Nicole Ashley – Canadian Top 30 Wedding Photographer

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Nicole Ashley is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.

Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:

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Tell us how you got started in photography.
Photography was a way for me to pay for my university books while completing my Education Degree. By the time I finished school, photography was all that I could think about and I decided to pursue it full time. I started off photographing sports and commercial work and eventually specialized into specific areas that I loved.

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Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Such an honour! The goal is always to keep pushing myself and to continue to grow in the field of photography. This year brings on a lot of really exciting destination weddings which has definitely become more of a focus for me. That and of course my portraiture/boudoir work.

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How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
Attending photography seminars has truly shaped me as a photographer. They are educational, inspiring and a great way to network with other professionals. The Canada Photo Convention is definitely my favourite!

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What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I feel really lucky to be exercising my passion as an artist regardless of my age. I am very fortunate to be working as a full time photographer in the wedding industry in Canada and I hope to continue to do so (until my body/mind decide otherwise- haha!)

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Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
I recently had a client book her wedding date around my availability and even choose the destination wedding location based off somewhere I was interested in travelling. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Attend photo conferences! They are such a rich resource for new and established photographers.

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To see more of Nicole’s work, check out her website here.

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