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