I’ve decided to do a post every so often spotlighting the style of people that inspire me to photograph. If you have followed my main blog, 120 Pearls, you’ll know that I often work with a model named Ashley who always has awesome hair. I chose her because of the fact that not only does she have a unique look about her, but she is extremely versatile and can pretty much pull off anything while still emulating her personal style in whatever she has to wear.
If you want to see my previous photo shoots featuring Ashley before reading the rest of this post, please click on these links:
Rae Beth Hair Design: Feathers, Flowers and a Beetle
Purple Haze and Crispy Leaves
Overpass and Smoke
Ashley, World Traveler
Today we took advantage of the weather and had a photo shoot in the park that was a mix of film and digital. We blended our styles together to create an awesome woodland look that was subtle yet unique. Ashley is a working model in DC, VA, and MD.
As always, with spotlighting someone also comes a short interview to give you some insight on their personalities.
KN: Describe your personal style?
AL: I like to try to cause a scene.. I hate to admit it sometimes, but I do. I like people to look at me and wonder what I was thinking when I got dressed that day. With that being said I love textured pieces, crazy colors, or simple pieces I can accessorize.
KN: What made you decide to start modeling as a career?
AL: It’s kind of like every little girly girls dream, especially when you hear it so much throughout your life. As soon as I began to form my own personal alternative style I was told I wouldn’t get anywhere in life with body mods, colored hair, etc. So at that point it turned into a goal to prove people wrong, that you can be alternative, beautiful and successful, but at the same time it’s fulfilling a childhood dream.
KN: What type of modeling do you do?
AL: I enjoy dabbling in many forms of modeling to a degree. I enjoy alternative/fetish fashion, fine art nudes, lingerie, swim wear, creative concepts.. Present it in a job offer and I’ll consider it. I refuse under any circumstance to pose for anything that could be seen as porn, nothing against it, just not my thing!
KN: Are there any certain styles you prefer to model over others?
AL: I prefer anything that has a dark artsy/creative feel to it. So creative concepts and fine art nudes with a edge!
KN: What annoys you the most about this industry?
AL: That people think that these jobs we do are so easy. Every artist puts so much time and money into what they do, but just because it’s art we are expected to do it for free.
KN: What is your favorite thing about this industry?
AL: The creative energy and opened mindedness I run into when meeting people, it’s such a great experience.
KN: What kind of advice do you have for people who are just starting out and look up to you?
AL: Don’t give up. I didn’t think I would get far, but look at me now, my career is still growing to this day. I started out with my own camera and tripod and practiced poses, facial expressions, forming my own concepts, next thing I know someone (you actually!) saw me and believed that I could get far in the industry. It just takes practice, just like anything in life. If it’s what you love, don’t give up on it and you’ll get far.
KN: If you could be published in any magazine which one would it be and why?
AL: Dark Beauty, everything in it has that dark edge I love. It would be amazing to be a part of that.
KN: Do you have any favorite stores?
AL: I couldn’t say I do off the top of my head. I tend to find different parts to my wardrobe from all over the place. Amazon, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Rue 21, Thrift Stores.. I try to go into a variety of stores and explore online, you never know what you’ll find.
KN: Lastly, if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
AL: Fried Pickles haha!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet of personal style from us. To contact and view more of Ashley’s work with myself and other photographers please follow her instagram at OOOASHLEYLOVEOOO and visit her facebook here. She is currently a full time working model in the DC, MD, and Va area as stated before. Her prices are reasonable and she has a very patient and lovely work ethic. Support local artists and consider a freelance model for your next concept.
Want more? Visit my main blog, 120Pearls, to see the film set we created using a camera from 1976 and a handful of colored film filters.