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a b o u t. 

A wife, a mother and a photographer, I grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and now live in Charleston, South Carolina. I fell in love with photography when I took my first class in the darkroom half way around the world during my study abroad in Tasmania, Australia. I would spend hours and hours in the darkroom (I still curse the digital age for taking that away!), and knew in some way, photography would always be a “hobby” of mine. 

After graduating from College of Charleston with a degree in Arts Management and a minor in Art History, I moved to Italy to nanny for an Italian family in Rome. My secret agenda: spend weekends off traveling and photographing as much as I could. From Italy to England for a bit, then back to Charleston, then Atlanta–I finally landed in NYC for what was supposed to be a brief "stint" in the city for an intensive summer study in Photography at Parsons School of Design. 

Thankfully, that stint turned into years. I spent my first several working in client relations for Soho based ad agency, Arnell Group, where I not only fell in love with the city, but was lucky enough to work under the best people on one of the best accounts, Reebok. From Jay-Z to Andy Roddick, Shakira and Venus Williams, they represented some of the most amazing athletes and entertainers. The job was wild, and it was FUN. But it required a lot of late nights and weekends–not much time for tooling around with my camera. 

I stuck with sports marketing for the next several years but moved over to the client side joining the NBA in their marketing partnerships department and after about a year ended up with a new opportunity. One of another type. I packed up and left the city for a guy (a guy!). To Alaska, no less. Now Anchorage based, I was fortunate enough to join another great agency, Bradley Reid + Associates, managing accounts for AT&T and The Denver Post. 

After a few years (and some COLD winters) “that guy”–now my super husband–and I finally moved back to Charleston where we married. I spent my first few years back working in special events and development for Historic Charleston Foundation, an amazing preservation organization that I feel is truly responsible for keeping Charleston the gem that it still is today.

Then came my most rewarding job to date. In 2009, I became a mother. And sadly, at the same time, I lost my own mother to a very short battle with pancreatic cancer. Among so many other things, she taught me most importantly that life is incredibly short and to do what we love, with the people we love. 

I am now a mother to three amazing children, still in love with that same GUY who swept me away, Director of Marketing of Caviar & Bananas (a fab gourmet market and cafe run by my best pals!) and what time I have left I document. Through photos and through books, one client at a time hoping that the printed era does not fade away. For more details on Photo Org, see below!

xo Ashley

 

 

photo: Roland Adams

photo: Roland Adams