Twenty Eighteen

This year has been full of rough patches and unhealthy relationships that took a large turn for me mentally, but on top of that it was filled with great moments and experiences I really cherish:

  • I started the year off with a photo internship with The Key/WXPN all thanks to a tip from the wonderful Rachel Del Sordo. Those six months changed my life completely. I was able to contribute so much work, meet wonderful people, helped cover/film sessions I would never believe imaginable (ex: The Wonder Years), and was introduced to so many artists through Free At Noons, XPoNential and NonComm. Overwhelming love and thanks to John Vettesse for bringing me in, believing in my work, and keeping me on a team with my favorite people.

  • Spent so much time taking pictures of my best friends in Grayling

  • Was able to see my honey’s in Michigan more than once

  • More open with my feelings

  • Started writing and drawing more

  • Produced my senior project showcasing Sean Rynkewicz, Kenzie Gasper, Rish Bhan Singh, Sabrina Fasano, Rachel Del Sordo, HoneySwell, Cloud District, and Abi Reimold at Colorspace Labs.

  • I flipping graduated

  • Few publications in JUMP including a cover story on Japanese Breakfast thanks to the one and only Shan Cerrone

  • Had images on NPR!!!!!!

  • Photographed my first wedding

  • Wrapped up 2 wonderful years of JJ’s with my best friends and I miss it everyday

  • Dedicated to filming a second every day

  • Kept track of all the albums that were released and I enjoyed

  • Started an internship with CID Entertainment working alongside some of my favorite humans and the best bosses.

    • Was able to work on-site more than a handful of times including LOCKN’ in VA

  • Worked on the album artwork for Sleepy Freak and Elephant Jake. PLUS Major Pursuit’s album was released this year (I love you, Liv)

  • Was brought into the To The Front family and meet/showcase work alongside the most talented photographers in the world

I am constantly learning about how to develop my body of work and most importantly myself as a person. Everything is a work in progress; some things fall into place and some just don’t. Since graduating I’ve just been focusing on the next steps and what projects I can work on. I’ve learned I need to put myself out there more and also continue to focus on my health mentally. Some days morale and creativity are low, but it’s all about keeping momentum.

For 2019, I’m starting the first two months working in Mexico for CID. I’m nervous, but also very excited. At this point I’m still freelancing and available for tours, sessions, etc afterwards. I would love to get more on-set video experience (just throwing that out there).

I am beyond grateful for friends and strangers that supported me and my work, and believe in me enough to include me in their vision. Let’s continue to work together.

You can see my contributions to The Key here and some of my favorite photos of the year below. Can also check out almost all the albums I enjoyed after that.

Love you. Thank you.

Ash

Albums of the Year

All Get Out No Bouquet Aminé REEL IT IN Anderson Paak Oxnard Animal Flag Void RIpper Antarctigo Vespucci Love in the Time of E-mail Ariana Grande Sweetener Basement Beside Myself Boy Pablo Soy Pablo boygenius S/T BROCKHAMPTON iridescence Cardi B Invasion of Privacy Caroline Rose LONER David Byrne American Utopia Drug Church Cheer Elephant Jake Hey Dude, Thanks For Coming FEVER 333 Made An America Florence + The Machine High As Hope Forth Wanderers Nevermine Foxing Nearer My God Gouge Away Burnt Sugar Gulfer Dog Bless Hot Mulligan Pilot illuminati hotties Kiss Yr Frenemies Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer Jeff Rosenstock Post Jessie J R.O.S.E. Joyce Manor Million Dollars to Kill Me JPEGMAFIA Veteran Lucy Dacus Historian Mac Miller Swimming Macseal Map It Out Major Pursuit With Feeling Manatree Engines Natalie Prass The Future And The Past Noname Room 25 Oso Oso the yunahon mixtape Parquet Courts Wide Awake! Pusha T DAYTONA Rainbow Kitten Surprise How To: Friend, Love Freefall Robyn Honey ROSALÍA El Mal Querer ShameSongs of Praise Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shopping The Offical Body Sleepy Freak Baby Steps Soccer Mommy Clean SOPHIE OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES Superorganism Superorganism The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships The Beths Future Me Hates Me The HIRS Collective All Releases The Sidekicks Happiness Hours The Suffers Everything Here The Wonder Years Sister Cities Tierra Whack Whack World Travis Scott ASTROWORLD Turnstile Time & Space Tyler, The Creater The Grinch Inspired EP Typhoon Offerings Vein Errorzone

Twenty Seventeen

It's safe to say it was a weird year for most. Definitely up's and down's on a personal and global level. 

