Business Name: Ashley Nicole Photography
Name: Ashley Wilson
Location: Cincinnati, OH
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I’m Ashley from Ashley Nicole Photography! I’m a travel-loving adventurer, seasoned bookworm, and I’m married to the cutest red-headed man alive.
For the past 7 years, I have been doing photography professionally, and have loved every minute of it! I started my career in Vancouver, BC, and have since then lived in California, Illinois, and Ohio.
I believe in capturing people for who they truly are. My goal is to make my clients feel like they are an old friend, and super comfortable with me so that they can be themselves. I love capturing raw and authentic moments that trigger memories of a super fun session and incredible season in their lives.
|What is in your gear bag?
Canon 6D, 50mm 1.4, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L, 580EXII, chapstick, bobby pins, and lots of cliff bars.
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
I love learning from other photographers and being in community! The more you read, the better you write, so I find that the more I study and appreciate other’s work, the more I come up with creative ideas of my own.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
Deciding my identity as a photographer took me years. I struggled to figure out what type of photography I wanted to do, what my editing style should be, and what kind of clients I wanted to target. If you offer absolutely anything to anyone, you will spread yourself too thin and never discover your true identity as a photographer. I had to stop trying to be like everyone else and really take a look at myself and decide to be JUST ME. I had to ask myself, “Who am I, and what do I want to offer to the world through my gifts?” This really helped me to be confident in who I am and show that through my work. People love authenticity, and are drawn to photographers that are true to themselves and confident in who they are.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Get out of your comfort zone and never stop learning. You can always learn more – whether it’s about posing, editing, or the business side of things. Take time to do fun things like styled sessions, and take photos just for yourself as well! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the workflow of our jobs that we forget why we love what we do, or we never give ourselves time to let our creative juices flow.