"I strive to produce truthful and candid moments in photos, of unguarded people, and genuine events. The challenge is to document sensitive scenes and important moments without the presence of my camera changing them. As a photographer, I have found that the only way to capture images with this kind of honesty and trust, is to develop a solid relationship with my clients."
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Erin receieved her BFA in documentary photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her visual dialogue with diverse subjects is what makes her work stand out. Collaborating is at the core of Erin's business and what makes the final product stellar. From her magazine work, portraiture, and documentary projects her focus is on more than just a smile but a memory, a conversation, a location; an experience. She pulls heavily from her art background and finds inspiration in the process. She has documented Queer communities in the South for 5 years. Which was made into a film. Street rod culture in the Bay Area, construction in Georgia, a portfolio of international female street artists, the diverse restaurant culture in Redwood City, her on-going collaboration with a human-trafficking survivor in the Bay Area and getting ready for an upcoming photo essay in China.
Erin shoots frequently in her Redwood City studio and many of her projects bring her all around the globe.
Erin is a photography mentor for Sequoia High School students and beyond. She has supported and documented events by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and frequents local events to heighten her awareness of current issues.
She would love to hear from you! E.L.Ashford@gmail.com 650.562.7612