I have a very competitive spirit, and I strive to be the best I can be at every task I take on. It is my goal to become a renowned photographer.
Ashley, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have always carried around a camera as long as I can remember. I did not take photography seriously until the death of my son. Photography was my way of coping with his death. It was my stress reliever. I have a butterfly on the end of my logo, as a tribute to him.
Who is your inspiration in life Ashley? How do you keep inspired?
My children are my inspiration. I want them to know that regardless of your upbringing, you can do whatever you want to. And that it is ok to pursue your dreams, regardless of who tells you it is impossible.
We all make mistakes Ashley; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As a business owner, I get individuals occasionally who are difficult to please and want you to change your policies to accommodate them. I had a client who wanted everything her way, and instead of sticking to my policies outlined in my contract I did things her way. Which did not work out in my favor? I have learned not to compromise my policies or values for money.
Ashley, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I deliver my client's photos to them within two weeks from the date of their wedding. I like to have a quick turnaround time, to differentiate me from my competition.
Please tell us, Ashley, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
One particular weekend I had three weddings, so therefore I had to ensure I had all of my equipment charged as well as the itinerary completely memorised. In order to achieve these things, I prepared for weeks for my busy weekend.
Ashley, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way to work successfully.
I had a bride, who did not want to take pictures of her getting ready for her wedding. I was able to persuade her to document her wedding from start to finish. I convinced her that this is a day that she would be able to share with generations to come, with the pictures that would be taken at her event.
Ashley, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The proudest moment I have had professional to date is being featured in the St. Louis Best of the Best magazine. Although it was a small section of the magazine, I was happy to be able to have my business featured in the magazine.
Ashley, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My clients always allow me to be creative with my work. It is difficult being creative at times because I do not want my clients to dislike it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
The best advice I would give someone who wants to be successful as a photographer is to learn as much as you can about photography, and continue to practice as much as possible.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with celebrity wedding photographers and fashion photographers.
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