  • JJ's was able to host The Menzingers for the "After The Party" music video, which will forever be the coolest thing.
  • Traveled to California and Michigan for the first time. I was able to see Brianna and the lovely humans of Backpacks, Grey Matter and Silver Age. 
  • I lost Princess 
  • Watched people I care about graduate and move on to the next steps of their lives 
  • My family opened their own business 
  • I had the opportunity to intern at my top co-op choices of Ground Control Touring and Red Light Management. I learned from amazing people and I could not express how grateful I am for them 
  • I lived on my own this summer. It definitely took a toll on me mentally, but in a way I learned more about myself and where I would like to see my life go. I realized to a great extent how much my friends mean to me and the home I've made with them in Philly 
  • I started selling my work for the first time
  • I worked on album covers for Henri Tyler and Major Pursuit, and more are on the way. Worked on more promos, started getting hired for side projects, and booked my first wedding for the summer
  • Finally upgraded to a new ~full frame~ camera body after 8 years 
  • JJ's Diner was featured in JUMP which led to me shooting Sophie Coran for their fall issue and Worriers for their winter issue 
  • Took piano and guitar lessons 
  • Turned 21 and my best friends covered my favorite bands 
  • Saw All Time Low perform So Wrong, It's Right three days in a row 
  • I was able to contribute to Gouge Away's tour zine 
  • Beach Bod was in the New Yorker and James Barrett opened up for The Menzingers 

The past couple of weeks I've been in a weird headspace. I started this year with a handful of people I lost touch with throughout the months. I feel as if I backtracked mentally and lost a bit of creativity. We spend so much time helping others and putting our personal health on the sidelines. I've realized that I need to focus on my health in all ways. Maybe that means yoga or writing or picking up drawing again. Maybe it also means to stop taking 20 credits on top of actual and personal work for my senior year. Who knows. 

I don't feel as successful as I did last year, but I'm still learning and working on my skill-set. 2018 means presenting the final product of my senior project, graduating and hopefully having a job. Always working on the goal of traveling more.

Thank you to every single person who kept me company and supported me this year. It was definitely a doozy and I love you all.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite images of this year. Clicking expands with some ~details~ of location and month.

Modern Baseball Night OneModern Baseball, Harmony Woods, Small Circle - 10.13.17

Modern Baseball, Harmony Woods, Small Circle - 10.13.17

Everything came full circle last night. A wholesome night full of people I absolutely love and I am extremely proud of them. If you don't already listen to Harmony Woods, you're missing out. 

I put some of these up on my store. You can get 10% off after $30 dollars by using 'JJSONEYEAR', here. If you want to avoid shipping, place the order for pickup and you can grab it at JJ's Diner's one year show. :) 

Best of 2016

Overall, 2016 had it's highs and it's blackhole of lows. Despite the close and global losses I have experienced, it has been one of my best years. I decided to pick up my camera again and take everything on a more serious level. My voice developed tremendously and I challenged my comfort zones.

This summer alone I interned for Live Nation, photographed a day of Warped, shot a heck load of shows and took way over 10,000 pictures. The year ended with me going on my first tour and shared the experience with people I now consider some of my closest friends. 

I've had so many opportunities and met the most wonderful people. I realized my limits and know what I need to work on. I'm proud of myself and have accomplished a bunch this year, and I don't need to wait for reassurance from the public to tell me whether or not I'm succeeding.

For 2017 I'm going to continue to push my myself, continue seizing as much experience as I can, and hopefully work on more tours. That being said, I decided to compile some of my favorite shots of the year (clicking the image will allow it to expand with info on location and month).

I thought 2016 might have been a peak, but I'm just getting started.