Because it will always be changing.)
From my side, I’ll be a diligent, thoughtful, + feminist observer.
I believe in celebrating and documenting love that looks like you. Yes, YOU. While I’ll always relish the opportunity to make portraits of strong femme sirens, I strive to create photographs of folks that do not cater to bride-centric, euro-centric, heteronormative, cis, or patriarchal worldviews.
My shooting style (quiet, non-obtrusive, me-skirting-the-edges-of-conversations-and-rooms, as little added flash as possible) works best in low key, laid back, and naturally lit environments. I find most of my favorite captures are made when folks aren’t rushed, and there is space in your day to just be. I may make suggestions based off of light to help your images be as rich, meaningful, and beautiful as possible. I’m available via video chat to help beforehand with logistics + timelines to create space in your day where photography can happen organically. I promise, if you allow yourself to be seen, I’ll give you proof of the existence of magic.
My Favorite Photograph, By My Favorite Photographer (and a visual version of the words above.)