Introduction

Self-portrait.

I guess before I really get into anything, I should introduce myself.

My name is Ashton, and I’m currently in my fourth year of college. I’m a film student, but I wasn’t at first. I started off as a creative writing/English major before transferring schools and shifting my focus to graphic design. But, yet again, I transferred schools and finally decided to settle down on film as a major (and I’m starting to change my mind… again). In the mean time, I love to photograph anything, even if it means I might be late for class to photograph a deer I saw on the way there.

As my high school graduation present, I was given a DSLR. Not a high-end one or anything, a humble Canon Rebel T2i. Needless to say, my trusty sidekick is a little outdated. Anyway, I started taking photos immediately when I opened it, as any kid would do with their favorite Christmas (or graduation) present. As school kicked back in gear, I mostly forgot about taking photos or trying to improve my photography…

Until 2014. My friend who I attend many concerts with actually brought her DSLR into a show, which I didn’t know was possible. I knew that many venues had that whole “no cameras with detachable lenses” policy, so I thought this one was the same. It wasn’t. I brought my camera to a Yellowcard show on February 7th, 2014. I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I was shooting in manual, but with a kit lens, so I wasn’t getting nearly as much light as I would’ve liked to. Luckily, a local photographer was next to me in the crowd and had attended just for fun. She taught me the ins-and-outs of my camera and what I should go for to get the best result. She really kickstarted me into concert photography.

Two years later, I’m still at it, and we share the photo pit together often. In those two years, a lot has changed. I still use my T2i, and wow it’s a trooper (that’s not much of a change, though). However, I found a few publications to work for, who I’m so happy to be with (one actually found me within just a few months of my starting out). I co-founded my own magazine, but left due to lack of communication; I don’t regret it, though it could have been really fun if it had worked out (I’m glad to see they’re doing well, though). Most recently, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious concert photography “groups” as a contributing unassigned photographer; that probably doesn’t sound too glamorous, though.

So, I’m a photographer (not just concert photographer, as this post suggests). Not professionally, yet. I’ve heard people say that if you can do photography, you can do film, but it doesn’t always work the other way around. Maybe I’ll actually be able to do something with my film degree.

Looking at the title, this wasn’t as much of an introduction to myself as it is just a slice of the blueberry pie that is Ashton. Hopefully, with other writings, more and more of those slices will be cut.