We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Wise and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
A couple of habits that have helped me succeed so far include not comparing myself to other photographers and writing out goals that I have for myself each season. When it comes to the photography world, comparison is our own enemy and is what causes many great setbacks. I believe that everyone creates differently and that supporting one another and building eachother up is the only way we can succeed. When a new season arrives, I like to write out a list of goals that I try to achieve. Some may include posting on my social media more often or spending more time shooting senior sessions in place of some family session. I have found that this habit allows me to have balance in my work flow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was younger, my mom would buy me disposable film cameras when we would go somewhere new, and from there I was hooked. I aways would steal her camera and sneak away to take photos of who knows what, all I knew was that I loved the camera and what it was able to create. The support from my teacher and family has allowed me to start my photography business at a young age, and from there on out, my business has only gone uphill from there. I cannot thank my clients enough for supporting me and allowing me to capture what is most important to them. But also, a big thank you to everyone that has said “no”. As a young photographer, you hear “no” a lot. This has allowed me to create my own motives and my confidence as photographer was always back and forth, but at the end of the day, I was so blessed to create anything that brings others joy. All of the comparison and negativity was drowned out by the joy that I just never stopped pursuing my love for photography.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I would for sure stop by Mythical Coffee and grab an iced oatmilk matcha latte, and head on down to the Downtown Gilbert farmers market. After that, we would go off to an adventure along the Salt River and explore. Throughout the week, we would visit some of my favorite boba shops, stop by the Scottsdale mall, grab some dinner at Joyride Taco, and then some ice cream from Topo.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my photography teacher, Mr. Mckinnon. He has allowed me to reach my potential of creativity and never fails to help students embrace themselves in their work. His kindess and motivation has allowed me to move further with my love for photography into a business.