MEET THE TEAM SERIES | MEET ASH

Ash is our Assistant Editor and one of our Senior Photographers. She collects dogs! Not really, but she has worked in animal rescue and fostered dozens of dogs (adopt, don’t shop)! She also loves visiting haunted places. And her full-time job includes teaching women’s self-defense classes.

How did you get your start in music photography?

Melanie, the chief editor of MSM actually saw one of my iPhone photos from a show I attended and suggested I give music photography a try, and the rest was history!

How long have you been doing photography in general?

My dad is a photographer so I’ve played with a camera for years but have only been doing it seriously for the last 6 months.

What’s in your gear bag?

I pack my bag like I’m going to be at a show for days. So other than my camera (a6400) and lenses (sigma 18-35mm & 50-100mm) I have lots of disposable masks, hand sanitizer, gum, deodorant, way too many SD cards and batteries, 10 different types of hair ties, and a dozen lens cloths that I can never manage to find. 

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to go into music photography?

Just do it! You don’t have to have a super expensive setup, I started shooting with a cheap rebel. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask local bands if you can shoot them to build your portfolio. And most importantly be kind to your fellow pit-mates. The live music photography community is very close-knit, you can burn a lot of bridges if you aren’t careful. 

Who would be your dream artist to shoot?

Ice Nine Kills was my dream band and I’ve had the chance to shoot them a few times now. So other than them I’d have to say Lorna Shore or P!ATD.

What is your favorite live show that you’ve attended?

Probably Beartooth in at the Wildhorse Saloon. Tennessee crowds are just on a whole other level!

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